8652 Companies
Top Custom Software Development Companies

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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Colorful Dots, LLC
8551

Colorful Dots, LLC

B2B/B2G MOBILE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Colorful Dots is a full service software development agency focused on creating custom software products for Fortune 500's, State & Federal Government agencies, and high-growth startups. For over 15 years our team, networks, and partners have been deeply rooted in the software industry. We’re hard-wired to prototype, build, measure, and deliver exceptional results to each and every one of our clients.

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$100 - $149/hr
2 - 9
United States
Francis Kim App Development
8552

Francis Kim App Development

Melbourne's Trusted App Developer

Francis Kim App Development is an App and Magento Certified Developer in Melbourne and an Amazon Web Services certified Solution Architect. He is highly skilled and dedicated to producing quality Magento websites.

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NA
2 - 9
Australia
KeyDevs
8553

KeyDevs

A Top Software House in Islamabad, Pakistan

KeyDevs is known as the top and well-established Software House in Islamabad, Pakistan. KeyDevs provide services since 2007 and until now we have designed and developed hundreds of websites and mobile applications for our clients all over the world. We have a team of young members but highly expert and professional in their work. Our mission is to help you to make your business a successful global brand.

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
Pakistan,
United Arab Emirates
BonaSys IT Solutions
8554

BonaSys IT Solutions

Your bridge to interact with IT

We are a team of highly compassionate professionals who know how to do the work or get it done, timely, without compromising on quality. Our approach is simple, to provide awesome support pre, post and during the complete relationship. Among the numerous options out there for you, we are here to stay with you in building your dream, in simplifying your life with the latest information technology solutions and in helping you to be the best at what you do. We value you, we value our team, we value our work. That’s what makes you and w... read more

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
India
Dai Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
8555

Dai Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Custom Application Development

Dai Software helps realize increased business adoption of strategic insights, when compared to traditional approaches, by leveraging its key strengths, including Consulting skills that help connect with business users and identify real issues. Capabilities that bring right blend of consulting & technology skills to deliver highly relevant and scalable solutions The global delivery model which brings significant benefits across the global footprint of client businesses.

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
India
Honeycomb Software
8556

Honeycomb Software

We Do Great Things with .NET

Honeycomb Software is an outsource software development company. We’ve experienced in creating bespoke Web and SaaS applications. Honeycomb Software specialization is .Net stack. Our team has 51 full stack developers.  

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$25 - $49/hr
50 - 249
Ukraine
Briskstar Technologies
8557

Briskstar Technologies

IT Solution Provider - Website/Mobile Solutions

Briskstar Technologies is a leading website and mobile application development company in India. Briskstar provides a complete set of Offshore Web Development and Website Design Solutions to businesses of all areas. We are specialized in website design, web development, graphic designing, and mobile application such as iPhone as well as Android native application development. Our team with 60+ IT professionals who are techno crafts in multiple areas and provide esteem support. Our main goal is to provide client satisfaction and engage them towa... read more

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< $25/hr
50 - 249
India
NS WEB DEVELOPMENT LLC
8558

NS WEB DEVELOPMENT LLC

Solutions for web

The aim of the solution focused NS Web Development team is to seek and develop ideas and innovations trying to get prosper for the clients, our company and the community itself without compromise on quality. Team spirit, scientific thinking, higher ethical conduct and professionalism are values that describe our team. It consists of young and senior developers combining the pioneering spirit and experience that is a sure indicator for empowerment, growth and trust within the team.  

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
Serbia,
Canada
Coveros
8559

Coveros

Agile and DevOps is all we do.

AGILITY. SECURITY. DELIVERED. Coveros helps organizations achieve business results by delivering solutions with greater speed, flexibility, and quality than traditional approaches. Using agile project management and software assurance best practices, we deliver mission-critical software to market on-time and on-budget. The Coveros approach maximizes return on investment by delivering the highest business value needs early in all of our software and consulting engagements. Our three service lines, Consulting, Agile Development and Software... read more

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
United States
Zed-Axis Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
8560

Zed-Axis Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

We make your business easy for you.

Zed-Axis provides business owners high-end business intelligence software which is actually designed to find out, identify and transform the information for the business intelligence. Our business intelligence software provides history, running and futuristic view of business operations. To figure out the full details of a product from the phase of inventory and to maintain the whole product data, Business Intelligence Software Solutions in India are adapted. Our software assists multiple types of businesses in measuring and expanding the produ... read more

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NA
10 - 49
India
Special Man Global Solution LTD
8561

Special Man Global Solution LTD

Awesome Software, Timely Delivery...

