Selecting a software development company that will turn your idea into reality is a difficult task. After the initial research which we described in details in one of the previous articles, it’s time to get a little deeper. In 3 steps to choosing a software development company you can find some tips along with questions to ask your potential software vendor. And the article you’re now reading is an extension of the previous one to help you come to a decision.
But for now, let’s focus on the subject of this blog post: Does size matter when picking your software development company? We’re going to talk about the pros and cons, the importance of choice and lastly, a bit of our experience – why we prefer to be a smaller software vendor.
Let’s compare and see which type of a software house is more suitable for your business and your project. This comparison should already tell you which one is a better option. We’re going to make this distinction in the form of questions, and as we go on, you’ll get more and more clear about your choice.
In a large company, due to its size and reputation, the process may be rather expensive as opposed to smaller software vendors. Small companies are mostly agile, which means they are more flexible. For example, they can offer you building MVP first and see if it’ll be successful.
It’s the case of your role in the project. Small companies like to involve the originator of the idea in the process so that you’ll be a part of the team, but of course, no pressure. It all depends on how much time do you have. However, this cooperation will give you a chance to meet all the members of the group and take part in every process stage. In this way, you can be sure that you’re going to get a product that you want.
In a big corporation, it’s more of “you order, we deliver” kind of policy. It’s a more artificial procedure in which there is less possibility to control or manage the project. But if you want to have a job done and don’t really care about how it’s done, then perhaps it’s something for you.
Depending on how fast you want to release your product. In smaller software companies, it’s a matter of their responsiveness as well as what software development pricing model they use. In big corporations, the date is fixed, but the process may be longer due to documentation or plans.
As mentioned before, large companies have more structure system of doing things. The same goes for communication in the project. For this reason, it’s rather unlikely that you’re going to meet the team or talk to the CEO. Even though they probably have offices in many countries which, in theory, should facilitate the communication. However, in most cases, it’s all done by an intermediary.
That’s why, if you want transparency, smaller software companies are a better option here. They genuinely care about your product, and there’s more flexibility in how they interact with you through various means of communication, such as Slack or Google Meet. This is turn, builds trust and sets a foundation for a long-term relationship.
It’s evident that bigger software vendors have established status on the market, and they want to live up to that. But smaller but fast-growing companies also do their best. For them, the mission is more than just a statement. That’s why they tend to care more about their customer service. This transforms to getting to know the business and client face-to-face, more customized approach. You’re not a client but rather a business partner.
Large companies tend to have clearly defined job positions which prevents them from the situation when someone has too many things to do. Each person has a specific task to do in a project, while people in smaller firms often tend to wear more hats. They have more job functions which allows them to develop their abilities and become specialists in many fields. Thus, they’re more valuable. On top of that, they know each other well. Therefore, they better cooperate, have a shared understanding, which transforms to their work on a project. Since they know each different workflow, they can do their job more effectively and can come up with a solution that will bring more value to the product.
At Gorrion, we’re client-focused. Through research and workshop, we want to know as much as possible to offer you solutions for the product that will help your business. Moreover, our team of experts is fully engaged in every step of the process.
During the collaboration, you’re going to meet the group and be in frequent contact with them. That means, getting feedback on the progress as well as a chance to take part in creating the product which makes the collaboration a lot more effective and rewarding. Thanks to the company culture and project management, we’re flexible and responsive to any changes. In the end, our goal is your product’s success.
We make sure that you’ll get the one that will fit the market needs and bring the value to its target users. And that’s also the reason why we don’t want to be a large company. We’re committed to customization and transparency of the process. We thrive on having long-term relationships with our clients and on making them last. Interested in what our clients say about us? Check out our Clutch profile.
As you can see, the choice of a software development company isn’t the easiest, but it’s not impossible, and I hope that this article helped you with it. However, if you’re still uncertain about the process of outsourcing your project, read our ebook or simply book a meeting with us.
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