Top Custom Software Development Companies

Looking for the best custom software development company? Here is the list of world's trusted top software developers that deliver full-cycle of software development services. Today if there is one thing that your business needs to run smoothly and efficiently, it is customized software solutions. However, not all software development firms are capable of delivering highly efficient software products. To deliver outstanding software solutions, a software development company needs to have a team of software developers that keeps track of emerging technologies, languages and platforms in the software industry. Based on this and several other crucial parameters, GoodFirms research team has prepared the list of best custom software development companies. Pick a company as per your business software requirements and budget from the below list:

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List of Top Custom Software Development Companies | Best Software Developers

  • 1. Unified Infotech

    Your Tech Partners For Impactful Digital Solutions
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    Unified Infotech is an Award Winning technology company working with global Enterprises, SME’s and forward-thinking Start-Ups as their end-to-end technology partners for custom-tailored software, web, and mobile apps. Through a combination of smart planning, a design thinking approach, and the latest te ... learn more about Unified Infotech

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    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2010
    United States, India
  • 2. ELEKS

    Your Technology Partner for Software Innovation
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    ELEKS is a Top 100 Global Outsourcing company. We partner with enterprise clients and SMEs to elevate their value through innovative technologies. Our 2,000+ experts, located across Europe and the US, provide our clients with a full range of software services. These include custom software development, produc ... learn more about ELEKS

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    $25 - $49/hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    1991
    Estonia, United States
  • 3. 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 development, customization and integration of complex enterprise-level solutions, business intelligence analytics, advanced web and mobile solutions. With ... learn more about Cubix

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    United States, United Arab Emirates
  • 4. 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 ... learn more about Aspired

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2020
    United States, United Arab Emirates
  • 5. Iflexion

    Custom Software. Advanced Web & Mobility Solutions
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    Since 1999, Iflexion has been helping companies across various industries optimize their business processes through custom software solutions. With a well-coordinated team of 850+ IT professionals, Iflexion serves their customers worldwide regardless of their operation domain, geographical location and organizational s ... learn more about Iflexion

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    1999
    United States, United Kingdom
  • 6. Magneto IT Solutions

    eCommerce, Mobile App , Web
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    Magneto is an award-winning eCommerce platform development company. Our core competencies lie in developing market-leading end-to-end eCommerce solutions. From creating strikingly beautiful web stores to innovative mobile applications, our team uses the agile methodology to develop industry-leading User Interfaces to d ... learn more about Magneto IT Solutions

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2009
    United States, Australia
  • 7. 7EDGE

    Software and Product Development | Dedicated Teams
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    7EDGE is a custom software development company helping Enterprises, Brands, and Startups analyze and identify areas of improvement and help develop a strategic roadmap in their digital journey.  Our core strength lies in the development of Web & Mobile applications using emerging technologies, which include Re ... learn more about 7EDGE

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2010
    India, United States
  • 8. SPEC INDIA

    Enterprise Software, Mobility & BI Solutions
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    SPEC INDIA is an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 company with 30+ years of established experience. We specialize 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 ... learn more about SPEC INDIA

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    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    1987
    India, United States
  • 9. OpenXcell

    Top Mobile App Development Company
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    Incorporated in 2009 and headquartered in the USA, OpenXcell is an industry-leading software and mobile app development company known for delivering innovative software solutions and engaging mobile apps. Due to our unstoppable quest for making perfect mobile and web apps, we have slowly evolved into a one stop destina ... learn more about OpenXcell

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    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2009
    United States, India
  • 10. Powercode

    We build leading-edge software
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    Our passionate, user-oriented designers have an iron grip of the tools we use to build exceptional digital experiences. We believe web development should never be boring. It should never be weak. We never forget that your business goals drive everything. That’s why our beautiful web and mobile designs blend yo ... learn more about Powercode

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2015
    Ukraine, United States
  • 11. AllianceTek

