List of the Best Software Development Firms

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  • ELEKS

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    ELEKS, a trusted partner for guaranteed software engineering excellence, quality, and transparency.
    ELEKS is the partner of choice for many leading enterprises, SMEs and technology challengers. We help businesses elevate their value through custom software development, product design, QA and consult [...]
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    Software Development AWS Mobile App Development
    Chicago, Illinois
    1000 & Up $50/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Profil Software

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    First-class Custom Software Development Company
    We provide dedicated agile software development teams that deliver complex custom applications.We transform development experience into product confidence.
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    Software Development IT Services UI/UX Design
    Gdynia, Poland
    50 - 99 $45/hr Inquire
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  • Saigon Technology

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    Building Innovative Custom Web & App and Fully-integrated Agile Software Development Teams
    Saigon Technology specializes in custom web and app design & development for growing startups and enterprises. Affordable cost, high quality services with project based or fully integrated dedicated s [...]
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    Software Development Web Development Software Testing
    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
    500 - 999 $35/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Apptension

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    Apptension helps brands, investors and innovators build their digital products.
    Apptension is a creative product studio focused on crafting innovative experiences and delivering cutting-edge tech to our partners.We work with founders, investors, and creative agencies to help th [...]
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    Software Development Web Design eCommerce Development
    Poznan, Poland
    50 - 99 $58/hr Inquire
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  • Zazz

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    The app creation specialists you need!
    Zazz is a leading American mobile app development company with a team of 275+ software engineers and designers dedicated to building and maintaining mobile and web applications and government apps.
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    Software Development IoT React Native
    Seattle, Washington
    250 - 499 $50/hr Inquire
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  • Leanware

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    World-Class Software Development, Unmatched Cost
    Leanware is a Latin America Software Development Company with a laser focus on quality, craftsmanship, and work ethics. We are committed to building world-class software products for startup founders [...]
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    Software Development Cybersecurity Mobile App Development
    Miami, Florida
    Under 49 $35/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Diffco

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    Reliable mobile&web development partner
    Diffco is a Silicon Valley-based development company specializing in providing businesses with teams of senior developers to drive their success in the market.
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Mobile App Development
    Sunnyvale, California
    Under 49 $85/hr $50,000 & Up
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  • Admios

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    Nearshore Software Development Services
    Need devs but in a hiring freeze? Continue to build and increase productivity with our nearshore software development resources. We provides highly skilled, team-based resources to companies that need [...]
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    Software Development Mobile App Development Web Development
    San Francisco, California
    50 - 99 $55/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Groovy Web

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    DesignRush Design Award Winner
    Top Mobile App and Web Development Company.
    Groovy Web is highly recommended for building cutting-edge digital solutions like web, mobile apps, SaaS, MVP, MERN, bots, and browser extensions to help businesses ranging from startups to mid-sized [...]
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    Software Development Wearables UI/UX Design
    Nadiad, India
    100 - 249 $25/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Trinetix

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    Trusted digital product partner
    Trinetix is a global team of creators and trailblazers that empower forward-thinking leaders to bring impactful ideas to digital reality through partnership, creativity, and innovation.
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    Software Development Mobile App Development UI/UX Design
    Nashville, Tennessee
    500 - 999 $55/hr Inquire
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  • TekRevol

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    Revolutionizing Mobile Apps In Today's Dynamic Digital Landscape
    TekRevol is a mobile app development powerhouse, dedicated to scaling businesses across diverse industries, including Education, Real Estate, FinTech, Healthcare, On-Demand, E-commerce, and Automotive [...]
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    Software Development Web Design IT Services
    Houston, Texas
    100 - 249 $45/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Naked Development

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    We are a Creative Development Agency & Consultancy.
    First we listen and strip down your idea to reveal the core of your business objectives.This means designing a strategy that will best support the users total experience, end-to-end.Then our US-ba [...]
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    Irvine, California
    Under 49 Inquire $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Light IT

    Deep tech expertise for SME
    Light IT provides the following services on the global tech market:- consulting clients on IT products and services- custom product and software development- provision of resources at the clie [...]
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    Software Development IT Services Mobile App Development
    Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
    100 - 249 $35/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Outecho

