What are major reasons why a company would invest in custom software development?
While the investment in custom software development can be significant, businesses can see a significant long term return on investment (ROI) compared to purchasing pre-packaged software.
Every organization will have a unique business case for custom software development solutions. However, a few benefits we’ve seen businesses enjoy with an investment in custom software include:
- Increased workflow efficiencies thanks to software being optimized to meet specific business needs.
- Direct integration with other software tools in an organization’s tech stack, which can help to improve efficiency of business processes and reduce the overhead of maintaining 3rd party integration tools.
- Dedicated support from software developers who designed and built the application themselves.
- Extensibility and future-proofing against changes to business needs and business growth.
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How can I ensure quality in the development process?
Custom software development is a complex process, and quality control is essential for successful delivery. As a custom software development company, we ensure quality control throughout your work with us in a number of ways including:
- We plan and document the development process in detail, outlining the goals and objectives of the software solution, the timeline and deliverables, and the stages of development before we ever get started on any development or consulting work. This helps us to plan and track the project, measure progress, and identify potential issues in advance.
- We monitor and assess the quality of the software at every stage of development. This includes automated testing, code reviews, and continuous integration. This helps us to detect errors and bugs early on, ensuring that the product meets the required quality standards.
- We use a variety of tools and techniques to ensure that the software solution is secure and reliable. This includes using secure coding practices, penetration testing, and code auditing. This helps ensure that the software is safe from malicious attacks, and that it meets your security requirements.
- We use a variety of methods to measure and assess the quality of the final software solution or other deliverable. This includes user testing, usability testing, and performance testing. This helps us identify any areas of improvement, and ensure that the product is of the highest quality.
What is your process for custom software design and architecture?
When you work with our software development team, you’ll be guided through every step of the software design and architecture development process.
We begin by conducting a thorough analysis of your needs and the desired outcome. We then work with you to create a comprehensive software architecture that meets your needs. This includes determining the best and most cost effective technologies to use, defining the overall system architecture, addressing any integration needs, and creating a detailed architecture design with thorough documentation.
We will then work to finalize the software architecture by ensuring it meets all of your requirements. Any feedback that you have will be integrated at this point until we reach a satisfactory architecture design.
From there we can pass the software architecture plans onto either your internal software developers or our own software development team who will then begin working on the next step of project development.
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What technologies do your software developers have expertise in?
Our software consultants have expertise in a variety of technologies, including Python, Django, React.js, and Vue.js.
Python is a general-purpose versatile programming language that can be used for a variety of tasks. SoftKraft specializes in Python software development services and can use it to develop robust applications.
Django is a high-level Python web framework that enables fast Python application development services. Our consultants are knowledgeable in Django and can create powerful web applications.
As front-end development company we use React.js and Vue.js for building complex and dynamic user interfaces for websites and mobile applications.
In addition to these technologies, our consultants and software developers have expertise in several other areas, including Node.js, PHP, and cloud devops consulting.
Our team is continually learning and expanding their skillset to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies.
Can you help me get my software development project back on track?
Yes! We provide software consulting and end-to-end development for both new and in-progress projects. If you have a project that’s not where you want it to be, our team can help you get it back on track. Whether you’re facing a lack of resources, a lack of direction, or simply need help from a professional to get the project back on track, our software development services are here for you.
When you reach out to us, the first step in getting your project back on track is to understand your unique needs and challenges. We will work with you to identify the root causes of the project’s difficulties and develop a strategy to address them. Our software development experts can assist with anything from developing a go-forward budget and timeline to helping rectify poor technology choices or code issues.
We also offer technical guidance and strategic advice to help ensure that your project is being built the right way. Our consultants can help you find the best tools and techniques for your project, as well as advise on how to optimize your existing processes. We will also help you identify any potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
Finally, we offer ongoing support throughout the project. As your project progresses, our team will work with you to adjust your strategy to accommodate any changes that may arise. We also provide regular status updates and reports, so you can track your project’s progress and stay on top of any issues that arise.
We understand how important it is to get your software development project back on track. Our development services are designed to provide you with the support and guidance you need to get your project back on track and ensure a successful outcome.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your project back on track.
Can you help project manage my software development project?
Yes, we can certainly help project manage your custom software development project. Our software development experts are experienced in helping clients plan, manage and deliver software projects in a timely and efficient manner.
Our software development team is able to provide a range of project management services, which are tailored to the specific needs of your project. Our services include project planning, budgeting, resource allocation, risk management and project reporting. We also provide regular project updates and can help with project scheduling and task management.
Our team will work closely with you to ensure that all aspects of your project are managed effectively. We can provide guidance and advice on the best course of action, helping you to make the right decisions for your project.
We understand that custom software development projects are complex, and require careful planning and management. With our project management services, you can be sure that your project will be completed on time and on budget. We will help you to stay on track, and make sure that you meet all of your project objectives.
If you would like to learn more about our project management services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you with your software development project!
How do I find a custom software development company?
Finding the right software development partner to build your custom software applications is critical. The stakes are high when you’re investing significant capital, resources, and time into an outsourced software development project.
To find the right partner, we recommend you follow this process:
- Define project objectives and timeframe. If you’re unsure how to properly scope out your project, you can hire a technology expert or interim CTO locally or remotely. This person can help you manage the project from your end. Check out CTO as a Service for on-demand technical leadership services.
