What is software development?
Software development is a sum total of designing, documenting, testing, debugging and maintaining of softwares and its components. It may also include research, new development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products.
Tips and tricks
Choosing the ideal company for your software development solutions
Whether to improve customer experience, user experience, employee experience, digitize their companies or just to get their brand online with a simple website, businesses of all sizes in Saudi Arabia, local are turning to software development companies to realize their goals.
With a growing software development market in the Kingdom, choosing a company that is a perfect fit in terms of ability, experience, and budgeting can be a difficult choice to make.
To help you make an informed decision, we’ve (an experienced software development company ourselves) listed some of the most important things to look out for when choosing the best software development company in an India for your projects – big or small.
EXPERIENCE AND PRODUCT QUALITY
As we always say, The Experience Matters.
When selecting a company to carry out your project, always make sure to check up on the projects they’ve worked on and who they’ve worked with.
Knowing which clients the company has worked with can give you a rough picture of the calibre and capabilities of the company. Software development companies, like Global Era InfoTech, that have worked with tech giants (like Microsoft, Google, Apple etc.) are amongst the best in the region and would be the ideal companies to approach for large project needs.
This doesn’t necessarily mean companies that haven’t had the opportunity to work with tech giants shouldn’t be considered.
There are plenty of good software development companies in Saudi Arabia that cater towards smaller organizations and deliver world class services. But if it’s a large scale project you’re looking for, you likely want to work with someone who’s done it all before.
Just as important is to do a bit of research into the actual products they’ve worked on. The best indicator of a top software development company is the quality of the products they’ve built.
Creating top class products and delivering flawless services that are loved by clients is the mark of an experienced software development company.
Most software development companies feature examples of their work on their websites.
While they won’t reveal all of the information about the technical specs, the products can give you a fair idea of how good they really are.
Many companies will also give you a lot of information about the tools they use if you simply ask them. It’s not only of benefit to you but also gives the software development company the chance to show off their technical abilities.
Certain software development companies might have the expertise only to tackle mobile development while others could take on digitization projects that transform your business completely and enable it to succeed in this digital age.
Depending on your needs, whether it’s getting a website made or your company transformed, approach software development companies that can handle your project efficiently and without any strain. Handing a native app development project to a company that specializes in web development will leave you disappointed and with a bad app that could drive users away.
LOCATION – India
Every software development project is affected by the location. While it is true that a mobile app or a website can be made by a company that isn’t located in your region, keep in mind that that company won’t know the details about mental models of the target users if they’re local users.
Not all software development companies are properly insured to work on high security or high safety systems so handing projects with sensitive data should always be done after a mutual bond of security is formed between you and the company.
While approaching a company make sure you check their previous systems and software’s for quality and efficiency.
To keep all your intellectual and sensitive data safe, make sure that you sign an NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) with the software development company before handing over your project.
GETTING YOUR MONEY’S WORTH
Budgeting is important.
High end software development companies charge more for their products and services as they meet the highest quality standards.
But if you’re looking at a simple website with minimal interactions, a freelance developer might be enough for your needs. Whether you go for a one-man team or a premier software development company, do your due diligence and make sure that whoever you hire has the proven experience (see above).
Not all software development companies can or will take on projects of any size. Some companies are only interested in gigantic, multi-year, multi-enterprise projects. Other companies specialize in only one kind of project, such as mobile media applications or enterprise systems integration.
You should select a software development company that helps you get your money’s worth. By this we mean that the company shouldn’t over charge you for your product. With bigger companies and bigger projects, certain services, such as site maintenance, are often free of charge. This same service could charge you more in companies that don’t have enough personnel to continually manage your product after deployment.
These are the some of the most important points to keep in mind when selecting a software development company in Saudi Arabia that fits your needs.
Step 1 – Why you are looking for a software partner?
Define your own goals and what you want from this relationship. Be specific.
Maybe you want an end to end team covering backend developers, frontend developers, business analysts, project managers, designers, develops and testers. Or maybe you just need a backend team. Some companies only cover development, leaving the business side to the client. If you’re looking to have a team to cover everything you need from an IT point of view, you’ve already set a defining factor in your search for a partner.
So many companies, so little time.
Define what you need or want first and it will be a lot easier going forward. I don’t recommend using cost as a factor from the get go. You can do it of course, but going for the cheap route usually doesn’t end well.
Step 2 – Do the research
It does take a lot of grunt work, but if you clearly defined your ideal software development partner’s persona it shouldn’t be very difficult. The old fashion way of just searching for company’s online works, but Quora is also a useful tool for this.
You want a trustworthy partner so another way to find one is through an objective third party. We can all brag about how awesome we are, but it won’t mean much unless someone else says it too.
Clients are the best way to get recommendations; they’ll tell you the good, the bad and the ugly.
Platforms like Clutch can be a useful tool to check out outsourcing companies in an objective way. Each company creates its own profile, but the client reviews are done independently by Clutch. The review process is quite exhaustive so you can get a really good idea on how that company works. It can also show the company’s experience in different industries or sectors.
Step 3 – Make a shortlist of promising companies
Put together a list of companies that fit your general requirements. It’s a lot easier sifting through them this way. Creating a funnel will allow you to take a large number of companies into account and keep only the “worthy” ones.
The shortlist should be, well, short, with around 5 companies.
Here’s a spreadsheet model you can use to save some time. It quantifies several important factors for this decision.
Step 4 – Assess the company’s experience
I’ll be specific – have a look at what kind of experience they have in your industry, how many completed projects they have, how many clients, how many professionals. Case studies are a good indicator here. You should also check out their experience related to the technologies you want to work with. Python, Java, PHP, Perl, .Net, no matter what, make sure your partner is as in love with your technology as you are.
Also, keep in mind if there is a product mindset in the company, if there are passionate business analysts and product managers to define and shape your own product.
Other factors that can help out are certifications in their respective technologies and how many ongoing business relationships they currently have.