A Quick Guide to Choose Custom Software Development Company for Your Business

As we all know, software development is rapidly changing. Within a short span of time, we see new technologies rising, software architectures, containers, methodologies, etc are changed. A tool or language that is highly used today might be obsolete next year.  Software Development is critical to each enterprise wanting to consolidate their disparate operations or expand their business. Most businesses in this digital age realize the importance of custom-built software solutions using the latest technology trends for their business operations.

We all know, any kind of custom software development requires a high level of technical knowledge and an organized, expert team of developers, to succeed. A well-designed desktop application, mobile responsive website or CRM tool could increase your business’ efficiency and convert more leads.

After the research, we’ve listed some tips that may helpful for your organization which find a suitable software development company. But before that sharing below the latest IT industry Enterprise Software Spending Prediction for 2020.

Worldwide IT Spending Forecast

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2019, an increase of 0.4% from 2018, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. This is the lowest forecast growth in 2019 so far. Global IT spending is expected to rebound in 2020 with forecast growth of 3.7%, primarily due to enterprise software spending.

Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars)

2019

Spending

2019

Growth (%)

2020

Spending

2020

Growth (%)

2021 Spending 2021 Growth (%)
Data Center Systems 205 -2.5 210 2.6 212 1.0
Enterprise Software 457 8.8 507 10.9 560 10.5
Devices 675 -5.3 683 1.2 685 0.4
IT Services 1,031 3.7 1,088 5.5 1,147 5.5
Communications Services 1,364 -1.1 1,384 1.5 1,413 2.1
Overall IT 3,732 0.4 3,872 3.7 4,018 3.8

Source: Gartner (October 2019)

Tips to Choose a Custom Software Development Company

Choosing an experienced team is the first criteria –

Hands down, the best developers in any technology are the ones that have a long trail of experience behind their back. These are the ones who have made things happen in the past, consistently delivered, and excelled. Any software development process is inevitably a new experience in itself- with its own twists and turns. And, therefore, it is so important for your development team to have tested the real waters for a bit.

However, the technology landscape is changing at lightning speed. What was relevant and fresh yesterday is systematically tagged as antique today. Therefore, you need a team that also has newer technologies under its belt.

Always check their website, their portfolio, previous working industry, client focus and how did they perform (testimonials!).

Always check technical skills –

This could be relevant to your custom software development project. If a development company is restricted to one technology, they might not be the best fit for an SME or a large enterprise. Custom software needs to address various aspects of an organization. You might need the development partner to be well-versed in UI/UX tech, security controls, integrating social channels, and so on. Since the software space is getting more and more integrated, it makes sense for you to work with a company that has a diversified skill set.

Evaluate whether the company can adopt new technologies and development processes. See what technologies do they use and ask for some coding samples. Check again their portfolio to match the technical skills? Check if it meets your expectations.

Are they understand your business needs? –

It’s important to find out the development team which is able to convert your business idea into reality. Right? Most important as per business perspective that they understand the objective and what is the purpose of making this software in the first place. After that, they should be able to help you set KPIs and to measure it at certain stages of product development.

Continuous Collaboration

A custom software development process cannot be done while living on an island. The spread of technology has allowed us to get interconnected. This means it is not necessary to hire someone from your locality for software development.

This is exactly the reason why offshore custom software development is getting a lot of traction. But, when you hire an offshore development company, you need to ensure there are systems in place to boost collaboration. Seamless and real-time collaboration makes sure the requirements are gathered effectively, timelines are met, and there is no gap between expectations and execution. The right custom software development company will have the right collaborative tools to make the development process inclusive of you, the stakeholder.

Discuss about project management –

Discuss project development methodology they are using, Agile or Waterfall whichever works as per the requirement. What tools are using for communication purposes JIRA, Taiga, Trello etc.

The agile development methodology is one of the most popular development methods that boost collaboration, reduces the turnaround time, and make for effective teamwork. If your preferred development team works with an agile methodology, you will be continually involved in the development process.

Moreover, there are fewer chances of the project getting derailed since all key stakeholders are involved in each stage of development. If a custom software development firm is invested in the idea of continuous adoption of the latest methodologies, it will be constantly changing and improving to always stay relevant.

Always study company profile

What they have kept on doing regularly, they will do the same in the future. No company can change in a day. It always makes sense to check their past experience within and outside of your industry. If they have delivered consistently and gained the trust of their customers, they can be trusted again. Look for companies that have worked on various methodologies, completed projects and apps, and have stood the test of tech time.

You could also ask them about their ongoing engagements. What is it they are working on right now? Are they totally invested in the idea? Do they enjoy delivering exceptional software products? Look for passion and dedication when the key managers talk about what they do at their company. You don’t want someone to work half-heartedly at your software because then they will lack creativity and innovation.

Ask for their best experience until now and when they talk about challenges and solutions, you will know this company has gone through the process to become a sought-after custom software development firm.

How much time and money needed?

These metrics can largely depend on your preferences. Is your project an urgent job for you? Can you invest a lot of money to get it right just this one time? Your unique needs will define the amount of money and time you are willing to invest in your custom software development process. Talk with internal stakeholders and come up with a range of timeline and budget so you can take the conversation ahead with a development firm.

However, the right company will bring you on track and tell you why it takes that long or that much $$.Listen closely for their intent when they talk about the timeline and the budget. These are critical to any business and are factors that should be brought in early.

Don’t Ignore the Legalities

Among the technical and strategical undertakings, do not overlook the legal aspects of custom software development services. The company you sign will definitely gain access to trade secrets, business strategy, and intellectual property of your firm. Therefore, make sure to carry out extensive background checks so that you are assured of the reliability and integrity of the custom software development firm.

Here, it can be useful to partner with a development firm with a lot of experience, because these companies have stood the test of time and proved their credibility again and again. When outsourcing to a different country, make sure you have proper know-how of the legal implications of the host country and of the land where the data will reside.

In the end

As per the  above-mentioned points, we can say that choosing perfect Custom Software Development Company that can meet your expectations for building ultimate software all the while keeping your finances in check is important

At CDN Software Solutions we understand what our clients need and want for an association to be successful. We deliver on all those and many other expectations we face as a preferred custom software development company.

CDN Solutions group with 20+ years of experience in the Software industry offers robust Software, Web and Mobile app development solutions for your business success. Schedule meeting with us – +1(602)626-7419 or +1-347-293-1799 or write us at contact@cdnsol.com or get a free quote at https://cdnsol.com/contact

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