    Empowering IT Solutions
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    With a talented team of 200+ software engineers, project managers, and designers, we excel in delivering end-to-end tailored solutions empowered with the latest tools, technology stack, and methods. At AllianceTek, we don’t just design and develop your project. Rather, we audit and engineer the entire project dev ... learn more about AllianceTek

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2004
    United States, Canada
  • 12. Fulcrum

    Award-Winning Design & Development Partner
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    You found Fulcrum – a full-cycle product development company from Kyiv, Ukraine. We build quick-to-market, scalable, fault-tolerant mobile & web applications that already havee $170M valuation at the moment ⚡️ Some facts & figures:  1)  50+ successful projects 2) 4 500 000+ users w ... learn more about Fulcrum

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2017
    Ukraine, United States
  • 13. Zealous System

    Dedicated Software Development Team
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    We believe in working in synergy, and growing together. You grow, we grow! Zealous System is a full-fledged IT service provider with global clientele and end-to-end service portfolio. Set on a self-evolutionary path of innovation, we strive to create a rare talent pool whether it is cognitive technologies such as Bl ... learn more about Zealous System

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    India, United States
  • 14. Bachoo

    We create zippy websites that shine and shout
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    Báchoo was founded in 2015. Multiple awards later, our team of over 30 designers, developers, copywriters, and creatives craft and develop exceptional websites, SaaS, and mobile applications, pushing boundaries - and your business forward. Our project management ideology is transparent, flexible, and predicta ... learn more about Bachoo

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    $50 - $99/hr
    10 - 49
    2015
    United States, Australia
  • 15. Raftlabs

    Building lovable software products
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    RaftLabs is a full-stack web and mobile app products and solutions company. We are driven by a mission to build products that simplify the customer experience and helps businesses. We have more than a decade of experience in building streaming video and digital commerce solutions for startups, SMBs, and enterprises. We ... learn more about Raftlabs

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2017
    Ireland, India
  • 16. LinkUp Studio

    Distinctly Designed. Brilliantly Built.
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    Software design and development company focused on clients' success. LinkUp Studio crafts smart web & mobile digital products driven by strategy and exceptional user experience. Our team does more than just coding or design. As a company, we strive to see the f ... learn more about LinkUp Studio

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    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2013
    Ukraine, United States
  • 17. Brights

    Software Development Agency
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    We are a software development company located in Kyiv, Ukraine with a team of 100 people and a sales office in Warsaw, Poland. We help companies at any stage of the product software development cycle: from R&D and building MVP from scratch to scaling, UX analysis, and improvement. Working as a product team all ... learn more about Brights

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2011
    Ukraine, Poland
  • 18. instinctools

    Delivering the future. Now.
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    *instinctools has been a reliable technology partner in various industries for over 20 years. We advise our customers on the path of digital transformation and turn their visions into reality. As an international team with headquarters in Germany fueled by more than 350 experts and ambitious growth plans we focus ... learn more about instinctools

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    $50 - $99/hr
    250 - 999
    2000
    United States, Germany
  • 19. Admios

    Nearshore Software Development Services
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    We provide CTOs, VPs, and Directors of software engineering premium staff augmentation services and can help in the following ways: Fast, Easy Recruiting & Onboarding gets devs on your team in 2 - 3 weeks without subjecting your team to lengthy screening and interviewing distractions Premium, Team-Based Tal ... learn more about Admios

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    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2005
    United States, Panama
  • 20. CodeBright

    Software Made Simple
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    We at CodeBright believe in improving the world using technology. We work with startups, small/large companies, and non-profit organizations to bring Minimal Viable Products (MVPs) to the market, improve/streamline/automate business processes, raise efficiency/productivity, reduce costs, solve business challenges, and ... learn more about CodeBright

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    NA
    50 - 249
    2015
    United States, United Kingdom
  • 21. TRIARE

