What is a software house?
By definition, a software house is a software development company. This means that you can take advantage of its services if you are looking for a partner who will create software for your internal use or software that will facilitate the use of your services by external clients. A software development company creates software for specific activities that is later bought by private users, you can also call a software house. First of all, it is a company where programmers work, and their tasks include writing the source code. In other words, a software house is an IT company whose services you can use when building a website, online store, or web & mobile application.
What type of services a software development company offers?
Depending on the strategy and specialization, the software development company can offer services such as: web development, web app development, mvp development, PWA development, RWD development, Mobile-first design, frontend development, backend development, cloud-based software development, multi-tenant systems development, software development, custom software development, mobile development, iOS development, Android development, hybrid apps development, product design, product workshops, UX design, UI design, testing, and maintenance. A software development company can be industry-focused, e.g. betting development, fintech development, ecommerce development, etc.
Can software development companies have a specialization?
Sure. Some software development companies specialize in certain types of products. Some of them provide only Web services, others focus on creating Mobile applications. Often the scope of services is defined by the team structure and the skills and experience of programmers in working with specific technologies. There are software development companies that only deal with frontend development or those that specialize in backend solutions. Some IT companies make native mobile apps while others use cross-platform technology. Yet another factor influencing specialization may be the industry, e.g. ecommerce, fintech, healthcare or sports. At CrustLab, we not only support projects in the field of Web & Mobile development, but also design digital products taking into account good UX/UI practices. We specialize in solutions for the betting industry, this is the main, but not the only area of our specialization.
Does localisation of software development company headquarter matter?
It really depends on your approach. In most cases, cooperation with the software development company takes place 100% online. Then the only aspect that may be affected by the location is the time difference, which may slightly impede communication. The exceptions are when you expect direct contact and in-office meetings with your software development partner. A given location may be important if you are looking for a company that communicates in a specific language or if you are preparing a product for a selected, specific market. CrustLab is a software development company from Poland, but each of our team communicates in English without any problems.
How does software development company manage communication with different time zones?
Usually, cooperation with a software development company takes place in one or two weekly rounds, also known as sprints. Each such period is preceded by a meeting during which tasks to be performed are planned. This is the only time when the two sides must actually meet, and the date of this meeting is adjusted to the client's time zone. The rest of the work performed by the software development company is carried out on a project basis, and the client can track the current progress of work with the project management tool (e.g. in Jira). Each project has its own Project Manager, who is at the customer's disposal all the time in the event of sudden changes, corrections or unforeseen situations. In addition, with a regularity depending on the arrangements, the software development company sends the client updates with the progress of work.
What are the advantages of hiring a software development company from Poland?
According to the latest edition of HackerRank, which includes over 200 countries, Polish developers are on the 3rd place on the list of the best developers. Also Poland is known in the international area as a country that provides one of the best education and development in the IT industry. In every major city there are universities educating students in this field and IT companies appreciated in the world, around which local communities gathering developers are created through frequent events, workshops, courses and more.
I do not have fully specified project assumptions, will the software development company accept such an order?
Probably yes, but it will extend the valuation process and it is possible that it will reduce the accuracy of the prepared estimate. The best solution, which often uses software development companies is the organization of paid product workshops, during which you will jointly develop the missing project assumptions. The advantage of such a solution is the possibility of consulting your ideas with professionals and choosing the best solution available.
Will the software development company advise me?
Definitely yes. CrustLab as a software development company regularly consults the projects of potential customers, often changing their basic assumptions, which translates into lower costs, faster implementation time or better quality of final products. If you have any doubts with which we can help you - contact us.
Does the number of people working in a software development company matter?
Not always, but sometimes large IT companies may find it difficult to maintain a high level of work quality and communication with clients. It may also be the case that giants will not find your small project attractive and will not want to handle it at all. This is not a rule, but you should keep it in mind when you are want to hire software development company. On the other hand, teams of several people usually work on one project. Much more important than the number of employees is the number of case studies from various industries that are in the portfolio of a given software development company.