- Find software development companies. There are plenty of resources where you can find software development companies including using Google to search for software development companies that offer services you are after as well as browsing sites like Clutch.
- Check their portfolio and experience in your domain. You should focus on if the company has relevant experience. An outsourcing partner should clearly understand your industry, market, and/or business process. Be cautious if a software development company claims to have experience doing something similar but they can’t share any information.
- Make sure they act as a true partner. Expertise in specific technologies, tools, and programming languages is necessary to create a decent product especially in the software development industry. But this is never enough to create a great product. The best software development company will act as a true partner rather than simply an external agency.
- See if they specialize in what you need. Oftentimes, a software development company will be comfortable using certain technologies and specialize in creating applications/solutions with them.
- Assess the partner's communication style. Be very aware of how the team communicates over email as well as during the first phone or video calls. This will likely give you a sense of if their communication style fits with your expectations.
- Check their development methodology. The development methodology should be based in adaptive planning, early delivery, frequent project updates, and modern communication tools. This will help you stay informed at every stage of project development.
- Request their security practices. You should also consider how to secure the solution being developed. Does the development team have appropriate security practices in place? What security level needs to be adopted? Not all development agencies will handle security concerns equally, so make sure you ask detailed questions.
- Examine company structure and team dynamics. It’s important to understand a company’s business structure and development team dynamics. You should have a sense of how a company is organized, what roles different team members hold, and how team members work together.
- Ask about testing and software maintenance. Before you sign a contract with any software development company, you should have a sit-down and understand what their policy is on testing. You want to understand how they conduct testing throughout all stages of development.
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What services do custom software development companies provide?
Custom software development companies will be able to provide comprehensive services to help you with every aspect of developing custom software solutions for your business, from optimizing business processes to data architecture design and project workflow management. You’ll likely be able to find custom software development firms that provide:
- Custom app development
- Custom software development
- Modernization of existing software / software upgrades
- Technology selection and validation
- Software architecture assessment and design
- IT strategy development
- Off-the-shelf software evaluation
- Data migration and integration
- Software testing and QA
- Post-launch technical support
Regardless of the stage of the software development process you are in, an experienced custom software development company should be able to help you optimize your processes and make better development decisions. We recommend you speak with the software development agencies you are interested in working with to see if they offer the services you are looking for.
Ready to get in touch? Contact us today to discuss your project.
What is the cost of custom software development?
The cost for software development projects are typically based on an hourly rate. Depending on the complexity and scope of the project as well as the developers location and experience level, the rate may vary.
At SoftKraft, our software engineers and designers offer a balance of value and deep technical and industry expertise to help you create the perfect custom software solution for your needs.
We provide our clients with comprehensive and detailed cost estimates, as well as regular updates on the progress of the project. We also have extensive experience in project management and can provide our clients with the budgeting and management tools they need to keep their project on track. We believe in transparency and value for money. We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible solution for their needs.
At the end of the day, our goal is to provide our clients with the best custom software solutions that are tailored to their needs and budget. We are committed to providing our clients with a cost-effective solution that meets their technical and business requirements.
Contact us to get an estimate today! We’d be happy to provide you with a detailed project estimate for custom software development.
How long does it take to develop custom software?
Custom software development projects can take anywhere from a few weeks to 24 months. It really depends on the complexity of the project. To give you a better idea, here are a few examples:
Simple data integration project will take about 2 to 4 weeks. Our development team tracks their time worked using 3rd party work-logging applications. To streamline project billing, we have built a custom application in less than 1 week using Active Admin and implementing two API integrations. It connects the data and allows us to issue error-free invoices to all clients faster. It was later extended to have more functionality.
And a complex custom web application project will take anywhere from 4 to 24 months - see example here
What are the phases of custom software development?
At SoftKraft we are dedicated to creating custom software that delivers real business value. We start every new partnership with an initial discovery, research, and estimation phase to ensure all project requirements are clearly understood, then we move on to a planning phase, and then into well-managed front-end development sprints.
You can expect our development process to follow these steps:
- Initial discovery, research & estimation
We listen to understand what you want to build, what features your product should have, and what bottom-line results you want.
- Workshops & planning
The results-driven design thinking approach we use at SoftKraft is a catalyst for the iterative custom software development process. It combines the best software development methodologies. Get ready for an intense design workshop that will clarify your business idea and help us build much better custom software solutions.
- Development sprints
Software development life-cycle is a structured and repetitive process that is divided into smaller parts - sprints. Each iteration covers a part of the project scope that is deliverable in a short and controllable period of time. Following agile methodology best practices, each sprint ends with a demo of a working part of the product by our development team, which then opens user acceptance testing.
- Stabilization & release process
Custom software development is a complex process that needs a stabilization phrase. During this stage, we focus on perfecting every area that makes the final product meet the business agility goals. When the stabilization stage is over and we have positive user feedback from the first users we can deploy the first version of the custom software into the production environment.
- Support & aftercare
After successful custom software development, we can continue to provide support. We can monitor the performance, and we are ready to fix all the issues based on the SLA or a different arrangement.
Depending on the client and project needs, we set the rules for support and technical improvements. We set the error handling rules, issues priorities, time of our reaction, and the amount of time of our developers that we should book monthly without sacrificing product quality.
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