Looking for a guide to adding custom software development to your business plan? Then you may not be sure where to start. If that sounds familiar, then don’t worry. You’re not the only one. Once you’ve gotten used to commercial off-the-shelf software, it’s tough to know where your customization options begin. What companies should you contact? How should you start your research? Thankfully, Ayoka is here to help. We’ve put together this guide to help you in your custom software development. Once you do find your perfect custom software solution, you’ll never look back. There’s nothing like having a software that works specifically for your needs. Your first step is finding the right custom software development team.
Evaluate Your Needs
Whether you’ve been thinking about custom software for years or you’ve just started entertaining the idea, now is a good time to have a brainstorming session. Sit down with your team and think about what you really need from your custom software development. This session will help you narrow your focus and solidify your ideas. Not sure about all of your software needs? Have questions about your best route? No problem. You don’t need all of the answers yet. At this stage, just write down your questions. You can save them for your software development team.
Find Local Custom Software Development Companies
When you start looking for custom software development companies, you’ll want to look locally. How local should you go? Assuming that your company is in the US, then you’ll want a US-based development company. If you happen to find a company within your state or even your city, that’s even better. However, as long as you have a US-based company, you should get what you need. Why look local? Because this way you know that your development team is within reach. If you ever have questions or concerns, you’ll know how to reach your team. Furthermore, using a US development team is often more cost-effective than finding a team abroad.
Look for Specific Expertise
Next, make sure that your custom software development team can deliver exactly what you need. How can you do that? If you know your specific software needs, you can ask a representative how the company would handle those needs. If you have a more general idea, then find out if the team has worked with your industry before. For example, let’s say that you run a financial company. Does your service’s website talk about financial software on the website? Has your team mentioned financial software, specifically?
Check Out Case Studies and Portfolios
Now, let’s take that last step a bit further. Look for portfolios and case studies on your software team’s previous work. Often, you can find these things on their website. If you can’t find what you need on the website, you can always ask. Case studies give you specific examples of your team’s projects and solutions. Look for case studies that reflect your specific needs. Do the solutions match up with what you want for your own software?
Get a Free Evaluation
By this point, you’re probably pretty close to choosing your custom software development company. As a matter of fact, you may have even narrowed it down to one or two choices. Now is the time to get a free evaluation. If you have the right company, this evaluation will not come with any sort of obligation. If the company doesn’t offer free evaluations, then you may want to reconsider. Assuming that your potential company does offer free evaluation, now is the perfect time to discuss your software needs. Take note of your thoughts during this meeting. Did you feel like you and the software team were on the same page? Were your questions answered completely? By the end of these meetings, you should feel confident about choosing your team.
Communicate with Your Team
During the software development process, try to maintain communication with your team. If you’ve picked the right software developers, they’ll maintain communication with you, too. You should receive regular updates about your software’s progress, timeline, and scheduled deployment. If you ever have questions during this process, reach out. Your development team should be happy to answer them.
Custom Software Development
Do you need custom software development? Are you trying to find the service that will work best for you? Then let Ayoka help. At Ayoka, we sit down with our clients and get to know their custom software needs. From there, we develop a specific, seamless software for those clients’ needs. Do you want to make sure that your voice is heard? Then Ayoka is ready to listen. Whether you know exactly what you need or just have some broad ideas, we’ll develop your perfect custom software solution. Ready to learn more? Want to get started immediately? Either way, get in touch with us today. We’d love to help you with all of your custom software needs.