Top Custom Software Development Companies
The top custom software development companies exhibit strong technical expertise, project management skills and have the ability to produce high-quality solutions for businesses across industries and platforms.
Our experts have identified the global leaders in this space. Here are the top three:
STDev is a California based company with more than 10 years of experience. Their team of highly skilled professionals will provide to their clients end to end solutions from system architect, prototyping to the beta release and QA.
Featured Clients: Kurtis Hewson, Boris Roche, Phix, Fooder, PetPlan
Best Custom Software Development Companies Of 2020
Having analyzed thousands of organizations, we have ranked the best developers of custom solutions in the world. Find the full list here:
|Company||Website||Location||Team Size||Average Rate||Minimal Range|
|1. Altar.io||https://altar.io||Portugal||Under 49||$100/hr||$25,000+|
|2. Syberry Corporation||https://www.syberry.com||Texas||250 - 499||$40/hr||$50,000+
|3. itCraft||https://itcraftapps.com||Poland||Under 49||$50/hr||$25,000+|
|4. STDev||https://st-dev.com||California||100 - 249||$45/hr||$25,000+|
|5. Kanda Software||https://www.kandasoft.com||Massachusetts||500 - 999||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|6. iTechArt||https://www.itechart.com||New York||1000 & Up||$35/hr||$25,000+|
|7. SpdLoad||https://spdload.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$38/hr||$10,000+|
|8. Itransition||https://www.itransition.com||Colorado||1000 & Up||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|9. Wandr Studio||https://wandr.studio||California||Under 49||$95/hr||$10,000+|
|10. The Gnar Company||https://www.thegnar.co||Massachusetts||Under 49||$150/hr||$10,000+|
|11. Devox Software||https://devoxsoftware.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$29/hr||$10,000+|
|12. Digital Silk||https://www.digitalsilk.com||Florida||50 - 99||$125/hr||$10,000+|
|13. IntexSoft||https://www.intexsoft.com||Belarus||100 - 249||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|14. Rubyroid Labs||https://rubyroidlabs.com||Belarus||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|15. Switch Software Solutions||https://switchsoftware.us||Uruguay||50 - 99||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|16. Suits & Sandals||https://www.suits-sandals.com||New York||Under 49||$175/hr||$50,000+|
|17. ELEKS||https://eleks.com||Ukraine||1000 & Up||$50/hr||$25,000+|
|18. Sirin Software||https://sirinsoftware.com||Florida||50 - 99||$45/hr||$10,000+|
|19. Sine Engineering Bureau||https://sinebureau.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|20. CognitiveClouds||https://www.cognitiveclouds.com||California||100 - 249||$25/hr||$25,000+|
|21. WaveAccess||http://www.wave-access.com||Nevada||250 - 499||$60/hr||Inquire|
|22. Tudip||https://www.epixelmlmsoftware.com||California||250 - 499||$15/hr||$1,000+|
|23. Wave Digital||https://wavedigital.com.au||Australia||Under 49||Inquire||$10,000+|
|24. DotLabel UX Digital Agency||https://www.dotlabel.co.uk||United Kingdom||Under 49||$150/hr||$25,000+|
|25. Clarion Technologies||https://www.clariontech.com||New York||250 - 499||Inquire||Inquire|
|26. 2muchcoffee||https://2muchcoffee.com||New York||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|27. PROGMATIQ||https://progmatiq.com||Poland||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|28. Intellias||https://www.intellias.com||Ukraine||1000 & Up||$40/hr||$50,000+|
|29. Exposit||https://www.exposit.com||Belarus||100 - 249||$28/hr||$10,000+|
|30. Applaudo Studios||https://applaudostudios.com||Texas||100 - 249||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|31. Coding Sans||https://codingsans.com||Hungary||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|32. Spiral Scout||https://spiralscout.com||California||Under 49||$75/hr||$25,000+|
|33. the Design Agency||https://www.designagency.gr||Greece||Under 49||$59/hr||$1,000+|
|34. Idea||http://www.idea.lt||Lithuania||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|35. The Provato Group||https://www.theprovatogroup.com||Ohio||Under 49||$100/hr||$1,000+|
