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List of Best Custom Software Development Companies & Developers

  • Cubix

    Award Winning Software Development Company
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    Welcome to Cubix! We are excited to see you on our profile. Cubix is a leading mobile app, games, and enterprise software development company! – expert in developing, customizing, and integrating complex enterprise-level solutions, business intelligence analytics, and advanced web and mobile solutions. With ... read more about Cubix

    "Cubix is the place to build your game"
    Madi, Volunteer at Red Cross Food Pantry
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States, UAE
  • Aspired

    Elite. Remote Team. On-Demand.
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    Aspired helps its clients hire and build a remote autonomous dedicated team by carefully selecting the elite from the global pool of talent.  Our team of experts identifies new & emerging tech hubs and pair our top engineers with teams engaged in solving thought-provoking problems. We provide complete opera ... read more about Aspired

    "Outstanding service, exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!"
    Tim Rice, Co-founding CEO at Coin Metrics at Coin Metrics
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2020
    United States, UAE
  • Geniusee

    Mobile App Development & Software Development
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    Geniusee is an AWS-recognised custom software development company that delivers tech solutions for huge market players, as well as for midsize businesses and startups. We are a certified AWS Consulting and AWS Advanced Tier Service Partner with AWS Lambda Service Delivery Designation and AWS Education Services Competen ... read more about Geniusee

    "Web & Mobile App Dev for Student Accommodation Platform. "
    Will Jun, Director of Technology at Student.com
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2017
    United States, Poland
  • OpenXcell

    Hire the Best Mobile App Developers
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    With 14+ years of experience and more than 500+ technical experts, OpenXcell is the go-to place for anyone hiring custom software developers. Headquartered in the USA, the company has delivered 1000+ software products to 700+ happy customers using its expertise in leading software development frameworks and languages. ... read more about OpenXcell

    "The developing team at OpenXcell has always surprised us with some unique features"
    Blake Ford, Founder at Faldax Crypto Exchange
    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2009
    United States, India
  • Celebrating 15+ years of excellence in empowering IT software development solutions, AllianceTek specializes in creating industry-specific custom software development services for its clients. They are globally recognized for their expertise in the following tech: .NET, JAVA, PHP, Python, ReactJS, Angular, NodeJS, etc. ... read more about AllianceTek

    "AllianceTek has competent developers and managers."
    Dario Stipisic, VP at SIFMA Foundation
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2004
    United States, Canada
  • Bachoo

    Web and mobile solutions that boost your business
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    Bachoo is a leading web and custom software development company. They focus on creating sophisticated designs and technologically advanced applications that drive clients’ businesses. Their tech expertise revolves around web and software development services, using tech like JAVA, PHP, Python, ReactJS, NodeJS fra ... read more about Bachoo

    "Brilliant team to work with! "
    Nirali Patel, Project Manager at TwoSigmas
    $50 - $99/hr
    10 - 49
    2015
    Belgium, United States
  • Emerline

    Custom software development company
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    Emerline provides full-cycle software engineering services for companies worldwide and operates as a Strategic Technology Partner for a number of established companies and startups based in the USA and Europe. Our mission as a technology partner is to take over full responsibi ... read more about Emerline

    $50 - $99/hr
    250 - 999
    2011
    United States, Lithuania
  • Gearheart

    Web and mobile app development company
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    Gearheart is a web development company specializing in building custom web and mobile applications for startups and mature companies. Focusing on complex long-term projects and functional solutions, we are fully responsible for the technical part, from planning a roadmap to deploying and maintaining applications. Our t ... read more about Gearheart

    "For 10 years of our cooperation, we only regret that we did not meet earlier."
    Lainy Jahnke, Chief Operating Officer at at Growth Capital Services
    $50 - $99/hr
    10 - 49
    2012
    Ukraine, United States
  • instinctools

    Get a free project estimate after a first callβœ”οΈ
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    *instinctools is a software and product development company providing a cross-functional global delivery model which reduces development costs while increasing speed to market.  For 20+ years, we’ve worked with more than 300 companies, including Daimler, Fujitsu, SAP, Burda Digital, Haver & Boecker, H ... read more about instinctools

    "An example of how a dependable partnership can be built."
    George Georgopolous, CEO at Offline Technologies
    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2000
    United States, Germany
  • Raftlabs

