Custom software development
Sourcing for a custom software (or just ready-made one) is a great step in achieving business stability and control. It is, however an area where most people tend to overlook simply because everything is being done for you by the software firm. You thus forget to ask the most basic question: what is the credibility of this software firm that you are sourcing from? Is it really in a position to propel you to the next step in terms of business prosperity? Do you really need to invest in it and hope for the best at the end? There are many questions to ask yourself before considering signing a deal with any software firm. Here is a list of the most important things to consider before getting involved with a software firm. It is also a guide for choosing the right software vendor. click here
State your needs and requirements
This is by far the most important thing to do before actually getting involved with these firms. Know what you want. It is necessary to have a must-have list and also a nice-to-have list. By this you will be in a position to know the most necessary things that you want and others which you just desire. Until you are clear at this point, don’t consider interviewing software firms. Otherwise, it will be a waste of time and resources.
- Check the software firm’s credentials and documentations
Have the software firm provide you with certificates and records. Note how long they have been in the business. In their records, are they growing or downsizing? It is also important to know about its capabilities.
- What do other clients say about the firm
Listening to what others say about you can tell you how you are. It is the same thing here. Go through the testimonials. Enquire about previous work and how satisfied or not the customers were. Also know how well they have maintained specific clients. A good firm will always have regular clients which is a good sign.
- Take note of hidden and additional fee
Don’t wait to be surprised when checking out and paying. Know if there are any additional fees in the contract for trainings, documentations and such like claims. Are there provisions that might lead to increase in the amount of fees in the course of the contract? Also check if there is an exit plan – a way of terminating the contract legally should the fees become burdening.
- Availability of prototypes
Prototypes gives the client an idea of how the software would be like when completed. It is therefore important to look for software firms which supply prototypes time to time. This will make you keep a track on the progress of the software as well as its structure and model.
- Agree to key performance indicators (KPI) before signing the contract
By creating KPIs before the commitment, both parties have a knowledge of what needs to happen to make the entire software implementation process a success. When the implementation goes on successfully, it will lead to a trusted contract between the both parties.