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11
Dec 17

Discover your product, easy.

The thing with designing a software is that in most cases the idea of how should it look like is quite vague. As a person responsible for the project you were probably asked to deliver a brief description of its purpose.  But do you really know what to write? Most likely you will not be the only user of this system. How should you know what all the groups of interest actually need? And what is possible to achieve?

What is Product Discovery?

Product Discovery is a service that any consulting firm or software house should offer. It helps to understand what kind of an IT solution will be most suitable and correspondent with the specific requirements of your organization. But first, let’s see if you have actually recognized them all and if everything you might imagine truly applies. The best way to do it is to hold a workshop and invite representatives of each department to take part in it. With the help of a professional Business Analyst (designated by the software house), you will easily create the concept of your future product.

8 stages of Product Discovery workshop

And how does such a workshop look like? Well, it depends on an organization. In general, it is possible to distinguish 8 stages of so-called Product Discovery. Not all of them may apply to your specific organization but let’s go through them and find out your options.

1. The Horizon

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At this stage, you are going to look at a wider perspective of the whole process. First, you will get familiar with the agenda of this very meeting. You will also learn the nomenclature and all the definitions that are going to be necessary along the way. Next, you will hear about the methodologies in software development, and possibly get the idea of which one to choose. Finally, you might actually see the horizon – an overall idea of the product. But that is only stage one.  We are just getting started.

2. Recognition of the main business process

product discovery

You need to remember that the software itself is no remedy for any performance issues if it does not correspond with what you actually do at your company. Having that in mind, a very important part of the Product Discovery is its second stage. During this take of the workshop you will identify all the steps of your key business procedures. It is going to help to correctly design the system in the long term. The last thing you want is that your brand new application becomes the next bottleneck in your organization, right?

3. Determination of the general goals

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After you have recognized all the stages of your business process, it is important to gather them all and come up with just a few objectives. Those goals you set during the stage #3 of Product Discovery should stay with you throughout the whole time of software development. Each part of the system needs to be consistent with what is the general direction of the project.  This approach guarantees the success of the IT endeavor and makes every little functionality work in favor of your business.

4. Basic system demonstration

Is the software you think you need actually the best option?

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In some cases, the team involved in the project already has an idea about which type of existing software could be adjusted – if Open Source – to work with the specific requirements of the company. If so, it is the best moment to do a quick demonstration of such solution. This way you will be able to compare your business process with the capabilities of a certain product. It might be that it is exactly what you are looking for or… not at all. Having this knowledge at such an early stage of the project is going to save you a lot of time and money.

5. IT environment study

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A very important factor for any software development project is to be aware of all the other systems around it. There is a lot of potential in creating a well-communicated platform of many IT solutions. This way you will avoid repeating the information that already exists in your organization. In order to recognize what you already have and how it should correlate with the new piece of software, it is useful to do a simple outline showing the necessary integrations.

6. System beneficiaries recognition

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At the beginning of the article, we have made a prediction that you are not going to be the only user of the future software… At this point of Product Discovery workshop you should finally think of who is going to actually work with it. Before you make a judgment of what the software has to do, find out who will be using it and… ask them what they really need!

7. Value Proposition

based on a diagram that shows representatives of each department and their “Jobs, Pains and Gains

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The Value Proposition stage should lead you to a conclusion about more specific functionalities of the software. At this point, you should ask the future key users what kind of tasks (“Jobs”) they are facing during their work hours. Of some, you might just not be aware. After that, it is important to compare the results with the so-called “Pains”. It means shifting the attention onto all the things that are slowing down the progress in certain departments. Finally, think about what there is to do to fix all the problems along the way. The knowledge about challenges in your organization will help to design a comprehensive solution customized to your specific needs.

8. Comparison of the business process and the software idea

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The last stage of Product Discovery means a comparison of your business process with the more comprehensible idea of the software. The most important question to ask at this point is: How this case could look like in the system? This is when the concept of what needs to be done comes to life. This is when you discover your product! This is also when you can start the pre-implementation analysis and begin the development with the use of the chosen methodology and the help of a preferable software house.

What should you expect from the software house?

Of course, you are not going to be alone with all this work! 8 stages are quite a lot and you need someone to moderate the whole thing. The smartest way is to ask the software house to designate a professional Business Analyst to guide you through the process. Such person is going to be experienced and well-equipped to take on the responsibility of handling the meeting correctly.

Only thanks to such support you will fully benefit from the workshop! Their job is to make sure that one and all understand what is being discussed and that everyone is using the same nomenclature. It happens in some organizations that some terms mean different things in other departments. It might look like something obvious but it is crucial to the success of the Product Discovery that all the parties are on the same page, at all times! This is also how you will find out how competent your possible business partner actually is. If they have all the necessary qualifications, they will also offer a reliable support later on. This feeling of a mutual trust will be essential during the actual software development. And if something is going to be really clear about Product Discovery it is not only your big idea for the software but also the fact if the company you teamed up with is up for the job.


17
Oct 17
software

5 questions you need to ask before choosing a software house

If you are here, it probably means that you are currently looking for a firm to help you develop a software. What questions is it important to ask your future business partner before making that binding decision? In today’s post, we are going to give you a couple interesting tips. Let’s see how many of the following 5 questions you already know the answers to.

