It’s not a coincidence that every day countless foreign companies rely on Polish developers to deliver software essential to their bottom line. If you haven’t discovered the strengths and charms of Poland yet, we prepared a handy and ever-expanding list of reasons why Poland proves so successful in the world of new technologies.
The world of software development outsourcing changes rapidly and so does factors that prove critical in competing for the best and most challenging projects. Therefore, we have decided to gradually update and modify our list of factors that make Poland a great outsourcing destination. Wonder why? Check the list below!
In 2018, Poland experienced impressive GDP growth of 5.1%. This trend continues as the available statistics for the first three quarters of 2019 show that Gross Domestic Product is constantly rising. Such high growth is nothing new for this beautiful country in Central Europe. In fact, Poland enjoyed uninterrupted growth for the last 27 years, averaging 4.2% GDP growth year-on-year between 1992 and 2019. Between 1990 and 2015, that GDP growth was the biggest one among European and OECD countries – it increased over 7 times!
Apart from the GDP, Poland was placed on 15th place in “Digital Nation” (being second-highest European country) ranking prepared by Tholons for “Tholons Services Globalization Index 2019”
Polish software developers are among the world’s best and most qualified. And there are a few good reasons why they’re so highly sought-after developers in the international market.
First, they are among the most experienced in the world in terms of prior coding experience at the time they earn their first professional job. This is important for all companies that wish to outsource ambitious and challenging software projects to equally determined, detail-oriented, and hungry-for-success team members. Additionally, polish developers are among the youngest in the world to start learning to code – in 2018 Developer Skills Report you can find Poland on 4th place with 7,7% of programmers that start to code at the age of 5-10.
It’s no surprise why, according to HackerRank, Polish developers rank 3rd in terms of success at popular programming contests and 5th in TopCoder Country Ranking statistics. Of course, what matters here is that they’re happy to use their great skills working on your projects!
Polish IT market grows at a stable rate of 5-10% a year. In the past few years, it has experienced massive changes, and more and more Polish IT companies are expanding internationally. The IT markets currently account for 3,3% of Polish GDP and it is expected to reach 3,5% in 2021. A very notable example is CD Project (the guys behind the Witcher video game series) – a company that went from a local game developer to a globally-recognized brand and became one of the key players in the industry.
In fact, software development for almost all industries is one of the driving forces behind the growing IT market in Poland. Another key trend is the fast-paced growth of enterprise-level cloud computing services. Those include both the software, as well as infrastructure. Other important products and services include IoT, cybersecurity, and all their subsectors.
Poland has been serious about IT protection and data security for years. As a member of the European Union, they introduced the notorious GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation. The new set of privacy rules, despite sparking initial controversy, is considered a milestone in the fight for better privacy and data protection of the individuals.
And, thanks to the close ties with the US, Polish companies understand the common requirements of their American partners too, especially when it comes to the protection of their intellectual property, copyright laws, and data security. All of that makes outsourcing to Poland a safe bet.
Every year, about 80 thousand Polish students major in IT and IT-related fields. Some of the most important academic centres include Krakow (AGH University of Science and Technology and Jagiellonian University) or the capital city of Warsaw (Warsaw University of Technology). Other important IT hubs include Wrocław, Rzeszów, and Katowice – with the latter being just an hour drive away from Kraków.
If the proximity of major European financial centres such as London, Paris or Frankfurt is important for your business, Poland is arguably the best outsourcing destination in the world to stay close to all of them.
Its geographical location in the heart of Europe means that you can reach Krakow by plane in an hour from Vienna, under two hours from Berlin, Brussels, Zurich, and Paris, and 2 hours and a half from London. In fact, it’s not unusual for our partners to come to Krakow in the morning and depart to their European location on the same day – and our team can help you prepare the whole visit.
Fintech owners know the benefits of remaining within the European market and the importance of staying in compliance with the EU’s regulations. Keeping all your operations in the EU while enjoying the affordable costs of growing your business is only one side of the coin though. Developing this kind of projects requires extensive experience in order to make it bug free and most importantly – safe for the users. Polish developers spend hours working on fintech project and outsourcing it to them is the best choice to bring you fintech idea to life. To support this thesis, we will show you some numbers. Poland is estimated to be the biggest FinTech market in CEE sector with an estimated value of €856 million.
Apart from the technical skills and experience of the developers you choose, there’s one important element that’s often overlooked. The similarities that allow to fully understand each other.
The way Polish people work and manage their organizations is very similar to what you can experience in the countries that tend to outsource their software development abroad the most such as the UK, the US, Germany or France. What’s more, it’s not only about business. Poles do not differ at all from citizens of the Western countries outside work too. After the contract negotiations/business meeting go out to dinner with them or just have a pint – you’ll see it for yourself. These two are a big part of what makes the cooperation and communication a breeze in project outsourced to Poland.
If you’re based in Western Europe, outsourcing to Poland will feel like working with a local partner who you can easily reach in just a few hours driving (or, as we mentioned above, in an hour or two if you choose a plane!). In fact, the ease of travelling will make visiting your Polish partners quick and easy, allowing you to have much better control over the implementation of your project. Being so close to the developers, you can reach them much easier, establishing a much stronger relationship with your nearshore team.
