Software Development

Are you a business in search of the most sought after software companies in the world? Here you will find an endless and well curated list of top league software development companies, who have built an envious reputation for themselves. Every business needs some kind of software for multiple and diverse tasks. There are millions of companies who claim to deliver a great service but we introduce you to the best companies providing and delivering full cycle software development services. These companies offer exceptional solutions, engage with the most current and emerging technologies and bring a lot more to the table. We  give you companies who develop custom software solutions, websites, applications and more.

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How to Find, Hire, and Retain Perfect Software Developers?

The average cost of a software development project is between $25,000 to $60,000.

A typical software development project takes about four to nine months to complete.

So?

You cannot hire just anyone for a job that costs thousands of dollars and takes months to complete. Plus, your business’s success depends on it

So analyze all possible options before getting to THE ONE software developer?

But, there are over 20 million software developers in the world. 

So that’ll be more of a wild goose chase than a hunt.

So, what do you do then?

Use this guide. 

Why?

  • We are unbiased. No matter which software developer or company you hire, we ain’t getting any commissions.
  • We vet software developers and other B2B tech vendors every day. That’s our job. The B2B tech vendors you see on the ComHQ platform are vetted by us. Each one of them. So we do know a thing or two more than the average buyer. (Well, a lot more, actually!)
  • This guide is free. We aren’t charging you for some secret information. We are just showing you the right direction. And that’s because we feel you deserve to know how to make the right choice.

Go ahead and make the most of this free, unbiased, and expert-curated guide. 

How To Make Use Of This Guide?

Give a young lad a vehicle he doesn’t know how to drive and watch him wreck the thing in seconds. 

The same goes for this guide.

We know it is perfect.

But if you don’t use it perfectly, it will be a waste of your time. 

And a disgrace to our efforts.

Here’s the three-step process to use this guide correctly.

Step 1: Carefully read this guide to the end.

Step 2: Bookmark it to be able to use it whenever you are looking for a software developer.

Step 3: Let this guide hold your hand and guide you towards the right choice, one step at a time.

Warning: Even if you are tempted to skip a couple of steps and get done with the buying process quickly, don’t give in. Remember, good things take time. 

4 Things To Do Before Hiring A Software Developer

The process of hiring a software developer doesn’t begin when you actually start screening prospective options. 

It begins right when you start ideating about hiring a software developer.

Do these 4 things before you go down the dotted line with a vendor.

  1. Identify The Purpose of Your Software

  • Would your software make life easier for your employees?

  • Would it aid senior-level managers in better controlling their subordinates?

  • Does your software make your customers happy?

  • Will your software solution solve the inventory management issues that you are currently facing?

What exactly is its purpose? 

  • Get precise answers to these questions first. 

  • Only then should you begin looking for developers.

  • It is as simple as deciding which cuisine you’d like to have today before choosing between a Chinese or Italian restaurant.

You need to know what you want. 

That’s when you will be able to find someone who can give you just that.

  1. Understand Why You Need A Custom Software

“I need a software developed” is NOT reason enough to hire a software developer.

There are a hundred off-the-shelf solutions available. No matter what category you look at, you’ll have readymade options.

 

So, why do you need custom software?

Why do you want an expert software developer to develop a software product, for you, from scratch?

Move forward only when you have a clear, thought-out answer to that question.

Don’t hire experts to reinvent the wheel for you. 

You’d be wasting their time. 

And your money. 

If you need modifications in an existing software solution, get modifications. Not custom software development.

  1. Outline The Features That You Need Your Software

The purpose of your software is a broad idea about what your software will help you achieve.

But to achieve that, you need a set of clearly defined, consciously designed, and carefully developed features.

  • Do you need your software to be available on multiple operating systems? That’s a feature that you’ll need - Cross-platform availability.

  • Do you want to be able to make changes to your software later? That’s another feature - Flexibility.

Grab your cup of tea.

Ask your team to do the same. 

Then sit down and brainstorm. 

About each and every feature that you need or want in your software. 

  1. Formulate A Budget

Ah! The tough task is here. 

Irrespective of how deep your pockets are, you need a budget. 

And how do you make a budget that’s not too much or too little?

Do this:

  1. Grab the list of features that you need in your software. (You should have it ready unless you skipped the previous point.)

  2. Write down the approximate costs of each feature individually. 

  3. Then sum it up. That’s the approximate overall cost of your software. Your overall budget should be somewhere around that figure.

