Excellent custom software can make your business. But hiring the wrong development company to write your software can break it.

If your only strategy is to Google “custom software development companies” and pick one off the list, you’re in for a long day of sorting through your options — all 252,000,000 of them. And how will you really know if you’ve made a wise choice?

As someone who hired a number of dev shops before working with Tech9, I developed the following criteria to evaluate different development companies. …


Because custom software is, well, custom, it’s impossible to assign a blanket price range to all software development projects. Asking how much software development costs is akin to asking how much a house costs. Just as individual home prices vary based on their location, square footage, age, and added amenities, the price of software development can range dramatically and depends on a laundry list of factors.

Like home developers, software developers approach new builds with a few key questions for their clients. If you’re considering a new software project, here are the questions you can expect your software development team…


Almost every company is a technology company, to some degree. That doesn’t necessarily mean you sell a high-tech product, just that technology like digital tools and mobile experiences play a fundamental role in your strategy. Software products can enable you to operate more efficiently or reach your customers in new ways. Consider a car dealership with an online inventory technology that allows customers a digital-first experience or a credit union with a mobile app for its customers.

As you recognize software needs in your own company, soon enough the debate will arise whether to build or buy a third-party solution…


Once you’ve made the decision to build custom software and subsequently opted to in-source or outsource the development, you’re off to the races, right? Well…not exactly. Hastily rushing into software development is one of many reasons failure is a near-certainty in this business. Up to 75% of business and IT executives admit that their projects are either always or usually “doomed right from the start.” Yikes.

So, what can you do in the early stages of planning to make sure you avoid disaster? …


If you’re here, you’ve likely made the big decision that you need a custom software solution for your business. Whether you sell high-tech B2B solutions or life insurance policies, software can be a key differentiator in your company’s growth, competitive advantage, and customer experience. And unless you’re seasoned in building and overseeing software solutions, the odds are kind of stacked against you: 65% of software that is created is never used. Perhaps even more critical than making the initial decision that you need a custom software solution is what you do next.

After deciding that you need a software solution…


We’ve previously discussed effective strategies you can employ when hiring software developers in India, as well as what to expect when offshoring your software development. While these articles offer great resources in helping hiring managers and executives identify what qualities to look for in these candidates, it’s also important to realize that the actual ins and outs of the screening and recruiting process are not as easy as you might think.

If you really want to dive into the realities of expanding your team offshore, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at some of the nuances and idiosyncrasies you’ll encounter in the…


As companies continue to adapt to a shifting technological culture that involves an increased remote workforce, technology budget cuts, and staff shortages, stakeholders are searching for ways to keep their development ships afloat. To help you update your technology roadmap and account for these changes, a good place to start is examining both the structure and engagement of your software development team.

Revitalize the Team Structure

Before you can make any significant changes to your team, you need to identify which roles are mission-critical. …


In addition to boasting one of the largest software development talent pools in the world, India also sports some of the youngest and most ambitious developers you can find. They are competitive, diverse, and breaking ground into new technologies. Maybe you’ve decided you want to offshore some of your software development to India, but don’t know quite where to start. Before you dive headfirst into the black hole of insta-freelancer websites, there are a few key considerations you’ll need to take into account first:

  • Developer mindset: at the end of the day, software developers in India are not greatly different…


A recent survey by Bain & Company reveals that more than half of US companies have made cuts to their technology spending in response to the economic downturn, with the healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries getting hit the hardest. While nobody can say with certainty just when these cost-cutting measures will end, one thing is clear: there’s plenty of software development work that needs doing, and limited resources to do it.

If you’ve been racking your brain for a plan to help you move forward on a limited technology budget, a well thought out to-do list can provide short-term guidance…


An illustration of various software development projects
An illustration of various software development projects
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If you’re like most companies, the coronavirus outbreak has drastically changed the way you do business. Whether it’s moving the bulk of your meetings to video conferencing, opting for a robust e-commerce solution, or making sure your site can support the increased traffic from people working or shopping from home, the need for your business to adapt to a changing landscape has never been greater.

While software needs are at all-time highs, companies are struggling to fill important software development roles. Either due to budgetary constraints or shifting business models, almost half of all consumer tech companies have instituted hiring…

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