14 February 2006
Software Developers Making Global Impact
By Yekaterina Dranitsyna
St. Petersburg English-language business daily salutes the fact that Russia is now being included in the "lists of the world's leading markets for IT outsourcing" by Gartner and Forrester. The article underlines important achievements by Russian IT providers, including a consistent growth rate, establishment of local offices in the U.S. and Europe, and overall market volume reaching $1 billion.
Quoting Mikhail Zavileysky, DataArt's COO, the story compares different groups of Russian outsourcing providers. "The first group has chosen the 'Indian way' - make a stake on large size, low prices and adequate quality. This way was tried out and is understandable to foreigners. The main problem is that the labor force in Russia is significantly smaller than that of India or China." DataArt belongs to the second group of companies – those following the "'Irish way' — integrating into the world system through outsourcing and the realization of complicated, science-intensive, informal and 'impossible' projects. Specialization in applied fields and close, focused ties with a limited number of clients is typical of such companies," Zavileysky said. The third group of companies follows the 'Russian way' of trying to increase sales in the Russian market.