In an increasingly digital world, good software, whether for customer-facing (online stores, web apps, etc.) or internal (CRM, logistics, etc.) purposes, is essential. That’s why many businesses choose to outsource their software development needs to specialist teams. Such specialists can be essential in creating custom software to help a company meet its customers’ needs or modernize its internal structure.
Many companies advertise their services in software development, with different specialties, years of experience, and prices. When considering a software development company to hire, there are many factors one should keep in mind. Choosing an incompetent or ill-suited partner for a contract could mean delays, wasted money, or a shoddy product. Therefore, one should carefully consider the following factors when making that choice.
Leverage References and Recommendations
If you’re not lucky enough to have a personal recommendation from a trusted colleague or peer, then check the software company’s website and social media mentions for endorsements by reputable and well-known companies.
Investigate the Company Culture
Get an impression of what the company is like to work with by comparing Glassdoor employee reviews and news stories about them as well as the company’s own promotions and social media.
Be Honest about Your Needs
Before hiring, you need to know your budget and time frame for the project. Then you will be able to assess if the company has the resources to complete the task well and on time.
Use Proper Documentation
Whenever your company engages in business with another, make sure that you have outlined responsibilities and obligations in proper legal documentation, reviewed by lawyers.
Don’t Just Get the Cheapest Option
Don’t be tempted to scrape the bottom of the barrel for offers. Hiring a ‘cheap’ option that wastes time and money in delays or errors does not work out to be the most economical option in the long run!
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As Chief Executive Officer of AccelOne, I feel very fortunate to lead a team of consummate professionals in the field of software development services which are delivered out of Argentina and the US. My operating experience spans industries which include venture capital, private equity, advertising/ publishing, search engine marketing and social media. I have built, trained and led sales and marketing teams from scratch which have gone on to become Fastest Growing companies per both Inc, magazine and Puget Sound Business Journal.
Specialties: IT & Software Development Outsourcing, IT and Software Development Staffing, IT and Software Contracting and Consulting, Software Project Management and Development, ecommerce, publishing, media, Distributed Teams, Nearshore, Offshore, Argentina, Agile, Mobile applications, Android, Apple, iOS, Windows, Tablet apps.