    Building lovable software products
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    πŸš€ StartUps - We've helped build and launch 8 venture-backed web/apps in the last 14 months. 75% are revenue-generating. 🎯 GrownUps - We've helped big brands like Aldi, Energia, and others launch highly scalable marketing web/mobile apps in weeks. ✌️ - We win if you win. Our promise. Flexi Pay ... read more about Raftlabs

    "Reliable services with highly skilled professionals that understand your need"
    Kalpesh Mehta, Sr. Technical Account Manager at Adobe Commerce
    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2017
    Ireland, India
  • Taazaa is a custom software development firm founded in 2007 to provide software services globally. Besides software development, they specialize in Data Engineering, Web development, Mobile App Development, UI/UX Development, etc. The technologies they specialize in include .NET, ReactJs, AngularJS, NodeJS, AL & M ... read more about Taazaa Inc

    "Taazaa went about and beyond our expectations for our transportation software."
    Kate Duff, Sales Development Representative at Tobi Cloud
    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2007
    United States, United Kingdom
  • Appello Software

    Hire Leading Software Developers
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    Based in Australia, Appello Software is a full–service software development company that uses frameworks like .NET, CakePHP, Ruby on Rails, etc. They serve industries like healthcare, education, Fintech, and more. They have completed 140 projects so far and are striving to deliver more.

    "Exceeded all expectations!!"
    Marlena Anastasi, Director at FurBaby Social Pty Ltd
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2016
    Australia, United Kingdom
  • Brocoders

    On-demand technical team for SaaS and SMBs
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    Brocoders is a software development agency that specializes in the implementation of enterprise-level projects for mid-size businesses and SaaS companies. Our primary technology stack is centered around Javascript and AWS. You can rely on Brocoders company if you need to: Develop complex B2B/B2C SaaS solutions ... read more about Brocoders

    "The Brocoders crew has accommodated our schedule completely and is always available. "
    Alexander Timper , CEO & Founder at AreaButler
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    Ukraine, Estonia
  • Exaud

    We build precise software solution.
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    Exaud is an established software development and technical consultancy company providing custom software solutions in three key areas: Embedded systems and applications, Mobile Application Development, Wearables and Internet of Things. Over the last years, we have worked with clients of all sizes and sectors, creating ... read more about Exaud

    $50 - $99/hr
    10 - 49
    2012
    Portugal, Malaysia
  • We are a technology solutions service provider organization with innovative ideas and a fabulous technical front. We are also passionate about delivering outputs & results. Our latest trending technologies and customized & on-demand business solutions are directing our clients to perform a massive transformatio ... read more about Lucenta Solutions Technologies Pvt Ltd

    "Lucenta Solutions Delivers Exceptional AI-Powered Chatbot for E-Commerce Site"
    Rishi Suiwal, Project Manager at Synchronicity Tech Solutions
    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2014
    India, UAE
  • LANARS

    Painless innovations provider
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    LANARS is an international hardware & software development company. We create the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, mobile applications, websites, CRM & ERP systems, and custom enterprise solutions. LANARS was established in 2016 and has headquarters in Oslo (Norway), Dnipro (Ukraine), a ... read more about LANARS

    "Lanars provided me with a special website for my business "
    Robert Cooper, Marketing Product Management at WSOP Free Chips 2020
    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2016
    Poland, Georgia
  • Leobit

    Dedicated teams for technology companies
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    Leobit is a full-cycle web and mobile application development provider for technology companies and startups primarily located in the US, EU, and the UK. We have representative offices in Austin, TX (USA), Tallinn (Estonia), and the development center in Lviv (Ukraine) with 170+ talented software engineers, arc ... read more about Leobit

    "We value that everything is delivered on time and they’re responsive."
    Trond Ahlsen, Owner & Managing Director at Sportif AS
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    Ukraine, United States
  • Softacom

    Π’ΠΎp .Net Teams for Business App Development
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    Softacom is a full-cycle business app development (web & mobile development) provider for technology companies and startups primarily located in the US, EU, and the UK.  With representative offices in Bellevue (USA) and a development center in Warszawa (Poland), we have over 100 engineers, architects, busin ... read more about Softacom

    "Partners in company transformation and modernization for a SaaS / Multi-tenant Product Suite"
    John Shewchuk, CTO at Newport Systems
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States, Poland
  • EzappSolution

    Solving Complex Problems of the World through AI
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    Discover the Unlimited possibilities of innovation and cutting-edge Mobile, Web, Game, & Embedded technologies with EzappSolution. EzappSolution  takes pride to serve numerous happy customers across various industries, all over the world for over a decade with superior quality technologies and ideas. We are ... read more about EzappSolution

