Do you know what you need to know before you buy new software? You made the decision to switch from a package software product, to enhance software you are already using or to finally start automating things in your business, so now what do you do? Below are a few things to consider before hiring a software development company that will be tasked with a crucial project that could potentially help your company grow. Be smart. Don’t waste your money!
Seek well-rounded experienced developers.
In business today an edge is needed, like being an industry leader or having a customer experience so great that word spreads almost virally. Your edge should be considered and built into every business decision you make, including your software development. It is difficult to get an edge in software development if you don’t have a well-rounded and experienced developer. Not only should new software be designed with capabilities even you can’t imagine, but the code needs to function as designed and be tested and refined and well-rounded experienced developers know how to plan for this and execute it well.
Don’t go for the cheapest.
Imagine that you are being sued by a large corporation and they seek millions of dollars which could send you into bankruptcy potentially causing you to lose your house, car and all your worldly possessions. Would you hire the cheapest lawyer you could find? No, of course you not. Nor should you skimp when developing new software. Maybe it should be stated that ESPECIALLY when developing software, you shouldn’t skimp. Though developing new software can easily fall in your budget, it’s not an expense you want to pay more than once when it’s not necessary. Do it once, and do it right, and then you will only have to pay to maintain it with ongoing developments are needed. Usually you get what you pay for, so if cheap is the determining factor in your software project, you will more than likely be disappointed with the final product, or even worse if it doesn’t meet your needs. The project was most likely born out of need, and if your needs aren’t met, what was the point?
Consider remote talent.
In this internet age, you don’t have to be limited to using the best because of geography. Try searching for talent in other areas. People of the same geographical region can start to think alike, and when you’re trying to create something new, fresh ideas are paramount. This doesn’t mean that the best isn’t on your street. It simply means that the best person for the job may be across the country. Don’t limit yourself because you didn’t think outside your zip-code.
Know what you want and who to hire.
You don’t have to know everything you want in order to get it, but before your project is too far into the design phase, you should know what you want in order to know what you’re getting. What this means is, you will come to the table with ideas and your developer will give you some as well and then you have to decide what you want the engineer to actually produce for you. Once you know what you want, you need to take a hard look at the developer. Does he specialize in what you want or is he an expert to deliver that product to you? You should know what it is you want, and know that the person you hire can deliver it to you, as promised. Do your due diligence!