Special man Global solution LTD was born out of a desire to see emerging and global businesses grow using technology as a tool. We are excellence driven Tech Company who has gained massive experience working with various organizations. As a software company, we promise not to bore you with all the “techy” stuff that makes us amazing. We have a diverse multinational team of expert developers who are continuously learning new ways to help business growth by providing solutions to diverse business problems. Our work ethic is... read more

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NA
10 - 49
Nigeria
SphiroTech
8562

SphiroTech

Web & Mobile App Development Company

The company has been on the market since 2013 starting from outsourcing UI and UX design and growing the diversity of services year by year. Now, SphiroTech is a full-stack digital agency with all the specialists required for the efficient creative process from scratch. The agency departments are organized around different stages of user-friendly product development. Solid project management based on the best world practices allows us to run complex projects for customers around the world and provide a high‑quality outcome.

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< $25/hr
2 - 9
India
Highlander Studio
8563

Highlander Studio

Creative and technical

Highlander Studio is a custom software development company that offers programming, art, design, and consulting services to a wide range of industries and business areas. Our main focus are the game development and game content related outsource service. With our highly talented team we can produce top quality content or full game production optimised to multiple platforms.  

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
Hungary
OtterWorks
8564

OtterWorks

Graphics & Game Studio

Hi, we are OtterWorks. An individual game and application development x graphics studio based in Budapest, Hungary. We are the creators of Escape Velocity & Fall of Cutie mobile game. Ever since we could grab a pencil, we drew comics and wrote stories of fantastic worlds. Having been completely into gaming, we learned the principles, logic, and techniques. We experimented – and sometimes failed. Now we are one of the leading indie game studios of Hungary. We create games that are worth playing with. Because we believe that w... read more

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$25 - $49/hr
2 - 9
Hungary
niftic agency
8565

niftic agency

Creating more positive interactions.

We are a multi-talented group of innovators eager to help new companies promote their brand and define their image. The mathematics are simple: we only succeed if you succeed. We are driven and motivated by the success of others and are interested in long-term relationships with our clients. The advent of technology has transformed the world of marketing, necessitating a blend of strategists, creative artists, and developers. We are passionate about blending technology and human interaction, executing both actual and digital presences for your ... read more

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< $25/hr
2 - 9
United States
Bimbasoft
8566

Bimbasoft

An Eastern Europe Software Development Company.

BimbaSoft is an outsource web development company with over 6 years of experience in the field. We provide technical solutions for web based applications, games and websites. We are looking to form long term partnership with a creative agency and are ready to prove our reliability and professionalism in technical solution implementation. Our team is dedicated to find optimal technical solution to realize your vision and transform it into a working solution. Our office is based in western Ukraine - just one hour flight from any major Europ... read more

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
Ukraine
Clecotech International Pvt Ltd
8567

Clecotech International Pvt Ltd

Web and Mobile software with a high standard

ClecoTech International is One of the Most Leading IT companies in India . We have 10+ years of experience with strong web application development, Mobile Development,  IoT and Machine learning. Regarding programming language we work in Ruby, Ruby on Rails,  Sinatra, PHP, AngularJS, Python, NodeJS, AngularJS, Vue.js, React, React Native, Swift and Android. We follow Agile based development in our organisation. We have developed, designed and deployed digital experiences for all types of companies from small start-ups to fortune 500... read more

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
India,
United States
Untold Studio
8568

Untold Studio

We make great software for great people.

Untold was created to help the companies we love make the amazing apps and websites they deserve. Experienced professionals, we believe in the relentless pursuit of excellence. For us, this means: Exceptional products. We never settle for good enough and we never ship until a product meets our standards. We take immense pride in our work. Engineering with purpose. Every member of the Untold team, no matter their role, has client goals foremost in mind. We are all advocates for project success and exceptional technology. Stepping boldly int... read more

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$150 - $199/hr
2 - 9
United States
Congruent Global, Inc.
8569

Congruent Global, Inc.

We Tech Your Growth

Congruent Global is an award-winning team of experienced IT development experts, delivering end-to-end services. Our Mission: Build motivated world class teams and develop sustainable strategic client partnerships, delivering best-in-class technology solutions at the right cost. Our Vision: Happy Employees, Cutting-edge Technology Solutions, Delighted Clients and Profitable Growth! Our Value: E –EthicsL –LeadershipI –InnovationT –TransparencyE –Excellence​

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$25 - $49/hr
50 - 249
United States
Targeticon Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.
8570

Targeticon Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.