|36. Digiryte||https://digiryte.com||United Kingdom||50 - 99||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|37. Aurora Digital||https://www.auroradigital.eu||Finland||Under 49||$80/hr||$10,000+|
|38. Dignitas Digital||https://dignitas.digital||Pennsylvania||Under 49||$65/hr||$1,000+|
|39. Eight Bit Studios||https://eightbitstudios.com||Illinois||Under 49||$185/hr||$25,000+|
|40. Syndicode||https://syndicode.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$37/hr||$1,000+|
|41. Gag Agency||https://www.gag.it||Italy||Under 49||$70/hr||$25,000+|
|42. Ranosys Technologies||https://www.ranosys.com||Singapore||250 - 499||$25/hr||$1,000+|
|43. CodeRiders||http://www.coderiders.am||Armenia||Under 49||$25/hr||$1,000+|
|44. Mega||http://themega.agency||Rhode Island||Under 49||$75/hr||$1,000+|
|45. Kroon Studio||http://www.kroonstudio.com||Serbia||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|46. Techliance||https://www.techliance.com||Utah||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|47. Binariks||https://binariks.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$35/hr||$10,000+
|48. Next Big Technology||https://nextbigtechnology.com||India||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|49. Kontra Agency||https://kontra.agency||Croatia||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|50. KDSolutions||https://kdsolutions.com||Poland||Under 49||Inquire||$1,000+|
|51. Norderbergs||https://norderbergs.com||Sweden||Under 49||$75/hr||$1,000+|
|52. toughlex||https://www.toughlex.com||Lithuania||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|53. Decipher Zone Softwares||https://decipherzone.com||India||50 - 99||$10/hr||Under $1,000|
|54. HMG Creative||https://hmgcreative.com||Texas||Under 49||$150/hr||$10,000+|
|55. Grand Apps||https://www.grandapps.com||Michigan||Under 49||$100/hr||$1,000+|
|56. Prishusoft||https://www.prishusoft.com||India||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|57. Mobiiworld D LLC||https://www.mobiiworld.com||United Arab Emirates||50 - 99||$49/hr||$25,000+|
|58. moblers||https://moblers.com||Israel||Under 49||$55/hr||$10,000+|
|59. Ketek||https://www.ketek.ro||Romania||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|60. Huspi sp. z O.O.||https://huspi.com||Poland||Under 49||$25/hr||$10,000+|
|61. Andolasoft||https://www.andolasoft.com||California||100 - 249||$100/hr||Inquire|
|62. Imperium Apps GmbH||https://imperiumapps.com||Germany||Under 49||$55/hr||$10,000+|
|63. fram^||https://wearefram.com||Vietnam||100 - 249||Inquire||Inquire|
|64. FOONKIE MONKEY||https://www.foonkiemonkey.co.uk||Colombia||50 - 99||$30/hr||$10,000+|
|65. The Distance Agency Ltd||https://thedistance.co.uk||United Kingdom||Under 49||$100/hr||$25,000+|
|66. Tyrannosaurus Tech||https://tyrannosaurustech.com||Georgia||Under 49||Inquire||Inquire|
|67. CompsDoc LLC||https://www.compsdoc.com||Massachusetts||Under 49||$150/hr||$25,000+|
|68. IPIX Tech Services PVT LTD||https://www.ipixtechnologies.com||India||100 - 249||$5/hr||Under $1,000|
|69. Techmango Technology Services||https://www.techmango.net||India||100 - 249||$25/hr||Under $1,000|
|70. UNL Solutions||https://unl.solutions||United Kingdom||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|71. Ionixx Technologies||https://www.ionixxtech.com||India||100 - 249||$49/hr||$10,000+|
|72. IIH Global||https://www.iihglobal.com||United Kingdom||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|73. ArtVersion Interactive||https://artversion.com||Illinois||Under 49||$165/hr||$10,000+|
|74. *instinctools Company||https://www.instinctools.com||Germany||250 - 499||$37/hr||$1,000+|
|75. ScienceSoft||https://www.scnsoft.com||Texas||500 - 999||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|76. EMERGE||https://www.emergeinteractive.com||Oregon||Under 49||$185/hr||$50,000+|
|77. Brightscout||https://www.brightscout.com||Texas||Under 49||$95/hr||$50,000+
|78. Buzz Interactive||https://www.buzzinteractive.co||Pakistan||Under 49||$45/hr||$1,000+|
|79. Parrolabs Inc||https://www.parrolabs.com||Colombia||Under 49||$65/hr||$10,000+|
|80. Merixstudio||https://www.merixstudio.com||Poland||50 - 99||$60/hr||$25,000+|
|81. Arohatech||https://www.arohatech.com||India||50 - 99||$18/hr||$1,000+|
|82. Instazoid Digital Solutions||https://instazoid.com||Texas||Inquire||Inquire||Inquire|
