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How to Find and Hire Dedicated Development Team?

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  • September 01, 2021
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Every year we observe how the increasing number of business owners initiate digital transformation. No wonder mobile and web applications have become an inseparable part of our lives: they make things easier. These days a lot of common routine tasks can be delegated to applications. And what does that mean for businesses? They can effectively boost their productivity, improve customer services and generate additional income thanks to technologies. 

Software development can bring any business to a whole new level and grant it a huge competitive advantage. The possibilities are endless, and the only thing you need to do first is to find a reliable development partner. Considering the variety of vendors (freelancers, in-house teams, off-shore developers), it is crucial to understand who actually can do the best job for an optimal price\quality ratio. 

So in this article, we’d like to discuss why hiring a dedicated development team is the best choice of all,  what benefits this cooperation can bring you, and what to look for in your potential development partner. And, without further ado, let’s get started. 

Is it a good idea to look for dedicated developers

Based on our experience, we can say that cooperating with the development team is the best option if you want to get a feature-rich solution built using the latest technologies and relevant to your company’s needs. 

Delegating software development to the professional team can save you a lot of time, nerves and money. What’s great about dedicated teams is that they are tailored to meet your particular project needs and requirements. So you will get specialists with the necessary skills and knowledge. 

The development company of your choice must have experience in building solutions for your particular business niche and be able to offer you the most suitable tech stack, feature set, third-party integrations, services, etc. 

So basically, you’ll get a cohesive team with extensive domain knowledge, expertise, and well-coordinated management processes. And that team can do all the job for you, starting with writing detailed specifications and project requirements and ending with the project management and development within a set time frame. 

Just imagine – you will not need to gather your in-house team, perform numerous interviews, spend time looking through CVs, discuss salaries, and even think about a workspace for your team. You can really save a lot of costs and time and get your business solution faster. And we all know that time is money, and your time to market means a lot. 

Dedicated development services of GBKSOFT

And now let’s speak about the variety of services you can get. And believe us, that really makes hiring a dedicated software development team a good idea. We would like to take our GBKSOFT team as an example and briefly describe what services you can benefit from if you consider cooperating with us. 

Consultation with a Business Analyst

Every business owner knows that a well-thought-out plan is the key to success. So here at GBKSOFT, we help our clients to plan everything and even predict all possible development risks to mitigate them and deliver your project on time and within budget. We offer consultation with our professional Business Analysts: they will help you formulate project requirements, write all technical documentation, decide what functionality your solution will have and how it will be integrated into your current digital environment. 

Market research

The main goal of this pre-development stage is to discover your main competitors, explore their solutions and the best practices and approaches to problem-solving. While startups need this step to find out how to stand out from the competition, the businesses can draw inspiration from ready-made solutions and discover what tools can be used to solve specific business challenges. By exploring the market, you get a chance to define the best feature set for your own solution and expand it to meet your particular business needs. And our specialists at GBKSOFT always help clients with this holistic research. 

Speaking about your own in-house development team or freelancers, we can say that they will not be able to provide deep research of your business challenges and needs. A professional third-party opinion can help you identify some crucial issues you may not have noticed, or find a solution better addressing your particular pain points. 

Yes, you know your business from the inside. Still, you are only considering the digital transformation aspect, so you may simply not know what approach is better and what your app should actually do and what processes it can automate or optimize. And dedicated specialists with domain expertise and several similar projects in the portfolio can be really helpful. 

Design services 

If you ask us what makes a good solution, we’d say it’s UI and UX,  apart from the functionality. Whatever project you need to develop, it is crucial to take care of its look and usability. And that is exactly when a good dedicated development team can come in handy. 

For example, here at GBKSOFT, we have a team of UI/UX designers who are aware of the latest design trends and often participate in various design competitions (and win awards). So with our specialists, you can be sure that your solutions will have an up-to-date layout, suitable color scheme, and a totally user-friendly interface. While designing apps for businesses, we keep in mind that the solution should be very convenient and intuitive to use. It should not take much time to master and start using it. 

What’s also great about dedicated development teams is that they can give a fresh look to your app by redesigning it. UI/UX redesign offers numerous advantages to businesses and helps to improve usability, increase engagement and even create better brand image.  

Web and mobile development

Great development services are what really drive businesses to select dedicated teams. Most companies not only write high-quality code, they are ready to power up a solution with the latest technologies like AI, ML, AR, IoT, and many others. Dedicated teams consist of specialists of different skills and experience. So by cooperating with such a team, you get access to the best tech talents able to transform your business and make it a bit smarter thanks to technologies. 