IT Outsourcing Company for Mobile & Web Apps

We are a leading digital agency registered in India providing comprehensive & integrated IT services that includes, Website Design & Development, and Software Development & Mobile Applications, Digital Marketing services. We provide digital marketing solutions to businesses with unrivalled insights into their true standing in the market to enable them adapt to the changing customer trends and continue in their dynamic growth. Our solutions assist businesses reach out to prospects, retain the current customers, enhance thei... read more

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
India
Enplus Advisors, Inc.
8571

Enplus Advisors, Inc.

Data Science + Engineering & Custom Software

Enplus Advisors adds to your advantage when you’re relying on complex data to drive transformational advances in your business. You need data to drive transformational improvements in mission-critical systems. We can work specifically on data analytics or data engineering, but we find that one often leads to the other. After all, for your data to do its job, your systems need to repeatedly gather and analyze inputs and deliver results—whether that requires a machine learning data pipeline, cloud-native API architecture, or someth... read more

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$150 - $199/hr
2 - 9
United States
Trimwebsolutions
8572

Trimwebsolutions

Best website design and development agency india

Trimwebsolutions is a best website designing and development agency specializing in creative design and internet marketing. We believe that the foundation of every organization’s growth begins and ends with customer retention and new client acquisition.

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< $25/hr
Freelancer
India
Velozion Technologies Pvt Ltd
8573

Velozion Technologies Pvt Ltd

The Positively Ignited

Welcome to the world of development! We at Velozion Technologies have built a versatile environment, as a stage to support businesses for their growth and development. We welcome business owners with an enthusiastic approach and help them understand and implement the latest technologies into their business operations. Velozion Technologies is not just a helping hand, we flow deep into our business development projects and showcase business owners the use of right technology for better results. Our developments involve in finding soluti... read more

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
India
Capazyte
8574

Capazyte

Software and Applications for startups

Capazyte is an initiative from a handful of people who are obsessed with quality and innovation. Our aim is to achieve excellence in every product we make, and we strive for perfection every time we code.

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
Pakistan
JD Soft
8575

JD Soft

ERP Software for Small Business

JD Soft is a global ISO 9001:2015 (QMS) & ISO: 27001:2013 (ISMS) certified organization with niche expertise in Industries and Enterprise Solutions for Process Optimization, Big Data Solution (BDS), Legacy Migration, Modernization, Advanced Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Reporting, Content and Big Data Management in verticals such as Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Engineering, Healthcare, Insurance as well as Retail.

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
India
Sreyas IT Solutions Pvt Ltd
8576

Sreyas IT Solutions Pvt Ltd

Web development company

Sreyas IT Solutions is a full service design, support and development company offering comprehensive Internet Solutions for various industries and businesses including small medium and large businesses. We are experts in different technologies including Drupal, WordPress, Prestashop, Magento also in Android, Iphone and Windows mobile development. At Sreyas we commit things that we can deliver. Have completed many 100s of projects here and do have nice reviews and client recommendation from our clients.  

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
India
Ashara Studios
8577

Ashara Studios

Transcending the present to create the future

Ashara Studios is a company dedicated to build ideas that change our environment in a positive way, for it, it is divided into three units: Ashara Soft, Ashara Games and Ashara Science: ASHARA SOFT This unit is dedicated to the design, development, implementation and deployment of technological platforms such as web pages, web platforms, desktop applications, mobile applications, Unity applications for 3D proyects, gamification, etc. All related to the design and brand building. ASHARA GAMES Unit dedicated to the design and developmen... read more

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
Colombia
Ordex Technology Solutions
8578

Ordex Technology Solutions

Discover Tomorrow, Today

Ordex Technology Solutions is a seasoned software company with a proven track record of delivering exceptional quality in custom software development, support and consulting. Our company focuses on delivering high quality business solutions with full range of complementary services and industry-specific, tailor-made solutions to its clients through innovative technology solutions. We at OTS help clients to maximize the value of IT and help its customers to strategically re-engineer and re-invent their businesses to compete successfully in an ev... read more

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NA
50 - 249
United States
CURTIS Digital, Inc.
8579

CURTIS Digital, Inc.