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    Your Technology Partner To Build Winning Products
    We are a software development agency specializing in web and mobile application development, providing expertise to companies seeking to build or maintain their digital products. Our goal is to become [...]
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    Software Development Web Design UI/UX Design
    San Francisco, California
    Under 49 $40/hr Inquire
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  • Binmile

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    Innovating digitally to enable businesses to scale!
    Binmile is a globally recognized software engineering company that empowers businesses to excel digitally and craft successful software solutions.
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    Software Development IT Services Web Development
    Claymont, Delaware
    250 - 499 $45/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Designli

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    Designli is a top-rated development firm for mobile apps and custom software.
    Top-rated development firm for mobile apps, web apps, and custom software.
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    Software Development Mobile App Development Web Development
    Greenville, South Carolina
    Under 49 $65/hr $50,000 & Up
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  • Digital Silk

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    DesignRush Design Award Winner
    Growing Brands Online
    Digital Silk is an agency focused on Creating Superior Digital Experiences for their clients. They create cutting-edge brand strategies, websites, apps and results-driven marketing campaigns for mid-s [...]
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Ruby on Rails
    New York City, New York
    100 - 249 $150/hr Inquire
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  • AXAT Technologies

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    Web & Mobile App Development, Digital Marketing
    AXAT Technologies, is a fast Growing Web Development, Mobile App Development and Digital Marketing firm, Located at Mumbai, India and Singapore. Website Development, Web App Development, E-Commerc [...]
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Web Development
    Mumbai, India
    50 - 99 $20/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Solveit

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    DesignRush Design Award Winner
    100% Focused on Apps
    We design and develop top-rated mobile and web apps for startups and SMEs. E-commerce, Healthcare, Marketplaces, and more. Our clients rate us for 5 out 5 - check out why!
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    Warsaw, Poland
    50 - 99 $45/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Ronas IT

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    DesignRush Design Award Winner
    Design, development, maintenance.
    We design and develop web and mobile apps for startups, small and medium businesses.
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    Software Development Mobile App Development Web Development
    Tallinn, Estonia
    50 - 99 $50/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • GOIGI.com

    Design | Development | Marketing | Research
    Empowering Every Stage of Your Business Journey through latest Technology & Digital Marketing Strategies.Every business, regardless of its industry or stage, has a unique story to tell. At GOIGI, we [...]
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    Software Development IT Services WordPress
    Delaware City, Delaware
    100 - 249 $15/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • TechAvidus

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    Building Custom Software, web and mobile solutions
    Outsmart the competition with best-in-class Custom Software development, web & mobile app development & digital marketing services. Build digital products that let people do things differently. Acquir [...]
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Mobile App Development
    Chicago, Illinois
    50 - 99 $18/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • Uinno

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    We stand for awesome!
    “I believe that it is better to think first and do the right thing from the beginning, than not to think and do bullshit.” Andrew Sharapo | The perfectionist and CTO at Uinno
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Under 49 $45/hr Inquire
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  • CXR

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    Next Generation, Tech Solutions
    CXR.Agency is an award-winning full-cycle software development and IT Consulting company building full-stack Web, Mobile, Blockchain, XR and AI applications as well as providing Staff Augmentation and [...]
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    Software Development UI/UX Design Blockchain
    New York City, New York
    100 - 249 $100/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Trango Tech

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    Driving Change Through Technology - Apps, Ecommerce, Staff Aug, BPO, Next Gen Tech and more!
    We are the nerds that every company wants in their tech division; experience, innovative and imaginative to the core!With more than 200 innovative software products and solution delivered, Trango [...]
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Mobile App Development
    San Jose, California
    100 - 249 $25/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • Itransition

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    Turning software ideas into reality
    Itransition specializes in assisting startups and medium to large scale businesses with their software solution needs. Our range of services encompasses the entire development lifecycle, from initial [...]
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    Software Development AWS .Net
    Lakewood, Colorado
    1000 & Up $40/hr $50,000 & Up
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  • Kanda Software

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    A Reliable Full-Service Software Development, Cloud, DevOps and QA partner
    Leveraging 30 years of excellence designing, developing, deploying and supporting world-class software solutions, Kanda Software has established itself as a trusted Software Development, Cloud Enginee [...]
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    Software Development AWS Java
    Boston, Massachusetts
    500 - 999 $50/hr $50,000 & Up
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  • Mobisoft Infotech

