owadays, outsourcing software development is becoming more and more popular. Companies all over the world trying to find the best IT outsourcing solutions. Asia's countries like India, Pakistan or the Philippines are common choices for outsourcing services and it is not surprising, because it is the most cost-efficient way of IT outsourcing. However, cultural mismatch and time zone differences are issues that some enterprises can accept. Nearshore software development turned out to be the solution to those problems. If you are looking for a country which is the perfect place to make business and has a big talent pool of highly skilled developers, there is a country in Europe which meets these conditions. One of the most popular destinations for IT outsourcing is Poland. Do you want to find out why? We prepared 7 main reasons.
Software development skills
Polish developers are one of the most skilled in the world! According to HakerRank and Top Code Ranking Poland takes 1st place in Europe! In those rankings, numerous factors were taken into account, in particular using different technologies, problem-solving approaches, abstract thinking, and teamworking. Polish developers are one of the best by domain in algorithms, Java, Python, Shell, Ruby and much more.
What makes Polish developers so good at their job?
Polish developers are among the youngest in the world to start learning to code. Almost 8% of programmers stars to learning code at the age of 5-10 (4th place in 2018 Developer Skills Report)
A huge talent pool of highly skilled developers
Poland, among Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), is the biggest pool of talented developers. More than 250 thousands developers living in CEE work from Poland. Most of them (76%) are spread across Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Katowice, Poznan and Gdansk/Gdynia(StackOverflow Ranking for 2017).
But the most important thing is not quantity but quality. In that field, Poland is in the leader position too!
Almost 40% of Polish people of 25 to 34, according to the New York Times, have university degrees or other equivalents. That puts Poland in 2nd place (behind Norway) in this category among 36 countries belonging to OECD.
STEM education ((science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in Poland is well known to be at a very high level. Each year over 14,000 ITC students graduate. There are many top-ranked universities including AGH University of Science and Technology and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Warsaw University of Technology or Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.
No communication problems
In IT outsourcing, technical skills and experience of developers are crucial. But without good communication, even well-skilled developers may not deliver a valuable product.
For a good understanding and avoiding costly mistakes, your outsourcing company should work only with developers being fluent in English.
Polish people (especially software developers) knowledge of the English language is very high. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, Poland ranks 11th out of 100 counties in the world for English skills.
You might be surprised, but another important thing in remote cooperation is the culture.
Compared to Asian countries, there are no big cultural differences between Poland and Europe or the USA. Poles are well known for getting along very well with other Western nationalities. We share the same culture and values and that makes our communication and cooperation a lot easier.
The best value for money
Let's not kid ourselves, the main reason why companies are thinking about outsourcing software development is money. Polish labour costs are significantly lower than in Western Europe countries, USA or Canada.
If saving is the only issue which matters to you, you should choose software development companies from India, Pakistan or the Philippines. However, every CEO, CTO or Project Manager knows that choosing the lowest price is not usually the best choice. What really matters is what value you will get. By choosing a Polish software development company for your nearshore or offshore partner, you can be sure that only highly qualified developers will be involved in your project. In result, your product is delivered on time and the quality of the code makes it easy to develop your product in the future.
Localisation - in the heart of Europe
If the proximity of European capitals is important for your business, Poland is the perfect outsourcing destination. Because Poland is located in the centre of Europe, it can be reached from most European countries in under 2,5 hours! For example flights from Stockholm or Copenhagen to Warsaw take only 1,5 hour. You will feel like working with a local partner who is easily reachable. Compared to offshore software development, you can easily build a relationship with your nearshore IT team and also have much better control under your project.
Due to the fact that Poland belongs to the European Union, all trade barriers have been lifted. Belonging to the Schengen Area makes travelling easy. Thanks to this we can focus on what is important, i.e, developing your business and reducing the costs.
Also, working for overseas companies from the US or Canada is not a problem. The time difference between New York and Warsaw is only 6 hours. We easily adapt to clients' needs and find some time for a call that suits both sides. With the right approach, different time zones might not be a problem.
When you think about IT outsourcing services you can not forget about one important thing - data protection. Poland is abode by the same data protection legislation as the Western European countries. Because Poland is a part of the European Union we are obliged to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which is a big step forward for data protection of the individuals. In contrast to Asian region countries, you don't have to worry about the security of your data.
Moreover, in Poland, we are familiar with the US or Canadian data protection requirements, especially when it comes to the protection of intellectual property or copyright laws.
Constans growth and a stable economy
Last but not least, when you think about doing business in other countries you need to take into account the economy of the country. When it comes to Poland there is nothing to worry about. According to The CEOWORLD Magazine, Poland is the 3rd best country in the world to invest or do business in 2020. Furthermore, for the last 30 years, Poland's Gross Domestic Product (GDT) is constantly rising. Every year since 1992, the average GDP increases by 4.2% and in 2018 Poland experienced impressive GDP growth of 5.1%. All this makes Poland an excellent country to do business with.
As you can see, there are a lot of advantages from outsourcing software development to Poland. Poland might be considered as a nearshore, as well as an offshore provider for your company. Highly skilled IT specialists, similar culture and low labour cost are crucial aspects of outsourcing services. We hope that we have convinced you with this article to cooperate with the Polish IT outsourcing companies. If you’re looking for a reliable partner, we encourage you to take a look at our services. In CodePole we are building IT and Marketing teams for startups, fintech and all other companies. We provide comprehensive solutions, so your only concern is to choose who you want to work with. CodePole will take care of the rest!