To find the best software development company for your project, you need a plan. First, learn where to look for the reliable and trusted vendors. Then, check what qualities a good development firm for your case should have - and pick your software partner accordingly.
Curated lists gather top companies focused on specific service, technologies, or industries. Using rankings posted on trusted websites or social platforms you may skip the first stage of selecting the first group of companies to evaluate.
Links to various rankings are provided later in the article.
Clutch gathers data about various software development companies from all over the globe. However, it's main advantage is the fact that it provides the possibility for clients to leave reviews. All the reviews are verified by Clutch's employees.
Special directories like Goodfirms or Appfutura work similarly to Clutch, gathering software development services providers in various categories. Besides the listings, on most websites there's a page for each company with details and reviews from clients.
Attend events where companies exchange ideas and learn about new trends and technologies. You will be able to meet developers and team leaders in person, talk with companies' CEOs or COOs, and find a match that fits your project and culture.
You'll find more places to look at and details about them in the main section of the article.
Establish your requirements - software development team size and composition, project timeline, tech stack, project scope. Determine what kind of engagement you need from a vendor. Decide between onshoring, offshoring, and nearshoring.
To spot a perfect partner, look for the companies with the following qualities:
Always check the company's portfolio and reviews.
It takes a properly skilled development company to make your project happen.
There are a lot of companies there, so the question is how and to find the best software developers for your project.
If you do not wish to solely rely on Google search results, here are some suggestions of where to look. These options include professional developer directories, social networks, development platforms and some extra tips.
No time to waste, let's dive in.
If you want your software development project to succeed, find a company that provides custom software development services at the highest level, is experienced in web and mobile applications' development, has a strong portfolio and a culture similar to yours.
To find a good software development agency, you can ask for recommendations and/or research the companies on your own.
Try to create a shortlist of best custom software developers for your specific case. Tips on how to choose the best development team, presented in the next section of this article, will help you to pick 3-5 companies to contact with.
To save time on sifting through hundreds of names, you may check curated lists of top companies. While analyzing that kind of top lists, pay attention to the methodology according to which the companies were chosen. Some of the lists may be strictly sponsored.
Look for rankings posted on trusted websites or social platforms. While searching in Google, set the search filters to a recent time frame or add the current year to your search phrase. Otherwise, you may find suggestions from 2020 or even earlier.
Analysts that prepare these lists usually research and evaluate software development companies and choose the best 5 to 15 in a certain category. Thus, you may skip the first stage of selecting a few to choose from.
In the case that you know exactly what type of software development you need for your projects and search correspondingly, you’ll get much closer to what you are looking for.
You can check rankings focused on specific service:
Rankings of companies that use specific technologies:
Or rankings curated for a particular industry, like Top fintech software development companies.
Clutch is probably the most trusted resource of verified companies providing software development services (mobile app development, web application development, custom software development) but also companies working in the fields of design, SEO, marketing, etc.
All the firms listed are carefully vetted through detailed submission forms, client references, real calls, portfolio, and many other factors.
For those searching for a software development company, Clutch offers plenty of options, starting from a category of interest. For example, in the custom software development firms category you will find over 22,000 companies from all around the globe.
Since the broad choice may be a little intimidating, you may check Leaders Matrix - these are the top 15 companies from a particular category - or sort the companies by the Clutch Rank.
Clutch presents data like company’s service focus, hourly rates, minimum project cost, location, number of employees and contact info.
You may also read customer reviews on all the companies and check key examples of their work. The next handy options are sorting and filtering. Sort by review ratings or simply by the number of reviews, by name or by Clutch rank (based on a dozen aspects like experience, client list, market presence etc.).
Then, if you want to trim down the list of companies by a specific measure, use filters. This could be:
LinkedIn is the place of businessmen, market experts, recruiters, as well as employees and companies. Therefore, you can easily find developers and/or software development companies of any kind there. Some of them may be already a part of your network.
The more specific your search term is (e.g. development type + country/region), the fewer results will appear that hit your target. In addition, there is a tool called LinkedIn Profinder, for a more precise search and hire process. Mention a type of development, type of project (game, business app, site, etc.), stage, scope and other details of your project and LinkedIn will hook you up with proper companies and their offers.
In the same or similar manner as Clutch, there are dozens of other online directories of software firms out there.
For example, at Goodfirms you may browse through various categories (software, mobile apps, design, e-commerce, blockchain…), choose language/platform/framework, and even a country and get lists of top agencies.
You can sort the companies by the most reviews (otherwise, sponsored companies will appear first).
For mobile app development of all kinds, Appfutura is a great meeting place for customers and developer companies. It works this way: you post your project, detailing all the specifications, a platform, a timeline, a budget, etc., and shortly you will be contacted by companies offering their services. You can then hear them out, negotiate and choose the best for you.
At Appfutura, you have a plenty of choices in every mobile app development category: from Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone apps to IoT and wearable app development. Once you’ve chosen a company, you hire and make payments via the portal too, though the downside is that you have to pay a fee – 10 to 12% for projects.
Other popular directories are:
If you want to find a company in your vicinity, you can ask Google to find software development company near you.
Google the following: software development company near me. Based on your location Google will provide a snippet enlisting companies in your geographical area, marked on a map, with directions, websites and practically everything you need. Click “More places” to view the complete list.
For similar purposes, you may use services like Thumbtack where you may narrow down the search to certain types of firms and project size.
If you just want to sit back and review incoming offers from software development agencies or freelance developers, post a question on Quora. In recent years this platform has become a networking “melting pot” of businesses and customers, all kinds of experts, marketers, developers, etc.
For many companies, it’s a promotional tool, and they don’t hold back from openly pushing their services. Franky, all of them are competing to get a customer by sophisticated answers, useful tips, pictures and infographics, etc. So if you post something like “What’s the best company for PHP project with $50,000 budget?”, you’ll get dozens of answers (=offers) in few hours.
Finally, when you wish to meet with development representatives in person, exchange ideas and learn about new trends and technologies, you may want to attend events for software developers. There are lots and lots of them practically in every part of the world.
Seek and choose the ones that suit your project/idea and you may find a good match custom software development company to discuss everything on the spot.
Since there are many software development companies on the market, you need to be sure you're choosing the one that provides much more than just regular outsourcing.
You can take more advantage of a successful partnership with a the right software development company. Your development team may learn a lot, your processes may improve, and a company with the thorough understanding of the needs of your company may advice the most profitable software solutions.
Qualities of a good software development partner:
It's a good thing when a company offers a free consultation. That way, you are able to assess their understanding of the business side of a project as well as mutual understanding and the flow between you and experts from a software development firm.
Establishing clear needs, using the right methods to look for the companies, and learning how to recognize the top software development companies is a proven way to find the best fit for your project. Follow the steps described in this article and improve your product thanks to the successful partnership.
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