Custom software development cost

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Are you thinking about starting the software development and are you wondering about the cost? You are not the only one. This is one of the first questions we get asked by our clients. Syndicode’s team of dedicated engineers has been accumulating expertise in building custom software products and solutions. And with this material, we are going to open up these mysterious curtains and answer the question of how much does the custom software cost to build?

Frankly speaking, even for us, a custom software development company from Eastern Europe, that’s a tricky question, because the cost really depends. Our experience allows our full-stack engineers to tailor projects specifically for our clients and create digital products that fill their needs. And we gathered enough knowledge to provide you with a detailed custom software development consulting. That’s why we will try to be open about the costs of software development as possible. Here we are going to tell about the approximate time we need to develop different products.

Every good product needs some time and investments

Eastern Europe can be a great choice in terms of software quality and the costs involved. If you already have a business plan and validated your idea, you might come to the understanding that you need to hire a development team. Because if you run your business you can’t be a good coder or a  designer at the same time.

Why custom software development? Custom software is aimed to produce the most efficient system as it can provide support for the specific needs of the business. Along with better efficiency and customer service. That is not available in most off-the-shelf solutions.

Custom software development for startups or enterprises, as it is provided by skilled developers of Syndicode, helps you fulfill your business requirements with the ever-changing trends and evolving technology. Because professionals know what tech stack is the most efficient nowadays. But you are not attached to a certain technology. Functions on the first place.

Also, if you need to improve something, custom software development approach is here to give you the best or most well-targeted service improvement. But let’s narrow down all the pros to the bullet-pointed list.

Сustom software development pros:

  • You get what you need.
    The business can have exactly what its customers want (not a package of everything available on the market that caters for a generic market). Only important features.
  • Custom software can be very flexible.
    It is constructed by software professionals that can implement functionality for a wide range of business needs.
  • The best features within budget.
    Like for getting exactly what you need, here you pay exactly for what you get. No expenses on the functions you might never use (just because they’re included in the package).
  • Custom tech stack.
    It gives you the ability to get any output you want. All possible integrations and features. Your developers’ team choose the tech stack depending on your priorities.
  • Minimized information security risks.
    You and only you are the owners of your software. And there are only two sides who have access to the information – you and your custom software development team.
  • On-demand updates and fixes.
    You ask for custom development you are able to update or improve your custom software functionality anytime you need it.
  • Customized reports of specific events.
    Custom software development gives you the opportunity to save your time (and your devs) and resources. Get a feature only when you need it, and get a report only of specific metrics and events.

Choosing custom software product development

Before starting to choose a software development team, you should understand your business goals. Try to answer the question of what is the problem you want to solve, estimate the possible risks and get the idea of how the finished result should look like. We recommend writing realistic timeframe and budget. It really helps when choosing a custom software development company and methodology.

Syndicode follows Agile methodology. That means – we stand for iterative development. Agile software development is a conceptual framework for undertaking software engineering projects. The main goal of Agile methods is minimizing the risk by developing software in short timeboxes, called iterations, which typically last one to four weeks. Each timebox is like a mini software project that includes all the tasks necessary to release the mini-increment of new functionality

But the main iteration stages are pretty similar. They include the next stages:

  • Analysis and Planning
    • a collection of requirements,
    • research,
    • changes management,
    • risk management,
    • software architecture.
  • Design
  • Development
    • backend development,
    • frontend development.
  • Quality Assurance and testing
  • Intermediate deliveries
  • Documentation
  • Maintenance (software evolution)
  • Reporting

Yes, custom development is tricky, but it brings you more than readymade solutions.

