Top Software Development Companies
The best software development companies build custom software solutions, operating systems, websites, mobile applications and more. Our analysts and industry experts have ranked the leading companies that provide top-rated software services.
Best Software Development Companies Of 2020
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|Company||Website||Location||Team Size||Average Rate||Minimal Budget|
|1. The Gnar Company||https://www.thegnar.co||Massachusetts||Under 49||$150/hr||$10,000+|
|2. Altar.io||https://altar.io||Portugal||Under 49||$100/hr||$25,000+|
|3. Itransition||https://www.itransition.com||Colorado||1000 & Up||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|4. Pieoneers Software Inc||https://pieoneers.com||Canada||Under 49||$150/hr||$25,000+|
|5. itCraft||https://itcraftapps.com||Poland||Under 49||$50/hr||$25,000+|
|6. EMERGE||https://www.emergeinteractive.com||Oregon||Under 49||$185/hr||$50,000+|
|7. iTechArt||https://www.itechart.com||New York||1000 & Up||$35/hr||$25,000+|
|8. Kaz Software||http://kaz.com.bd||Bangladesh||50 - 99||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|9. Syberry Corporation||https://www.syberry.com||Texas||250 - 499||$40/hr||$50,000+
|10. Wandr Studio||https://wandr.studio||California||Under 49||$95/hr||$10,000+|
|11. Digital Silk||https://www.digitalsilk.com||Florida||50 - 99||$125/hr||$10,000+|
|12. Kanda Software||https://www.kandasoft.com||Massachusetts||500 - 999||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|13. SpdLoad||https://spdload.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$38/hr||$10,000+|
|15. Table XI||https://www.tablexi.com||Illinois||Under 49||$195/hr||$50,000+|
|17. PragmaticDLT||https://pragmaticdlt.com||Canada||Under 49||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|18. Brightscout||https://www.brightscout.com||Texas||Under 49||$95/hr||$50,000+|
|19. Binariks||https://binariks.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$35/hr||$10,000+
|20. Attract Group||https://attractgroup.com||Nevada||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|21. Applaudo Studios||https://applaudostudios.com||Texas||100 - 249||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|22. datarockets||https://datarockets.com||Canada||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|23. fram^||https://wearefram.com||Vietnam||100 - 249||Inquire||Inquire|
|24. Clarion Technologies||https://www.clariontech.com||New York||250 - 499||Inquire||Inquire|
|25. ITech CRAFT||https://itechcraft.com||Germany||100 - 249||$45/hr||$1,000+|
|26. Dogtown Media||https://www.dogtownmedia.com||California||Under 49||$140/hr||$50,000+|
|27. Caxy Interactive||https://www.caxy.com||Illinois||Under 49||$165/hr||$50,000+|
|28. Terasol Technologies||https://www.terasoltechnologies.com||New York||Under 49||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|29. Outsourcing Ukraine||http://www.outsourcing-ukraine.com||Germany||Under 49||$6/hr||Inquire|
|30. Sirin Software||https://sirinsoftware.com||Florida||50 - 99||$45/hr||$10,000+|
|31. A3logics||https://www.a3logics.com||California||250 - 499||$37/hr||$10,000+|
|32. Idea||http://www.idea.lt||Lithuania||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|33. Aurora Digital||https://www.auroradigital.eu||Finland||Under 49||$80/hr||$10,000+|
|34. KeenEthics||https://keenethics.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$30/hr||$10,000+
|35. Athlon||https://www.weareathlon.com||Canada||50 - 99||Inquire||$1,000+|
|36. Rubyroid Labs||https://rubyroidlabs.com||Belarus||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|37. Exposit||https://www.exposit.com||Belarus||100 - 249||$28/hr||$10,000+|