    MOBILE and WEB for businesses and startups.
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    TRIARE (https://triare.net/)  offers many services for business clients, including a comprehensive range of software and web solutions. From simple apps to complex e-commerce apps, the company provides a flexible collaboration model for everyone interested in effective collaboration. We provide IT expertise, ... learn more about TRIARE

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2015
    Ukraine, United States
  • 22. 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 a full range of mobile app development solutions for their clients, including custom mobile apps, games, enterprise software, 3D animation, and augmented and virtual reality applications. From s ... learn more about Zco Corporation

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    1989
    United States
  • 23. Dedicated Developers

    Top Rated Mobile App and Web Development Company
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    We’ve worked with 300+ startups, small to medium-sized enterprises and top brands from 15+ different countries. We've been empowering them with our digital intelligence and expertise over the past 10 years. We have successfully delivered 1000+ Swift and Agile web and mo ... learn more about Dedicated Developers

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    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    2007
    United States, United Kingdom
  • 24. 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 ... learn more about Gearheart

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    $50 - $99/hr
    10 - 49
    2012
    Ukraine, United States
  • 25. Alphonic Network Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

    Mobile Apps and Web Development Company
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    Alphonic Network Solutions is a full-stack Mobile Apps and Web development agency established in 2013. We are in business for the past six years. Operating from Jaipur, India, with a team of 40+ smart and enthusiastic masterminds working together, we have successfully delivered 200+ projects globally. Our products and ... learn more about Alphonic Network Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2013
    India, United Arab Emirates
  • KadamTech is Software IT Development The company, providing Web & Mobile App solutions to clients globally. At KadamTech, we hold one goal above all others: 100% client satisfaction. Our in-house team of web designers, developers, graphic designers, and Technical project managers uphold the highest standard ... learn more about Kadam Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2015
    India, Malaysia
  • 27. Promatics Technologies

    Top Rated Web n Mobile App Development Company
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    Promatics Technologies is a premier web and mobile apps development company. As a seasoned team of 150+ developers we have built a strong foundation of web and mobile app development processes with much matured and optimized engagement and delivery models. Whether its business analysis, UI/UX, development or QA ... learn more about Promatics Technologies

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    India, United Kingdom
  • 28. TechAvidus

    Software, Web and Mobile App Development Company
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    TechAvidus provide tailored software, web, and mobile applications to small, medium, and large enterprises. Our work culture is based on the core philosophy of cooperation and collaboration. We at TechAvidus take the utmost care in dealing with our customers. When you work with us you get exactly what's needed to a ... learn more about TechAvidus

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2016
    India, United States
  • 29. 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 ... learn more about Glorium Technologies

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2010
    United States, Ukraine
  • 30. Appinventiv Technologies

    Top Mobile App Development Firm
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    Transforming Digital Experiences through Agility and Innovation  Appinventiv is a product development company that offers innovative new-age digital engineering solutions to startups and Fortune 500 companies. With a skilled and agile workforce of 800+ professionals, we build digital products that scale your vi ... learn more about Appinventiv Technologies

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    $25 - $49/hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    2015
    India, United States
  • 31. 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 ... learn more about Zymr, Inc.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2012
    United States, Australia
  • 32. Sigma Data Systems

    Discover the world of Big Data with us!
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    Sigma understands the criticality of each piece of data in today’s world and in the next generation. Sigma was born to give its expertise in the world of Big Data! It has pre-define workshop patterns to understand the problem based on this it provides unique solutions to every customer using various tools and fra ... learn more about Sigma Data Systems

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2010
    United States, Australia
  • 33. Roweb Development

    Custom Software Development
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    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 ... learn more about Roweb Development

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    NA
    50 - 249
    2004
    Romania, United States
  • 34. 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 ... learn more about Selleo Labs

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2007
    Poland, United States
  • 35. Mitrais