    "AI Recruitment Tech Stack"
    Katankar Deep, Growth Manager at Passioned
    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States, India
  • Zco Corporation

    A Versatile Custom Software Developer
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    Zco Corporation has distinguished itself as one of the best software development companies in the United States. They provide their clients a full range of mobile app development solutions, including custom mobile apps, games, enterprise software, 3D animation, and augmented and virtual reality applications. From start ... read more about Zco Corporation

    "Great team to work with! ZCO was amazing. Randy, Praveen and the team were great to work with!"
    Megan Gannon
    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    1989
    United States
  • Zymr, Inc.

    Accelerate Cloud-Native Agile Development
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    Zymr is a full-stack cloud software development company headquartered in Silicon Valley. This agile software development company leverages cutting-edge open source technologies to deliver fit-for-purpose software solutions that scale with customers’ business needs. Zymr has worked with some of the most demanding ... read more about Zymr, Inc.

    "Technology Services For FullStack"
    Unmesh Sheth, Founder & President at SoPact
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2012
    United States, Australia
  • We are a software house development company. We have wide experience in several verticals,: Recruiting & HR Finance & Insurance Real estate Tourism & hospitality Associations Transport & Logistics E-commerce Marketing Services: Custom development (business apps, mobile apps ... read more about Roweb Development

    "Top quality off-shore staff"
    Brad Hurley, President at Mission Critical Software LLC
    NA
    50 - 249
    2004
    Romania, United States
  • Selleo Labs

    🎯 Your Trusted Software Development Partner
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    For over ten years Selleo has delivered professional services on more than 150+ software development projects for clients from Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia, designing and building a number of applications throughout a wide spectrum of business domains, industries, and technologies (Rub ... read more about Selleo Labs

    "A+ Team & Service "
    Brandon Sassounian, Director of Hotel Technology at at Bode
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2007
    Poland, United States
  • InStandart

    Custom software development - eCommerce automation
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    InStandart is a company founded in 2014 in Ukraine that specializes in the development of software products. Our mission is to provide innovative solutions that help automate your business and make processes easier and more effective. Industries Our main areas of development include ecommerce processes automation ... read more about InStandart

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2014
    Ukraine, United States
  • rinf.tech

    Automotive Software, Enterprise Applications, R&D
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    rinf.tech is a technology solutions company that draws on the Engineering Excellence principle, knowledge-based capabilities, and robust R&D to future-proof emerging tech. We leverage technology throughout multi-disciplinary teams to provide a combination of optimal Product & Technology Strategy, Automation and ... read more about rinf.tech

    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2006
    Romania, Ukraine
  • Custom D

    Business transforming Web & Mobile App development
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    We build sophisticated custom software solutions. We love what we do, and we love seeing the transformation custom software can make to your organisation. Custom D is a team of extreamly talented and experienced developers that are passionate about what they can do for you. We'll get to know you and your busines ... read more about Custom D

    "Expert knowledge and support making the transition from previous database seamless"
    🐢Tracy Austin🐢, Founder and Company Director at Doggone Limited
    $150 - $199/hr
    10 - 49
    2014
    New Zealand, Australia
  • Sunrise Integration

    Helping You Compete in Today's App-connected World
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    Sunrise Integration is one of the best software development firms that has been developing fully customized enterprise software solutions for the past 23+ years. Their focus areas are e-commerce, logistics, SaaS software, and mobile applications.

    $150 - $199/hr
    10 - 49
    1999
    United States, UAE
  • Softude

    Attitude. Altitude. Gratitude. Repeat
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    Softude has exceptional expertise in software product development services. Their 425+ members deliver innovative and interactive digital experiences which connect people with brands. They have built a B2B platform for packaging material supplies and a progressive web app that empowers 10k+ users in the supply chain.