We are approachable, smart, and fast moving

CURTIS Digital, Inc. is a custom software development agency that helps companies solve their technology needs. We provide both enterprise-level businesses and innovative startups with smart, custom tech and creative applications alongside a unique execution style that makes us feel more like part of your team and less like an external vendor. We forged our expertise over the last 19 years while working on challenging and existing projects with our customers. We are built to both solve common business problems that can arise while trying to ... read more

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
United States
ULTIMATE WEB DESIGNS LIMITED
8580

ULTIMATE WEB DESIGNS LIMITED

We aspire to inspire

At Ultimate Web Designs Limited we aim to provide Affordable Web Design services all over New Zealand & Australia. With the combination of Responsive Website Design, cutting edge-technology and great project management. "We are proud to be in the list of Website Design Companies Auckland".

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< $25/hr
2 - 9
New Zealand
ikubINFO
8581

ikubINFO

Software Engineering Company

Founded in 2007 in Tirana, ikubINFO provides services for software development by using the most modern technologies.The company operates by offering its services mainly to the public sector, but also to banking and financial, telecommunications and energy sectors. With more than 100 developers, equipped with high knowledge and experience in various fields, ikubINFO stands as the largest company in Albania in the field of software development. Based on its mission, vision and values, ikubINFO thrives to strengthen its position as a lead... read more

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$25 - $49/hr
50 - 249
Albania
Rotros
8582

Rotros

Helping Brands on Their Digital Transformation

We help you grow and scale in digital worldby conventional and cloud products with proven practices. Leverage our services to build profitable, stable, scalable products that fitting your business needs.

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$25 - $49/hr
2 - 9
Turkey
Bunch Consulting
8583

Bunch Consulting

dedicated teams, management, mobile, web, apps

  EU based company with an in-house development center and PMO, along with a network of 15 partners' development centers and companies. The development center network allows to connect with certain engineer and build tech teams in 2 weeks. The whole SW development cycle is under control of our tech experts. You will get a developer for your project with defined and agreed experience claimed while negotiated. Advantages are available for you: Get an estimate for your project in just 10 days Professional Project Manageme... read more

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$25 - $49/hr
50 - 249
Poland,
Ukraine
wizbytes
8584

wizbytes

website design for Accountants

Wizbytes is one of the Best Web Development Company in Los Angeles, With the developing technology and malleable client appeal team Concept, WizBytes Pvt. Ltd. has also mastered its mechanism and procedure to accommodate new technology and new scripting language which allows us to gratify our seaward development partners flexible requirements. As a best web designing company in Los Angeles, we have devoted a group of expert architects and designers, making ground-breaking and connecting with sites. We utilize ultra-perfec... read more

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NA
10 - 49
United States
Dayscholars
8585

Dayscholars

Software, web development, web designing

Dayscholars one of the best leading software IT Company, Kerala. Code7 is wing part of Dayscholars. Dayscholars build quality software products that define innovations and accessibility. 

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NA
10 - 49
India
Eyelash Technologies
8586

Eyelash Technologies

we think beyond imagination

Eyelash Technologies is one of the Most Reputed Online Branding and Digital Marketing Agency providing services like Branding and Advertising, Digital Marketing, Website Design - Web Development, SEO, Social Media Management, Graphic Design and Logo Design Services in Vadodara, India.

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$50 - $99/hr
10 - 49
India
u2i
8587

u2i

u2i is a full-service digital boutique

u2i is a full-service digital boutique with an innovative approach to both its clients and its employees. We partner with you from ideation to production, leveraging innovative technologies with a relentless focus on making you successful and creating the best value for the end user. Founded in NYC in 2000, we went on a quest to find great ideas worth developing into awesome products. Ideas that not only require great code to be successful but also effective long term strategies and close, lasting relationships. In 2005, we set up our second... read more

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$100 - $149/hr
50 - 249
Poland
Mechcubei Solution Pvt.Ltd
8588

Mechcubei Solution Pvt.Ltd

Software Development and Digital Marketing Company

Mechcubei has been part of the IT industry for more than 5 years with reliable mobile/web/digital marketing and SEO service primarily based in USA, UK, and India. The prime focus of our organization is to deliver high-quality software development services at reasonable prices to our clients. Our mission is in what we follow as the latest trend, where you don’t just meet the client’s expectation but you exceed the expectations of the client with exceptional service. Services we offer, make sure our clients accomplish their busi... read more

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NA
50 - 249
United States,
India
Avalith
8589

Avalith

Software Development & Staff Augmentation Services

With 8 years in the market, AVALITH. has positioned itself as an enabler of companies in software development. Our growth has been constant and due to the conformity with our provided services, we have been able to work from startups to fortune 500 companies.