    World Class Software Development Company
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    Mitrais is a Software Development and Software Product Company with offices in Indonesia and Singapore. We have a full range of Software Development capabilities MS, Java, Mobile, Web, PHP. Low Code etc., while our Product Services cover the deployment and support of leading Software Products targeting the mining secto ... learn more about Mitrais

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    1991
    Singapore, Indonesia
  • 36. 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 ... learn more about InStandart

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2014
    Ukraine, United States
  • 37. KMS Solutions

    Embrace the Digital Enterprise
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    Part of the KMS Group, KMS Solutions is a technology consulting firm with a mission to empower digital enterprises and help them operate more effectively by leveraging software engineering excellence, digital capabilities, specialized accelerators, and fit-for-purpose solutions alongside strategic software partners. ... learn more about KMS Solutions

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    NA
    1,000 - 9,999
    2011
    Vietnam, United States
  • 38. We are OSM

    Custom Software Development & Outsourcing
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    We strive to help businesses achieve exceptional growth and desired results. Our specific approach and fusion of development, design, and marketing have proven to be the best practice when it comes to end results. We have brought together the most professional and experienced people to provide hi ... learn more about We are OSM

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2011
    Serbia, United Arab Emirates
  • 39. Andersen Inc.

    Get qualified software developers & engineers
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    Andersen is an international custom medical software development company with a strong focus on technology-intensive industries. Since its founding in 2007, the company has opened 10+ development centers and 10+ sales offices around the world. More than 3000 highly qualified specialists work on the development, customi ... learn more about Andersen Inc.

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    $25 - $49/hr
    1,000 - 9,999
    2007
    United States, Poland
  • 40. 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 technologies.  We specialize in custom automotive and enterprise software development, and R&D solutions for IoT/embedded systems.&nb ... learn more about rinf.tech

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2006
    Romania, Ukraine
  • 41. JayDevs

    Top-industry dedicated developers for your project
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    JayDevs is a company with highly qulified IT specialists on board: senior and lead software developers, QA specialists, project managers, and DevOps engineers. We help our clients to develop digital products by scaling their team with remote professionals. Integrating our specialists into the client's proje ... learn more about JayDevs

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    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    2017
    Lithuania, United States
  • 42. Algoworks

    Enterprise Mobile Apps Development Company in USA
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    Mobile: We provide end-to-end mobile design and development services globally. From award-winning B2C native applications to robust cross-platform enterprise-grade mobile solutions, Algoworks innovates applications with latest tech trends. Feel free to have a quick discussion with our architects to find ou ... learn more about Algoworks

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    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    2006
    India, United States
  • 43. iQlance Solutions

    Software & Mobile App Development Company
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    Software & Mobile App Development Company - Your Technical Partner  iQlance being the quickest growing Custom Software and Mobile App Development  Company possesses a team of certified developers, creative designers, product testers who follows the Scrum approach to bring your idea into reality through ... learn more about iQlance Solutions

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    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    2010
    Canada, India
  • 44. Endive Software

    A powerful vision is the inception of success
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    Endive Software Passion, Expertise and Professionalism. These three together have built the timeless foundation of Endive Software. Endive Software is a potential business solution provider which provides the best in class services oriented for the increase in profit for businesses and improved value for customers. ... learn more about Endive Software

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    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    2008
    India, United States
  • 45. Radixweb

    Your Trusted Leading Software Development Partner
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    Radixweb is a 22-year-old tech firm with unparalleled capabilities in custom software development and IT consultation. A preferred outsourcing partner globally, Radixweb has powered berserk digital transformations and delivered superior tech solutions powered by legacy expertise and tech advisory. Benchmarking succe ... learn more about Radixweb

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    $25 - $49/hr
    250 - 999
    2000
    India

Buyer’s Guide

Introduction

There is a variety of software that automates the day-to-day tasks within business corporations, educational institutions, as well as public sector and private organizations. Companies can either buy a 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 in a sequential pattern. 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: Investing in the waterfall model is time-consuming and costly due to the rigid structure.
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 defects and fix them as well as 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 use of 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 that are 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 knowledge of the application.

