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How to Choose the Right Software Development Company

Outsourcing your software development for a project can be a difficult decision. You may be outsourcing for a number of reasons.

  1. You do not have an internal software development department.

  2. Your internal software development department does not have the spare capacity for the project you are considering.

  3. Your internal software development department does not have the required expertise for the project you are considering.

When choosing your preferred supplier, it is important to make sure you are choosing one that is appropriate for your project. First of all, it is important to make sure your supplier is reputable and has a proven track record of successful project delivery. Do not be afraid to ask your supplier for references from their previous work. A reputable supplier will be more than happy to provide these. They should also be on good terms with their previous customers if they have provided a good service to them, so should easily be able to obtain a recommendation from them.

If your software development supplier provides public facing products for their customers, for example websites, they should be able to direct you towards work they have done previously so you can see first-hand the end results of their development process. Again, a reputable supplier will be proud to show off their work and would welcome you inspecting any software products that they had previously supplied.

Process is a difficult issue. Throughout the software development industry there are numerous development processes with their advocates and detractors. As all good software developers know, there is no right or wrong development process. The process must fit the product that is being developed and the working environment it is being developed in. If you have an existing process in place, it is important to decide how well an external development company's process will integrate with yours. Your project plan may simply require a black-box approach from your external supplier, allowing them to define and use their own processes. However, your project plan may call for closer integration with your supplier and require them to cooperate with your development processes. If the latter is the case, it is important to talk to your supplier to ascertain if this is something they will be able to do.

Finally, the most important part of choosing your supplier is research. There are a myriad of resources available today to check the background of companies. Make sure the company you are considering has a proven track record, is solvent and has demonstrable quality results available of their previous work.

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