  4. Estimate how much time it will take for the project to complete. 

  5. Divide the cost by the number of hours to get an hourly rate. That figure should be the approximatehourly rate you should be paying.

However, don’t stay stuck to those figures. Allow variations if you are getting bundled services by paying a little more. 

Also, make sure you don’t go running towards the developer who’s offering services at a lower rate. 

 

Check, analyze and understand, before you onboard. 

Got A List Of Software Development Companies? Here’s How To Sort It

Okay, so now you know why you need custom software developed. 

You know what will the software do for you. 

You have decided what features it will have. 

And you have an estimate about how much you should pay for it.

And you’ve also found a vetted list of software development companies in the desired niche and location. (Curtsey ComHQ!)

Now what?

How do you select one from the many?

For starters, you don’t select at this step. Eliminate. 

That list of 10, 20, 50, 100, or even 500 software development partners needs to come down to 3-5 options. 

Based on the following four factors, eliminate the options that don’t make it up to the mark. 

  1. Hourly Rates

If your budget suggests $20/hour as the approximate rate, a company that charges $40/hour won’t obviously fit your budget.

So just drop ‘em from your list. 

$25/hour? That’s considerable. 

But only if you are sure you are getting value worth the extra dollars you’ll be shelling out each hour.

And what about developers with a $10/hour rate? 

Do you think they’ll be able to offer what you seek? If yes, consider them, by all means. Doubtful? Ditch them already.

Caution: Asterisks (*) spell trouble when they are located anywhere around the hourly rate. (The word literally ends in ‘risks’.) 

Know what terms and conditions apply. 

Don’t take the hourly rates at face value. 

  1. Customer Reviews and Ratings

A B2B vendor’s former customers are your greatest guides. 

They’ve been there where you are today. 

They made the choice that you are contemplating about making.

And they can give you a preview of how your experience with a particular vendor is likely to be. 

Check the reviews and ratings they have given. 

When it comes to these stars it’s the more the merrier.  But… 

All 5-start ratings and customers talking about the company as Godsends - there’s probably something fishy there. 

  1. Experience

Don’t get me wrong on this one. 

I know startups are a powerhouse of potential. 

But you do need people with experience, right?

After all, you don’t want to be the guinea pig. You don’t want to gets used for trials.

A team of fresh graduates headed by industry experts? Good.

A newly formed team of experts who have years of individual experience? Good.

A mix of veteran and new software developers? Good.

A bunch of developers, each without any experience, coming together to offer you their services? Well, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Check when was the company established.  That’s the first indicator of how much experience they’d bring to the table. 

For startups, check how much experience does the top management has.

  1. Contact Information

If I come to your office, tell you I can develop the software you need, but leave without sharing my business card, will you hire me?

What sort of a fool leaves without sharing contact details?

Exactly. Software developers without clearly mentioned contact details are not worth your time.

Possible reasons why they don’t have their contact details mentioned upfront:

  • They don’t want to get hired. 

  • Or they are outright illogical.

Either way, you wouldn’t want to work with these people. Just say, ‘Next’ and move on. 

Won’t it take me umpteen hours to find all this information about each company?

No. 

All the details are shown right on the company profile in the ComHQ list.  

 

You won’t have to look for these details, we serve them to you on a silver platter.

Evaluating Software Development Companies - The ONLY Right Way To Do It

By now you must have eliminated the companies that were not worth a second glance. 

Now, it is time to take a close microscopic look at the ones that made it to this stage.

Ideally, you should have shortlisted three companies. However, having up to five software developers on the list is fine too.

Start by visiting the website of each of the custom software vendors. 

Request multiple quotes.

And schedule initial consultations.

And while you do that consider the following factors:

  1. Company Size

A software development project requires between one to seven heads. Depending on the scale and complexity of your project, find a company that is appropriately staffed to complete the task at hand.

A software development team with only 10 members and serving multiple clients at once might not be able to allocate 5 developers to your project. In such a situation, either you will have to compromise or wait.

Both ways, you won’t get what you are paying for - a quality-assured, timely delivery of your custom software.

It might sound illogical, but do look at the company size. Don’t forget to check how many of the available software developers are qualified to perform the task that you have for them.  

  1. Communicative Efficiency

Communication is the key. To literally everything.

Want your project to conclude without hiccups? 

Clear communication is important for that.

It is your software. And you have all the right to know the details about its development and timeline. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

But be afraid of a software development firm that fails to keep you in the loop.