|38. Halo Lab||https://halo-lab.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|39. Demodern||https://demodern.com||Germany||50 - 99||Inquire||Inquire|
|40. mindworks||https://www.mindworks.de||Germany||Under 49||$140/hr||$50,000+|
|41. the Design Agency||https://www.designagency.gr||Greece||Under 49||$59/hr||$1,000+|
|42. Eight Bit Studios||https://eightbitstudios.com||Illinois||Under 49||$185/hr||$25,000+|
|43. Cabot Technology Solutions, Inc.||https://www.cabotsolutions.com||Illinois||100 - 249||$30/hr||Inquire|
|44. Coding Sans||https://codingsans.com||Hungary||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|45. PROGMATIQ||https://progmatiq.com||Poland||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|46. Magora||https://magora-systems.com||United Kingdom||100 - 249||$55/hr||$10,000+|
|47. Algoworks||https://www.algoworks.com||India||100 - 249||$40/hr||Inquire|
|48. ImageX Media||http://imagexmedia.com||Canada||50 - 99||$125/hr||$25,000+|
|49. Techliance||https://www.techliance.com||Utah||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|50. Leverage||https://www.leveragestl.com||Missouri||Under 49||$100/hr||$10,000+|
|51. Look4App||https://www.l4a-soft.com||Poland||50 - 99||$60/hr||Inquire|
|52. Kroon Studio||http://www.kroonstudio.com||Serbia||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|53. 2muchcoffee||https://2muchcoffee.com||New York||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|54. LORDEYS||https://lordeys.com||China||Under 49||Inquire||$10,000+|
|55. The Provato Group||https://www.theprovatogroup.com||Ohio||Under 49||$100/hr||$1,000+|
|56. Intellias||https://www.intellias.com||Ukraine||1000 & Up||$40/hr||$50,000+|
|57. DCSL Software Ltd||https://www.dcslsoftware.com||United Kingdom||100 - 249||£80/hr||$25,000+|
|58. CyberCraft||https://cybercraftinc.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$50/hr||Inquire|
|59. KoderLabs||https://www.koderlabs.com||Texas||50 - 99||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|60. Idea Rebel||https://www.idearebel.com||Canada||Under 49||$180/hr||$10,000+|
|61. Spiral Scout||https://spiralscout.com||California||Under 49||$75/hr||$25,000+|
|62. lyra||http://lyra.digital||Spain||Under 49||Inquire||$10,000+|
|63. Switch Software Solutions||https://switchsoftware.us||Uruguay||50 - 99||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|64. ESKOR Werbeagentur||https://www.eskor.de||Germany||Under 49||$100/hr||$1,000+|
|65. WK360||https://wk360.com||United Kingdom||Under 49||Inquire||Inquire|
|66. Norderbergs||https://norderbergs.com||Sweden||Under 49||$75/hr||$1,000+|
|67. Solulab INC||http://www.solulab.com||California||50 - 99||$30/hr||$10,000+|
|68. Mega||http://themega.agency||Rhode Island||Under 49||$75/hr||$1,000+|
|69. DEEPBLUE||https://www.deepblue.com||California||Under 49||$125/hr||$10,000+|
|70. toughlex||https://www.toughlex.com||Lithuania||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|71. UruIT||https://uruit.com||Uruguay||100 - 249||$50/hr||$50,000+|
|72. Appus Studio LP||https://appus.software||Ukraine||Under 49||$27/hr||$1,000+|
|73. Clustox||https://www.clustox.com||Pakistan||Under 49||$20/hr||$10,000+|
|74. Next Big Technology||https://nextbigtechnology.com||India||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|75. Proxima agency||https://proxima.world||New York||Under 49||$40/hr||$1,000+|
|76. Euro Testing Software Solutions||http://www.euro-testing.com||Romania||50 - 99||$40/hr||$1,000+|
|77. TOPS Infosolutions||https://www.topsinfosolutions.com||California||100 - 249||$15/hr||$1,000+|
|78. PixelCrayons||https://www.pixelcrayons.com||India||500 - 999||$12/hr||$1,000+|
|79. KDSolutions||https://kdsolutions.com||Poland||Under 49||Inquire||$1,000+|
|80. Decipher Zone Software||https://decipherzone.com||India||50 - 99||$10/hr||Under $1,000|
