Factors That Affect Custom Software Development Costs

Software Development Life Cycle and Process

Intro

When we choose to use a software which is available off the shelf, many times we feel that it is not sufficient to perform the necessary functions to support our company’s day to day operations. For this reason, many opt for custom software to break through that barrier.

The limitations of off the shelf software greatly depends on the needs of a certain company, but fortunately, there is always the option to create a custom software from scratch. Before choosing to develop a custom software, it is only wise to consider some of the factors that affect the cost of custom software development.

Factors

There are many variables that affect the cost of custom software. Two of the biggest factors that greatly affect the cost of custom software development is the time to develop the actual software and total money spent on development. Of course it is only wise to create a budgeting and targeting plan before we start to develop software, however all too many times the initial estimates most likely overshoots the initial forecasts. When calculating the cost of software development, we should always expect to include more in the initial cost.

Time is perhaps the greatest enemy of software developers. A lot of customers have deadlines for the end product to be finalized. When we rush a project, it does in fact save costs. However, don’t forget about the quality of the final software. Most likely, it will be riddled with software bugs and the time needed to polish out these bugs will be left out. Custom software development specialists by Corporate Interactive know of these dangers and our years of experience has taught us how to manage time effectively when developing software.

Most software developers go by the hour rate. How big your project is will affect how many people will be behind the project. The prices asked by developers also depends on their experience in developing quality software. If, for example, a developer has experience in developing software for worldwide known companies, then you will most likely pay more for using their services. The experience of more seasoned developers will also affect the time we would need to hire their services, thus saving money. As a rule of thumb, we get what we pay for. Many web development companies in Sydney offer their services by the hour but most are open to negotiations.

Another aspect that should not be overlooked is the complexity of the custom software itself. If we were aiming for a rather complex software with multiple functions and interactivity, most likely we will have to pay more for its development. Many web development companies in Sydney outsource their work but Corporate Interactive never takes this easy way out. There are advantages in doing so, but again these developers might demand for a higher price. The more complex the software is, the more time is needed to actually develop it and thus finally greatly affecting the cost of the software development.

Location might also be an issue in play. Custom software is usually generated in the location specified by the developers, but it is also uncommon for many clients to have their software developed in locations specified. Some developers might even choose to develop software in a country outside the client’s. This has cost saving measures and even provides the developer with a range of other options such as local developers in that country itself.

Conclusion

Now that we now about some of the factors that affect the cost of custom software development, we should take into consideration on what our needs are. In the end, it goes back to the functionality of the custom software itself. Corporate Interactive has years of experience in this area and understand the factors that attribute to the cost of custom software. The years of knowledge can help you evade most of the problems that surround custom software development. Get in touch with us today and we’ll make sure that you get your money’s worth in custom software development.