August 8, 2018

Moving from papers to digital assets is no longer an innovation; it is a path all organizations follow to be successful. In this article we will explore the document management system development process and how much this software might cost for the company, reviewing the resources and the timeline needed for the DMS


The need to switch to digital solution results from maintaining and managing reports: papers are harder to browse, take more time to process, plus they need a lot of space for physical storage. Even with the best organization, it is still very time-consuming and each action requires human participation depending on the operation. Opting for digitalization is more environmentally friendly. However, handling digital files can be challenging. The electronic DMS is an important part of the enterprise business intelligence and automation system part and it solves a problem of dematerialization: the tracking of digital data.

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According to the research by the GMI DMS software market may hit $6bn in 2024. Today organizations use an increasing number of files, and it becomes essential to have the right solution to manage them and to make collaboration among employees easier. When dealing with a huge volume of data, it is crucial to perform a quick search, make a change and share with the proper people. The more time the companies spend on these tasks, the less productive they are. That’s why companies possess a record of each change made by the different contributors and restore any version at any time.


The DMS addresses the collaboration challenges, so in this section, we will review the critical software features.

  • Optical character recognition: The electronic document management system software has a feature that allows character detection from an image and scanned files. This option is especially needed during research and papers validation. Check our article about the options available for the screen scraping of the other software and the paper data recognition approaches to learn more about that.
  • Storage: A DMS software allows users to store their files and digital information. It offers a central location where everyone in the organization can retrieve data if they need it. Now information is presented in several different forms and formats. That’s why during the document management software development process you build centralized storage with the capability of digital records such as text, image, video, etc. Online solutions are a standard and the storage solutions are accessed anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection.
  • Sharing: Records are created and updated so that the company can share them with the right people within the organization or with the organization’s partners. And such document management system development solutions make the sharing process easier. The DMS software also facilitates access to the list of people eligible for sharing through integration with the company’s LDAP.
  • Security: Such solutions provide a high level of security especially for sensitive information including any public folders and files. The organization enhances the protection level, as anyone can have access to data. Algorithms, implemented during the document management system development, provide the information on who had entered the data, and that’s why the alerts are triggered anytime illegal access is made.
  • Versioning: When we refer to collaboration, it implies that the electronic record has a different state every time someone is editing the file within an organization. It is necessary to enable versioning: every edit will lead to a new version, and more importantly, the application allows access to a revised version all the time.
  • Research: Researching for a file or within files is easy with assets programs. Without this feature, looking for a specific file or record can be very time-consuming. Not knowing where to search and how to conduct custom research is a huge challenge. The document management system development addresses this problem as well. Research can be more straightforward and custom: by keywords for assets, research for specific words or phrases within documents.
  • Mobile compatibility: A mobile device is now part of the standard work tool; basic operations have to be made with a mobile device. The application offers mobile compatibility so that everyone could access the reports anywhere and anytime.

Now that we have identified features of DMS let’s see what technologies are used for document management software development and implementation.


Regarding the technical aspect of DMS development, these are the leading technologies to take into account:

  • Programming languages: The choice of the technologies will depend mainly on the document management software development team skills and habits and especially on technologies that are often used by the organization to develop its applications. However, the following technologies are the most commonly used for document management system development:
    • .NET Framework(C#): when developing an application from scratch, .NET is a powerful technology that can be used to create reliable enterprise application.NET offers several built-in solutions that can speed the development process.
    • JEE: like .NET, JEE is very powerful and is much more flexible than most languages. Since it is based on Java programming languages, it benefits from strong support incoherence.
    • Ruby on Rails: DMS development takes less time and effort thanks to Ruby on Rails several frameworks.
    • PHP is one of the most used programming languages, primarily to build websites, but it can also be used for the document management system development. Since these applications are necessary, PHP offers a lighter solution, pages can be loaded more quickly.
  • Database system: There are several options for the database to use.
    • Relational Database: we can opt for free databases like MySQL or proprietary databases like Oracle, MS SQL Server.
    • NoSQL database: unlike a Relational database, NoSQL does not require a schema and a defined structure, which makes NoSQL databases more suitable for DMS development. DMS aims to store any file types, which aligns well with the NoSQL database. For the NoSQL database, we can choose MongoDB which is a paper-oriented database making it the best choice for document management system development.
  • OCR: During DMS development, it is also essential to choose the right OCR API. Depending on the programming language you can choose how to build the DMS software, as there can be several options for the OCR solution. You can, for instance, consider Asprise Java OCR.