    "Resolving current app issues and redeveloping existing apps. An professional, collaborative and highly skilled organisation "
    Melanie Schroder, Director and Program Developer at Suicide Programs
    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2005
    United States, UAE
  • Golden Eagle is a leading Indore based IT services provider with a massive client footprint across the globe. We serve a number of industries, including website development, app development, brand digitization, and various other tech aids since our inception back in 2015. With our deep expertise and innovative approach ... read more about Golden Eagle IT Technologies

    "Great team of talented developers!"
    Matt, Product Manager at NDA
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    India, United States
  • Future Processing

    Great software… because we put People first
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    Future Processing is a software development company founded in Poland. They listen, advise, design, and deliver best-in-class software for clients in an agile way. Future Processing has a team of 1000 people who work passionately to provide end-to-end services for SMEs, market-leading brands, and Fortune 500 companies. ... read more about Future Processing

    $50 - $99/hr
    250 - 999
    2000
    Poland, United Kingdom
  • PieSoft

    Development as Easy as Pie
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    PieSoft is an international company based in Pennsylvania with satellite offices located in Poland and Georgia. How we assist you  We offer start-ups and companies a full spectrum of custom software and hardware development services to achieve business continuity, agility, and efficiency. PieSoft in numbe ... read more about PieSoft

    "Working with PieSoft's software development team in insurance has been an exceptional experience"
    Emily Yang, Director of Technology at JiniikoQ
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2012
    United States, Poland
  • Gulf State Software LLC

    Software, Web and App development in Houston
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    Gulf State is a Software development company based in Houston that helps you to level up your business operations. We have 6 years of experience in web development, software development, and mobile app development with diverse business categories. We specialize in delivering highly effective and full-fledged products w ... read more about Gulf State Software LLC

    $50 - $99/hr
    10 - 49
    2016
    United States, UAE
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  • CodeBright has a team of 100+ innovators and developers who handle various complex software development projects to innovate and solve business problems. They have a strong portfolio of web and mobile applications in their bag. CodeBright has been creating solutions with lasting value since its inception.

    "Development of a Visual Configurator for our lighting manufacturing company"
    George Burlow, Founder at Plant Lighting
    NA
    50 - 249
    2015
    United States
  • SimbirSoft

    We create world class software products & services
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    SimbirSoft is a global IT outsourcing service provider. We offer world-class custom software development services and complex technical solutions: high-load products, software for industry, banking and finance, medicine, retail, and many other industries. Since 2001, we have implemented more than 900 projects r ... read more about SimbirSoft

    "The whole experience was very good, and I’m looking forward to our future cooperation!"
    Lev Bein, IT Analyst at LB Internet Solutions
    $50 - $99/hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    2001
    Russia
  • Nord Clan

    IT turnkey solutions, MVP dev, team augmentations
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    Immersion in Customer business is our ultimate goal for software development, as we seek for every opportunity to achieve and further sustain growth throughout digital solution creation and continuous deployment. We will assist you with: - Creation of turnkey IT products - Updating obsolete software - Devel ... read more about Nord Clan

    "Great team, only positive impressions about working together, mane thanks!"
    Anastasia Almazova, IT Product Manager at Medsi
    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2019
    Russia
  • Vrinsoft Technology

    Software & Mobile App Development Company
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    Vrinsoft Technology is a software development company with expertise in .NET, PHP, Iphone App Development, SEO, Web Designing, Graphic Designing, Android Development, IPad, Applewatch, Ibeacon and Phonegap app development. Our Aim to provide best services to our clients, for that we have an expert team of dev ... read more about Vrinsoft Technology

    "Vrinsoft helped me in increasing my business."
    Tarnow Chelsey, Regional Office Manager at at Valvoline Inc.
    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2007
    India, Australia
  • SPEC INDIA

    Enterprise Software, Mobility & BI Solutions
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    SPEC INDIA is an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 company specializing in Custom Software Development, Web & Mobile App Development, BI & Analytics Solutions, Automation & Security Testing, Legacy Software Migration, Product Engineering, and IoT Solutions. SPEC INDIA has a team of 300+ Consultants, who are committed ... read more about SPEC INDIA

    "Excellent Tech Partnership with SPEC India. Smooth & transparent working experience!"
    George Oluoch, CEO at KM Serve
    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    1987
    India, United States
  • Enkonix

    Full-cycle software development company
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    Enkonix is a full-cycle software development company specializing in custom web and mobile app development. We provide a wide range of services and work with projects of different scales, from MVP to enterprise. Creating impressive turnkey mobile app solutions for growing startups and established busines ... read more about Enkonix

    "A very professional team who transformed an idea into reality"
    Alexis Hirschhorn
    $100 - $149/hr
    50 - 249
    2016
    United States
  • S-PRO is an innovation technology partner. We help startups to create innovative products and empower existing businesses with the digitalization of their core processes to much customer-centric economy needs. By partnering with accelerators Founder Institute, Sente.Link, BCCS Cluster and others we help our clients to ... read more about S-PRO

