Each year, older companies are put out of business due to new ones disrupting their industries. From restaurants to healthcare, software and technology is changing the way businesses work across the marketplace. Those who fail to adapt must either find a new solution or risk fading away. One solution is to work with software companies to gain a competitive advantage.

In this article, we are going to walk through the process of hiring a company for offshore software product development. Along with that, we will also provide best tips on how to get the most out of your development process and meet your goals.

Not only do software companies have the potential to revitalize your business, but to completely change the way you conduct business processes for the better. Let’s take a look.  

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Why work with software companies?

First of all, let’s start with a look at a few reasons why you should work with software companies to achieve your goals.

Cost effective: developing technology for your company is now not a matter of if, but when. Hiring software companies to do the work for you is not only a more efficient option, but much more cost effective than hiring an in-house development team.

Expertise: Depending on the software companies you are talking with; their developers have likely worked on similar projects to what you need completed. Their expertise in this area is invaluable and something hard to find elsewhere.

Focus on business: When you are able to hand over the keys to your project to someone else, you are able to focus on your business at hand. Hopefully the technology will make normal business better, but in the meantime you get to focus on what you know while they focus on what they know.

There are plenty of other reasons for hiring development company, but these three are the main reasons we have identified. Once you know the ‘Why’ of working with software companies, let’s talk about the ‘How.’

1. Find a company with experience on similar projects

As we mentioned before, one of the reasons for working with software companies is to take advantage of the years of experience and expertise that they provide. When you first start looking at software companies, you will want to make sure that they have experience in areas you are hoping to explore.

For instance, if you are interested in iPhone app development for your company, you will want to look through the software companies’ portfolio of other iOS projects. Make sure that they not only line up with your vision on features, but design and UI flow as well. This is an important first step in making sure that your development runs smoothly and without hiccups.

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2. Establish a timetable and cost

Once you have begun conversations with these software companies, the next step is to make sure their ideas of a timetable for the project and overall cost line up with your own. This is another critical moment where you will be able to tell pretty quickly if they will be a right fit for your development project.

When you are speaking with the company at this stage, it will be important to speak about things like the amount of hours you want them to work on your software, the level of commitment to each of the features, and whether or not they will perform maintenance once the development is completed. Each of these factors can drive up the price and longevity of the project quickly, so set out to have a good plan in place before the first line of code is written.

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3. Take time to choose your team

After going through the sometimes long, drawn-out process of finding a software company, it can be easy to jump straight into the development without thinking. However, this next step is critical to the success of the development. When you choose your team of developers, take your time. Make sure they will be the right fit for your project.

Some companies will allow you to interview each member of their development team to find the right fit for you. This can sometimes be too in-depth, but you should at least review each of the member’s expertise in regard to your project before deciding. If it doesn’t work out for some members later on, that is not a problem, however it is much better to have the same team throughout the whole project.

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4. Encourage creativity

Now that you have selected your team, your job is more or less done. As the product owner, you will be asked to provide user stories and recommendations based on what you know about the end-user, but as far as developing the software, that is out of your hands. In this time, it can be easy to sit back and relax, but if you instead can take time to encourage creativity within the team, you will be thankful for doing so later.

Most companies you work with will be using some sort of Agile methodology to speed up the process and create the best product. This is a good start to encouraging creativity, but an extra push from you in the form of brainstorming sessions or simply letting your team know they can push the envelope can be enough to achieve the goals you are looking for.

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5. Allow developers to do their jobs

Finally, the last tip for working with software companies is to allow developers to do their jobs. The quickest way to derail a development project is by micro-managing or inserting yourself into situations that don’t involve you. Instead, focus on your part of the project and let them focus on theirs.

This can be difficult for those who might have particular ideas about the development or design of the software, but remember that the reason you are working with them is for their expertise. Have faith that they will know what they are doing.

This brings us to the end of our exploration. We hope that you will find success in your software development projects and should you need help, we’d love to lend a hand.