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    Digital Technology And Innovation Partners
    Mobisoft is an award winning technology-driven company that specializes in providing digital solutions and services to businesses worldwide. With a focus on digital innovation, Mobisoft aim to empower [...]
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    Software Development Salesforce Consulting Fintech
    Houston, Texas
    250 - 499 $35/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • LeverX

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    Innovate Today to Lead Tomorrow
    LeverX, an SAP Gold Partner, brings unparalleled expertise nurtured since 2004, delivering successful projects across manufacturing, automotive, and more.
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    Software Development IT Services AWS
    Miami, Florida
    1000 & Up $75/hr Inquire
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  • Sunrise Integration

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    Keep your business competitive in an app-connected world.
    Expert website design and development - mobile application development - API integration: we do it all! Your online presence can't be left to just anyone. We are an agile-focused agency with a high [...]
    Top Services:
    Software Development eCommerce Development SAP Consulting
    Los Angeles, California
    Under 49 $150/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • Bytes Technolab

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    Revel in the media presence we create for you!
    Bytes Technolab offers comprehensive mobile app and Google app engine development services for both startups and established businesses.
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Mobile App Development
    Pleasanton, California
    100 - 249 $25/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • TRIARE

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    TRIARE unlocks IT potential of YOUR business
    TRIARE provides comprehensive services encompassing the entire software development lifecycle of WEB and MOBILE applications, along with UI/UX Design, Prototyping, Business Analysis, and software test [...]
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    Cherkasy, Ukraine
    50 - 99 $50/hr Inquire
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  • Verified
    Custom Web Solutions Designed For Your Business
    We're passionate about creating digital solutions that are tailored to your business needs. Whether you require a custom website, custom software, or digital marketing services, we work closely with y [...]
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    Software Development UI/UX Design .Net
    Canton, Michigan
    Under 49 $135/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Scopic

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    Your Cross-continental, Digital Innovation Partner
    With over 15 years of experience as a software product development company, we plan, build and promote new applications so you dont have to.Scopic excels in desktop, web, and mobile app developmen [...]
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    Marlborough, Massachusetts
    250 - 499 $40/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • Redwerk

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    Your trusted team of software and unity developers!
    Redwerk is a versatile software development company with an excellent team of C# developers and unity developers, offering an array of services. Get in touch with us to know more!
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    50 - 99 $80/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Glorium Technologies

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    Your Idea. Our Innovation and Engineering
    Glorium Technologies specializes in tech consulting and engineering for Healthcare and Real Estate. We offer comprehensive software development services, from planning to maintenance. Our mission is t [...]
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    Software Development Web Design Web Development
    Princeton, New Jersey
    250 - 499 $50/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Magneto IT Solutions

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    Empowering eCommerce Excellence
    Magneto IT Solutions, an award-winning eCommerce agency, specializes in Node.js development. We excel in creating top-notch B2C, B2B, and Marketplace eCommerce solutions. Our Exclusive Partnerships wi [...]
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    New York City, New York
    100 - 249 $30/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • WTT Solutions

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    World-class web and mobile platforms development
    WTT Solutions makes it easy for you to deliver on your business goals through amazing technologies. We are close to our US, UK, and German clients. We create web, mobile and software solutions as well [...]
    Top Services:
    Software Development Mobile App Development Ruby on Rails
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Under 49 $45/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Codup

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    Web, App & Custom Software Development for SMBs, Retailers and eCommerce Brands
    We're a Web and Software Development Company with 100+ team members who all work together to make your project a success. With 10 years of expertise and 1500+ projects under our belt, we've efficient [...]
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Mobile App Development
    Houston, Texas
    100 - 249 $25/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • Openxcell

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    Most Trusted App and Software Development Company
    OpenXcell is the world's most trusted performance testing, mobile app and software development company catering to leading brands like Google, Motorola, Byju's, Schlumberger, John Hopkins, Cin7, etc. [...]
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    Software Development UI/UX Design Web Development
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    500 - 999 Inquire $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Surf