    "The quality of the work provided, the commitment and responsiveness. "
    Marie Ponsardin, Product Owner at chez Groupe Associatif Siel Bleu
    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2014
    Poland
  • Glorium Technologies

    Your Idea. Our Innovation and Engineering
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    Glorium technologies provides tech startups with strategic and technical expertise. Glorium is your trusted software provider that creates modern and efficient solutions in the Real Estate and Healthcare areas. Building the most talented digital product team in your niche requires time and money. Fortunately, our ... read more about Glorium Technologies

    "Mobile app for the financial transfer service"
    Philip Hoover, Project Manager at EZ Building
    $50 - $99/hr
    250 - 999
    2010
    Ukraine, Cyprus
  • Exoft is a software development company that provides solutions to various business needs. After our first meeting in 2013, our team of skilled IT experts has built more than a hundred software systems regardless of their types and complexity. Fortunately, our numerous success stories speak for themselves.  Sin ... read more about Exoft

    "Professional, Solid Software Development Company With Strong Processes and Friendly Staff"
    Colin Stone, CTO & Product Architect at ANALEC
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2013
    Ukraine
  • Capital Numbers

    Your End-to-End Digital Transformation Partner
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    Capital Numbers is an award-winning Digital Consulting & Engineering company offering end-to-end development solutions to Enterprises, Silicon Valley Founders, Agencies, and Startups worldwide. We are ISO 9001 and 27001 certified with 700+ experts working full-time across multiple delivery centers and offices in ... read more about Capital Numbers

    "Great understanding of project scope with great output for value"
    Arnold Amrhein, Junior Partner at CREO Capital
    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2012
    India, United States
  • XB Software

    Custom Software Development Company
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    XB Software is a full-cycle development company that has many years of expertise in building custom web and mobile solutions. We have a strong and dedicated team of IT professionals engaged in IT Consulting, Web & Mobile App Development, Business Analysis, UX/UI Design, as well as QA and Software Testing. We o ... read more about XB Software

    "High-level cooperation with 100% connection. Reliable development partner. The assigned tasks have been solved."
    Ivan Berg
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States, Poland
  • Bamboo Agile

    Full-Cycle Software Development Company
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    Bamboo Agile is a software development company with an office in Tallinn (Estonia). For more than a decade, we’ve been delivering quality IT solutions for clients from different business sectors all over the world. We’re experts in EdTech, Healthcare software, Telecommunications, Martech and Ad ... read more about Bamboo Agile

    "Development of an Educational Mobile App"
    Ulyana Pavlikova, Designer at DIGITALIZM
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2002
    Estonia
  • Protonshub Technologies

    Leading Mobile App Development Company
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    Protonshub Technologies is a CMMI Level 5, ISO Certified and Great Place To Work Certified, Custom Software Development Company with the most experienced team of developers working in a variety of technologies like ReactJS, ReactNative, Python, RoR, and much more to produce high-end solutions. Protonshub, a company wit ... read more about Protonshub Technologies

    "The best and trusted group of people to work in the Industry."
    Chetan Sharma, CEO at BrandVyooh
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2018
    India, United States
  • The term “Groovy” means excellent and that’s exactly what we are. We take pride in delivering cutting-edge digital solutions on time, within budget for more than 6 years. We are one of the leading Mobile App Development Companies and Web Development Companies in the market. We think ... read more about Groovy Web

    "They Ensure Their Work Is Aligned With My Expectations! "
    Shahenaz Ahmed, Owner at Direct Expertise
    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2015
    United States
  • Computools shapes the future with products, services and solutions that businesses need to Unlock Tomorrow. We’re a worldwide company that generates world-changing ideas. Computools' philosophy is based on three principles: CONSTRUCTIVENESS With Computools, innovation comes standard. Clients trust us ... read more about Computools

    "Good managment, great ideas and suggestions, flexible, fast responce, friendly team"
    Dmytro Shumeyko, Development Team Lead at Renex NY Corp
    $50 - $99/hr
    250 - 999
    2013
    United States, France
  • Sloboda Studio is a software development company founded in 2010. We’ve been providing high-end web development services in various industries for over 13 years, mostly focused on leading start-ups, small businesses, and middle-market companies. Many of our customers come from the real estate, hea ... read more about Sloboda Studio

    "Excellent communication skills and transparency, I’m most impressed by how they think about problems"
    Chris Wong, COO at Hudson Medical Group
    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2010
    Estonia
  • Newwave Solutions Jsc

    Expert Software & Blockchain Development
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    Newwave Solutions is a top-notch IT outsourcing company with over 10+ years of experience and 300+ dedicated employees. 🌐 https://www.newwave.vn 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝟏𝟎 𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞π₯𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐒𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐧 ... read more about Newwave Solutions Jsc

    "They provides amazing, top-notch, caring and on top of that, professional customer services. "
    NGUYEN VU GIANG, Teacher at Phenikaa University
    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2011
    Vietnam, Japan

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Introduction

A variety of software automates the day-to-day tasks within business corporations, educational institutions, as well as public sector and private organizations. Companies can either buy pre-designed software or customized software to accommodate their requirements.

