How are Russian IT companies different from any others? Let’s look at the environment that has resulted in some of the best software developers in the world.
Have you ever heard a saying that “Russians never give up”? This perfectly describes the Russian mentality and attitude to difficulties. Here’s another saying that goes around the IT community: “if you want to solve a programming problem, pass it to American programmers. If you want to solve a hard programming problem, pass it to Chinese programmers. If you want to solve an impossible programming problem, pass it to Russian programmers”. That sort of reputation is something that is hard to earn.
There are a lot of reasons why you can safely trust a Russian outsourcing company with your money. It's no secret that Russian developers are among the best in the world. The coding community knows it, the clients know it, so what is the reason?
Russia has a great talent pool educated with software development in mind. Russian developers have excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills. There are many universities in Russia where students receive degrees in computer science and engineering. For example, the Southern Federal University located in Taganrog is universally considered to be one of the best technical universities in the country producing great developers as alumni. Some of these Russian guys became multiple time winners of the international programming competitions.
In addition, Russian developers have advanced hard and soft skills. They know many technologies, programming languages, libraries, and the best programming practices and methodologies. That's why the local development industry is so prestigious and software developers are highly regarded.
Russian developers also have good communication skills and can work with an international team. They are known to be innovative, think outside the box, and are not afraid of difficult tasks. On the contrary, such problems often only spark their interest and motivate them to succeed.
With a strong educational background and communication skills, Russian developers can be a valuable addition to your in-house team. And if team augmentation is not what you’re looking for, you can safely trust them with a full life cycle of development and get a great project as a result.
It may seem at first that having a partner in another hemisphere cannot be good for establishing effective communication. In fact, that is rarely a case anymore. Eastern European software development companies as a whole and Russian teams, in particular, have been working with clients from the USA and Europe for years now and have adapted their workflows to mitigate the potential lack of schedule overlap.
Some Russian IT companies work late shifts, essentially adopting the schedule of their clients completely. Others go another route. They work while the in-house team of the client sleeps with online meetings at the start and at the end of their day. This eliminates the downtime completely and is convenient for all parties.
Having such a flexible workflow is almost a trademark of Russian developers. They do not miss meetings, and they are available during your working hours. You can get in touch with the outsourced developer team with no impact on your own working schedule. Depending on the type of your project different methods of cooperation are preferable, so don’t be afraid to ask your software development partner for suitable interaction time.
The global economic situation matters greatly in all parts of business, especially when it comes to outsourcing. Some countries have higher or lower average wages depending on a wide variety of factors. Outsourcing work to lower-income areas is hugely profitable and pretty much every international corporation takes advantage of this practice. However, by saving you’re often sacrificing the quality of the product.
Let’s compare rates in Russia and other countries such as the Philippines or India, powerhouses in the software development outsourcing field. We can see a big difference between the price and the final quality of the code. There are many indicators of what constitutes quality, from the number of bugs per 1000 lines of code to readability and ease of modification. By all accounts, the projects developed in India, for instance, are severely lacking. That’s why outsourcing is so often associated with horror stories. All you need to do is not to chase the lowest price or will pay after.
Choose the right IT outsourcing company with transparent business processes, and you will clearly see what makes up the price. Experienced developers know how to select the optimal combination of cost and functionality. They also know which technologies are better suited for each specific project.
Developers from Russia are paid from $25 to $70 per hour. Rates in Russia are half of those in the United States but the quality is at the same high level.
English is not a native language in Russia, everyone knows that. However, you should not be afraid of problems with communication. As we’ve said earlier in this article, Russian developers do have good communication skills. Almost all schools have English language courses spanning from 7 to 11 years depending on the education facility. Sure, developers may have a Russian accent of varying levels of thickness when they speak but all of them have excellent writing and reading skills with no understanding issues whatsoever.
When it comes to other aspects of communication, your software development partner should understand your business processes and suggest comfortable interaction options. Many Russian outsourcing companies work according to Agile methodology. This allows you to control the development process and make changes as you go.
What’s also important is that many Russian IT companies provide full-stack of development and quality assurance, which means one company provides the whole life-cycle development with no need to hire extra contractors. This company becomes your reliable outsourcing partner in the long-term.
A lot of Russian companies have clients that are leaders in their industries with globally recognized brands. Outsourcing software development supports your company’s financial profitability. As an added bonus, you have a chance to work with some of the best programmers in the world who will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of technology.
Russian IT companies have successfully established themselves as a major player in the field of software development. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons that work in perfect unison with each other. Great education, technical and communicational skills, new opportunities with time zone differences, and an economic win-win. Remember that saying from the start? If you want to solve an impossible programming problem, pass it to Russian programmers. Rest assured, your project will be in safe and reliable hands.