Choosing a custom software developer is a bit of a different process than picking out any other vendor or service provider.
Chances are, you don’t know exactly what you need or, you do know what you need, but you don’t know how to articulate it just yet. You might not even know that there’s a problem in the first place.
This can make it pretty difficult to know what to look for in a custom software developer.
Custom software is a long-term investment, so it’s imperative that you do extensive research beforehand. The last thing you want is to spend your time and money, only to end up with a less-than-perfect product, all because you selected the first or cheapest developer you came across.
There are a few key things every business owner should look for when seeking out a custom software developer. Look for a developer that:
1. Offers support
No matter how simple the software may sound, you should always seek a service plan that comes with a customer support option. The last thing you want is to launch a custom software project, experience technical difficulties, and receive no support from your developers.
The size of your project will likely determine the extent of your support plan. For example: small, one-off projects that don’t require frequent maintenance may come with a more limited support plan dedicated to fixing identified bugs.
Complex enterprise software projects, on the other hand, might come with an array of technical support options for upgrades, maintenance, security issues, bugs, and more.
Understanding the options available to you will save you lots of time and money down the line. If you get no response when asking about your support options, run far away…
2. Can explain the development process in simple terms
Any decent software developer will understand that you likely don’t speak their language. They should be able to describe the entire development process to you in simple terms and explain words like coding, quality assurance, and prototyping. This is one of the most trustworthy signs a developer can exhibit.
3. Has experience in your industry and with the software needed
An ideal software developer will be able to provide you with a list of companies they’ve previously worked with in your field and discuss these projects in depth.
Your developer should also be well-versed in the type of software that you need. Whether you’re looking for enterprise software to use inside your business, a mobile or PC app for external users, or firmware for a device that you’ll be licensing or developing, find a partner who specializes in that particular area.
If you’re not exactly sure what kind of software solution you need, seek out a full-service developer and ask how they’ll determine the best approach to solving your problem.
4. Can provide references
Positive feedback from other clients is one of the best ways to tell a great software developer from a doozie. A good candidate will have several clients ready to share their experience with potential new ones.
5. Has a high value proposition
When looking for a custom software developer, pick the one with the highest value proposition–the one who stands out from the rest.
At Bizzuka, our custom software is not like those legacy or prepackaged enterprise applications on the market.
We focus on creating tailor-made solutions that solve your unique problems and yield an ROI within 6 – 18 months.
Our software is flexible, scalable, and carefully crafted to adapt to your ever-changing business.
We also offer various levels of customer support and carry with us 20 years’ worth of experience. Not only that, but we’re happy to provide references and explain the development process to you in terms that are easy to understand.
Need help discerning where to start? Schedule your free workflow consultation with Bizzuka today!