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    DesignRush Design Award Winner
    Mobile & Web Development Company
    For over 12 years we have been developing flagship mobile applications - native and with Flutter - for market leaders and startups. We're trusted by KFC, Mars, The Home Depot, Burger King, Raiffeisen [...]
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    Software Development UI/UX Design Web Development
    Wilmington, Delaware
    100 - 249 $49/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Verified
    Get what matters!
    Suffescom is a leading mobile app development company offering top-notch solutions across diverse industries.
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    Software Development Web Design IT Services
    Los Angeles, California
    250 - 499 Inquire $10,000 - $25,000
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  • The Software House

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    Software Engineering & Consultancy for technology-first companies
    We help technology-first companies to scale up by providing them with agile software development teams that help to level up their digital processes and transform technology to value faster.
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    Software Development Web Design IT Services
    Gliwice, Poland
    250 - 499 $50/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Instinctools

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    Dedicated Software Development Teams
    *instinctools is a software product development company providing a cross-functional global delivery model which reduces development costs while increasing speed to market.
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    Software Development .Net WordPress
    Potomac, Maryland
    250 - 499 $40/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Cheesecake Labs

    Crafting Digital Excellence, Byte by Byte.
    We're more than a nearshore design and engineering firm. We're your dedicated partner in building mobile and web applications.
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    Software Development Web Design Mobile App Development
    San Francisco, California
    100 - 249 $75/hr $50,000 & Up
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  • Emerline

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    Custom software development that makes a difference.
    Emerline provides full-cycle software engineering services for companies worldwide and operates as a Strategic Technology Partner for a number of established companies and startups based in the USA an [...]
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Web Development
    Miami, Florida
    500 - 999 Inquire Inquire
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  • VironIT

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    Full-cycle software development company
    VironIT is a reputable custom software and PHP development company with 18 years of experience, having completed over 600 projects for clients in various industries worldwide.
    Top Services:
    Software Development Web Design IoT
    New York City, New York
    100 - 249 $80/hr $10,000 - $25,000
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  • Wolfpack Digital

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    Powerful Web and Mobile Apps Start-to-End
    Winner of the European Technology Awards for the App Development category!
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    Software Development eCommerce Development Ruby on Rails
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    50 - 99 $70/hr $25,000 - $50,000
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  • Brainvire Infotech

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    Hybrid App Excellence For All Business Sizes
    As pioneers in hybrid app, Python Django and Google App Engine development, Brainvire Infotech is dedicated to bridging the gap between your business vision and a dynamic mobile presence.
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    Software Development Web Design eCommerce Development
    Irving, Texas
    1000 & Up $25/hr $1,000 - $10,000
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  • DevsData Tech Talent

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    Premium Software Development & Tech Recruitment Services
    IT managed services, offshore team in Poland , Romania , and LATAM , highly-technological clients with ultra high satisfaction
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    Software Development Mobile App Development AI Development
    New York City, New York
    Under 49 $55/hr Inquire
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Custom Software Development Company Hiring Guide

What is a software development company?

A software development company is a service provider that specializes in building programs, systems, platforms, and other digital interfaces to help businesses improve workflows, boost productivity, and customize existing programs according to their needs. 

“Software development companies are the architects of innovation. They go beyond coding, addressing complex challenges, and crafting custom software solutions.  

These firms empower businesses to streamline operations, boost productivity, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape. In essence, a software development company is the driving force behind digital transformation, shaping the future of industry and enterprise.” [Kane Jason, Client Success Manager at Ace Infoway] 

What are the different types of software development firms?

The different types of software development firms can be categorized based on these parameters: 

Industry and field specialization Platform and system type specialization
  • Healthcare software companies
  • Education software companies
  • HR software companies 
  • Retail software companies 
  • Telecom software companies 
  • And more 
  • Web development companies
  • UI/UX development
  • Mobile development companies 
  • Enterprise software companies 
  • eCommerce development companies 
  • IoT development companies 
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning specialized companies 
  • Cloud development  
  • Big data-specialized companies 
  • And more 

 

Additionally, custom software development companies can be grouped based on their service types: 

  • Staff augmentation or dedicated teams: They hire and manage teams of IT professionals dedicated exclusively to your organization, acting as an extension to its in-house team. This is typically a long-term partnership. 
  • Project-based development: These are often short-term, one-time partnerships that last until the successful delivery of the client’s project. 