|81. Web Design Sun®||https://www.webdesignsun.com||Spain||Under 49||$30/hr||$25,000+|
|82. Voyant Consultancy Services||http://www.voyantcs.com||India||50 - 99||$35/hr||Inquire|
|83. Telexar||https://www.telexarsoftware.com||Sri Lanka||50 - 99||$7/hr||$1,000+|
|84. Maocular Tech Expert||https://www.maocular.org||Nigeria||Under 49||$200/hr||$1,000+|
|85. CognitiveClouds||https://www.cognitiveclouds.com||California||100 - 249||$25/hr||$25,000+|
|86. ISS Art||https://issart.com||California||50 - 99||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|87. DxMinds Innovation Labs Pvt.Ltd||https://dxminds.com||India||50 - 99||$28/hr||$1,000+|
|88. Rwaltz Software||http://www.rwaltz.com||Georgia||Under 49||Inquire||Inquire|
|89. Software Brothers||https://softwarebrothers.co||Poland||Under 49||$55/hr||$10,000+|
|90. Factory||https://www.factory.hr||Croatia||Under 49||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|91. Ilao||http://ilao.co||Turkey||Under 49||Inquire||$1,000+|
|92. IntexSoft||https://www.intexsoft.com||Belarus||100 - 249||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|93. Techmango Technology Services||https://www.techmango.net||India||100 - 249||$25/hr||Under $1,000|
|94. Entrision||https://entrision.com||Wisconsin||Under 49||$125/hr||$10,000+|
|95. Finoit Technologies||https://www.finoit.com||Texas||100 - 249||$25/hr||Inquire|
|96. Digit Bazar IT Solutions Private Limited||http://www.digitbazar.com||India||50 - 99||$10/hr||$1,000+|
|97. Appscrip||https://www.appscrip.com||Georgia||100 - 249||$25/hr||$10,000+|
|98. UNL Solutions||https://unl.solutions||United Kingdom||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|99. Parrolabs Inc||https://www.parrolabs.com||Colombia||Under 49||$65/hr||$10,000+|
|100. Vyrazu Labs||https://www.vyrazu.com||India||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|101. HTML Pro||https://www.htmlpro.net||New York||50 - 99||$75/hr||$1,000+|
|102. RSQUARE MEDIA||https://www.rsquare.media||New York||Under 49||$150/hr||$1,000+|
|103. Kontra Agency||https://kontra.agency||Croatia||Under 49||$50/hr||$1,000+|
|104. Romexsoft||https://www.romexsoft.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$35/hr||$25,000+|
|105. Cubix||https://www.cubix.co/mobile-app||Washington||100 - 249||$49/hr||$25,000+|
|106. LAKSN Technologies||https://www.laksn.com||India||50 - 99||$200/hr||$1,000+|
|107. RabIT software engineering||https://www.rabitse.com||Hungary||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|108. Seasia Infotech||https://www.seasiainfotech.com||California||500 - 999||$25/hr||$1,000+|
|109. Huspi sp. z O.O.||https://huspi.com||Poland||Under 49||$25/hr||$10,000+|
|110. Ketek||https://www.ketek.ro||Romania||Under 49||$35/hr||$10,000+|
|111. Think Future Technologies||https://www.tftus.com||India||250 - 499||$25/hr||Under $1,000|
|112. SpinDance||https://spindance.com||Michigan||Under 49||$150/hr||$1,000+|
|113. Relliks Systems||https://relliks.com||Pakistan||Under 49||$30/hr||Inquire|
|114. Critical Mission Computing Ltd||https://www.criticalmissioncomputing.co.uk||United Kingdom||Under 49||$25/hr||$1,000+|
|115. Imperium Apps||https://imperiumapps.com||Germany||Under 49||$55/hr||$10,000+|
|116. Apiumhub||https://apiumhub.com||Spain||Under 49||$60/hr||$10,000+|
|117. *instinctools Company||http://www.instinctools.com||Germany||250 - 499||$37/hr||$1,000+|
|118. Social Media 55||https://socialmedia55.com||Canada||Under 49||$125/hr||$1,000+
|119. Dividato||https://sf.dividato.com||Florida||50 - 99||$40/hr||$10,000+
|120. OS-System||https://www.os-system.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$30/hr||$10,000+
|121. AgileEngine||https://agileengine.com||Virginia||250 - 499||Inquire||$50,000+
|122. PSL Corp||https://www.pslcorp.com||Colombia||500 - 999||$48/hr||Inquire
