Between well-established companies and brand new start-ups, the options for choosing a software developer are plentiful. Due to the large number of custom software development companies available today, choosing the best one for you is rarely a stroll in the park. Both the developer and customer have a lot to consider before building a custom software application.
What is Important to the Customer
Before searching for a custom software development company, the customer must first determine its own requirements. Without an idea of what needs to be accomplished, customers enter the wide world of development without purpose or direction. Take cloud computing for example, which is a popular task commonly performed by software development companies.
Cloud computing is an excellent solution for customers with massive data storage as their main priority but this should always be determined before looking for developers. When you know your requirements, you can weed out irrelevant developers and save plenty of time and money further into the search process.
What to Look for in a Developer
Finding a developer can be a long and expensive road without knowing exactly what to look for in one. Typically, it is a lot harder to find a developer than it is to find a plumber or painter. There are important characteristics to look for in a potential custom software developer that should help you determine which one to work with.
First and foremost, a custom developer should have extensive experience building related software applications. History repeats itself and a successful track record is always the first thing to look for in a developer. While on the topic of history, it is also important to ensure customer satisfaction based on previous applications. Make sure that the developer has a proven history of satisfying all customer needs.
Developers need to be competent, compatible and able to not only deliver a finished product, but also to prepare the customer for the future beyond the custom software engagement. Eventually, you will develop a list of the best of the best, in which you can sift through to find that one shining star of a company that brings added value and purpose.
Customers are often unsure of their own business needs. Sometimes, it is up to the developer to help the customer determine the requirements for the project. The ability to help customers determine their requirements can mean the difference between a developer that is simply competent and one that is excellent.
Akesh Gupta is President of Light Speed Solutions. Light Speed Solutions is a professional custom software development company that specializes in the design, development and delivery of web applications.