There is no set formula for finding the right professional IT consulting companies to partner with to develop dynamic applications for your unique business requirements. That said, they should be a corporation that has worked with a diverse host of clients from across the globe and on multiple campaign in numerous industries with a proven track record of excellence. There are 3 main areas that you need to focus on if you want to identify the best software development company for your product. These include: their talent pool, track record, and communication capacity.
Let’s explore each of them in greater detail to get a better sense of their importance in the process:
Begin by getting online and conducting some light investigative research on the IT consulting companies of your choice if you have heard their name being thrown around a lot. Browse through their website and see whether they have any experience in building apps that would be similar to what you are hoping to build. Assess their portfolio thoroughly and focus on the performance and design of their products. Which of their projects are they most proud of? Have any of these projects been developed for highly recognized products or brands? Pay special attention to their client testimonials and case studies as these are more telling than other forms of content they may have on their website. Finally, read between the lines and figure out what these IT consulting companies have left out. If, for example, they have listed a ton of programming languages that they specialize in, it is safe to assume that they are not specialists in any one and so have not truly spent time in honing their craft.
Another way in which you can determine whether the IT consulting companies are a good fit is to gauge the kind of talent they are working with. Enquire about the availability of developers that are experienced in specific tech stacks or fields of expertise such as IoT, e-commerce, mobile apps, Xamarin, C#, etc. Ensure that these areas of expertise are in keeping with the product you are hoping to develop. You can also ask for blind CVs of the developers that will be assigned your project so as to ascertain whether they have delivered projects like yours so far and how many years of experience they have in a specific technology. Ensure that the developers you choose to go with are not new to the tech stack or technologies you will be relying on and that the team has a good mix of talent and skills that balance each other out.
Effective communication between all parties is the key to all successful projects. It is essential to building good working relationships and excellent end products. You should be receiving high-level communication from the very beginning from any software development company you consider working with. Both your project manager and you should be able to communicate efficiently and clearly. Should there be language or jargon that you find too technical to comprehend, your PM needs to be able to break it down for you in simple English so that you fully grasp those details. Your PM should also be able to communicate any setbacks in development that they are experiencing so as to keep you on the same page in terms of the progress they are making. Any delays may also need to be communicated so that they can be effectively addressed. They should keep you in the loop at all times for the sake of transparency.
While there are hundreds of thousands of software development companies out there, you need to narrow your scope down to one IT consulting firm to work with. The best way to determine whether they will be able to handle the complexities of your product is to assess them on three levels: their communication capacity, proven track record, and talent pool. If they are known for providing consistent updates on your project’s progress, are transparent in their communications, already have a portfolio of projects that are similar to the one you want to develop, and employ developers with the right skillset for your project, you are dealing with a professional software development company.