Speaking about web and mobile development services, we’d like to share a short list of technologies we use in our company. Check it out below: 

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With the GBKSOFT dedicated team, you can build web and mobile applications of different complexity and be sure that those solutions are secure, flexible and scalable. So we would recommend you to find a web and mobile development team that offers deep involvement into your business niche, guarantees smooth communication, well-organized delivery process (with regular updates and code reviews), and top-notch project management. 

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Code review and solutions modernization 

Not all businesses need to develop a new solution from scratch. Sometimes middle-size and big companies already have well functioning software. However, that software may require an update and modernization. Dedicated developers can be a perfect fit for that job as they work with the latest technologies and know what is missing. Plus, the development team can do a code review of your solution and fix all the existing issues, even the minor ones. It is even possible to rewrite your application from scratch or update its code. 

We had such an experience in our company. One client from a construction company came to us with his web app and an idea of a new construction management system. Although his solution was able to fulfill certain operations decently, it was not a perfect business management tool. It lacked numerous options, many operations were performed manually instead of being automated. There were some challenges that were troubleshot with the new software developed by our team. 

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If you are wondering what exactly happens with legacy code and old systems, then read our blog post. Our experts share their tips and cover all crucial processes related to code review and its update scenarios.

What about gathering an in-house team? 

In case you are gathering your own in-house team, you should know that there can be a challenge to find and hire specialists who have the necessary tech knowledge and skills. As to freelancers, they can have some troubles with clean code because usually they do code review by themselves and cannot identify the mistakes and issues and fix them timely. 

We even had several clients who came to GBKSOFT with the solution created either by a freelancer or by inexperienced developers. Those clients wanted us to fix their solutions and make them functional and presentable. But, unfortunately, it was easier to develop a new solution from scratch than rewrite a poorly-written code. So by choosing freelancers, you may end up paying even more than you’ve expected to invest in your digital solution. 

Some business owners do not have their own team of technical specialists or only have  a CTO and a project manager. If that’s your case, your in-house executives would be happy to manage an outsourced team directly. All processes can be controlled by someone from your team. Usually the development team is easy to communicate with, so there would not be a problem to make them work under your management. 

Basically, there are two possible scenarios that can push you to hire dedicated team

  1. As we have already mentioned, you can have your own in-house team with a limited number of specialists. In this case, you need some extra hands and will hire people to fill the gap in some technology knowledge your specialists may lack. 
  2. The second scenario is when you do not have any tech pros or only have a CTO or a PM, and also need to find a team to build your solution from scratch.  

Each of those scenarios implies that you definitely need assistance from professional developers. So the most important questions awaiting for you in the process of looking for the right team would be:

  • Where to find a dedicated development team? 
  • What concerns should I pay attention to? 
  • What are acceptable hourly rates? 

We can help you find the answers to all those questions. And we also can become your short or long-term development partner. GBKSOFT specialists have experience in working alone on complex business projects, and also in collaborating with the client’s team to develop certain features or help with quality assurance. In any case, we can suggest the best option for your particular project.

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Where to find a dedicated development team

By now, you may be wondering what to do if you are searching for a dedicated team. How can you know that the one you’ve found on the Internet is the right choice for your project? 

We would recommend you to make a full research and comparison of teams. So first of all, you will need to visit one of the websites providing ratings and info about software development companies. You can check out Clutch or any other platform of a kind.  There you will be able to compare numerous companies from all over the world and discover the following details:


Company location
we would recommend you to consider choosing the teams from Europe because their members are easier to communicate with. For example, if you hire Ukrainian developers like GBKSOFT, you will experience no difficulties in communication and scheduling online meetings.
Company size
you should not be afraid to work with companies of medium (20-50 members) and large sizes of 100+ members because they tend to be well-organized and can provide you with more relevant specialists.
Average hourly rate
don’t choose the companies with the lowest rates from India or Malaysia because their price might compromise the quality of your future project. Choose a partner with medium rates on the market instead.
Services focus
you can select a team that is more mobile or web oriented to get better results in a short period of time. Everything depends on your project.
Minimum size project
this will help you to choose the company which can meet your budget expectations and deliver the best possible results.
Company contacts
you will find a company email and official website address, and this is very convenient because you will not have to Google the developers and waste your time on additional search.

Best Practice
When you are looking for a reliable dedicated development team, always check their company website. You can discover a lot of crucial information there. Pay special attention to the company’s portfolio, projects they’ve been working on and their complexity. Don’t forget to check out how many years the company is in business, and what their domain expertise is. And of course take a look at the reviews from their real clients to unravel the powerful and weak sides of the company you are going to cooperate with.

