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13/05/19

Outsourcing Software Projects – Are Polish Developers Really That Good?

Outsourcing Software Projects – Are Polish Developers Really That Good?

In a nutshell – yes, they are. They have a formal and high-quality education, expertise, proven track record, interesting projects for the well-known global brands in all sectors of the economy. They also are seasoned when it comes to cleaning up the code, rescuing entire projects. You should work with them to assure quality, and time-to-market guaranteed delivery. And that’s only a tip of the iceberg.

Outsource software companies in Poland have the reputation of delivering on time and with quality. Polish software engineers made the phrase ‘Poland – the software house of Europe’ valid on many fronts and with many projects. They are not just coders, though. The ability to code an application, advise on technology solutions and cooperate with business advisors to scale the client’s company makes this a hard-to-turn-down offer.

A brief history lesson

After the iron curtain fell in 1989, Poles were looking for their place on the map of Europe. Pretty quickly they had observed that its unique location (traditionally reserved for power struggles between foreign powers) makes for a quite substantial opportunity. That’s why Poland is not only a European powerhouse in TSL (Transport-Shipping-Logistics) industry but also a part of the plan for a new Chinese Silk Road. With the 3rd position in Europe in terms of cubic warehouse space (after Netherlands and Germany) and 5th in terms of total highway km, the country is ready and handling many critical business operations.

The second and very well established Polish industry is software development. Understood as not only tailored software outsourcing but also the production of video games. Polish designers, project managers, and software engineers are broadly recognized in Europe and the world as specialists with technical background, ideas, pace and quality in management and delivery. According to reports by the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) (1), Poland has the most affordable labor cost in the European Union.

Why software development outsourcing companies grew rapidly in Poland?

Here are some reasons for it:

  • Affordable labor costs
  • World class education
  • Experienced Polish software engineers
  • Small culture gap
  • Great location

Let’s take it step by step.

Poland is leading the charge as a place to get a valuable, knowledge-based degree. (2) Any degree. With vast and rich cultural background,a thousand years of history and more than 500 universities, Poland is increasingly famous for its foreign students’ pool. According to a study by the European Centre for Development and Vocational Training (3), 94% of IT students declare they speak English, many of them advanced English That means easier project management and day-to-day software house cooperation. IT-related fields of study are consecutively most popular in Poland since the season of 2012/2013.

Proficiency in English also means small cultural gaps. Outsourcing software projects to Poland is easy when you can effectively talk business and crack jokes in the meantime. According to the English Proficiency Index, Poles are 13th in the world (4). And that’s for 2019 alone. That also means shorter business trips (or no trips at all) for clients in the USA, Canada or Germany. The gap is even smaller when it comes to safety. US and EU standards of IP protection and data security contribute to long-lasting business relationships.

Polish software developers not only speak English, but they also speak code. Specialists from our country regularly win international software development competitions. More so, at the time of writing this article, Poland holds 3rd place in TopCoder ranking for the most professional marketplace in the world! (5)

Why software development outsourcing company can thrive in Poland?

With the talent pool of more than 250,000 professional software development engineers, the main focus on enterprise projects and core technologies like PHP, Java, .NET (6), Poland is a reliable and effective partner for any company that wants to get things done.

Poland is called a European software house for a reason. Young yet experienced talent pool, ambitious goals and exciting projects around every corner make up for years and decades of waiting behind an iron curtain. Today Poland is a place where you can go for quality and safety.

Poland is not an island. It has to work in a business and technological environment. As it happens, Poles have access to one of the most critically acclaimed IT infrastructures in the world (7). No, we are not overstating this, just click the link in the previous sentence. Either it’s research and development, software development or merely server farms placement, Poland can do it all. Especially when Agile methodologies are popular in Poland.

The proximity of financial centers is also a factor. Working with Fenergo, a world-leading expert on FinTech and RegTech, for Tier 1 global banks and other financial institutions, we at CSHARK know all too well that proximity is good. Availability and the common cultural ground are even better. That’s why ATKearney placed Poland on the list of countries with the most skilled IT workforce in the world (8).

More so, Polish software developers are considered multi-active, that's why oursourcing programming services in Poland are so popular. Let’s take into consideration the Lewis Model. Richard Donald Lewis is an English writer and communication consultant. After visiting 135 countries and working in 20 of them, he established criteria for better understanding of human interactions. It’s based on behavior, which gives a natural superiority over national or religious classification systems. Lewis divided humans into three categories – multi-active, linear-active and reactive (9). As you can see on the infographic below, Poland combines both warm and emotional approach with cool and decisive planning. That’s why Poles are meticulous in planning (they use cold heads) but have a human approach and business goals in mind (and they always should be consumer or end-user-driven, therefore the presence of emotions).

This is a unique skill set, that we thought about when CSHARK was adopting ‘expect more’ tagline. We don’t develop the code. Through outsourcing programming services we deliver products, offer a wide set of skills, help scale companies. All with humans, not machines, in mind. Outsourcing software projects is not an easy task. It requires research, trust, and knowledge about the potential partner. Did we mention trust? It’s always to underline this critical factor.

After all, what screams ‘professional’ louder than the reputation of the country he operates in, organizational approach and personal expertise? We find that question rhetorical.

(1) https://absl.pl/publications

(2) https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/poland/guide

(3) http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/tools/matching-skills/all-instruments/development-workforce-competence-assessment-system-sectors-and-regions-cassy

(4) https://www.ef.pl/epi

(5) https://community.topcoder.com/stat?c=country_avg_rating

(6) https://youteam.io/blog/developers-in-eastern-europe-which-country-suits-your-project/

(7) http://www.pionier.net.pl/online/en/articles/3165/Poland_on_the_European_map_of_e-Infrastructure.html

(8) https://www.atkearney.com/digital-transformation/gsli

(9) https://www.crossculture.com/the-lewis-model-dimensions-of-behaviour