Why Outsource to Poland?
Software development outsourcing is a popular and efficient business practice. Why do companies choose outsourcing over in-house software developers? Usually, there are three main reasons: lack of time, lack of skills, or lack of money to maintain their own in-house team. Outsourcing can solve all three headaches. In fact, it provides easy access to talented developers and allows hiring skilled specialists at reasonable costs. The key thing here is to find the right partner.
As more and more companies start outsourcing their software development, Poland is becoming an attractive destination. According to Statista, The IT outsourcing market is expected to amount to approximately 2,311.7 million U.S. Dollars by 2021. Let’s find out why there’s so much buzz about IT outsourcing to Poland.
Benefits of Outsourcing Software Development to Poland
1. Stable Economy
Poland’s GDP has been increasing since 2016 and is expected to reach approximately $1,313.57 billion by 2021. It’s been showing growth year-over-year between 1992 and 2019. What is more, Poland had the biggest GDP per capita growth in the OECD and in Europe. Between 1990 and 2015, Poland’s GDP increased 7.3 times!
Besides that, Poland was ranked 15th in Tholons Services Globalization Index 2020. On top of that, Poland ranked first in the AHK survey of top investment locations in the CEE region and today is considered as one of the most attractive spots for nearshore outsourcing in Europe.
2. Dynamically Growing IT Market
At a steady rate of 10 percent a year the Polish IT market is rising. It has undergone substantial changes in recent years, and more and more Polish IT businesses are expanding internationally. Currently, the IT market accounts for 3.3% of Polish GDP and is projected to reach 3.5% in 2021.
The rapid growth of enterprise-level cloud computing services is another major trend. Those include both the software and infrastructure. IoT, cybersecurity, and all of their sub-sectors are two more areas of growth.
3. US and EU Standards in IP Protection and Data Security
Poland has a transparent legal system. The country abides by the same data protection legislation as the Western European countries and takes IT protection and data security very seriously. As a member of the European Union, it follows the General Data Protection Regulation that is considered a cornerstone in the fight for better privacy and data protection of individuals.
And, thanks to strong ties with the United States, Polish software development companies are also familiar with the common requirements of their American colleagues, particularly when it comes to intellectual property rights, copyright laws, and data security.
4. Part of the European Union
If your business is located in one of the EU member states, it minimizes the paperwork needed to establish the partnership. Many of the trade barriers are eliminated, and the EU countries work hard to make business partnerships between companies based in different EU states more effective. Due to reduced bureaucracy, companies can concentrate on what is really important: growing their business, increasing productivity, and reducing costs.
5. Cultural and Work Ethics Similarity
Poland is a democratic country, and if your business is based in Europe or the US, you won’t feel any cultural differences. Polish people work and manage their companies in a similar way to what you can experience in other countries like Germany, UK, France, and the USA. Naturally, there exists a small gap between the Polish and Western mindsets, but every nation is unique in some way. That being said, Polish people are more similar to Western counterparts and business partners than developers from Asia and Africa.
6. Acceptable Time Difference
Offshore software development is always a challenge. When working with a foreign software development company, you need to make sure that you don’t have communication issues related to a huge time zone difference.
The time zone difference between Central European countries and the US varies from 6 to 9 hours so outsourcing to Poland will feel like working with a local partner who you can easily reach in just a few hours traveling. This allows you to have more control over the implementation of your project. Anyway, with the right approach, the different time zone really isn’t that big of a problem.
7. Best Value for Money
Any company would want the best developers but in reality, many companies can’t afford to hire top U.S. developers – that’s why they go overseas. Poland has one of the lowest labor costs within the European Union. In contrast to IT companies from other parts of Europe or the USA, hiring a top-performing outsourcing company in Poland can turn out to be surprisingly inexpensive.
Every business owner understands that outsourcing is not just about choosing the cheapest alternative. What matters is the value that you can get for the money invested. In the end, you want your project to be completed on time by a proficient team that delivers high-quality work.
8. English Proficiency
Fluent English is a standard among Polish graduates and employees, placing them high in the English-driven tech world so you don’t have to worry about communication problems, which is one of the most significant barriers in the business world. It is worth mentioning that most ICT graduates can also speak some other European languages, like German, French, Italian, and Spanish because of the way education in Poland works.
In addition, the software development services market in Poland is growing very fast due to the strong focus on STEM fields of study (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) so it is relatively easy to find competent software development teams in Poland.
9. Strong Focus on Cutting-Edge Technologies
Poland is home to an ever-increasing number of creative technology start-ups, which are developing at an incredible pace and competing successfully in the demanding markets of the USA and Western Europe. It’s also a nest of innovative and successful tech startups that can compete in the European and American markets. There have been some of the smartest modern-day solutions invented and there will certainly be more.
As the Polish software development industry is relatively young, there is no strong IT legacy for the majority of software development companies there. (like some longer-experienced countries, e.g. France or the UK). On the other hand, there’s a bigger chance of finding developers who use the latest tools and technologies.
10. Variety of Outsourcing Services
There are many skilled developers in Poland who specialize in various fields, and they can help you solve different issues at different stages of the product creation process. From UX/UI design, through the early prototype, MVP, to maintaining a full-fledged product, they can assist you with the whole process of product development.
In addition, you can choose to work with various outsourcing models depending on your current needs. You opt for staff augmentation to expand your internal software development team or ramp up a whole development team in case there are no software developers in-house.
We couldn’t help but add SCAND to the list. Being conveniently located in Belarus and Poland, we’ve successfully delivered hundreds of projects and we are one of the reasons these countries are attractive outsourcing destinations. We provide high-grade software development outsourcing services by combining seasoned software developers with the experience that we’ve built delivering outsourced projects for foreign clients.
Do you need a partner with years of experience that would help to improve your software or build custom software from the ground up? At SCAND, we offer free consultations and initial estimation of the project describing the team composition, timeline, and approximate cost. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your ideas and any concerns you may have.