|123. Delasign||https://www.delasign.com||New York||Under 49||$200/hr||$25,000+
|124. Xplicity JSC||https://www.xplicity.com||Lithuania||Under 49||$35/hr||Inquire|
|125. Software Development Resources Inc.||https://softdevresources.com||New York||Under 49||$65/hr||Under $1,000
|126. Talmatic||https://talmatic.com||Ireland||Under 49||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|127. TechBear.com||https://techbear.com||New Jersey||Under 49||$23/hr||Inquire
|128. MaxSoft||https://maxsoft.bg||Bulgaria||Under 49||$30/hr||$1,000+|
|129. RootQuotient||https://rootquotient.com||Canada||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+
|130. Envision Dennis Romano LLC||https://envisiondr.com||New Jersey||Under 49||$137/hr||$10,000+
|131. Website Web Designs||https://websitewebdesigns.co.za||South Africa||Under 49||$20/hr||Under $1,000
|132. Splash Designworks LLC||https://splashdw.com||Delaware||Under 49||$149/hr||$1,000+|
|133. Povio Labs||https://poviolabs.com||California||100 - 249||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|134. Webdevium||https://webdevium.com||Texas||Under 49||$100/hr||$1,000+|
|135. Buzz Interactive||https://www.buzzinteractive.co||Pakistan||Under 49||$45/hr||$1,000+|
|136. Fluper||https://www.fluper.com||India||250 - 499||$15/hr||$1,000+|
|137. FATbit Technologies||https://www.fatbit.com||India||100 - 249||$30/hr||Under $1,000|
|138. Azoft||https://www.azoft.com||New York||Inquire||Inquire||Inquire|
|139. Daffodil Software||https://www.daffodilsw.com||India||500 - 999||$20/hr||Inquire|
|140. Seamgen||https://www.seamgen.com||California||Under 49||$130/hr||$50,000+|
|141. ScienceSoft||https://www.scnsoft.com||Texas||500 - 999||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|142. Silicon Overdrive||http://www.archer-soft.com||South Africa||Under 49||$50/hr||Under $1,000|
|143. GuideSmiths||https://www.guidesmiths.com||United Kingdom||100 - 249||$65/hr||$10,000+|
|144. Polcode||https://polcode.com||Poland||100 - 249||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|145. CodeRiders||https://www.coderiders.am||Armenia||Under 49||$25/hr||$1,000+|
|146. KitRUM||https://kitrum.com||Florida||100 - 249||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|147. Infoxen Technologies Inc.||https://www.infoxen.com||California||50 - 99||$50/hr||$10,000+|
|148. TTT Studios||https://ttt.studio||Canada||Under 49||$135/hr||$50,000+|
|149. Ionixx Technologies Private Limited||https://www.ionixxtech.com||California||100 - 249||$37/hr||$10,000+|
|150. Ardas||https://ardas-it.com||California||100 - 249||$40/hr||$1,000+|
|151. Tudip||https://tudip.com||California||250 - 499||$15/hr||$1,000+|
|152. Neoteric||https://neoteric.eu||Poland||100 - 249||$75/hr||$10,000+|
|153. UkrInSofT||https://ukrinsoft.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$26/hr||$10,000+|
|154. Gravum||https://www.gravum.com||Lithuania||Under 49||$37/hr||$25,000+|
|155. Devox Software||https://devoxsoftware.com||Ukraine||Under 49||$29/hr||$10,000+|
|156. Huspi sp. z O.O.||https://huspi.com||Poland||Under 49||$25/hr||$10,000+|
|157. Romexsoft||https://www.romexsoft.com||Ukraine||50 - 99||$35/hr||$25,000+|
|158. Wesrom Corporation||https://wesrom.com||United Kingdom||Under 49||$150/hr||$1,000+|
|159. Prishusoft||https://www.prishusoft.com||India||Under 49||$20/hr||$1,000+|
|160. Startup Development House||https://start-up.house||Poland||Under 49||$40/hr||$10,000+|
|161. Digital Skynet||https://digitalskynet.com||Russia||Under 49||$37/hr||$1,000+|
|162. InApps Technology||https://www.inapps.net||Vietnam||100 - 249||$25/hr||$10,000+|
|163. QArea||https://qarea.com||California||250 - 499||$35/hr||$1,000+|
|164. fram^||https://wearefram.com||Vietnam||100 - 249||Inquire||Inquire|
What Is A Software Development Company?