|83. WaveAccess||http://www.wave-access.com||Nevada||250 - 499||$60/hr||Inquire|
|84. Anadea||https://anadea.info||Ukraine||100 - 249||$30/hr||$10,000+|
|85. Steelkiwi Inc.||https://steelkiwi.com||California||50 - 99||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|86. Lloyds Design||https://lloyds-design.com||Croatia||Under 49||$45/hr||$10,000+|
|87. Azoft||https://www.azoft.com||New York||Inquire||Inquire||Inquire|
|88. Scand||https://scand.com||Belarus||250 - 499||$30/hr||$1,000+|
|89. ICON Worldwide||https://www.icon-worldwide.com||Switzerland||Under 49||$150/hr||$10,000+|
|91. KAI Software||https://kaisoftware.io||New York||Inquire||Inquire||Inquire|
|92. UruIT||https://uruit.com||Uruguay||100 - 249||$50/hr||$50,000+|
|94. GP Solutions||https://gpsolutions.com||Germany||Inquire||Inquire||Inquire|
|95. QuadW Technology||http://quadwtech.com||Illinois||Inquire||Inquire||Inquire|
|96. Great Software Laboratory||https://www.gslab.com||Illinois||1000 & Up||$25/hr||$25,000+|
|97. Romexsoft||https://www.romexsoft.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$35/hr||$25,000+|
|98. Net Solutions||https://www.netsolutions.com||India||100 - 249||$30/hr||$25,000+|
|99. MaxSoft||https://maxsoft.bg||Bulgaria||Under 49||$30/hr||$1,000+|
|100. AgileEngine||https://agileengine.com||Virginia||250 - 499||Inquire||$50,000+|
|101. Dividato||https://sf.dividato.com||Florida||50 - 99||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|102. Zagaran Software||https://zagaran.com||Massachusetts||Under 49||Inquire||$25,000+|
|103. Attract Group||https://attractgroup.com||Nevada||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|104. Dreamix||https://dreamix.eu||Bulgaria||100 - 249||$37/hr||$50,000+|
|105. Apiumhub||https://apiumhub.com||Spain||Under 49||$60/hr||$10,000+|
|106. Neoteric||https://neoteric.eu/?utm_source=clutch&utm_medium=referra||Poland||100 - 249||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|107. UkrInSofT||https://ukrinsoft.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$26/hr||$10,000+|
|108. Digit Bazar IT Solutions Private Limited||http://www.digitbazar.com||India||50 - 99||$10/hr||$1,000+|
|109. Teclogiq||https://www.teclogiq.com||India||Under 49||$25/hr||$1,000+|
|110. Digital Skynet||https://digitalskynet.com||Russia||Under 49||$37/hr||$1,000+|
|111. Blue Orange Digital||https://blueorange.digital||New York||Under 49||$250/hr||$10,000+|
|112. fram^||https://wearefram.com||Vietnam||100 - 249||Inquire||Inquire|
|113. Experion Technologies||https://www.experionglobal.com||Texas||500 - 999||$37/hr||$25,000+|
|114. KitRUM||https://kitrum.com||Florida||100 - 249||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|115. InApps Technology||https://www.inapps.net||Vietnam||100 - 249||$25/hr||$10,000+|
|116. Brave River||https://www.braveriver.com||Rhode Island||100 - 249||Inquire||$1,000+|
|117. Smart IT||https://smart-it.io||California||50 - 99||Inquire||$10,000+|
|118. Mumble||https://mumbleideas.it/en||California||Under 49||$50/hr||$25,000+|
|119. Povio Labs||https://poviolabs.com||California||100 - 249||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|120. Big Rattle Technologies||https://www.bigrattle.com||India||Under 49||$37/hr||$10,000+|
|121. Novateus||https://novateus.com||Louisiana||50 - 99||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|122. Terasol Technologies||https://www.terasoltechnologies.com||New York||Under 49||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|123. GBKSOFT||https://gbksoft.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|124. Kcloud Technologies||https://www.kcloudtechnologies.com||India||Under 49||$37/hr||$1,000+|
|125. Computools||https://computools.com||Ukraine||100 - 249||$30/hr||$10,000+|
|126. Themis Web Technologies, Inc.||http://themiswebtechnologies.com||California||Under 49||$125/hr||$10,000+|
|127. Forbytes||https://forbytes.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||Inquire||$50,000+|
|128. Incipient Corp.||https://incipientcorp.com||New Jersey||Under 49||$37/hr||$10,000+|
|129. Code Inspiration||https://codeinspiration.pro||Belarus||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
What Is A Custom Software Development Company?
