Picking the right software development company

Picking the right software development company is a difficult task. There are so many out there, each claiming to have the best programmers in the world. However, with all this choice, how do you choose? How do you find that perfect fit for your business’ needs?

The first step is to consider what IT services your company requires at present and then decide what it will require more specifically in future. For example, some businesses require their own bespoke application for managing sales leads; others might only need simple website design and hosting; while some might require help with building an app or porting an existing one to mobile devices.
Once you know what type of work is required, it’s time to think about who fits best with your business. Which companies are they? What is the cost of their services? And most importantly, what kind of previous work can they show you?

When looking for a software company to fit your needs, it’s also important to find out whether their bespoke programming will meet not only your functional criteria (that it does what you want it to do) but also your nonfunctional ones (that it looks good and that no one else has anything similar). You might think this is obvious, but many companies offer almost identical packages. Unfortunately finding two who agree on price can be like finding an oasis in the desert. So how do you choose?

One thing you could try is asking previously satisfied clients of potential candidates for recommendations or testimonials. However, you might get a biased response or it could be that they simply haven’t had any dealings with the company in question.

Other ways to find out more about your candidate companies are searching for them on Google, using LinkedIn and asking friends and family. Most importantly though, listen to your gut instinct. Do you feel you can trust this company? Are they professional? And do their development team seem happy and knowledgeable (in business processes generally rather than just coding) when you speak with them?

The truth is that there are probably many “good” choices when selecting a software development company for your project so your focus should be oink “not making a bad choice” rather than obsessing over finding “the one”. That said, following these guidelines you should at least have a better chance of finding a good fit for not just your budget but also your needs. Contact us for more info.