The document management software development company can offer the standard solutions, however, each business is different and doesn’t handle recorded information the same way. This is why it is important to go for a custom solution development. Before addressing the document management software pricing, let’s first see the modules that are usually included in the DMS development.


We have already seen the critical features that a web-based system covers. And now let’s consider all of these modules while estimating the document management software cost.

  • Security module
  • OCR module
  • Document storage module
  • Document upload and creation module: here we define what documents can be handled and how to upload them into the system: whether to create the file or documents, upload the mobile and web file, scan, email upload, drag, and drop, etc.
  • Record search and processing module
  • User interface module
  • The workflow of the document management system: each organization has its own workflow that implies roles and authorization.

Document management software development follows the standard flow. This process includes:

  • System requirement specification phase
  • Design of the document flow system
  • Design of the technical architecture
  • Development
  • Test
  • Application deployment


For this estimation, we will review the modules listed above withing web-based document management system development that can be accessed on a mobile device as well. The estimation technique is the same as we have used for web-based applications and mobile application development.

Let’s first define the IT specialists needed to build this application. We recommend the use of a NoSQL database.

  • A project manager
  • Backend and Front-end developer
  • QA engineer
  • System Administrator
  • Mobile developer: iOS and Android developers

We cover some modules with a similar complexity level, the estimation of one of these modules will help us estimate the whole system and extrapolate the estimation using the document workflow module.

In this module we are going to develop the following:

  • Role management
  • Workflow definition: creation, update, validation, sharing, archiving, etc.
  • Document management process flow validation

Implementing this workflow module will cost:

  • 1 Back-end developer working full time for 2 months charging $25/hr = $8,000
  • 1 Front-end developer working full-time during 2 months charging $30/hr = $9,600
  • 1 QA engineer working full-time during 1 month charging $20/hr = $3,200
  • 1 Project manager who manages the project from design to project closure for 2 months charging $30/hr = $4,800
  • 1 NoSQL DBA working full-time for one week charging $30/hr = $1,200
  • 1 System administrator working full-time for one week charging $25/hr = $1,000

Additionally for the mobile application part:

  • 1 iOS developer working full time for 1 month charging $35/hr = $4,800
  • 1 Android developer working full-time for 1 month charging $35/hr = $4,960

The workflow management module will cost approximately $37,000

The overall document management software cost is approximately $220,000


SpecialistNumber of DevsMonthsRateTotal
Back-end Developer262548000
Front-end Developer263057600
iOS Developer163129760
Android Developer163028800
QA Engineer232019200
NoSQL DBA11304800
Project Manager163028800
System Administrator11254000

Now let’s put the DMS software price from this example in the table for a better explanation. We took the outsourcing rates that you can expect in referring to companies in Eastern and Central European countries such as Ukraine including Existek as the base of our research. The budget is calculated for the fully functional solution with approximately 6 modules included.


Engaging in the document management system development presents many advantages: it offers improved process flow, helps save time during research and assets processing, and allows an organization to be more productive. It is essential to tailor the flow of the system like any other application that is tied to the organization’s business. Every organization has its own document process flow, security policy and a way to interact with documents. Every step of the development process is crucial from designing the system requirement specification to the system deployment.

If you are looking for a document management system development company and want to know more about the DMS designing process and challenges, please read our case study about the development of the data migration module for the IntelliChief paperless process management solution. Existek is an offshore software development company with a long track record of creating document management and data recognition software for a great number of industries including healthcare and education. If you liked this article and would like to get the document management software cost estimates for your project or find out more about document management software development services – contact us via the website form. We will be glad to help you out.