As a small business owner, it's very unlikely you'll be able to design all the software you need using your own in-house resources. There will come a time when you will need to consider outsourcing.
So, when you think about your perfect IT outsourcing partner, what do you look for? There are many issues to consider - cost and technical expertise are probably most important, but you will also need to think about communication, distance and travel cost. Mutual trust and reliability are also critical. But does your IT partner have to be local?
If you are familiar with the term off-shoring, you'll know it's the relocation of the business to a foreign country. In terms of IT development, off-shoring usually means outsourcing to Southeast Asia, North or South America.
Near-shoring, on the other hand, means your outsourcing partner is located on the same continent and is relatively close to you. Near-shoring is increasingly used by Western European companies as a way to outsource their software development to Eastern and Central European countries. The costs are much lower and the distance is not such a big issue. But which country should you consider?
If the quality of expertise and service are key factors for you, Poland could be your best option. Here's why:
1. Cultural similarities
Poland has been an EU member since 2004 and its economy has reached the maturity stage. Polish firms understand changing business needs and offer a process-driven approach. You'll work with people who share your business standards and you'll find them committed, goal-oriented and ready to build strong relationships with clients.
2. Cost effectiveness
Although Poland has one of the strongest economies in the region, IT specialist rates are at least 50% lower in Poland than they are in the UK.
3. Technology expertise
The majority of Polish software engineers are graduates of technology universities. Poland has a strong engineering education tradition and technical universities are very popular among students. Polish programmers have deservedly gained an excellent reputation within the industry.
4. Time difference and distance
Poland is in Central Europe and so it shares the CET with Germany, France and Italy. It is just an hour away from the UK. Travel is easy as there are many low-cost airlines and the list of destinations is impressive. Almost every major city in Poland has direct flight connections to the UK and Ireland. And you don't need visas.
5. Security and collaboration issues
As far as security is concerned, Poland shares security measures with other EU countries. English language literacy among professionals is common and advanced technology infrastructure makes long-distance communication easy.
So, if you are looking for a reliable IT outsourcing partner, try Poland. You'll be glad you did.
Copyright © 2016 Edyta Szczęśniak of SolDevelo solutions development.