Some real concerns that you may have 

When choosing the development team and thinking about entrusting them with your app idea, some concerns may appear in your head. And that is totally okay because you are starting something new with the people you’ve never worked with before. You may have a lot of doubts and fears. We have thought about them and collected the most common concerns all business owners have at some point when they are initiating the development. So here they are:


Idea safety
You may need to build a unique solution and, of course, you do not want any info about it to get leaked or stolen. That is why it is important to sign an NDA with your vendor.
Communication
At some point, you will need to communicate with the software developers that you’ve hired, so it is preferable to make sure that there will not be any issues in this area. That is why it is better to choose the developers from the USA or Europe – they can easily speak and write in English.
Certainty and team control
In our company, we had clients who came to us after working with freelancers who started developing their project but then disappeared. They stopped returning calls, replying to emails and the development was over. This is an awful experience that you as a business owner can have, but if you choose to work with the team, you will not face such unpleasant issues and consequences. The team signs an agreement with you so you can be sure that the job will be done from the beginning till the end, and no one will disappear, leaving your code half-written.
Proofs of expertise
While cooperating with the development team, you will be able to check the expertise of each specialist (even if you don’t have any technical background), thanks to tech interviews. Here in GBKSOFT, we assign projects to the tech specialists who can really do their job. We select the developers with the exact skill set your project requires.
CTO functions
We are aware that hiring a CTO for your company can be quite expensive and challenging (because you cannot really assess the professional skills). So in case you need a CTO, you will get their services only if you hire a dedicated development team. They can select the right specialist who will supervise your project and will be involved in management of all tech challenges.

Pricing matters to consider before you hire dedicated development team

Let’s start with the hourly rates since the price you pay for your solution will depend on them. In different countries, the specialists from the software development industry charge different hourly rates for their services. 

For instance, in the USA, you will pay up to $150 for a senior developer, around $130 for middle, and $105 for junior. The prices seem to be too high, especially compared with  the European rates, which are: up to $60 for seniors, $35 for middle, and $25 for junior developers. These prices can differ, we are only providing here the average price tags. If we speak about the most affordable developers, then, of course, that would be Asian specialists. They charge $30 for seniors, $24 for middle, and $15 for junior developers. 

rates map

When choosing between the USA, Europe and Asia, it is preferable to choose the golden mean which is Europe, undoubtedly. They offer high quality services and a full development package at affordable prices. 

There are also several pricing models you should consider before hiring a team. We have written a detailed article dedicated to this topic and you can check it out here. The choice of pricing model will depend on your project size and needs. So the article we’ve linked can help you make the right decision. 

dedicated team advantages

The rates of development specialists can differ from company to company. Also, they depend on the seniority level of the specialist who is going to work on a project. But, in general, the hourly rates are the following: $25 – $30 for a back-end developer, $21 for front-end specialist, $30 for Business Analyst, $32 for a designer, $22-$25 for a QA specialist, and $33 for DevOps. The prices are very general, so if you’d like to get a quote or understand the real cost of your project, it is better to consult with the team of your choice and ask for the estimate.
First of all, pay attention to company values, development approach, range of specialists and internal processes. The team should be cohesive and include all the necessary specialists and a project manager who will keep the development of your project under control. Second of all, pay attention to the overall company experience and the application areas of their expertise. You may look through their portfolio, search for reviews from the real clients, or request some examples of their previous projects.
Yes, we cannot emphasize enough how crucial it is to come prepared and with a clear understanding of what you expect from the development and your end project. So what you really need to prepare is market research, defined value propositions, specific requirements, and success metrics. We’ve covered every pre-development stage in this blog post in detail.

To summarize

Digitalization is a huge trend right now, and chances are that your competitors have already stopped investing in ready-made solutions and began developing and using their own ones instead. Custom-made software is scalable, flexible, and capable of taking a company to a whole new level and transforming its internal processes. And when it comes to the development side, there is no better choice than delegating it to a dedicated team. 

Of course, software development will require some solid investments, time, and effort. However, if you choose the right vendors, you will get exactly what you wanted and paid for. But before making a final choice and settling up with a certain development agency, consider all factors we’ve described in this article and select really high class dedicated team development services. 

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I am mainly focused on enterprise mobility (Apple, Android), and digital transformation, highly curious about all emerging tech trends, always pay close attention to crucial details and try to find answers to a lot of questions before writing about something.
Alexandra Rostovtseva

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Being a proficient leader with over 10 years of experience in Project and Product Management, Business Development and Sales, I have strong skills in Negotiations, Crisis, Client and Risk management. Being an outstanding communicator I’m also a good mentor and leader in the tech industry. Experience and expertise are the key foundations in my ability to provide deep insights into the industry and as result I’ve also been published or was a contributor to several tech and business articles.
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alicia Thomas
Sep 24, 2021 at 6:58 PM

For searching the best developers or best development team everyone has to make a clear idea about what they need to develop. Searching for developers or a team is easy but selecting the best developers or development team you will be confused about which is best for that so this kind of blog is really helpful to hire a developer.

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