What Are the Different Types of Software Development Methodologies?

The four most prevalent software development strategies are the Waterfall development method, the Agile development method, the DevOps development method, and the Rapid application development method.

  1. Waterfall: It is a traditional software development methodology. It follows a linear model following the software development life cycle sequentially. Each stage must be accomplished before starting the next phase.
    Pros: It is convenient to understand and manage the project using linear software development methodology.
    Cons: The rigid structure makes investing in the waterfall model time-consuming and costly.
  2. Agile: This model follows iterations containing minute increments. This method helps minimize risks by quickly identifying bugs, overhead costing, and changing requirements.
    Pros: Agile allows teams to detect and fix defects and align expectations in the initial stages of development.
    Cons: It heavily relies on real-time communication between the developers and the end-users.
  3. DevOps: DevOps is a collaboration between various teams responsible for the software development life cycle, like development, quality assurance, and operations. All units operate together instead of working on individual tasks.
    Pros: Because of the frequent code releases, the DevOps method lowers the failure rates and deployment time while maintaining the app's reliability.
    Cons: Miscommunication or using different environments between departments can result in a massive fallout.
  4. RAD: To design a high-quality system at a lower investment cost, RAD implements a compressed development process. This method consists of four phases: requirements planning, user design, construction, and cutover, instead of the traditional seven stages.
    Pros: It delivers speedy solutions for medium-sized projects with well-defined business objectives.
    Cons: This method requires highly skilled programmers with in-depth application knowledge.

What Are the 7 Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle?

The software development life cycle denotes the stages of software development from ideation to delivery to the client. There are seven stages of SDLC. The software development process occurs constantly until the ideal software is created.

  1. Planning: The planning phase comprises the perspectives of project and product management. The software developers map out resource allocation, procurement requirements, project scheduling, cost and time estimation, and other crucial particulars.
  2. Requirements: Once a rough plan is formulated, the different IT teams assemble and weigh the project's functional requirements. These requirements are gathered from business stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs.)
  3. Design and Prototyping: Software architects and developers begin designing the software in this stage. The architects define the frameworks and structures of the application, while the developers focus on the software development languages and technologies to implement. Architects and developers use numerous software development tools to eliminate algorithmic problems. This phase also includes rapid prototyping (spikes) to analyze solutions and execute the best option.
  4. Development: The core development of the software springs in this phase. In this stage, the team of software developers produces a working model of the application. Moreover, a constant communication channel is established with the clients to ensure that the software meets their expectations, thereby avoiding extensive changes.
  5. Testing: It is one of the most vital phases of the software development process. The developers perform a variety of testing, such as unit testing, code testing, integration testing, security testing, performance testing, etc., to ensure the quality of the product. After the completion of the testing phase, the functional software is ready for deployment.
  6. Deployment: In most software development companies, the deployment phase is automated. Medium to large-size enterprises use Application Release Automation (ARA) tools to automate software implementation in production environments. This phase yields the release of the working software.
  7. Operation and Maintenance: It is imperative to ensure the proper functioning of the software after its release. By continually monitoring the software in the production environment, software developers can detect and eliminate any bugs or defects that may arise. This stage also caters to any additional needs of the end-user, such as fine-tuning the system, boosting performance, adding new features, etc.

Which Are the Popular Software Development Languages?