What does a software development company do?

A software development company creates, improves, and maintains software solutions for a variety of purposes across a wide range of industries, users, and organizations. 

Software development companies conceptualize ideas and then create products that help brands improve workflows and optimize productivity. These products are usually referred to as “solutions” because they solve problems, ranging from the mundane and personal to the complex and professional. Software developers can also improve and personalize existing programs to meet an organization’s needs. 

Besides custom software development, software development agencies typically provide these services:  

  • Project management 
  • Consulting 
  • High-quality documentation 
  • Product development 
  • Software integration into other systems 
  • Data migration 
  • Big data and analytics 
  • DevOps 
  • Mobile app development 
  • Website development 
  • UI/UX design 
  • eCommerce development 
  • Specialized services 
  • Software testing and product quality assurance (QA)  
  • Troubleshooting  
  • Deployment 
  • Post-launch support 
  • Cloud software solutions 
  • And more 

A software development company’s workflow usually comprises the following stages [Kane Jason, Client Success Manager at Ace Infoway]:  

  1. Understanding clients’ needs in-depth 
  2. Crafting highly detailed and accurate blueprints 
  3. Writing custom code to build and customize software 
  4. Performing stringent testing to ensure product’s reliability  
  5. Giving constant customer feedback for further improvement 

How much time does it take to build software?

Building software typically takes four to nine months. This timeline covers: 

PhaseInclusionsEstimated timeline
DiscoveryDocumentation of requirements and design 2-4 weeks 
Planning, architecture & development Coding and framework construction 3-6 months 
Testing & compliance Coding review, end-to-end testing, and user acceptance testing (UAT) 3-6 weeks 

How much do top software development companies charge for their services?

The top software development companies can charge from $30,000 to over $300,000 for their services. 

The total cost of developing software depends on these factors: 

  • Level of expertise 
  • Third-party charges 
  • Project scope and complexity 
  • Number of platforms 
  • UI/UX design 
  • Technology stack 
  • Team size 
  • Location
  • Timeline 

Depending on location, these agencies typically have a $20 to $200/hour rate. Here’s a breakdown by region: 

RegionAverage hourly rate 
North AmericaUp to $200
Eastern Europe $22 to $38 
South Asia $18 to $25 

When it comes to the developer’s level of expertise, the hourly fee can be broken down further as follows:

Level of expertiseAverage hourly rate
Junior programmer $25 to $40 
Mid-developer $35 to $55 
Senior developer $45 to $70 

Based on the size and complexity of the project, software products might end up costing the following: 

Project complexityAverage project cost
Small apps$30,000 to $45,000 
Simple apps$40,000 to $120,000 
Large-scale apps$100,000+ 
Custom CRM software for small companies Up to $100,000 
Custom CRM software for startups $10,000 to $100,000 
Complex apps $200,000 to $300,000+ 

The more complex a project is, and the more developers are involved, the higher the expected cost. A small app that usually takes around 700 hours to develop comes at a lower price, while more complex software with server-side applications can have a six-figure price tag. 

Given a rate of $25 per hour, here’s a cost segmentation for a few key aspects of software development and their estimated time: 

Software featureEstimated project cost Number of hours 
Search$300 to $500 12-20 
Push notifications$625 to $875 25-35 
User login$750 to $1,125 30-45 
User profile editing$1,125 to $1,500 45-60 
Payment processing $1,500 to $1,875 60-75 
In-app calls $6,500 to $9,250 260-370 

As applications are essential in today’s business landscape, software development companies also offer mobile app development services. The cost of developing a custom mobile app varies greatly depending on the desired features.  

The average costs for app development are itemized as:  

App development projectAverage project cost
Minimum Viable Product (MVP) $5,000 to $20,000 
Simplified app $20,000 to $60,000 
Average-scale app $60,000 to $150,000 
Complex, full-scale mobile app $150,000+ 

“On average, software development budgets represent 4-6% of a company's total budget. Precise budgeting should align with the specific project's needs.” [Kane Jason, Client Success Manager at Ace Infoway] 

The top 50 software development agencies on DesignRush charge an average of $59/hour. Roughly 6.1% of software development companies on the platform have a minimum budget of less than $1,000, while 6% have a $50,000 minimum budget. 

