Inefficiency of your company’s existing software or the need for specialized software functions particularly suited to your business may prompt you to seek the services of a software developer. Your business may require custom software for applications such as contact management, invoicing or inventory. The mere thought of selecting a developer can be daunting if you are not technically minded, but be assured that your role in the selection process is one of assessing the developer, rather than that of assessing software technology. Successful software development relies heavily on a strong partnership with the developer. Thus, picking the right developer is crucial, and the following suggestions will assist you in hiring a reputable and proficient developer.
Establish your software requirements
Software development cannot occur without a well structured and clearly defined set of your business’s software requirements, as the work is in essence a process of addressing needs and solving problems. Consequently, development success will depend largely on the time and effort you dedicate to this stage of the process. It is only by analyzing needs and desired functions that a developer can provide you with as accurate a job proposal and cost estimation as possible.
Be extremely thorough and precise at this stage, including key employees’ suggestions and needs, and compile a comprehensible requirements document, separating the mandatory needs from the optional. Draw up a list of potential developers by asking businesspeople you know for recommendations or by researching web directories. Send them the requirements document, as well as information about your company (such as business objectives) and your budget, so that they can in turn provide you with a job proposal and quotation.
Assess the candidate developers