See the New Ukraine and Benefit From the Best by Partnering or Investing in IT

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Nataly Veremeeva

Nataly Veremeeva

Founder & CEO, Cossacks Information Technologies

Saying that Ukraine is an attractive but difficult market is nothing new. Situated in the heart of Europe, it is close, big and well-educated. It is cheap and abundant in resources, both natural and human. It is industrial, agricultural and hi-tech. However, at the same time it is unstable; it is corrupt; it has contradicting laws, unjust courts and a war inside the country. It has a big and aggressive neighbour and weak state institutes. It also has a mentality that was being developed for 70 years on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Continue reading See the New Ukraine and Benefit From the Best by Partnering or Investing in IT

Kraków Is Growing Into a Green and Liveable Working and Living Place

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Kraków is number one in Europe, in the outsourcing industry for the third time, and number nine globally, with more than 160 SSC / BPO companies and over 60,000 employees, says Elżbieta Koterba, deputy mayor of the city of Kraków. She spoke to Emerging Europe about the real estate and infrastructural projects the city is working on, Kraków advantages and the challenges the city is facing. Continue reading Kraków Is Growing Into a Green and Liveable Working and Living Place

The Innovation District IT Park Will Help Lviv Become CEE’s IT Hub

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With the fast-developing IT sector and most IT firms occupying refurbished Soviet-era office buildings, demand for modern office space is sky-rocketing, says Volodymyr Zhenchak, CEO and the owner of Galereja Centre Ltd, which has developed the Forum Lviv shopping centre, and vice-chairman of the board of the shopping centre. He spoke to Eva Keller about Innovation District IT Park, which his company is developing and looking for partners for.
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‘Cosy’ Vilnius Offers a Vibrant Life/Work Mix for its Growing Population

Not only is the city of Vilnius growing its population, unlike the rest of Lithuania, but it is also becoming increasingly younger, says Remigijus Šimašius, mayor of Vilnius. He talked to Emerging Europe about the city’s most recent infrastructural projects, its key sectors and the challenges it is facing. Continue reading ‘Cosy’ Vilnius Offers a Vibrant Life/Work Mix for its Growing Population

Sirin Software — A Ukrainian Firm Conquering Global Markets

Sirin Software started in March 2014, and has grown quickly. The company now employs 30 IT specialists. In 2016, it merged with another firm in order to expand its service portfolio.

Alexander Nikitenko, CEO of Sirin Software, spoke to Jerry Cameron about how the company was started, the firm’s presence in the US as well as its future expansion plans. Continue reading Sirin Software — A Ukrainian Firm Conquering Global Markets

Shared Service Centres Offering Smaller Polish Cities a Brighter Economy

As a business grows and becomes more complex, sooner or later, it will begin to encounter many challenges to managing and controlling its operations and costs and maintaining efficiencies. For this reason an increasing number of global businesses have decided to transfer a portion of their business activities to a shared service centre (SSC) and to implement a new operating model within their organisations.

Gerard Murray, Deloitte CE CFO, and Deloitte CE Business Services Centre Sponsoring Partner, talks about the development of the sector, the opportunities offered by the city of Rzeszów, where Deloitte has opened a shared services centre for Central Europe in 2016, as well as about the Polish companies benefitting from outsourcing. Continue reading Shared Service Centres Offering Smaller Polish Cities a Brighter Economy

“e-Belarus”: Embracing the Internet and its Possibilities

Belarus wants to be a link between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. It is using its geographic location and economic advantages to attract more foreign investors. One of the key advantages is its pool of young specialists.

Sergei Popkov, Belarusian minister of Communications and Informatisation, spoke to Nikodem Chinowski. They discussed the government’s priorities for the implementation of internet solutions to business and the rapid dissemination of internet access among young Belarusians. Continue reading “e-Belarus”: Embracing the Internet and its Possibilities

PandaDoc — Rolling Sales Procedures Together So Everyone Succeeds

PandaDoc empowers businesses and individuals to lead paperless and productive work lives by building effective and designed documents. They claim that thanks to their product the average contract value goes up by 15 per cent, each employee saves one hour of their time and the close rate grows by 10 per cent.

