The Russian Software Developers Association (RUSSOFT) announced the results of a study which focuses on Russia as a location for offshore software development. The study, produced by IDC and sponsored by RUSSOFT, bases its findings on interviews with U.S. and European firms that have outsourced development of software applications to Russian companies. Results and recommendations are summarized in a white paper available for download at http://www.russoft.org/downloads/IDC_research.pdf.
The research finds that stability of the relationship, technical expertise and relatively low staff turnover are key advantages of Russian software development companies. Though price is often behind the initial supplier choice, these factors strongly influence the quality of service and strength of the relationship that customers value in their dealings with Russian outsourcing providers. Participating companies pointed to the availability of very well educated engineers, strong technical skills and sound methodologies. Softer factors often mentioned included a closer cultural fit with the U.S. and Europe than Asian suppliers, similar work ethics, a clearer understanding of business issues and similar time zones.
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