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Global IT outsourcing market finds the new role of Ukrainians

Ukrainian political events are in the focus of global news. And global IT-market, too. Although, the connection between these two subjects is not noticed, as a rule.
For the first decade of the 21th century, IT outsourcing had been popular so much, that it would doomed to face disenchantment, according to the mechanisms of media sensation. In 2012, the death of IT outsourcing was declared in some articles.
In fact, sales volume decreased in some local markets of IT outsourcing, Especially, in USA
Some analysts predicted, that the decrease will continue till 2016.
However, at the beginning of 2013, another trend was fixed. The largest-ever research survey (1355 stakeholders across enterprise buyers, service providers and consultant/influencer organizations were interviewed), focused on IT and business function outsourcing, was conducted by State of Outsourcing 2013 Study with the support of KPMG. It was revealed, for example, that 31% of the interviewed were planning to start or to enlarge Human Resources Outsourcing. As for the outsourcing Application development & Maintenance, - 48%; moreover, 31% were going to keep the level of 2012, for that service
The most widespread Operational drivers (motives, reasons), regarding the decisions for IT outsourcing cordering, were Reduce Operating Cost (43% - mission critical, 44% - mission important, but not critical) and Greater flexibility to scale operations (37% and 45%, respectively)
The main Strategic drivers: Gain access to talent (24% - mission critical, 46% - mission important, but not critical) and Gain access to new technology (22% and 40%, respectively).
The popularity of IT outsourcing is variable, depending on the region of the planet.
Germany, the country which took the 4th place in Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014, having overtaken the United States, knows a good judge in the using of IT outsourcing.
According to Ardour Sourcing Pulse Check 2013 (there were interviewed more than 100 companies in different industries about their sourcing activities in the last 12 months), more than 60 percent of the organizations were planning to increase their outsourcing volume, for 2014 in Germany. The largest growth was expected in cloud technologies, with 36% of companies planning to increase their volume or to outsource for the first time.
As for the global trends, in 2008-2012, according to the International Trade Centre, the export of computer and information services increased by 30%, in average over the world, while it increased by 300% in Ukraine. In 2013, the World Bank forecasted, that Ukraine can take 6th place in the world rating of the volume of IT exporting.
Ukrainian companies have 15-year-old history of outsourcing, they have good connections, relations with European clients. They are already high qualified in SaaS projects, Cloud Computing apps, mobile apps, for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry.
The reasons of such a large demand on Ukrainian IT specialists, for outsourcing, are rather common: price and quality. The price of Ukrainian IT specialists was increasing for the last years, but it is was still far from the level of their Western colleagues.
Well, and what about politics? There good news for the consumers.
There were more than 24,000 specialists certificated in IT, by Brainbanch. According to this data, Ukraine was the 4th, after the USA, Russia and India. Moreover, Ukrainian universities produce 16,000 IT specialists every year. Potential human resources of Ukrainian economy, in IT technologies, is growing by 20% annually. This trend may cause small and gradual decreasing of the salaries, thus resulting the decreasing of the export prices, thus strengthening the attractiveness of Ukrainian IT providers. However, this is imperceptible, if to compare with the impact of political crisis, which has appeared in the first half of current year, in Ukraine.
First, the success of Ukrainian IT outsourcing providers was done not due, but despite the policy of former Ukrainian rulers. After well-known political changes, in April, 2014, the minister of new Ukrainian government, famous business guru, presented his program of large preferences for Ukrainian IT business, to be implemented in 2014.
Second, the devaluation of Ukrainian currency by 50%, as well as the increase of unemployment in Ukraine, are forming excellent competitive position for Ukrainian IT outsourcing exporters. Now, the value for money is going to be even better, than in previous years.

So, global market of IT decisions outsourcing seems to be at the process of large changes, regarding to the triumphal arrival of unassuming Ukrainian providers. Being one of them Optimum-web can be considered as a great example of the company that has gained huge success at the Ukrainian software outsourcing market. We always tend to apply professional approach to working with all clients, we use modern and highly efficient development methodologies and we hire only true professionals that are capable to deliver out-of-the-box custom solutions with all advantages of outsourcing.

Optimum-web Double Corporate Weekend

Optimum-web Double Corporate Weekend This year we’ve been celebrating May holidays as a double party with Moldova and Ukraine teams. It’s a shame we’ve been apart this year, but on the other hand we had two cool parties instead of one. Let us tell you a few words about these team building experiences.

South of Moldova Trip

This year our Moldova office had a fabolous excursion to the South of Moldova. The trip included visiting of Marpha and Maria Abbey which was wonderful and very spiritual. Also the tour program provided visitiong one of the antient wine plants with special cellars with wine bottles and barrels. During the trip our Moldova team was guided by the experienced man called Alexey Romanchuk who is a tutor at the High School of Antropology. Our team fellows said that they learned a lot about their country during this trip, saw how rich and multiform it is. They had a beautiful insight into country’s history, different cultures and ethnic groups that have been existing in Moldova from the antient times. On the way to the Abbey the guide told an interesting story about Marpha and Maria after whom it was called.

What can be more precious about Spring than its first warm, sunny, summer-like days? That’s why Moldova team spent a lot of time outside enjoying beautiful nature views. This year the weather was delightful so that it was wonderful to have a walk around the Abbey and to look at all the beauty of Moldova nature. In the afternoon the excursion at the Abbey was over and we went to a little town of Gradinitsa where we were taken to an antient wine plant with its picturesque cellars. These cellars are located in old underground ways which age is more than 500 years. They served as a link between the old Bandery fortress to other fortresses.

The atmosphere was extraordinary when observing that brickwork of vaulted ceilings and smelling the cent of old wine barrels. There was certainly a wine degustation and rich national meal including cheese, fried carp, stuffed cabbage and wildfowl. This was one of the best corporate trips in our company and all the guys came back with unforgetable memories.

Corporate Fun and BBQ in Odessa Region

Ukrainian part of our team decided to bring together Odessa office with our newly opened Kiev office. This was a wonderful team building opportunity which was happily taken by absolutely all team members. Ukrainian team had a relaxing trip to the recreation center in Karolina Bugaz town near Odessa. We rented a nice villa with swimming pool, beautiful lawns and flowerbeds. The program included delicious BBQ, resting at the sea coast and swimming in the sea for those who were brave enough to bear clod water. By the way, there even were three voulunteers!

The Kiev office of four people came to Karolina Bugaz on Friday night and started celebration. The next day Odessa team joined this sally and the main fun began. Our chef Nicolas Falko made for us true delicatessen on the brazer including juicy pork and fish. Also we made different salads, snaks, tasty ear and as a main dish - delicious lamb pilaf. As was said above, we went to the sea coast and it was beautiful experience especially for Kiev team who consider sea as something really special. The sound of the waves, the smell of water, the beautiful sunset in the sea - everything was unforgetable and very vacation-like.

Here at Optimum-web we truly appreciate such lovely team-building catchups and consider this to be a great condition for friendly, healthy and professional environment in our company. Which is certainly a reason why we do so well in software development!