Custom Software Development, Do I Need It?

Big or small, you need a path to follow. You have an idea, you have a goal, you want more interest, you want to be seen, be in the market. Well, yeah… that’s the purpose of business, right?

And you want the people who work for you to be loyal, happy and passionate about what they’re doing. Obviously…

The market is fulfilled with the competition. Mobile devices are now most often use than desktops. The world is moving fast and towards electronic communication, electric waves are surrounding us. A new industrial revolution is here. Apps are the new www. It’s a good time to start participating in this movement, if you haven’t already yet. But…

Evidently, not all of us are IT specs, but we are in an urge of having one on our team. Not necessarily internally. Outsourcing is the easiest and cheapest way to solve our specific software issues. You may think, at first, it’s more expensive to hire external bodies to provide a job, deliver a project for your needs. But, deducting all the HR costs and issues involved with it, with moving responsibility out of your side, having independent support on hand and a mediator… You may want to calculate it again.

Outsourcing is recently the easiest, fastest, cheapest and most secure way to raise up.

Quick PROS:

No HR or tax, pension, healthcare arrangements and payments towards people who are doing the project.

Quick CONS:

Negotiations. Agreements. Checking halfway through. Corrections. From our experience, it’s 50/50 depending on your standard. It’s a hard odd, it’s a tough market. But once you build your trust in the team, and both sides are happy, you have it!

Yes, but how to choose the perfect software development company for a long-term relationship? What to look for when making up your decision?

There are few basic rules that you need to follow.

All the marketing gurus will tell you to reject the cheapest offer. Why? You don’t want the cheapest option, but most cost-effective. On the other hand, look for someone who is interested in making an app, not only making money. Make sure you check their portfolio, research forums for opinions about them and read the contract twice.

Communicate with them for few weeks or months before you sign the contract. Make sure that they understand what you want and that the communication itself is clear. From the first contact express what you’re expecting from them. Check their response time, together with a problem solving skills. Also, look for the ‘no” word. You want to work with a straightforward team leader, rather than a liar who can’t deliver their promises.

Avoid “all-knowing experts” as if someone knows everything, he knows nothing in details. Check their expertise and technical skills. Choose someone who knows the area of your product.

It’s also important at the end that you’ll be the owner of the code. You don’t want your competition to find out the “magic” behind it. And also, in the future, if you need to make the changes, you can do it easily.

Prepare a list of questions you will ask prior to further cooperation. Trust yourself, but keep in mind the briefing above.

Good luck.

One of the companies that we have very good recommendations is They have experience in outsourcing and developing different technologies. When checking their portfolio, you can find many happy customers, among them are names like BUPA, KOBO, Twinings and more.

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