What is the difference between custom software and commercial software?

The difference between custom and commercial software is that the former is specifically designed and developed for a particular user, while commercial software is pre-built and available for purchase and use by anyone. 

Here’s a breakdown of their differences and similarities: 

 Custom software Commercial software
PricingFlexibleFixed
Features
  • Fully customizable
  • Competitive advantage
  • Scalability as needed 
  • Ongoing support 
  • Built-in, out-of-the-box 
  • Results-driven based on consumer needs and general market strategies 
  • Broad technical pool 
  • Easy installation 
Designed forUnique requirements by specific users Purchase and access by anyone 
ExampleBanking services Microsoft Office 

Why does your organization need custom software?

Your organization needs custom software especially when: 

  • Technology is leaving your brand behind: With competition monitoring, deep data gathering and analysis, and increased productivity via automation, customized solutions can help you stay ahead of other businesses. 
  • Your current software limits your work: If your current product isn’t doing its job properly, then it is time to let go of it, especially if it causes problems and slows you down. 
  • There is an increased necessity for manual work: If you already own off-the-shelf solutions that require manual workaround, you’re not maximizing your productivity. Customized solutions can automate manual processes. 
  • Reaching customers is getting tougher: If you find it difficult to reach and manage your customers, then it might be time for a technological upgrade. 
  • Your business is expanding: As your business grows, your software requirements will change, and off-the-shelf products may become too limiting. Customized solutions will scale with you. 

Why hire a custom software development company?

The main reason to hire a custom software development company is to obtain tailored solutions and leverage the latest technologies, allowing for scalability and seamless systems integration. 

Providing specialized skills, experience, and flexibility, software development companies are key partners to businesses that want to thrive in an ever-changing technology-driven business environment. 

Other reasons to partner with a specialized company are: 

  • Proven software development methodology 
  • More scalable solutions than off-the-shelf products 
  • Advanced management tools 
  • Dedicated technical support from experts  
  • Dedicated maintenance  
  • More robust cyber security measures 
  • Automation 
  • Integration between different departments within an organization 
  • Superior quality 
  • Timely completion 

Here's a case study that reinforces these reasons further. TradeSmith partnered with software development company Itransition to create a cutting-edge platform for effective portfolio management and stock market updates. 

Itransition launched the client's flagship investment management product, TradeStops, which gained a user base of 30,000+ traders and investors. Further demonstrating the benefits of hiring a top agency, TradeStops's total value of managed portfolios has exceeded $20 billion. 

How do I find the best custom software development company?

The steps to finding the best custom software development company for your business are as follows: 

  1. Identify your project objectives, requirements, budget, and KPIs. 
  2. Understand the different software development technologies and decide which technology to use for your project.  
  3. Research service providers on top agency rankings and professional platforms.  
  4. Search for potential companies with experience, expertise, and portfolios in your domain. The more your partner understands your target market and competition, the better it can meet your needs, provide high-quality solutions, and deliver quickly. 
  5. Consider their location. 
  6. Look through the tech stack they use. 
  7. Look for software development companies with expertise in user experience. 
  8. Shortlist five agencies based on client reviews and portfolios. 
  9. Send them a project brief and require a software development request for proposal (RFP).  
  10. Review custom proposals once they are submitted.  
  11. Arrange interviews to discuss your project in detail and assess their capabilities and resources. 
  12. Know their software development methodology and understand the project plan. 
  13. Ask about QA testing and maintenance. 
  14. Inquire about after-development or post-launch support. 
  15. Learn their cybersecurity measures, practices for protecting products and code, and crisis management plan. 
  16. Examine team structure and dynamics, processes, and communication style. 
  17. Decide on your final choice based on the information gathered. 

If you need assistance finding the right software development agency, visit our Marketplace and let us know the details of your project. We'll thoroughly search our extensive Agency Directory to find the top candidates that best suit your needs. We'll connect you with two to five shortlisted agencies so you can choose the ideal match for your business — all for free. 

What questions should I ask custom software development companies before hiring one?

Consider asking these key questions before hiring a custom software development company: 

Its Relevant Background 

  1. What are your core areas of expertise?  
  2. What similar projects have you completed? 
  3. Do you have references from past clients? 
  4. What regulatory compliance requirements in my industry have you worked with? 

