by Alessandro Lombardi https://pl.linkedin.com/in/lombardialessandro
The acronym SSSR (CCCP) stands for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soyuz Sovietskich Socialističeskich Respublik or Союз Советских Социалистических Республик) which consisted of various countries that were located in the East. What do some of these countries that belonged to this “block” or that were “satellite states” have in common, other than geographic location?
We can respond to this in many different ways: sharing very difficult languages, both in terms of reading and in terms of pronunciation. Additionally you may take the long and sad war between Russia and Ukraine into consideration.
However, there is another less known characteristic that unites Russia, Poland, and Ukraine. In these countries, resources are very experienced in the IT sector. Starting in school, children are encouraged to master computers and many of them become those that, in jargon, we call them web developers, project managers, systems architects or software analysts and developers. Many of them probably imagine a world where IT contributes towards solving the problems of our future and where the knowledge and skills of sector experts serve to have a positive impact and progress of their profession. This is the vision of the World Business Association, dedicated to teachers and scientists in the IT sector. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has more than 100.000 subscribers and represents the biggest institution in the field. Every year this company supports a heavily-followed event by industry experts, which is called International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) that claims to be considered the biggest and most prestigious global programming competition dedicated to IT university students. Over two thousand universities participated in lining up future IT geniuses that are awaited with open arms by the IT sector all over the world. For about 20 years, from 1977 when the competition started up to 1997, the prizes for this competition were not monopolized by the United States, who dominates the record book. It is no surprise since the US is the location where IBM, the official sponsor of the event, was founded. Additionally, the US is the origin of other giants such as Apple, HP, Microsoft and Google, from whom probably 90% of the people reading this article have bought a computer or some software at least once in their life. After 1997, the compass of winners spins over to the Orient and the East, with China and Russia being first and second. Both Canada and Poland won honorable mentions on two separate occasions. Russia won every competition since 2012, however, the Eastern countries dominated the most recent competition in 2016 with eight teams, consisting of five Russian teams, two polish teams as well as one Ukrainian team, among the TOP 12.
The results of this competition are reflected if we analyze the globalization of the IT market and the possibility of outsourcing all or some parts of projects in the IT sector. In fact, there are so many IT companies who decide to relocate their IT processes in these countries, particularly in Poland. Being the gem of this country, Krakow is considered the European capital of outsourcing as well as the ninth best city in the world according to a research conducted by the American company Tholons. Not only Krakow, but the capital Warsaw places among the TOP 25, while Wroclaw occupies rank 58. The Malopolska region’s GDP, where Krakow is located, has literally doubled in the last ten years thanks to this and due to European funds.
The next time that you start an application on your smartphone, which is supposedly made in the USA, think of the fact that these were probably developed in one of the aforementioned countries. “Today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned.” Marshall McLuhan said.
This is one of the reasons why ITSELECTA exists and why we have chosen Poland and Ukraine to find the suitable company for your business needs or the IT professional that best fits the required skills.