Doug Smith
Doug Smith

IT Outsourcing Alternatives: Exploring the Emerging IT Markets Around the Globe

Part 3 of a Three-Part Series: Part 1 of this three-part series explored the advantages of South American and Latin American IT outsourcing solutions. Part 2 revealed that rural outsourcing is quickly becoming a viable IT solution for many United States-based organizations. In Part 3, the powerful Eastern European hub of Romania will be explored to better understand its IT outsourcing advantages.

Located on the Eastern border of the European Union, Romania is a short three-hour flight from London, the financial capital of Europe. For the past decade Romania has slowly been making a name for itself as an IT hub. Not only does it offer some of the lowest prices in the outsourcing business (thanks in part to the country’s low cost of living and low annual wages), but it provides companies with access to expert level IT technicians who are both proficient and driven to succeed.

When most people think of Romania, they think of Count Dracula; however, the country’s young IT professionals are quickly changing that reputation. These individuals have helped Romania, and particularly its capital, Bucharest, step into the IT limelight. The following IT outsourcing advantages can be found in Romania:

  • In 2014 Romania’s second largest export was IT solutions to European and American companies. The National Bank of Romania reported that computer and information services exports had reached €1.4bn in 2013, which represents a 27 percent rise compared to 2012.One of the reasons that Romania is able to export viable IT solutions is due to the language proficiencies of its IT technical experts. The majority of IT workers are fluent in English, as well as German, French, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Clients turn to Romania for outsourcing services due to the previous experience, technology expertise, financial reporting, and high-quality proposal responses that Romanian IT firms offer. In short, Romania provides direct access to IT workers who have a highly specialized skill set and knowledge that is required for the most complex IT solutions
  • Quality services are provided at a significantly lower rate than companies would usually pay for in-house development. The higher quality services help companies improve their image and expand their business capacity through powerful IT solutions.

The Bottom Line

As with countries in South America and Latin America, as well as United States-based rural outsourcing, the Romanian IT outsourcing industry is growing at a rapid rate. It is primed for success in a global marketplace that is based on customer and business needs. In this vein, Romania attracts United States and Europe-based organizations due to the high level of technical and language skills of its IT workers, its proven IT industry, and the availability of a vast IT labor pool. If the Romanian IT outsourcing industry could find a way to bypass the potential time zone conflicts that dissuade some companies from hiring Romanian firms, then it may just become an unstoppable force.

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Doug Smith
Managing Director

Doug has more than 20 years of experience as an IT leader and strategist. Before joining Wavestone US, Doug built and led the Enterprise Architecture function for McKesson, a Fortune 15 healthcare company. In his role as VP of Architecture and Solution Management, he led a team to develop technology strategies and roadmaps for McKesson’s businesses worldwide. At McKesson, he also served as VP of Data Center Transformation and led a multiyear, multimillion-dollar program to modernize and transform IT infrastructure and support teams. Doug has also served as an interim CIO for several of McKesson’s smaller businesses. Before McKesson, Doug worked for Novant Health as Director of Corporate Applications; and as a consultant for IBM Global Services, where he built an intranet to streamline delivery of content to physicians and nurses.

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