What to Look for in a .NET Development Company

When you recognize that it’s time to overhaul one of your major software systems, such as an inventory application, consider using the .NET framework to do so. .NET is flexible with many benefits and a high degree of support. You may have specialists in-house who can assist with the development or you may want to hire an external .NET development company. 

If you choose the latter route, you’ll need to do some searching before you find just the right vendor. Here we take a look at what .NET is, what it’s used for, its benefits, and what to look for if you choose to outsource this service.

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A Flexible Framework

Microsoft’s .NET (pronounced “dot net”) framework enables developers to build apps for Linux, macOS, and Android. The .NET framework can be used with many programming languages including C#, VB.NET, C++, and F#. 

Microsoft states that its purpose is to fulfill several objectives, including, “To provide a consistent object-oriented programming environment whether object code is stored and executed locally, executed locally but web-distributed, or executed remotely.” According to Microsoft, .NET should also:

  • Minimize software deployment and versioning conflicts
  • Promote safe execution of code
  • Eliminate performance problems of scripted or interpreted environments
  • Make the developer experience consistent
  • Ensure that code based on the .NET framework integrates with other code 

The .NET framework is composed of three main layers: the standard library that includes foundational components for a variety of application types, app models that contain platform codes, and the base layer that enables all the elements of the framework to work together.

.NET Benefits

One benefit of the .NET framework is that it makes application development easier by providing basic programming that can be built upon for individual projects. This object-oriented model breaks software into smaller pieces that are easy for developers to combine and manage. The modular approach results in better testing and issue response. 

Developers also appreciate the variety of languages that can be used within .NET, all of which get compiled into another language called the Common Intermediate Language or CIL, which is used across different platforms. Additionally, .NET includes standard security features and a robust caching system, can be used by businesses of any size, and is supported by Microsoft and a large developer community.

.NET Projects

Given these features and benefits, .NET can be used for a wide range of application development, even complex enterprise-scale projects, those that require cross-platform compatibility, or those that must be easily scalable. 

Potential projects include custom CRM systems, bookkeeping systems, mobile apps, inventory applications, warehouse systems, supply chain management solutions, and websites. Some high-profile examples of websites built using .NET are Microsoft, Dell, Taco Bell, Ancestry, and GoDaddy. 

What to Look For

If you need any of these types of projects developed, you may want to hire a .NET development company to help. Here’s what to look for:

  • Credibility

    Before interviewing any potential vendors, do your homework. Determine what you need up front and then perform an online research to find a few companies that look like good candidates. Make sure your search includes finding reviews from past clients. Also, consider things like their online presence (do they have an authoritative blog?) and how long they’ve been in business.

  • Skillset

    Ensure the company you choose has the technical skills needed to complete your project. Ask for samples of projects that are similar in size, scope, and functionality, ideally within your industry.

  • Professionalism

    This item might also be described as “soft skills.” Company representatives should start by listening very carefully to your needs and understanding what you want to accomplish with this project. They should be responsive to questions, on time for meetings, and available to explain their process.

  • Fit

    Because you’ll be working closely with the development team, make sure there is a good fit – not just in technical expertise, but also in language, culture, and physical proximity. For example, if you decide to hire a nearshore development company like BairesDev, you’ll get the benefits of a team that works the same hours as you.

  • Value

    Naturally, cost should be a factor in your decision. But don’t make your choice solely based on how many zeros are included in the pricing estimate. Instead, think about the value you’re getting. For example, how much money will your company save and how much efficiency will it gain by having this project completed?

  • Support

    Make sure the company you choose will provide post-project support, especially if your application is highly complex.

Consider a Latin American Vendor

If your company is located in the U.S., you have the option of choosing a developer there or in virtually any other part of the world. U.S. developers are known for their high level of education and expertise, while those in other countries, such as India are known for low fees. 

Yet, providers in Latin American countries offer the best of all worlds: developers are thoroughly trained, highly proficient, and very professional. Only those who speak English exceptionally well are hired by development companies. Their location puts them in close time zones to those in the U.S. and workers share a common culture with their neighbors to the north. Their services are also cost-effective and often backed up with excellent post-project support.

Brazil is the No. 1 software outsourcing country in the region and 13th in the world, boasting over 475,000 software developers as of 2018. In addition to the benefits already described, the Brazilian government has a program called Start-Up Brazil, which encourages technology development by bringing together tech accelerators and startups.

Likewise, Colombia boasts over 64,000 software developers and is on track to make the country bilingual (with English as a second language) by 2025.

Argentina is another major tech hotspot and is highly ranked as an exporter of computer services generally and for software outsourcing specifically. It invests more in education than almost any other developing country, including free university, and maintains the highest level of English proficiency in Latin America. Outsourcing fees are among the lowest in the region.

BairesDev is just one example of these companies, with technical expertise as well as experience deploying outsourcing teams that know how to get your project done quickly, efficiently, and enjoyably. BairesDev has worked on projects involving .NET for companies like Netgear, Associated Press, Motorola, and Thomson Reuters.

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