Before getting started, ask them the following questions:

  • Who can I contact to check about the updates regarding my software development?

  • Will I be informed when a Minimum Viable Product is developed?

  • Who do I need to contact if I need some changes in the software?

  • Will I be assigned a dedicated project manager who’d keep me up-to-date?

  • Do you have a project management system or collaboration tool that I can use to stay abreast about the development process?

We live in a hyper-connected world. Those who don’t have communicative efficiency are obviously not keeping up with the times. 

While analyzing the communicative efficiency of prospective partners ask two more questions to yourself:

  • Is there free, comfortable communication between you and them?

  • What efforts are they taking to make information about the development of your software available to you?

If you get satisfactory answers to these two questions, only then move ahead. 

  1. Pricing And Payments

Okay, the company that has reached this stage of scrutiny is obviously in your budget. Their hourly rates fit your budget.

But hourly rates are just the preview. The entire picture will be clear when you’ll have their quotes. 

  • Are you getting something extra for bundled services?

  • Will you get post-development support?

  • Will you get training in case you are getting the software developed for your employees?

  • What if you need updates later?

  • Is software maintenance included in the package price?

  • What modes of payment are accepted?

  • Do you have to make lump sum payments?

  • Is there a target-based payment model?

Find answers to these questions before you finalize a software development partner.

What if you skip this?

Well, then get ready for foot-long bills that will probably leave a gaping hole in your wallet. 

Don’t want that, right?

Be open, frank, and upfront about the pricing package and payment schedule then. 

  1. Expertise

Every software is different. And developing each software requires a different set of skills and expertise. 

  • Does the B2B software developer in question have experts adept in skills essential for your software’s development?

  • Do they have the required tools?

  • Are they comfortable working with the methods and platforms that are essential for achieving your goals?

Ask these questions. In your first meeting itself.

  1. Experience

Okay, we talked about it before. So why again?

Because earlier we considered just one aspect of the experience - the year of establishment. Now let’s consider more details.

In the preliminary screening, we talked about the experience of the company. Now, you need to know about the experience of individuals who’d be working on your project.

If you are selecting a company because it has been in the business for over two decades, you don’t want only a bunch of fresh graduates working on your custom software development. 

Check with the firm as to who would be handling your project. 

  • Do they have the required experience?

  • How long have they been in the firm? 

  • What industry experience do they have?

  • Do they have experience with the technology stack that is needed for your software development needs?

Ask these questions before it is too late to look for someone else. 

  1. Former Client’s Experience With the Company

You have already checked the ratings and reviews of the software developer or company. Now ask them for references. 

And talk to their former clients. 

Delivering the software solution is not enough. You want the experience to be comfortable too.

Getting custom software development services is not like buying a product off the shelf. You will have to have several discussions with your software development partners. This is necessary to make sure they understand your requirements. And you understand what is possible and what isn’t.

Former clients will be able to tell you not just about the efficiency of the final product but also about the journey.  

  • Are the project managers supportive?

  • Are the developers open to questions?

  • Do they allow you to change certain elements during the development process?

These are just some of the questions that a company’s former clients will be able to answer for you.

  1. Agility

For the non-techies, here’ what agility in software development means.

It means the ability to make multiple rounds of changes during the development process. 

And why is it important?

Without scope for changes, here’s how your software’s development process would look:

  • Planning and listing a bunch of features to be included.

  • Making a cocktail of all those features.

  • Presenting them to you in the form of a finished product irrespective of whether the features sit in sync with each other or not.

Without agile software development, the developers will not have the opportunity to improvise something after it has been done. 

That’s definitely not something that yields great results. 

Software developers who follow the agile methodology are able to sit together, among themselves and with their clients to brainstorm scope for improvement. 

When that happens, better, more refined ideas are found. And the software so developed is better than how it was initially planned. 

  1. Cultural Fit

Your business relationships can stand strong only when you are tied to your partners with the same corporate culture threads.

Do you believe in ethical and fair treatment of employees? 

Partnering with a software development firm that believes in the exploitation of their employees won’t be a good deal then.

It is not just about whether they’d be able to fulfill your needs or not. 

It is also about if they’d understand your business objectives or not.

Will the software developers be a cultural fit for your firm?

Ask clear questions about their work culture. Compare the answers you receive with your own work culture. And then see if things fit right or not.

Even if you hire the best software developers, your project will fail if they are a cultural misfit for you. 

