How to Identify Fake Software Development Companies

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The software development industry is a rapidly growing sector, and with the increasing demand for software development services, there has been a rise in the number of fake software development companies. These companies promise high-quality software development services at a low cost, but in reality, they deliver subpar work if anything is delivered at all, which can lead to financial losses and damage to your business reputation. We have even lost projects to fake software companies and then the client returns later a little wiser, with a lot less money and a “rescue” type situation. In this article, we will guide you on how to identify and avoid fake software development companies to avoid the disastrous choice of picking a fake software development company.

Research the Company’s Reputation

One of the first steps in identifying a fake software development company is to research the company’s reputation. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients on the company’s website and other review websites. If the company has consistently positive reviews and testimonials, it is a good sign that they are a reputable company. Talk to some previous customers if you can. As well look at some Apps and Websites they have developed. Also, can you tell somehow it was developed by them?

Ask some Technical Questions

Do a little research yourself or bring a partner to the meeting who can ask some technical questions to show basic skills they should have. If for example the company can’t answer simple technical questions for you in a understandable way. Then you may be dealing with a fake development company.A reputable software development company will have a team of experienced developers who can deliver high-quality software solutions that meet your business requirements and also answer questions if needed.

Can you visit them in person if you can. See their operation. Meet the developers

Many fake software development companies are actually “shell companies”. What we mean by this is there will be one person, a front man but other then that there is no operations at their office. Perhaps once they get your contract they turn around and try find a sub-contractor to do the work which their company is incapable of performing. Or perhaps they will just book their flight out of the country once your cheque clears.

Assess the Company’s Communication Skills

Effective communication is key to the success of any software development project. When choosing a software development company, assess their communication skills. Look for a company that is responsive to your queries, and they have clear and concise communication skills. A reputable software development company will keep you informed about the progress of your project, and they will be open to your feedback and suggestions.

Avoid Companies that Promise Unrealistic Deliverables or Costs

Be wary of software development companies that promise unrealistic deliverables or costs. If a company promises to deliver a complex software application in a short amount of time or cost, it is a red flag that they may be a fake company. Or a set of developers with very little experience. A reputable experienced software development company will provide you with realistic timelines and milestones, and they will be transparent about any delays or setbacks in the development process. One article discussing this we have published is the Software Development Triangle.

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Chad Jones

Chad is the Founder and CEO at Push and was a former Apple Engineer before returning to Saskatchewan to revolutionize the mobile development world. Chad is passionate about creating efficient, well-designed software.