A software development company is an organization specialized in providing software services including building customized programs, platforms and digital interfaces, that help your business work more efficiently or your consumers interact with your brand more effectively.
These companies build solutions and programs for businesses’ internal and external needs, such as accounting systems or online retail sites, respectively.
Software developers can also improve and personalize existing programs to meet an organization's needs.
Because they work on digital programs, software developers can often work remotely, which allows businesses to hire the top teams worldwide, gaining access to a larger talent pool and minimizing the cost of development.
What Do Software Development Companies Do?
Software is a "written language", or code, that powers technology.
Software systems are usually referred to as “solutions” because they are designed to solve problems - from mundane personal to complex professional ones. These are mainly developed to facilitate a task or streamline processes.
Besides the solutions, software can also be developed for entertainment purposes; Think computer games and gambling sites.
Software companies are the experts who:
- Design the solutions which include product or platform conceptualization
- Integrate it with other systems
- Design the UI & UX, i.e. how the websites, apps and other interfaces look and feel to the users
- Quality assure (QA), i.e. test it before it goes live, or troubleshoot as part of maintenance
- Deploy it
- Maintain it
- And/or provide support to its users
- And more
What Are The Types Of Software Companies?
Because software can serve virtually any industry and area of business, and because technologies are so many and varied, there are many types of software companies that develop specific industry, platform, technical and/or technological expertise.
These are some of the types of software companies by industry and field specialization:
- Healthcare & Medical software companies
- Education software companies
- HR software companies
- Retail software companies
- Telecom software companies
- And more
These are some of the types of companies by platform and system type specialization:
- Web development companies
- UI/UX development
- App development companies
- Enterprise software companies
- eCommerce development companies
- IoT development companies
- AI and machine learning specialized companies
- Big data specialized companies
- And more
Then there are the companies that specialize in delivering specific types of services, mainly:
- Staff augmentation, i.e. dedicated teams: These software companies hire and manage teams of IT professionals dedicated exclusively to your organization and who act as an extension of your in-house team. This is a type of long-term partnership.
- Project-based development: Companies that specialize in project-based development form shorter-term, one-time partnerships that last until the successful delivery of the client’s project or until the partnership is dissolved.
What Is The Difference Between IT Companies and Software Companies?
An IT company operates within the information technology industry. As such, it is an umbrella term for software, hardware and everything in between.
An IT company can develop and support solutions for any industry, but it can also specialize in the physical side of tech, such as developing wearables, building robots, the hardware part of the IoT systems, devices like smartphones and laptops, etc.
In other words: every software company is an IT company, but not every IT company is a software one.
Researching Software Development Firms: These Questions Will Help You Focus
There are several aspects to consider to identify the top software company, i.e. the best development partner for your business.
However, before evaluating what the market has to offer, it is important to address and assess your organizational needs first.
To prep for your search, be sure to clearly define your requirement and the goals you hope to achieve with the development of your solution, preferably backing every point with relevant data.
Then, consider the following:
Location: Where Should Your Software Development Company Be Based?
