Developing new software is a great way to develop products, services, or resources for your company. Having custom-developed software can be a strategic advantage when trying to stand out from other companies. However, the process of developing software can be complicated. Unless you have the staff on hand they can do the development work, your best bet is to hire a software development agency to help you.
There are several options that you could use to have your software development. Freelancers, in particular, are increasingly popular when companies need new software. However, these different options come with their own benefits and issues. Out of all of your options, hiring a dedicated software development agency is your best option. Here is why a hire a software development agency is your best choice for developing new software.
Access to Resources
Developing software can be a resource-intensive project. One of the most common reasons why you would want to hire an agency over an independent developer is because of their access to resources. Agencies have multiple developers and additional staff members who can help with different stages of the process. They also have access to the funds to keep the project moving and the resources needed to acquire technologies needed for each project. Independent developers may not have access to the same level of resources and support, which can derail a project if they run into trouble.
Faster Production Through Scalability
Another good reason to hire a software developer from an agency is that agencies generally have faster production schedules because their operations are scalable. One of the biggest drawbacks for independent developers is that they have to do all of the work themselves. With only one person on staff, much of their time is spent away from programming.
When they do program, they can only work so fast. Agencies can have multiple people on staff and can increase the amount of staff that they have if necessary. This means that they can multiply the speed that they are working at and reduce the overall length of the project.
New Technology Adoption
Because agencies have multiple people on staff and can hire new talent if needed, they are faster to adopt new technologies. The technologies used in software development are constantly improving to a produce faster and to provide new features that make software programs unique.
While it is possible to develop new software using older systems and technologies, this may put you at a disadvantage compared to your competitors. It may also create problems with security, compatibility, and other areas where software issues are common.
Software development projects include more than just software development. There are related services that you will need to fully utilize your new software. This could be anything from developing training materials to providing user support while the software is being rolled out. Every project has different goals so your project may have different needs than other people’s products. However, needing additional support and services is common and you should plan for it when you start your project.
Software development agencies usually have staff members that handle these other services. This includes having a support team to help resolve IT and user issues so that you do not run into problems when trying to put your new software to use. Not all agencies provide the same services, so it is important to check ahead of time to see what they offer.
Projects to develop new resources for companies can be complex and difficult to manage without experience and expertise in software development. Software development agencies have project managers on staff who specialize in coordinating such products. This can be a tremendous help in getting your project on on time and on budget since the project manager can work with both organizations to keep things running smoothly. They can also help to have someone who can coordinate meetings and enforce quality control practices so that the end results align with the initial plans.
Expertise and Specialization
Another advantage that software development agencies have over independent contractors is their ability to bring together a large number of staff members that have expertise specialization in specific areas. Rather than having a single person be an expert in one or several areas, you have an entire team of experts who only focus on one specific type of software working on your project. This can have a big effect on the quality of the finished product. If your project needs some type of specialized skills or experience, you are more likely to find it an agency and you will still get the benefits of having an entire team work on your project.
Partner with an Expert in Software Development
At KitelyTech, our software development team has extensive experience coordinating and completing the development of software systems. We have assembled a team of developers that can handle any project that you might have. Give us a call at (312) 254-8248 to discuss your next software development project.