Simply speaking, in Poland, you get more bang for your buck.
Why? First, Poland offers much lower labour costs compared to the countries that are usually the most interested in outsourcing software development. But affordability is just one of the core conditions of a great software development outsourcing destination.
Every business owner or project manager knows that outsourcing isn’t just about choosing the lowest priced alternative. What matters is the value that you can get for the money invested. In the end, you want your project to be delivered on time and expect high-quality work done by a team of people who know their craft.
Poland is classified as a developed country and offers a highly advanced economy with excellent IT infrastructure, amazing mobile Internet (and one of the cheapest in the world) and a stable and fast broadband connection – in 2018 polish project of building a broadband network in Poland took first place in the European Broadband Awards. Additionally, Poland is one of the leaders in the development of IT infrastructure for science – especially when it comes to advanced research.
Polish people in general, and university-educated Polish software developers in particular, speak English really well – a factor much appreciated by companies interested in outsourcing. Poland ranks 11th out of 100 countries in the English Proficiency Index, with very high proficiency mark – the highest mark a country can get.
In fact, many Polish software developers spend their whole careers working exclusively on projects for foreign clients, which often means working in an international environment.
If you search for a team skilled in Agile methodologies, you will not be disappointed. Polish teams are well-versed in Agile and the country is also home to some of the most important Agile events such as the ACE! Conference or AgileByExample – an event considered as 10th best agile conference in the world.
This makes cooperating with Polish teams easier and the whole software development process a lot more transparent. The latter being one of the keys for those software development clients who want to stay in control of the project and value professional but modern approach to project management.
Poland itself is an excellent choice for software development outsourcing. But the city of Krakow, which is one of the top tech hubs not just in Poland, but the whole CEE region, adds a lot of its unique value and charm to the cause. You can why Krakow is a great software outsourcing destination in its own rights here.
Poland is in the same time zone as Germany or France and there’s just one-hour difference between Poland and the UK. Additionally, thanks to being situated “in the middle”, it’s possible for Polish developers to reach their partners from the Middle East, Asia, the US, and even Australia during their working hours.
Compared to Asia, which is 6 hours away from most European Markets and “suffers” from at least a 12 hours difference with the US, the Polish time zone looks like a dream when it comes to outsourcing software development.
If your company is based in one of the member states, the paperwork required to make the partnership a successful one is minimized. Many of the trade barriers have been removed, and both the Polish government and the EU politicians work hard to make business partnerships between companies based in different EU member states even more efficient and simple. All these positive changes and minimized bureaucracy allows you to focus on what’s important – growing your business, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
There’s no doubt that, as of 2019, the Witcher – with over 40 million copies sold globally (and counting!) is the most famous Polish piece of software. But let’s not stick to the video games, although we all know that best of them are pieces of art. Poland is a place where innovations thrive, and entrepreneurs can make their visions come to life. Before we move to following examples let’s start with some numbers. In 2017 World Bank ranked Poland as 3rd best startup hub in the world. In the education market, Brainly helps over 150 million users share their knowledge and help each other, and in the finance industry (and it’s worth noting that the Polish online banking system offers one of the most innovative cloud solutions in the world ) Billon plans to disrupt the way we transfer payments. The technology used by this first blockchain-based startup developed to store and transfer regulated currencies has achieved the speed of transactions compared with contactless payment cards.
Naturally, the list could go on and on… but instead of boring you with all the already-developed solutions, we encourage you to hire Polish developers to work on YOUR project!
One of the reasons why Polish developers prove so skilled and inventive in their work is that Polish people are considered to be born with the ability to find unique solutions and crazy workarounds to solve just about any problem.
Due to various political and economic hardships of the past, that “skill” of finding unique ways of solving (often seemingly unsolvable) problems has become something of a national speciality in Poland. We even have a special word for it – kombinowac – which can’t really be translated directly into any other language! To be honest – if you will have a chance to see it happening you would immediately understand what – kombinowac – means 😉
What makes polish people so effective is, apart from the skills and experience, their mindset. As Master Yoda said, “do or do not – there is no try”. Rather than wondering if something can be done or if the deadlines can be met after Poles decide to do something, they are confident that it will be done. A great example of this kind of attitude is Polish athletes. Robert Lewandowski will his almost magical control of the ball, Marcin Gortat scoring tons of points for his NBA team, Agnieszka Radwanska playing tennis so smart and agile that she became one of WTA top 10 or Adam Małysz – man who won everything that could be won in ski jumping. And that’s just to name a few. That’s the attitude you need to get every job done – and you can easily find it in Poland.
While it is not necessarily too humble of us, we couldn’t help but add Software Mind, our very own software company, to this list. After all, located in Krakow, with dozens of successfully delivered projects and some of the most skilled Polish developers on board, we are in the very middle of what makes Poland such an attractive outsourcing destination!
Software Mind is a Polish software company known for delivering top-of-the-line software development outsourcing services. Our philosophy is simple – we combine the skills of top Polish software developers with the experience that we accumulated delivering outsourced projects efficiently over the years of working with foreign clients.
You can learn more about our unique approach to outsourcing by getting familiar with our Outsourcing Toolbox. And if you already have a project in mind, just contact us and let us know. Perhaps, we are the ones that can help you turn it into a wonderful product?