Eastern Europe provides five of the top 20 countries listed in AT Kearney’s 2016 Global Services Location Index and it’s becoming one of the most attractive destinations for companies that want to outsource their software development. Poland, ranked at 10th position, is the top one of these countries. It is also the only European country that appears twice in the first 30 of the Tholons Top Outsourcing Destinations for 2016 and the only Eastern European country listed there in the first 10!
If you’re a small or medium-sized enterprise searching for a development team to work on your product, then Poland is almost certainly the best choice. And here is why:
Polish developers are one of the best programmers in the world
They get the highest ranks in international programming contests, such as Google Code Jam, Microsoft Imagine Cup, the Central European Programming Contest (CEPC), TopCoder, they are currently ranked 5th in the world in the Top Coder ranking, and 3rd at Hackerrank.
They have a strong educational background
According to New York Times, almost 40% of Polish people aged 25-34 have university degrees. This puts Poland in the second place in that category among the nearly three dozen countries listed (the United States, at 35 percent, ranks 11th). And they make around 10% ICT specialists of all university graduates in the European Union.
They focus on using cutting-edge technologies that are really up-to-date
The tools and technologies used by them are very modern, and they work with latest products. Also, they know agile and scrum and they care about code quality. In Neoteric, for instance, our fully automated Continuous Integration and Deployment (which ensure the stability of the system) include Quality Assurance every step of the way. Our average code coverage is 80% (compared to the standard 15-20%).
Working with them is easy as there is practically no cultural gap
If you are from the US or Europe, there are no big cultural differences, as compared to India or China – the top two outsourcing destinations for software development. Also, you don’t have to worry about the communication problems. Poland was ranked 9th in the world for English skills in the EF English Proficiency Index 2015, and 10th in the 2016 edition, getting ahead of most Eastern European countries. Both cultural differences and language barrier may be too big an obstacle when it comes to software development, but luckily these are easily avoidable. And successful communication contributes to successful development, so you should never overlook it. Make sure that you and your outsourced team understand each other well.
The time difference is acceptable
There is a 9-hour difference between San Francisco and Warsaw. Even when working with a company from the US, it is not difficult for Polish companies to find some time for a call that suits both sides. For closer destinations, the difference is even smaller.
Having clients from different continents, we learned how to deal with time zone differences in order to make cooperation a good experience for everyone. With the right approach, the different time zone really isn’t that big of a problem.
They have high-security standards that fulfill the EU standards
Charles Parks, a partner and outsourcing specialist at Pinsent Masons, says that companies looking for an outsourcing contractor should consider issues around data protection. Especially when it concerns customer records or invoice details, he advises choosing countries within the EU – such as Poland or Hungary – which abide by the same data protection legislation as the Western European countries. With GDPR coming into force, the importance of data protection was brought to everyone’s attention. GDPR gives companies guidelines on how they can operate and manage the data.
Their price is relatively low
Although prices per man-hour here are not as low as those found in India or China, the contractors from Eastern Europe often provide high-level skills and a better product quality. It is easy to develop it further once you have your own team. According to Dave Hecker:
Most startups want the absolute best developers and they would be willing to pay premium prices, but in reality many startup companies can’t afford to hire top U.S. developers – that’s why clients go offshore in the first place. For these startup clients who need to take advantage of overseas savings but are still willing to pay rates near the top of the market, Polish software developers can be an excellent choice.
We also need to remember that the price per man-hour is not a quantifiable indicator as it doesn’t include the length of a project. Using better technologies and procedures may significantly reduce the price difference on the whole project.