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 its delivery to the client. There are seven stages of SDLC. The software development process takes place in a constant succession 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 functional requirements of the project. These requirements are gathered from business stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs.)
3) Design and Prototyping: Software architects and developers commence the designing of 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 uses Application Release Automation (ARA) tools to automate the implementation of software to 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) Python: It has advanced as one of the most prominent web programming languages in this era.  Even many academic institutes have incorporated Python as a premier software development language for creating Artificial Intelligence and machine learning-based applications.  For a large project, Python can function as an object-oriented language as well as a scripting language.
2) 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 the team of software developers to decide the right feature to incorporate within the software. It helps creates interactive software applications by developing apt UI for client-side as well as server-side. The most significant advantage of using this language is that it is compatible with all browsers.
3) 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 provided by the Java library to build a robust, complex, and scalable server-side software. Its popularity is also due to its high cross-platform compatibility.
4) C#: C# follows the concept of C. Hence, developers with an understanding of the 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 development as well as cross-application development. Unlike its namesake, C/C++, C# does not permit pointer types, making it safer.
5) 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 the need for writing prolonged codes. Multiple PHP development tools enhance efficiency during coding. It also speeds up customized app development while simplifying maintenance.

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.

1) Platform: The cost of software development depends on the type of platform 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 a cross-platform software will cost more in comparison to dedicated software.
2) Design: The successful operation of software depends on its ability to deliver exceptional user experience (UX) as well as a smooth user interface (UI). Supplying this can take a lot of time and effort on the development end, depending on the software type and complexity. The software development cost of applications having more elaborate and sophisticated UX/UI will be higher.
3) Time: While creating exceptional software, the developers need to invest more time in ensuring that the application is functioning 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 delivery of an 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. 
4) Testing: Testing is an integral part of software development. The cost of testing software can vary due to the complexity of the application, as well as the number of reboots required. Most software development companies include testing services in the package; however, it is better to opt for a combined payment option to avoid paying for unnecessary and extensive reboots.
5) Hiring Option: The cost of development 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 is based in a developed country, will charge more than a software development company located in a developing country.

How Much Does Software Development Cost?

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

  • To design a 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, it can be challenging to weigh their capabilities without knowing which selection criteria to analyze. 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 in their software before the start of the project. Therefore, they must hire software developers who possess the specific skill set and specializes in using those particular software development tools and technologies. For example, to create software in Java programming language, consider selecting 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 the custom software development company that possesses hands-on experience in projects related to their industry. For instance, if a firm is planning to develop an eCommerce application, choose software developers with previous experience in 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 of working with remote teams. This offers an insight into their ability to handling off-shore projects.
3) Reviews: Apart from their past experience, clients must examine the feedback attributed to the software development company by their past clients. This gives a thorough understanding of the software development firm’s processes and service quality. Apart from requesting references from the 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 the development of the software. It is vital to ascertain that the software developer for hire is flexible enough to adapt to the change. This can be determined by studying their approach towards adopting new technology, as well as their ability to scale the project and offer flexible pricing models. The software developer must be ready to embrace new 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 smart 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 that is 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 either 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 on providing 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 any previous projects and how they plan on implementing those tactics in your project. It is vital to hire a software developer who can ensure that the software has no grey areas after deployment. 

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. Additionally, 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 team of 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 their 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 common, 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 important not to fall for extravagant claims made by service providers! Demand for samples or illustrations of measurable services and solutions offered by the team. Hire a software developer with a credible and industry-specific track record that exhibits their 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 team of researchers at GoodFirms has 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 years of experience and the market influence of the contending companies to comprehend their benefactions to the industry. The other valuable parameter acknowledged by the research team is the feedback and recommendations from previous clients, vouching for their credibility.

After thoroughly analyzing, we have curated the above list denoting 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 'Research' section.

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