  1. Available Tech Infrastructure

The software development process is broken down into the following steps - 

Developing → Testing → Delivering → Monitoring → Controlling → Supporting.

At each stage of software development, developers use a bunch of hardware, software, and communication technology solutions.  All this combined is what is called the tech infrastructure requires for software development.

  • Do your prospective partners have all that is needed? 

  • Do they have the licenses and permissions to use software development technology products?

  • Do they have proper connectivity?

  • Do they have a suitable management information system?

  • Do they have up-to-date hardware to carry out the development process?

Too many questions, right?

But you need to be 100% sure.

Also, those who have the required tech infrastructure won’t shy away from telling you these details.   

  1. Safety Solutions

Your software needs to be safe and secure. 

What?

Yes.

  • Your software should keep user data safe from leaks and hacks.

  • Your software should be able to keep your company’s data safe from getting into untrustworthy hands.

  • Your software should meet data security norms.

  • And it should also be safe from crashes and abrupt shutdowns.

Most B2B tech buyers don’t consider security as a priority. And that’s where they go wrong.

Without appropriate security solutions, your software can leak your company’s and the software’s users ’ sensitive data. 

This would not just cause a public backlash, but also land you into a legal mess.

Another security aspect that you need to discuss with B2B software vendors is a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

You don’t what your idea being leaked to your competitors, do you? Make sure you sign the papers before you go ahead.

  1. Software Ownership

It is my software, of course, I own it.

But do you?

There have been several cases where companies have faced a hard time in establishing ownership over their software. 

Why? 

Because their software development partner didn’t play fair. 

  • Who will own the software? 

  • When will we get the source code of the developed software?

  • Will we be able to get the software modified or updated by someone else? Will we need your permission for that?

The answers to these questions will tell you if you’d be the actual owner of the software you get developed or not.

  1. Long-term Association

Getting software developed is not a one-time task. The software will eventually need changes in the long run. There might be updates that you’d want. Or you could also require new features or functionalities.

When such a situation arises, what do you think would be better?

Hiring the original developers? 

Or looking for a new company/developer from scratch?

The former, right? 

So ask the software developers you are considering today, whether they are interested in long-term associations or not? 

A develop-and-dash kind of solution provider is not very trustworthy. 

Also, you will need someone to maintain the software. Check if your software provider would offer long-term maintenance or not.

Don’t THESE Factors Affect Your Choice

You know the factors that should guide your choice. But here are some that shouldn’t.

Why not?

Because they are misleading. 

If you let these factors dictate your choice of a software developer, know that you have succumbed to aggressive marketing. 

Know that you are being manipulated by the foul players in the industry. 

  • Boisterous Claims

  • Our software never glitches or lags.

  • We’ll create a bespoke software solution for you within a week.

  • We’ve done the exact same thing before, we don’t need rounds of testing. 

 

If you hear a company representative say any of that or see it written on their website, run. In the opposite direction.

For one, all this isn’t possible. 

Two, even if it were possible, a company that ‘says it’ but has no proof to ‘prove it’ isn’t worth your time. 

Also, you need down-to-earth partners with whom you can aim for the stars. 

Not a bunch of pompous and boisterous developers who talk more do less. 

  • Bragging Reviews

Ask my best friend and he’d tell you I have the voice of a nightingale. 

Is it true? 

Of course not.

But I could get his review published on my website saying exactly that.

Or I could pay people to write a review detailing how they were touched and moved by my voice.

I could post such reviews on my own too. It doesn’t take much to manipulate stuff on your website, you see. 

Shady software developers are no different. 

They’d use bragging reviews to make you feel they are literally the best in the market. 

But if anonymous reviews on their website tell you to believe something about them - make sure you take it with a pinch of salt and common sense. 

  • Rock Bottom Rates

If the hourly rate or project estimate sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

They could have cut down their margins a bit, sure. 

But software development isn’t something that people do pro bono. 

So if you feel like you are getting a great deal and you’re probably saving a fortune, that is a hint that you are falling for an obvious trap.

There could be a small ‘T&C Apply’ written there somewhere. Or maybe the services aren’t up-to-the-mark in terms of quality.

Don’t let rock bottom rates attract you like a honeytrap. Dig deeper and examine things with a microscope in your hand. 

Get Your Custom Software Developed Now

You are still here? Don’t be. 

Be on your way to search for a software developer who’ll take you towards success.

You know how to do it (courtesy of this guide!).

You have the means to do it (the ComHQ platform.)

 

So get started right away.