Why do I need to work with a software development company if I have an internal IT department?
There are many reasons why cooperation with a software development company may be the right solution for you, even if you have your own IT department. This solution will work if you lack experience, e.g. in a given industry, skills, e.g. in a specific technology, or simply time and resources that can be provided by an external IT company.
When is it worth cooperating with a software development company?
Cooperation with a software development company is a solution that is worth considering when you do not have your own IT department or its maintenance costs you too much money. It is also a good solution when you want to complete the project faster and need additional hands to work or when you lack knowledge, experience and skills in a given area.
Does the software development company support my digital products after the development work is completed?
It depends on your arrangements. Many software development companies, apart from development services, offer further work on the development and maintenance of digital products.
How to choose the right software development company?
There are many factors to consider when answering this question. Depending on the project, other factors can be decisive. You should definitely pay attention to: Your business goals and product vision, technological stack needed to implement a project, business fit, budget, understanding your needs, opinions of other software development company clients and many more.
Will the software development company handle my project comprehensively?
It depends on the services offered and the preferred specialization of the software development company. At CrustLab, we support projects comprehensively, from verification and discussion of the idea, through design to development of both the web version and mobile applications, as well as the subsequent support and maintenance of your products, even for many years after launch. We will carry out a complete project or just a selected part of it, depending on your needs.
What needs to happen for the software development company to fully understand my needs?
The more information about the project you provide to the software development company at the very beginning, the easier it will be to prepare for the project. It is important that you make your project vision clear, including your specific business goals. The functionalities necessary from your perspective, technologies that you intend to use or those that you definitely do not want to use, will also be important. As well as the amount of the budget, the expected time of project implementation and other requirements you have for the software development company.
Is the project estimation prepared by the software development company payable?
In most cases, the software development company prepares project cost estimates for free. This does not mean that the preparation of the valuation costs nothing. The IT company must spend time verifying assumptions, preparing documentation, planning resources and the valuation itself. However, software development companies do it in good faith, counting on profits from further cooperation. Therefore, when sending an inquiry to a software development company, be prepared and provide as much information as possible that will facilitate this process.
Is the confidential data accessed by the software development company safe?
If the information necessary for the implementation of your project contains sensitive data, make sure that your contract with the software development company includes a confidentiality agreement. By signing the NDA, you can be sure that your business secrets are safe and that their disclosure will result in a financial penalty.
Does the software development company have the rights to my project after finishing development?
CrustLab as a software development company is only the contractor of the project. This means that it does not assume ownership after the software is developed. The intellectual property of the project, including the rights to the source code, belongs to the client once development is completed.
What are the models of cooperation with a software development company?
There are various models of cooperation with a software development company. They can be divided based on the method of billing, the location of the partner developing the software or the team structure. At CrustLab we can provide you with a dedicated team or extension of your internal IT department. In the first case, your project is implemented by permanently assigned developers, designers, testers and a project manager. In the second, you hire a specific developer.
How does the software development company select the team for my project?
When selecting a team of developers for a given software development company project, they are based on the client's business goals and project assumptions, confronting them with the experience and skills of team members. If your project requires knowledge of specific technologies or experience in implementing solutions from the X industry, software houses select (and sometimes even employs) a person who has such knowledge.
What payment models does the software development company use?
Time&Materials is the most popular settlement method preferred by software development companies. In this model, the customer pays for the time worked by the partner's team at the rates specified in the contract. The project is divided into specific tasks. Estimation of the time needed for its implementation is based on them. A dedicated team carries out tasks as part of two-week sprints. The number of hours worked is converted into the amount that the software development company charges the customer. There are also other billing methods with an IT company. Fixed price, in which works are planned and carried out in a manner adapted to the client's budget, allows you to control the upper limit of expenses. Fee or monthly subscription is a good solution if the scope of cooperation is limited only to maintaining a given system, application, store or website.