  1. Java: Being the oldest, Java is an exemplary server-side application development language. It first offered the revolutionary concept of WORA, "write once, run anywhere." The software developers access the numerous tools and technology the Java library provides to build robust, complex, and scalable server-side software. Its popularity is also due to its high cross-platform compatibility.
  2. PHP: PHP is an object-oriented programming language. There is an extensive range of open-source PHP frameworks. These frameworks enable the addition of sophisticated features and functionalities into the app without writing prolonged codes. Multiple PHP development tools enhance efficiency during coding. It also speeds up customized app development while simplifying maintenance.
  3. Python: It has advanced as one of the major web programming languages in this era. Many academic institutes have incorporated Python as a premier software development language for creating Artificial Intelligence and machine learning-based applications. Python can function as an object-oriented scripting language for a large project.
  4. C#: C# follows the concept of C. Hence, developers with an understanding of C Programming can effortlessly grasp the concepts of C# as well. It is easily integrable with Windows, making it a prime language for web application and cross-application development. Unlike its namesake, C/C++, C# does not permit pointer types, making it safer.
  5. JavaScript: For over five years, most software developers, to some extent, have used JavaScript to code the application. JavaScript is a powerful scripting language that allows software developers to decide on the suitable feature to incorporate within the software. It helps create interactive software applications by developing apt UI for the client and server sides. The most significant advantage of using this language is that it is compatible with all browsers.

What Are the Factors Affecting Software Development Cost?

The aggregate cost of software development depends on numerous factors. A minute change in one of these factors can significantly change the final software development cost.

  • Platform: The software development cost depends on the platform type and Operating System. The software development cost differs substantially based on this criterion. Most software developed for one platform does not run on the other. This is due to the vast different programming languages, software development kits, and software development tools used. Designing cross-platform software will cost more in comparison to dedicated software.
  • Design: The successful operation of software depends on its ability to deliver an exceptional user experience (UX) and a smooth user interface (UI). Supplying this can take much time and effort on the development end, depending on the software type and complexity. The software development cost of more elaborate and sophisticated UX/UI applications will be higher.
  • Time: While creating special software, the developers must invest more time in ensuring the application functions properly. Hence, the number of hours spent on designing and developing software can cause fluctuation in the cost of software development. Moreover, if a company requires the delivery of elaborate software before the prescribed time frame, the software development company will need to assign additional specialist developers to complete the task. Thus, causing a surge in the final billed amount. 
  • Testing: Testing is an integral part of software development. The cost of testing software can vary due to the application's complexity and the number of reboots required. Most software development companies include testing services in the package; however, opting for a combined payment option is better to avoid paying for unnecessary and extensive reboots.
  • Hiring Option: The development cost also depends on the experience, type, and location of the custom software development company chosen. For instance, it is cost-effective to outsource software development solutions or opt for freelance software developers for hire instead of building an in-house team of developers. Moreover, while outsourcing, a company based in a developed country will charge more than a software development company in a developing country.

How Much Does Software Development Cost?

GoodFirms’ research depicting the valuable stats and trends on software development exhibited an estimated cost for software development projects based on their functionality.

  • To design basic-functionality software, experienced software developers charge less than $20,000.
  • Software having general utility costs somewhere between $20,000 to $40,000.
  • Software with above-average complexity features can be delivered at a price range of $40,000 - $60,000.
  • Custom software development companies working on complex and feature-rich applications can quote a price of over $60,000.

How Much Time Does It Take to Build a Software?

The time taken to build software mainly depends on its complexity. 

  • Basic Software: They can be built in less than 2 months, but their functionality is considerably simple.
  • Medium Complexity Software: This software has more complicated features and can be deployed within 2 - 6 months.
  • High Complexity Software: Creating software of this level can take more than 6 months due to incorporating intricate architecture, security solutions, multiple integrations, and many more.

How to Find the Right Software Developers?

It is vital to thoroughly analyze the top software development companies to find the ideal partner. However, weighing their capabilities without knowing which selection criteria to analyze can be challenging. While shortlisting a software development company, consider the following benchmarks:

  1. Expertise: Most companies have a clear idea of the type of platform and technology stack they plan on incorporating into their software before the start of the project. Therefore, they must hire software developers with a specific skill set and specialize in using those software development tools and technologies. For example, to create software in Java programming, consider selecting a software development company with expert Java developers with extensive knowledge of the top Java Frameworks such as Apache Nutch, Drools, AppFuse, etc.
  2. Experience: Decision-makers must opt for a custom software development company that possesses hands-on experience in projects related to their industry. For instance, if a firm plans to develop an eCommerce application, choose software developers with previous experience designing such software. This way, businesses can ensure the software quality satisfies their requirements. Moreover, while outsourcing, clients must focus on service providers with previous experience working with remote teams. This offers insight into their ability to handle off-shore projects.
  3. Reviews: Apart from their experience, clients must examine past clients' feedback to the software development company. This thoroughly explains the software development firm’s processes and service quality. Apart from requesting references from existing and previous clients, business owners can also explore third-party review and rating platforms, such as GoodFirms, to receive genuine customer feedback. 
  4. Agility: The project requirement is bound to evolve during software development. Ensuring that the software developer for hire is flexible enough to adapt to the change is vital. This can be determined by studying their approach toward adopting new technology and their ability to scale the project and offer flexible pricing models. The software developer must be ready to embrace innovations as required to satisfy the demands and expectations of their clients.
  5. Easy Exit Process: After the completion of the project, the top software development companies ensure a smooth and hassle-free transfer of the software and related information. However, it is wise to partner with a firm that offers seamless transition by timely transferring documentation and best practices to avoid miscommunication. Moreover, select a software development company willing to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to safeguard confidential data.