This step will help you focus your search on local or foreign prospective software partners.
The key question to ask yourself is: How important is my team’s physical accessibility to my organization, and vice versa?
In other words:
- Will your development partner need access to your physical offices, storage or other corporate premises?
- Will you require frequent on-site meetings?
- How important is it to remain within your local legal and business systems?
- How important is it to overlap with your development partner time zone-wise?
The answers to these questions can help you determine whether to onshore, nearshore or offshore your software development.
Budget: How Much Are You Looking To Invest?
Development cost and the cost of other software services differ greatly, not only across geographic regions but within the markets as well.
There are many factors that determine the software company’s price sheet, from the local cost of living and doing business to the companies’ level of expertise and client portfolio.
Our above-featured list of the top software companies comes with a price estimate for each. This will give you an idea of the most cost-effective regions, i.e. countries for your software development project and how far your budget can take you.
Other Aspects To Consider
If you decide to onshore your software development, i.e. to partner with US-based software developers, look for the candidate that:
- Has the technical expertise you require: If you need an eCommerce solution, look for companies specialized in eCommerce. If you want a PHP website, look for the candidates that highlight PHP expertise on their website.
- Has had the exposure to your industry: Though this should not be a decisive factor, previous exposure to your industry can give your prospective development partner a leg up on the development process as it cuts the knowledge building time.
- Has developed solutions similar to yours, or delivered services similar to those you require: This is another important, but a non-essential feature of your prospective development partner which can save valuable time otherwise invested in knowledge building. Additionally, if it software services that you are after, such as tech support or quality assurance, it would help if your prospective development partner has had extensive experience in these.
If you are looking to offshore your software development, all of the above applies with the addition of:
- Quality of local IT education
- Local development standards
- The size of the local talent pool
- Local intellectual property (IP) laws and other legal protections your business would enjoy
- Local business environment
- Local political climate
How Much Do Software Companies Charge For Their Services?
Software companies typically price their services per resource per hour. Therefore, these rates vary greatly depending on:
- Company location
- Number of resources
- Level of expertise
- Third-party charges
The greatest factor in service cost is geography. South Asian companies can charge as low as $20 per hour, while North American companies can charge as much as $200 for their high-end expertise.
Speaking of, expertise is an important factor in the service cost. Companies in any given location will command a range of prices, depending on the quality of their portfolios, management and resources - all of which will play a crucial role in the quality of their output.
In terms of average project cost, the lowest start at $1,000 in Eastern Europe, Asia and South America.
North American projects start at $5,000 and average at around $10,000.
How To Choose A Software Development Company For Your Business?
Identifying the right software partner for your business is crucial for the success of your project.
Once you have narrowed your options down to a few prospective partners, the steps to take are:
- Conduct in-depth interviews with each candidate: This is your opportunity to revisit and examine all the information about the company’s portfolio, skills and experience. It is also the opportunity to learn about:
- Their management: Assess how experienced and qualified they are
- Their evolution and vision: Know where they come from, where they are going and how stable their business is
- The company’s recruitment practices: Learn how they ensure they have the best talent on board
- How they keep their staff on top of their game: Learn about the processes and practices they employ to keep their staff in tune with the latest trends and technologies
- Their staff turnover rates: Assess how loyal their workforce is as an important factor in the progressive domain knowledge building with your team
- Their data protection practices: Evaluate how safe your sensitive data would be in their hands
- Their disaster management plan: Evaluate how prepared they are to tackle crises like security breaches, technical failures, data loss and other
- Their communication channels and practices: Learn how they facilitate communication with the clients and how they ensure transparency over the development process
- Conduct in-depth interviews with each company’s references to confirm the company’s claims and gain a client perspective on their work. Key questions to ask are:
- How would you evaluate your collaboration?
- How would describe the company’s technical expertise and the quality of their input?
- How would you evaluate the quality of the company’s output?
- How easy was it to collaborate with the company’s management and other staff?
- What advice would you give our organization that could contribute to the successful partnership?
