Starting a cooperation with software vendor usually takes place after a thorough comparison of at least several different offers. In order to receive a customized quote and answers to your questions, you have to send messages to selected companies. You can do it only after you have created a list of suppliers that look reliably. And to create a list of reliable suppliers, you need to know where to look for the best.
Where to start?
You can make the selection process easier for you and your potential vendors. It’s best to start with writing down all your requirements. This will really help you to clearly present your project. You should try to make every person who reads your document understand what you want to achieve. Write about the problem you have to solve, which requirements are the most important, what are the deadlines, budget, who is going to use your application and what is your business model. Thanks to this the supplier will be able to better match the offer to your needs and you will receive more accurate time and price quotes.
Where to look for a software house?
At the beginning you can ask your friends. Maybe someone has worked with a software vendor that he can recommend. If that is not enough, you can check lists such as Clutch or TopDevelopers, where you can find basic information about selected suppliers, check the portfolio and opinions of their previous clients. If you want to search for more providers, you can always use Google. However, remember that companies that you can find on Google often occupy the first places in the search engine, because pay for advertising or are just well positioned. You will always find the best results on specialized portals and lists such as these two mentioned a while ago.
What to ask about?
You can ask for a lot of different things. For simplicity, here you can find some useful questions:
- What does the process of software development look like?
- Do you have similar projects in your portfolio?
- What does communication look like during the project development?
- Am I going to own the source code?
- Can you provide any references from your previous clients?
You can also ask about the technologies in which they specialize, if you have not received such information before. Ask them how do they see your role during the project development. Find out what will happen if you are not satisfied with the services provided.
How to choose?
Once you get quotes and answers to bothering questions, it will be easier for you to choose the right supplier. Searching for a software vendor can take a lot of time. However, if you’ll remember to provide detailed information and ask questions, if you feel that you are not sure about something, you will certainly be able to find the right supplier that will help you achieve your goal.