Eastern Europe rising as an outsourcing destination

I noticed that my blog post about the Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations 2010 still attracts many readers. Although, this post is about 2 years old, it didn’t lose its value. The conclusions of that post are still valid. Tholons has also published the Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations 2012. The most important conclusion is that the 2010 trend seems

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Poland very promising though no longer a low-cost market

Yesterday the Polish Investforum 2010 had its kick-off in Gdansk in the beautiful Baltic Philharmonic. Two days long representatives of governmental organizations and foreign investors are discussing the Polish potential. The main objective of the Investforum is to promote the image of Poland and present its attractiveness as the location for foreign investment. The question is whether or not they managed.

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Funky management van software ontwikkeling om aan de klantwensen te voldoen

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Vandaag was ik één van de sprekers bij het geweldig georganiseerde 4Developers seminar in Poznan, Polen. Ik presenteerde daar één van mijn grootste zorgen. Continue moet ik namelijk constateren dat er een ongelooflijk (perceptie) verschil zit tussen de wens van de klant en wat een ontwikkelaar realiseert. We lijken elkaar maar niet te willen of kunnen begrijpen. Feit is

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Combining high productivity with fun

Yesterday afternoon a new Dutch client arrived in Gdańsk. Just like many others also this client didn’t know what to expect. The image Dutch people have about Poland is still not too positive, biased by the media. The advantage is that it is rather easy to surprise them. A good combination of sightseeing and a productive

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Outsourcing and the need for personal meetings

Last weeks we had several clients visiting our development location in Gdańsk, Poland. As many times before they proved the importance of personal meetings within an outsourcing relationship. Apart from the intensive business talks we were having a lot of fun together. And isn’t having fun one of the most important things in

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What are your doubts about outsourcing?

Outsourcing seems to have many advantages if you believe all the news. Being involved in many software development projects I know that potential outsourcers very often have a lot of doubts. They consider outsourcing to be a good solution for their current issues, but they have doubts whether it will not introduce new ones. Both the advantages and the doubts will be applicable in certain cases and not applicable in other’s. Instead of focussing on all the advantages, I

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Economic downturn hits Indian outsourcing market

Today I received updated information about the Indian outsourcing market from two different sources within one hour. Too much of a coincidence. Due to the economic downturn companies in the US and the UK recently cut their IT budgets by up to 45%. Many projects have ben put on hold. Since most of the outsourcing projects in India come from the US and UK a lot of good IT people are available on the labour market today. Rates have dropped

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