A software development company's mission is to develop software for its clients according to their specific requirements.
Nowadays, more and more businesses and companies are betting on having digital solutions. Whether it is a commercial website, a digital platform, or a mobile application.
However, most businesses and companies do not have the staff, equipment and knowledge to create a digital solution on their own, so they end up looking for a software development company to work with.
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How to choose a software development company
Be clear about what kind of solution you are looking for
The first step in finding the right software development company is to be clear about what kind of solution you want or need for your business.
In this way you will be able to find a company that directly adapts to the needs of your project.
It is important that if you don't have a clear idea of the kind of digital solution your business requires at least you should have an idea of the goal you want to achieve, so that the software development company can create a solution tailored to your needs.
Consider their online presence
Although when deciding to work with a software development company you can't rely solely on their online presence, this is still an important point.
A good platform or website that allows you to see who they are, what they have done, which are their specialties and which is their work methodology; is always a plus. If the company you're considering working with has a weak online presence, it's time to consider that sign, and keep on with your search.
Ask about past projects/verifiable prior experience.
We've said this many, many times before, but when looking for a software solution, you need to check that the software development company you plan to work with is capable of handling your own project.
That's why asking about past projects they've been involved in is so important. This will show you that other businesses/companies have already trusted them, and you’ll be able to contrast their experience with your requirements and corroborate that they are indeed capable of helping you.
Consider how they carry out software development projects.
We know that understanding how software development projects are conducted can be confusing for regular businesses/companies that are unfamiliar with this subject.
However, it is still vitally important to know which software development methodologies they will be implementing on your project, and if it really fits what you need.
Of course, this is something that the software development company should explain to you in an understandable way, and if you still don't feel satisfied with the answer, or feel that they couldn't provide you with an answer at all, then it's a good idea to keep looking.
Take into account the price/quality ratio with respect to the architecture.
Knowing the different prices involved in software development is not easy and can vary depending on the type of solution you are looking for, and the architecture implemented.
For example, a static web solution may have a completely different price than an e-commerce solution, which involves a much deeper development at a technical level, since it must also handle online payments, external API's, etc.
Keep in mind that the more complicated the solution the more expensive it will be. As already mentioned, you cannot compare the work involved in a web portal, which must connect several sections to the same page, to the development work behind a dynamic web application.
Ask about the type of technologies they handle
Last but not least, knowing the experience that the software development company has in handling different technologies will help you to know if they can really carry out your project.
Keep in mind that the previous experience they have, and the technologies they have handled are two different points. Even if you decide to work with a small company with little previous experience, but who are experts in the right technologies, there is no need to worry.