Company Services and Processes 

  1. Which development methodology do you use and why? 
  2. What is your approach to project management, strategies, and KPIs? 
  3. Which coding languages and technology frameworks do you specialize in? 
  4. How do you deliver your custom software development services? Do you work on a project-based or dedicated team model? 
  5. What security and data privacy measures do you take? 
  6. Do you provide after-launch support and maintenance? Is there a post-launch maintenance fee? 

The Project 

  1. How many people are on the software development team assigned to our project, and what are their specializations?  
  2. How do you approach the first phases of the project? 
  3. How do you determine how long the project timeline will be? 
  4. Do you outsource any project tasks to contractors? 
  5. How often can we expect updates and progress reports? 
  6. How will you update the project in the future? 
  7. What is your post-launch policy? What happens if we're less than satisfied with the output? 
  8. How do you handle intellectual property (IP)?  
  9. Who will own the code after launch? Can you share the project's track record?  
  10. What files will I have access to during the project? 
  11. What are the services included in our total project cost? 
  12. What would the actual deliverables be? 
  13. Who will be the designated point of contact throughout the project? 
  14. How do you handle project disputes or conflicts? 

What are the top software development agencies in the U.S.?

  • Kanda Software 
    • 4.8 stars on DesignRush (15 reviews) 
    • 4.7 stars on Google (7 reviews) 
    • Top clients: OneSky, Rue La La, Imprivata, Lionbridge 
  • Itransition 
    • 5.0 stars on DesignRush (21 reviews) 
    • Top clients: PayPal, Adidas, PepsiCo, eBay 
  • BairesDev 
    • 4.9 stars on DesignRush (25 reviews)  
    • 4.3 stars on Google (27 reviews) 
    • Top clients: Google, IBM, Salesforce, Rolls-Royce 
  • Diffco 
    • 5.0 stars on DesignRush (20 reviews)  
    • 5.0 stars on Google (21 reviews) 
    • Top clients: Nokia Care, Food Rocket, NCRIC, International Business Times 
  • Codup 
    • 5.0 stars on DesignRush (43 reviews) 
    • 4.5 stars on Google (44 reviews) 
    • Top clients: Unilever, Dyson, Harrods, National Wildlife Federation 

You can also go through the listing above to learn more about the top agencies. Narrow down your search according to location, fees, client reviews, team size, and other parameters.

How legitimate is the content in the hiring guide?

We’ve consulted two industry experts, Kane Jason of Ace Infoway and Ciril Sreedharof Sreyas IT Solutions Pvt Ltd. to ensure reliable and accurate data in our Hiring Guide. They have verified its accuracy and provided further valuable insights, which are designed to guide decision-makers on their journey to hiring a software development company.

Here are their bios: 

Kane Jason is a dedicated Client Success Manager at Ace Infoway. He combines technical expertise with industry knowledge and excellent communications skills, ensuring that clients stay competitive in their markets. Previously, he led a successful project for one of the largest advertising agencies in Hollywood, enhancing and integrating system components, automating data entry, and addressing technical challenges. 

Ciril Sreedhar is the CEO of Sreyas IT Solutions Pvt Ltd. He’s served 20% of the company’s client base for over a decade, overseeing the projects and operational activities. Skilled in SQL, Oracle Database, Requirements Analysis, PHP, and Strategic Planning, he and his team have successfully forged a seven-year partnership with Drivers Domain UK, developing complex projects such as an online booking system and a risk assessment platform. 

About The Author and Expert Reviewer
Sumana Ganguly has over a decade of experience in writing for the tech industry. She started her career at Indus Net Technologies, Embee Software, and Global Info and Solutions System, where she won the Best Content Writer award. As the resident tech-savvy writer at DesignRush, she covers insightful tech topics and trends that help companies future-proof their businesses.
Chief Technology Officer
Gary Kuznetsov is a seasoned programmer, web developer, and certified Laravel developer. He was a Senior PHP developer at Blue Fountain Media, then soon became Head of Development at Digital Silk. With hundreds of successful websites/applications deployed throughout his career, it is no surprise that he is now a Chief Technology Officer at DesignRush, spearheading digital products and solutions to meet the company’s challenges and objectives.