A custom software development company conceptualizes and develops platforms, programs or digital solutions to meet their clients’ specific business requirements.
These companies usually create custom solutions to improve businesses’ workflows, optimizing their productivity.
Their robust targeting and personalization help you improve customer engagement and conversion rates while increasing your revenue as well.
For instance, the average ROI for custom CRM solutions alone is $8.71 for every $1 spent.
And that return on investment is, of course, not limited to just CRM, but other types of custom solutions as well.
What Does A Custom Software Development Firm Do?
Top custom software development companies design, create, deploy and maintain solutions for a specific set of users, functions and organizations.
Some of the services they offer include:
- Websites and mobile apps
- Operating systems
- Intranets, HR systems and employee onboarding programs
- Communication solutions
- Customer relationship management programs
- And more
Custom products can be created by an in-house team of developers, or it can be outsourced to a 3rd-party service provider.
The Difference Between Custom-Written and Customized Software
The terms custom-written and custom software mean exactly the same: solutions developed specifically for your brand only.
However, it is easy to confuse them with customizable off-the-shelf solutions.
Off-the-shelf -or readymade- solutions are generalized stock software that can be somewhat personalized provided a business purchases its licenses.
However, those small personalizations cannot compare with the benefits of custom solutions.
In addition, off-the-shelf solutions typically require licensing fees in perpetuity for the duration of its use.
Therefore, although off-the-shelf solutions may seem cheaper initially, those long-term costs can ultimately make it more expensive than custom solutions, which have higher upfront fees, but often lower long-term costs.
How Much Do Top Development Companies Charge For Custom Software?
The cost of building custom solutions can vary drastically, based on:
- The complexity of the project
- The number of experts working on the project
- The timeline
- The country that the developers are based in
- And more
However, there are some commonplace pricing structures that can help businesses build a generalized budget for their development projects.
- Top development services in the United States and Canada cost between $95-$170 per hour.
- Central and South American average rates are $30-$50 per person per hour.
- Eastern European average rates are $25-$50 per person per hour.
- Asian and African average rates are between $18-$40 per person per hour.
5 Signs That Your Organization Needs Custom Software
If you are still not sure whether you should invest in custom-built solutions, go through the following signs and decide for yourself:
- Technology is leaving your brand behind: Your business is doing great but your competitors are offering more than you are. Customized solutions can help you get far ahead of them thanks to competition monitoring, deep data gathering and analysis, and productivity increase via automation.
- Your current software limits your work: If you feel like your current product is not doing its job properly, then it is time to let go of it, especially if it causes problems and slows you down.
- There is an increased necessity for manual work: If you already own off-the-shelf solutions that require manual workarounds, it means that it decreases your productivity. Customized solutions can automate your manual processes.
- Reaching customers is getting harder: It goes without saying that customer relationships are important for your business growth. However, if you find it difficult to reach and manage them, then it might be time for a technological update.
- Your business is expanding: As your business grows, your software requirements will change and off-the-shelf products may become too limiting. Customized solutions may be the perfect option for you as these will scale along with your organization.
7 Advantages Of Working With A Custom Software Development Company
Wondering why you should invest time and money into tailored solutions when the commercial ones are readily available to use at a much lower cost?
1. They Develop Solutions Customized To Your Business Needs
This means that unlike off-the-shelf or packaged solutions, you can ask your partner to include specific features and even exclude some that you don’t need.
With off-the-shelf solutions what you see is what you get. And, if it happens to miss a certain functionality or features that will be useful to you, well, tough luck.
According to Small Biz Club, brands should not buy the false promise of off-the-shelf solutions because they are too bland to be effective.
2. They Provide Dedicated Maintenance
Another problem with commercial solutions is that it’s entirely up to the company that developed it to decide how long it is going to maintain it.
Unfortunately, users don’t have much say in this. If, for instance, Microsoft decides out of the blue to discontinue support for Office 365, then that’s it.
A software developer, on the other hand, will update and maintain your product until you need to use it.
3. They Can Scale Your Solutions Easier Than Off-The-Shelf Software
Even if the off-the-shelf solutions are, at the start, just what your business needs, don’t expect this to last. Companies grow and, with them, their software requirements as well. At some point, you will see that commercial software can’t cope with the increasingly heavy load.
Custom-built solutions are much more flexible in this regard and are, therefore, better able to scale and evolve with your business.
4. They Provide Technical Support
The primary goal of the off-the-shelf software developers is to sell as many licenses as possible.