Development timeframes

Here we will try to estimate the development timeframes depending on the digital products and different custom development according to Syndicode practice:

  • Ruby on Rails marketplace development ranges from 2000-3000 hours. MVP for marketplace takes from 1000 hours.
    At the moment every second project we do is a online marketplace development project. We have done tens of mobile and online marketplaces in different countries and industries. Despite the fact we do websites, SaaS, mobile apps, it seems that Ruby on Rails marketplace development is our main expertise.
  • Ruby on Rails MVP development takes from 400 hours.
    As a startup, cost minimization is essential, as well as the minimum viable product (MVP). The MVP with Rails framework to be used for the web or mobile app can be developed faster. This makes it a great option for the development of software products that may have to go back through the development process over and over for fine-tuning. When it comes to fast iterative development processes, Ruby on Rails is the way to go.
  • Web app development (using any technology) is a complicated process and will take more than 1000 hours.
    To handle the storage and retrieval the information web applications use a combination of server-side scripts, and client-side scripts to present information to users. This way users can interact with the company via online forms, content management systems, shopping carts and more. The architecture makes web application development quite complex. Here in Syndicode, we use Ruby on Rails as our framework of choice. With the use of Ruby on Rails, the resulting web app has lower risks of hacking, data theft, and spying.
  • Mobile application development varies, so it will take more than 400 hours.
    Syndicode provides custom mobile application development for startups and enterprises since 2014. We are experts in creating native and hybrid mobile apps for games, logistics, healthcare, e-commerce, fintech, education, and entertainment. Mobile app development requires a significant amount of critical thinking, research, and market analysis prior to development.
    When you have some figures about mobile app development stages duration, you can calculate an approximate time to develop your own mobile app depending on its complexity and features. We prepared a table that will help you to understand in what way different mobile applications can take a different amount of time to be developed.
  • Website development starting from 200 hours using WordPress and 500 hours for the marketplace.
    Syndicode provides custom website development for startups and enterprises no matter the industry and timezone. We have large experience in creating websites for logistics, healthcare, e-commerce, fintech, and entertainment. We develop fully responsive static and dynamic websites with different types of content – from landing pages and blogs to e-commerce and video streaming.

Check our portfolio to see our works!

Custom software product development iterations by Syndicode

If we talk about software development company, a work process mostly related to organizing software development services and processes. By applying the Agile methodology, the project team has to go through a cycle and evaluate each iteration and find out what changes they need to apply to make a satisfactory end product. This model is the perfect choice for managers and team leaders. You can read questions the majority of clients ask Syndicode about software development here.

The main goal of Agile methods is minimizing the risk by developing software in short timeboxes, called iterations, which typically last one to four weeks. Each timebox is like a mini software project that includes all the tasks necessary to release the mini-increment of new functionality:

  • planning,
  • requirements analysis,
  • design,
  • coding,
  • testing, and
  • documentation.

When you read about all those stages and iterations of software development, you shouldn’t worry as it all handled by a dedicated team of software engineers.

Syndicode has a huge experience in custom software development and most of the stages depend on a unique and dedicated person called product manager. This specialist has to be expert in tech and management, psychology and business. And moreover, the product manager will be always responsible for all the issues and all the wins no matter the conditions.

Product managers always face complex situations such as having to understand the environment in which the product resides, or resolving a request for a feature in an already existing environment. In any case, it’s better to have a clear understanding of the main approaches and principles you can apply to reconstruct and resolve these complex situations. That’s why we advise you to rely on some trusted guys who can provide you with quality product management services! Rely on Syndicode! No more searching and comparisons, we can build you a modern, secure and reliable product!

Skilled developers are the main treasure

Our expertise allows our software developers to create projects specifically for our clients and create digital products that fill their needs. We love building simple and unique solutions for the best customer experience. Our web and mobile developers know how to build products and services, and we are proud to fulfill many well-known projects in Eastern Europe.

We are experts in different technologies and industries:

  • We have a team of experts in building and integrating logistics information systems and services.
  • We are proud to have a deal with customers that operate in the fields of express delivery, container shipping, freight trucking.
  • We also have extensive experience with the classical hardware and modern cloud-based hosting types.
  • In each particular case, our architect designs a specific technological stack to support load and security requirements.

And we use the latest innovations in software development. We know how they can make your business grow faster and be a strong competitor on the market. And if you are ready to delegate the work on your project to guys who wouldn’t let you down, read more about working with Syndicode team in ‘hiring dedicated teams fears and myths’!

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