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A guide to ​​finding the best company for software development

If your company or business is considering outsourcing your tech needs to a software development company, chances are you are worried about making the wrong decision. Opting for bespoke software carefully created by a software company can be a big leap for many people, especially if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. 

In this blog, we want to help you find the best company for software development. We will give you criteria on which you can narrow your search and make your decisions. Every good decision comes from being as informed as possible and we want to help you get to that point. 

We know that choosing a software development company is a big deal. It is a choice that needs to be respected and given the credit it deserves.

Let’s give you a checklist to help smoothen out that decision-making process. The following are the criteria you need to consider when choosing the software development company you want to go with:

Does the company offer the services you need?

The field of software development actually has quite a wide scope. There are lots of different specialities and niches within the field and not everyone is an expert in the same thing. To make sure that you choose the right software development company, make sure that they offer the exact services you are looking for. There is no point in opting for a website specialist company when you need a web application specialist. Make sure they offer what you need and aren’t just squeezing you in. 

What is the expert level of the team members involved? 

Different software development companies will be comprised of different team members with a range of backgrounds and expertise. If you have a specific vision in mind, it is a great idea to make sure that the company you are considering has expert members of the team in those areas. It might be worth having an initial meeting with the company to find this information out. You should also be able to take a look at their catalogue of past products and projects to see if there is something matching what you would like. 

Where are they located? 

Some people may want to engage in offshore or nearshore software development, which means working with a software company in a different physical location from you. If this is the path you are taking, you will need to consider aspects such as working hours and time zones, communication barriers or lack thereof, cultural differences, regulations and laws, and so on. To find out more about these topics, check out the respective blogs we have on our site. 

Do they match your budget?

It isn’t always fun to think about the budget but it is practical. When choosing a software development company, you will need to consider if the price of their services matches your budget. Bespoke software development may be more expensive up front when compared to off-the-shelf software options, but it is important to remember the hidden costs that can be involved in the latter choice. Have a good talk about the budget with your prospective company, it isn’t offensive and it isn’t rude!

What is their company ethos?

As well as thinking of the practical issues, it is key to consider what the ethos and values of a company are before you begin to work with them. You want someone who has the same drive and understanding of value as you do, to make sure that you can collaborate in a meaningful and efficient way. Taking these aspects for granted would definitely be a mistake.

If in doubt – opt for a chat 

To really decide on the right software development company for you, talk directly to any companies you have in consideration. 

The best way to find out if someone is the right fit for you is to chat with them and ask any important questions you have. This way you can find out important information about tech stack, services, and budgeting, but you can also, critically, get a feel for the company, who works there, and what their values are. 

Making an important decision is worth taking the time and effort to figure it out. 

 

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