15 Questions To Ask A Software Development Company
Here are the top 15 questions you should ask every potential candidate on our list to narrow the list of options down:
1. What are your core areas of expertise?
They also specialize in different areas of development such as architecturing, backend and frontend coding, testing and more.
Finally, software experts, including companies, develop expertise in particular domains such as AI, blockchain and IoT, as well as industries.
Together, these experts build a product from scratch or implement changes into existing software.
To find the right software partner for your business, determine your requirement and interview the candidates to determine whether they have the expertise to deliver the best project possible.
2. How do you deliver your services: Do you work on a project-based or dedicated team model?
Most of these organizations offer two types of software development services: project-based and dedicated team mode.
The project-based model is suitable for businesses that look for one-time project delivery. This typically includes small and short term projects that clients need to have ready within a short time.
They usually have set unalterable requirements and don’t need to monitor the project progress closely or communicate with the software developers constantly.
The dedicated team model, on the other hand, fits businesses that want to invest in a long term partnership. They have a long-term project and look for a software development agency that will help them shape their requirements to fit their needs.
In this case, businesses also monitor their developers and track their project progress which is why they are involved in the project and continuously communicate with their partners.
3. Which technology stacks do you specialize in?
Technology stacks are the combination of technologies, including languages and frameworks, used to create your solution. The most popular ones are:
- Backend: Ruby On Rails, Node.js, PHP and frameworks like Rails and Express
- Database: MySQL, Oracle, MongoDB
- And more
Depending on the scope of your requirement, you may want to focus on:
- The companies that specialize in the technology stack your project calls for
- Or, if you do not have a pre-set requirement, the companies that offer consulting and end-to-end services as these will be able to help you identify the right technologies
4. Have you developed solutions for our industry before?
Each of the top software development firms on our list has worked with different types of clientele. Though it is not absolutely necessary to hire a partner that has developed solutions for your industry before, it can be beneficial.
Having an agency that understands your target market, competition and business model well can accelerate project delivery. Those experts that have deep insight into your business concerns, market goals, budget and resources can meet your requirements and expectations better.
Companies’ portfolios will showcase their past work and will give you an insight into their experience in your industry as well as what results you can expect from them.
5. How do you handle intellectual property (IP)?
Find out who will own the software rights once your product is launched. There are four types of legally recognized rights that are relevant to every industry and every type of client:
- Trade secrets
By default, the person who creates the code owns it. However, it is important for businesses to have complete ownership of these rights. One of the main reasons for this is that developers can make you very dependent on their technologies. And this can cost you a lot.
Moreover, it can also hurt your clients since your services will depend on the service provider.
Signing an agreement to protect your intellectual rights will prevent such issues.
6. What files will I have access to during the project?
Ask the potential software developers what files you will have access to assess the level of transparency and insight you will have during the project.
As they will work on different systems, these experts will build testing environments, code repositories and other files that document their development process.
All these files will help you understand product functionality and unify project-related information.
Moreover, they will also allow you to discuss some significant questions that may come up between you and your software development company.
Make sure the partner you choose pays deep attention to documentation since it can improve your product quality.
7. What if I’m not satisfied with the product or service/ What about after-launch policy?
Posing this question to the best software development companies can help you figure out how safe your investment is.
If the product is discovered to be buggy as a result of poor development or QA testing process, you should ensure that your development partner is willing to commit to fixing these bugs as part of their contract.
To increase the chance of being satisfied with what your partner delivers make sure:
- They adhere to the quality standards while coding your product. In other words, they should use clean code and review them regularly.
- They provide you with a legal agreement or contract that will focus on the quality of your product.
8. What’s your plan for long-term software maintenance?
After your software or application is launched, you will need your partner’s support and maintenance services.
This may include fixing bugs, releasing updates, or adding new features and functionalities as your business grows and changes.
So, ask the potential candidates on our list whether they will be there to assist you post-launch.
In addition, make sure you also discuss the cost of their services once your project ends. Find out whether you need to pay any additional fees or maybe they will be included in the pre-discussed budget.