Unfortunately, individual users and their problems quickly lose their importance with this approach.
For top custom software developers, users are always important. Since your business is likely the only one to use this particular software, they can focus all their attention on it via top-notch technical support.
5. Their Solutions Are Less Prone To External Security Threats
In the Security Considerations in Managing COTS Software report, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) identifies several key risk factors of COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf) solutions.
- COTS solutions present an attractive point of attack
- COTS products are well known and widely available
- It is difficult to verify the security of COTS products
- COTS solutions vendors have very limited liability
- COTS solutions are generic
All of this makes off-the-shelf solutions much more vulnerable than custom-built ones
Does it mean that custom-built solutions are 100% safe and secure from external threats?
No, but at least not every hacker under the blue sky will attempt to probe your software.
6. They Make It Easier To Automate
Automation is not always possible with off-the-shelf solutions. However, as you’ll no doubt learn, certain workflows are infinitely more efficient when automated.
Each organization is unique and their processes are too. What better way to automate than with solutions tailored to your specific needs?
7. Their Custom Solutions Facilitate The Integration Between Different Departments Within An Organization
Not only does every organization has its own requirements, but very often those between different departments can clash with each other.
Custom development makes the integration between different departments within an organization and their applications much easier, which in turn promotes better collaboration.
What To Look For In A Custom Software Development Company?
Choosing the right software partner for your project is crucial for project success. Hire the wrong one, and you could face delayed timelines, higher costs and wasted energy.
Luckily, there are two key qualities to keep in mind that will help you choose the best developers for your upcoming project:
- Your business needs: Before you start researching prospective partners, understand what your objectives are first. What type of software are you looking to create? What specific needs and processes do you want to include in the new solutions. You'll want to make sure you select an agency that has experience in these types of goals and who can deliver the best results possible.
- Timeline: Development can take a long time; Sometimes a year or more! So, be realistic when you first create your ideal timeline. Then, find a company that works quickly, within your timeframe, and which will be honest and transparent regarding how long deliverables will take. This will help you understand if a development firm is worth investing in.
How To Choose The Right Custom Software Development Firm?
Not all development services are created equal.
Selecting the right agency requires careful consideration. You can’t improvise this decision.
A wrong choice can set your project weeks or months back, and cost you more than a pretty penny.
Here are several factors that will help you pick the right partner for your brand:
1. Are They The Right Fit For Your Business?
When looking for a development partner, it is important to determine if they fit your requirements and your management style.
There are several factors here that you should consider, such as:
- Do you need them physically close or can they be located offshore?
- Do they fit your budget?
- Do they have the manpower, the know-how and the resources to deliver your project on time?
These are just a few major questions that will help you understand which of the top custom software development companies is the right fit for you.
2. Do They Have The Required Technical Expertise?
Software companies specialize in various technologies, types of services and solutions.
Look for the ones that highlight the services that you need, whether it is consulting, architecture, programming or end-to-end development.
Look for the companies that specialize in the technologies your solution requires.
Research their portfolios and interview past clients to evaluate their level of competence.
A little research into the company’s past work will not only tell you whether they have the required experience, but also that they are easy to work with.
3. Do They Have The Desired Industry Experience?
Previous industry experience can significantly improve the quality of your solutions, as well as accelerate the delivery of your project.
The logic is simple: The more your partner understands your target market and competition, the better they can meet your needs.
So, go through the portfolios of the potential firms and see what projects they have worked on.
10 Questions To Ask When Interviewing Custom Software Development Companies
- Have you developed similar solutions in the past?
- Who are some of your past clients?
- Can you describe your approach to software development?
- Which technologies do you specialize in?
- How do you stay up-to-date with the latest development trends and tech?
- Developers can make or break a project; How do you ensure you have the best talent on board?
- Which project management tools do you use?
- How will we be able to track the team’s performance?
- How do you charge?
- Do you offer after-launch services?
Final Verdict: To Hire Custom Software Developers Or To Purchase Off-The-Shelf?
Investing in custom software means creating solutions that answer your specific business needs. As such, custom software seamlessly integrates into your existing ecosystem, improving productivity across the board.
Unlike off-the-shelf, custom solutions scale with your organization. This provides you with a sustainable technology that propels your organization's growth at all stages.
However, capitalizing on its potential is dependent on:
- The communication of your requirement
- Well-developed architecture
- Well-developed solution
Getting custom software right requires significant upfront investment and, most importantly, the right IT partner. When done right, it yields long-term benefits that more than justify the investment.