What Questions to Ask the Software Development Company Before Signing the Contract?

Before settling on a software development company, there are several topics that you need to cover, like their pricing model, the number of developers assigned to the project, the estimated project duration, the requisite contracts, and documentation, along with the software development tools, languages, frameworks employed. However, this should not be the deciding factor for hiring a software developer. You must ask the following question to get a definite idea before finalizing the deal:

  1. How Do You Ensure That You Comprehend My Project's Requirements?

    This is the founding question to either select or reject a company. A gap in explaining or understanding the project requirements can leave you with an application that varies significantly from what you envisioned. The top software developers for hire will warrant a comprehensive understanding of your business concerns, timeline, resources, budget, and market goals.

    Give bonus points to the company that intends to provide prototypes, proof of concepts, and minimum viable products (MVPs) to communicate their insight and allow you to expand and improve that perception.
     
  2. What Is Your Software Development Approach?

    It is always wise to inquire about the software development process adopted by the contending software development company. The best custom software development companies will employ a reliable method that offers consistency and quality control. Ask them to describe their Agile processes, UX/UI research, iterations, QA/testing, etc. 

    Do not forget to inquire about the steps they have taken to dodge the "Black Swan" situation in previous projects and how they plan to implement those tactics in your project. Hiring a software developer who can ensure that the software has no grey areas after deployment is vital. 
     
  3. Is Software Maintenance and Staff Training Included in the Package?

    After the deployment of the software, businesses may require the addition of newer features and functionalities as well as to fix bugs and release updates. The top software development companies offer post-deployment support. Most software developers for hire also provide software training to your in-house team.

    Ask your potential software development company regarding the structure of maintenance and training administered by them. It is imperative to discuss whether these services are included in the pre-discussed budget or offered as an add-on service.
     
  4. What Kind of Involvement Do You Expect from Me?

    For developing software that meets your expectations, it is vital that you explicitly mention all your requirements to the software development company. Depending on the software development methodology, the developers may need to maintain a steady communication channel with you.

    Inquiring about your expected involvement with the developers will let you offer timely suggestions regarding any changes you desire. Moreover, both parties can achieve individual responsibilities, ensuring a harmonious software development process.
     
  5. Why Should I Collaborate with Your Company?

    This may seem like a very generic question. However, if the answer offered by the prospective software developer is standard, it may be due to their lack of understanding of your project. They must be apt to describe their qualities and potential contribution that resonate with your project. 

At the same time, it is essential not to fall for extravagant claims made by service providers! Demand for samples or illustrations of measurable services and solutions the team offers. Hire a software developer with a credible and industry-specific track record that exhibits excellence and relevance to your project.

GoodFirms Research Process

The principal aim of GoodFirms is to assist service seekers in finding the ideal software development solution by highlighting the rundown of the top custom software development agencies worldwide.

The researchers at GoodFirms have precisely evaluated significant software development companies based on GoodFirms proprietary research methodology. Our research approach covers critical qualitative and quantitative factors. The predominant firms that bagged a position on the list of top software development companies have been classified based on their software development and software designing caliber. Additionally, GoodFirms considers the contending companies' years of experience and market influence to comprehend their benefactions to the industry. The other valuable parameter the research team acknowledges is the feedback and recommendations from previous clients, vouching for their credibility.

After thoroughly analyzing, we have curated the list of the most reliable software development firms capable of delivering robust, appealing, and error-free software solutions to patrons worldwide. The featured companies maintain a team of experienced and qualified software developers that use leading-edge tools and technologies to create the ideal product.

GoodFirms urges new and established software development companies to present proof of their achievement and grab a spot in our 'Leader Matrix' section.