Depending on your product’s complexity, your software developer may also educate you on how to handle certain steps by yourself as well.
9. What is your preferred development methodology and why?
Depending on their team size and objectives, software organizations implement different development methodologies and focus on different best practices.
For your partners to finish your project successfully it is important for them to do proper planning and management.
This is why you should understand how well these experts manage their teams and work. All methodologies have different pros and cons.
For instance, one of the greatest advantages of Agile is that it improves efficiency by allowing developers to realize software benefits earlier.
However, its weakness is that it relies on real-time communication. This is the reason why new users often lack the documentation they need to operate at full speed.
This is why it is of key importance to pick a software development agency that fits your needs the best.
That way you will ensure your projects’ success.
10. What is your approach to project planning like, including development strategy and KPIs?
It is important to understand what is the approach these agencies have to your project from the initial planning until the very end of your project.
The best software development company will employ reliable methods that will first and foremost meet your business needs.
Then, they will implement different tactics that ensure the quality and functionally of your product including UX/UI research and QA testing.
These experts will also estimate the length of your project and focus on relevant key performance indicators to allow them to make smart decisions.
11. What is your approach to project management like, including team roles and project management tools?
The best software development firm will use appropriate project management methods and tools. They will plan, schedule, track and deliver their projects on time.
Its team will function together as a whole and they will be able to learn and grow as they reach their collective results.
They will have a successful project management structure where software developers will clearly define their tasks from the beginning of every project.
And just before that, they will understand their clients’ needs well and adapt their strategies to every business’ unique goals.
12. How do you approach client communication?
Every successful project delivery depends on effective communication between the client and the software developer. Thus, the right partner will constantly keep you in the loop of your project’s progress.
They will use the best tactics that will make your collaboration easier and simpler.
This may include online messaging platforms that will allow quick responses and will save time whenever any issues arise.
Then, they will incorporate reporting dashboards that will store the project data and include real-time updates that will let you keep track of their progress.
Depending on your location, if you and the potential candidate are close to distance, they might also suggest you have in-person meetings from time to time for them to report on your product development.
13. What level of involvement should I expect?
For your partner to be able to meet your expectations, it is important for you to clearly highlight all your requirements.
This may require your software development partner to be constantly in touch with you. They might ask for your opinions, share their ideas and suggestions to ensure your project’s success.
So, it is important for you to ask how you would be involved in the project from the start until its launch. Inquire how often you would communicate to understand whether you can allocate the time and to organize yourself better without neglecting your work duties.
Also, ask who would be the main point of contact so that you know who to turn to whenever you have any questions.
14. How much would my project cost?
Every firm offers different pricing structures. And as we mentioned above, most of them price their services per hour. However, the cost of software development services will depend on various factors including the project complexity.
This is why you should communicate your project requirements as well as business goals prior to asking about the cost.
However, you should also bear in mind that a cheap solution is not a cost-effective one. The more you are able to invest, the more efficient product you will get.
This is why you should keep your long-term software revenue in mind when negotiating on the final price.
Moreover, make sure you also ask about the cost of the post-launch maintenance services. Find out whether they are included in the project cost or you will need to pay extra fees.
15. What would be the list of actual deliverables?
The actual project deliverables will be different for every client since they all have unique goals and requirements.
This is why you should clearly communicate your objectives with the potential candidates on our list so that they can tell you exactly what you can expect.
Make sure you choose an agency that can ensure product deliverables and that can deliver software that is fully functional and that meets your expectations completely.
However, also choose a partner that can provide you with project deliverables. This includes project plans, reports and meetings info.
Found The Right Software Development Partner? Here Is One Last Tip To Ensure Your Project Is Off To A Good Start
With your development partner decided on, all that remains is to draft the corporate agreement and start the development planning process.
Be sure to have legal assistance in all stages of deal conclusion, from contract drafting to editing, clause negotiation to proofing and signing.
With that, your project is on its way. Best of luck!