As a tool you’re going to use to manage your business on a daily basis, custom business software will promote your productivity, your efficiency and your profits. The best way to ensure you get the most comprehensive, custom-fit solution possible for your business needs – one that not only improves your workflow, but also your bottom line – is to enlist the help of a third-party software developer.
What should you look for in a software development partner?
First and foremost, you want a company that’s been in the industry for a while. You don’t want to be anyone’s trial run. Look for firms that have served companies from all types of industries and with all sorts of challenges. An experienced developer should know what hurdles to expect and prepare for, what types of software solutions are best for certain business needs, and how to get the job done quickly and affordably.
A Solid System
Look for a company that has a verified system in place for building custom business software. Xeo has this system down to a science. We’re able to produce custom software in an assembly-line fashion, a process we call “mass customization.” We’ve honed our proven process over years of service.
Your development partner should have expert-level knowledge—not just in software and coding, but also on the business side. The mark of an effective development firm is its ability to truly understand a client’s challenges and design an innovative software solution that improves overall productivity. Xeo works to understand your business as a whole, noting bottlenecks in the workflow, and creating unique solutions that can make you a more efficient and profitable company.
It’s no secret that custom software solutions can come with a hefty price tag. In fact, many development companies will quote their clients one thing up front and then rack up a fortune in extra costs because they didn’t understand the full scope of the project in the first place. It’s unfair and it’s cost-prohibitive on many companies’ budget. Professor Bent Flyvbjerg, Founding Chair of Major Program Management said that “large IT projects are 20 times more likely than normal projects to spin out of control.” When you’re looking for a partner to develop your custom business software, look for one that offers pricing guarantees. Xeo understands how important it is to protect your cash flow. That’s why we ask you to set your monthly budget up front. Then we guarantee you’ll never pay more than that – no matter what.
If you want the most effective custom business software possible, be diligent in choosing your developer. Contact Xeo today to see if we’re a good fit for you.