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NA
10 - 49
Argentina
Swapna Bharathi Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd
8590

Swapna Bharathi Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd

Synchronizes Talent Technology Trade with Quality

Swapna Bharathi Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd was founded in 2014 by a group of experienced software solutions specialists. We are Swapna Bharathi Learning solutions Pvt. Ltd., a IT consulting and IT services company in Gudlavalleru, Andhra Pradesh (INDIA) for generating rural employment and empowering rural youth as well as generating employable resources to the IT industry. SBL Solutions team has been delivering innovative, cost effective and timely solutions that drive the growth of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. And we have... read more

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
India
Frugal Innovation - Web & Mobile App Development Company
8591

Frugal Innovation - Web & Mobile App Development Company

We don’t just build Mobile Apps & Softwares

Frugalnova is one of the leading mobile app & web development services company based in India & California, USA. Get a highly professional team with years of expertise in providing excellent website & mobile app solutions outsourcing services.

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NA
Freelancer
United States
Pratiti Technologies Pvt Ltd.
8592

Pratiti Technologies Pvt Ltd.

Pratiti Technologies Pvt Ltd.

Pratiti Technologies is a leading outsourced product development company  and innovative solution provider focusing on SMAC and IoT driven digital transformation.

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NA
10 - 49
India
Droptica
8593

Droptica

Websites built with best Open Source solutions.

We are an Agile software development company. We create big websites with Drupal 8, Symfony and React. We excel in complex multi-tier builds with many integrations but are also great at creating fast to market apps and websites. Whether you are a startup or a large corporation, we will deliver results for you. - Drupal 8 custom modules development - Drupal 8 custom themes - Migration to Drupal (Migrate API) - Drupal performance - Drupal integrations (REST/JSON, XML-RPC, SOAP, etc) - Symfony Framework - JavaScript frameworks: Angula... read more

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
Poland
Me2 Infotech
8594

Me2 Infotech

You have complex ideas. We have the solution!

We are a group of professionals having the expertise to develop strategy, design, development, complex business solutions with ease of operations under the leadership of our promoter having more than 30 years of experience in IT sector.

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
India
IQ Infoline
8595

IQ Infoline

Website and application development company

IQ Infoline is well-recognized for providing the most reliable and affordable application and web development services. In addition, we also popularize your brand through core digital marketing services. For start-ups and SMBs as well as large enterprises, our services are capable to boost the productivity for providing long-term benefits.

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< $25/hr
10 - 49
United States
Moqod
8596

Moqod

Full-stack software teams from Amsterdam and Kiev

Moqod is a full-service IT agency with a focus on Apps and Web apps. IOS. Android. Web. Back end. Big Data. AI. AR. We developed for UBER, Rijkswaterstaat, McDonalds and Roche, as well as for various startups. We specialize in setting up complete SCRUM teams for complex projects, as well as delivering MVPs for project-based startups; and everything in between. With our design and business guidance from the Netherlands, but development in Ukraine in a nearshoring approach, we can quickly scale quaility teams.  Moqod is a desig... read more

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$50 - $99/hr
50 - 249
Netherlands
Riff Point LLC
8597

Riff Point LLC

Right team. Right solution. Perfect result.

Riff Point is a full-cycle software development company based in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, with 2 subdivisions for web and mobile development: WebCodin (https://webcodin.com/) and AppCodin (https://appcodin.com/). We combine the full understanding of your business idea and technical skills of our programmers to deliver high-end solutions for top level projects and startups. Let us know about your software ideas or extra development bandwidth needs and we'll respond shortly with a quote.

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
Ukraine
Relliks Systems
8598

Relliks Systems

To help businesses grow & adopt technology

Relliks Systems help you achieve your business goals through right business solutions. We develop Web applications, Mobile app and Software to cover your brand and idea, converting it into reality, And help you adopt modern and open source software and databases.

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
Pakistan
Veracity Solutions
8599

Veracity Solutions

Software Development

Veracity Solutions helps organizations plan, build and launch successful software solutions from conception through adoption. Companies solve their stubborn and unique problems at the core by relying on our expert advice, coaching and staff.  

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NA
Freelancer
United States
MazeGeek, Inc.
8600

MazeGeek, Inc.

Leverage Our Talent for Cutting-Edge Solutions

We are problem solvers. We wanted our name to reflect that very fact. After brainstorming what the name of our company should be, we settled on MazeGeek. We help our clients to find their way out of the “Maze” or problems in which they find themselves to be lost. And we are the “Geek” or solution to their problems. That’s how we became MAZEGEEK Since our inception in 2016, we have relentlessly pursued excellence in creating the best solutions for our clients. Our motto has been set from the start to rack our col... read more

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$25 - $49/hr
10 - 49
United States
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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