Mikita Mikado, CEO at PandaDoc, spoke to Justyna Wrobel about the company’s 5,000 customers, the recently introduced Add-on Store and the origins of the company as well as its plans for development. Continue reading PandaDoc — Rolling Sales Procedures Together So Everyone Succeeds

Brexit Doesn’t Mean Business Is “On Hold”

“There is no clear plan of how Brexit is going to play out, but the best thing we can do is to make decisions that move businesses forward instead of putting them on hold. We have heard some businesses talking about leaving the London area, yet we have seen others moving in. I think it’s going to carry on that way for a little while yet,” says Kerry Hallard, president of the Global Sourcing Association, in an interview with Emerging Europe.

Belarusian Tech Companies Lead a Global Technological Advance in Outsourcing and Product Development

This year, Belarus was shortlisted as a top outsourcing destination of 2016, by the UK-based Global Sourcing Association (GSA). The country was also included in the Top 30 Locations for Offshore Services by Gartner. These two successes prove that Belarus has a great potential to becoming a leading IT outsourcing destination — according to Uniter’s IT Industry in Belarus 2016 report, more than 90 per cent of Belarusian companies out of almost existing 1,000 firms, developed customised software, in 2015.  Continue reading Belarusian Tech Companies Lead a Global Technological Advance in Outsourcing and Product Development

HTP: Belarus’ Engineers Are Leading a Cool Revolution

Hi-Tech Park (HTP) Belarus was set up a decade ago and today, it is home to 164 IT companies whose total revenues are approaching $1 billion. Apps developed by HTP residents are used by almost 1 billion people in 193 countries across the globe.

Dr Valery Tsepkalo, director of HTP, spoke to Andrew Wrobel about the park’s growth within the first decade, as well as its residents and the fast-developing Belarusian IT sector. Continue reading HTP: Belarus’ Engineers Are Leading a Cool Revolution

Young Well-Paid IT Specialists Are Making Belarus Known Internationally

Increasingly, more young Belarusians are choosing a career in the IT sector. In 2010, some 20,000 people had a job in the industry and that number grew to 36,000 in 2015, according to the Belarusian National Statistical Committee. Out of those, 25,000 software engineers work in companies that are residents of High Tech Park Belarus (HTP). Continue reading Young Well-Paid IT Specialists Are Making Belarus Known Internationally

Outsourcing in Germany: Stop Talking at and Start Talking to

Till Hahndorf

Till Hahndorf

Managing Director, BW Business Bridge

It is common knowledge that the German market for IT services is suffering from a severe shortage of IT skills. While the economy is thriving and order books are full across the production and service sectors, there’s a cap on growth in the IT industry – there are simply not enough people to fulfil all the orders. Since the IT industry is characterised by a high intensity of labour, the lack of developers, project managers, quality assurance professionals and consultants is having a severe impact. Continue reading Outsourcing in Germany: Stop Talking at and Start Talking to

Do Your Homework First and Starting Business in Poland is Easier

New VAT forms that companies submit to the tax office and an updated list of products and services with a lower VAT rate are only a few of the procedures that have resulted from the Ministry of Finance’s five recent decrees. In July 2016, the Parliament approved new amendments to the VAT law in order to reduce informal economy. The Ministry of Justice plans on fighting the informal sector even further with terms of imprisonment for up to 25 years for tax fraud. Provisions against tax evasion have recently been introduced.   Continue reading Do Your Homework First and Starting Business in Poland is Easier

SSC/BPO — Sourcing Talent On Poland

Marta Aserigadu

Marta Aserigadu

RPO Manager, Hays Poland

The SSC/BPO industry in Poland is still gaining momentum, therefore the need for talent remains strong. Local business leaders have made a great deal of effort to position this business as strategic to the Polish economy. Since then recognition, tailor-made educational programmes and industry-specific labour law regulations have all resulted in an inflow of talent.  Continue reading SSC/BPO — Sourcing Talent On Poland