  1. Who recommends them?

Endorsements and public recommendations matter not only for politicians. This way of confirming the skills is also very popular in the business world. It is understandable that before signing an agreement you are going to look for information about your future cooperant. Searching the software house in the World Wide Web will usually do the trick. Many people turn to LinkedIn and other online platforms when they want to express opinions on certain organizations. If you are interested in someone’s work ethics or capability to handle particular tasks you should also look up the company’s web site and hit the Portfolio tab. A reputable software house will most likely post logos of their former clients along with a couple of words of explanation. Apart from just that, a still very common method of experience confirmation is a signed recommendation letter. Make sure you do your homework and see if the software house you are considering has some experience in creating similar solutions for others within the branch. Such knowledge will most likely enrich the system through wider understanding of unique business processes typical for your industry.

  1. How big is my project?

Apart from looking at your business partner, it is also important to analyze your own organization, look at the processes that the software should cover and try to estimate the amount of work that needs to be done. An experienced business partner should be able to assist you and offer to moderate a workshop called Product Discovery. Thanks to such meeting you will be able to visualize the product and organize the future development project in a way so it is easier for everyone to understand your case. Also, the decision regarding the software house will then be much simpler. The size of project matters because some IT companies focus only on small projects and do not have the resources needed to carry out larger deployments. Understandingly, some software houses focus on mobile apps and some are exclusively web development oriented. Having all that in mind, the extent of your needs will play a significant role in the decision-making and you should be aware of it from the start.

  1. What is my budget?

You probably think this should be the number one question. The deal with IT systems tough is that they can be developed in stages and you do not need to estimate the exact cost of something that is still very theoretical. The agile methodology of software development allows to choose most essential features and have them prepared before any others “nice-to-have” elements. Your software can grow together with your company and the extension of your requirements. It means that you can stop the development at any given point and still be able to use the Minimum Viable Product if at any point you run out the budget. Asking yourself about the initial price that you are able to pay is of course going to matter. You do not want to start off with a project and then almost immediately suspend it because of some miscalculation. Ask your software house for an estimation of costs for the project that you came up with during Product Discovery and see what your book-keeper is going to say.  If going for an agile approach to software development, remember that  it should not be considered a fixed price and that you are going to pay for the time and the materials used on your project only.

  1. Do I plan to extend and/or integrate the software with other solutions?

If you think about extending the software or creating a bigger platform you should make sure the software house you are going to choose offers post-implementation support that you might need after the job is finished. If you would like to pick up the project in the future it will be more convenient to continue working with the same business partner. They will already know your organization and the system itself. If you think about it today, it will pay off in the future when your company will grow and evolve.

  1. How are they going to ensure the safety of information?

The business software operates processing a great amount of information every day. If you are going to choose a company to prepare such a solution, you should make sure they take data safety very seriously. You should look for evidence, that the software house has experience making their products secure. A good sign is if the company is willing to place the software on its servers and take responsibility for the stability of the solution. You may also consider getting an insurance plan in case of any security breach or ask for a guarantee from the developer to be added to the agreement.

 

Remember that the decision who to trust with the IT project is equally important as a good idea for the application itself. You should pay attention to the way a company communicates with you and who the team members are. Make sure you sign an agreement that works for both parties and find a cooperant who is trustworthy and you have no doubts is going to do the job.


06
Sep 17
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Software development – how do we do IT in Poland?

6 reasons why you should move your next project to Poland

There is a fine line between what it means to outsource IT services to Poland and what a software development in our country is like. It is tough to explain one without mentioning the other. The idea of IT outsourcing we have included in our recent post called 3 reasons why outsourcing to Poland is the new IT thing. Today we would like to take a closer look at software development and 6 reasons why you should move your next project to Poland.

  1. Stable economy

You have  probably heard of Poland in terms of it peacefully fighting the communism and transforming into a democratic and capitalistic country. Since 1989 a lot has changed in the Central and Eastern Europe. We have experienced 28 years of continuous growth that has shaped our modern and innovative society. Nowadays Poland can be surely called one of the most dynamic economies in the European Union.

A country’s economic stability is something you should definitely pay attention to when looking for a good place to outsource your IT projects. What is remarkable about Poland is that it was the only country in the EU not affected by the recession of recent years. While for most of the Western countries the years of 2008-2012 were very financially challenging, Polish GPD was continuously increasing. When in 2012 it raised up to 1.9 percent, the average GDP of all EU countries was still around -0.4%.

  1. Popular outsourcing destination

When it comes to the number of outsourcing facilities Poland has already surpassed other offshore countries (including India). Substantial investments that have been made in recent years (also thanks to the European Union membership) significantly improved Polish infrastructure. Fast internet connections, as well as new data centers have made the communication with other countries easy and efficient.

Key factors which make Poland such an attractive outsourcing destination include:

  • an affordable workforce,
  • geographical location and proximity with the Western cultural circle,
  • an extensive pool of highly educated specialists from many branches.

Despite the fact that the Polish economy is constantly developing, it still has not caught up with most of the Western countries. Therefore, wages in Poland are not as high as in the rest of European Union. It means that we can produce low-cost software while maintaining the same level of quality.

Did you know…

that the same job can be done in Poland even 3 times cheaper than in the USA? The average monthly gross remuneration in Research & Development centers in Poland amounts to $2,800 for software developers and not more than $3,000 for projects managers.

Even in the times of omnipresent technology, Wi-Fi connection considered a human right and unlimited phone calls and text messages as a part of basically any data plan, geographical location still plays a significant role in terms of effective communication. In the case of offshore developers, the logistics of scheduling conference calls and asking questions may be challenging. Due to time zone differences, it usually takes at least a day to obtain an answer to your question. Therefore Poland’s time zone, that is compatible with the majority of European countries makes it a perfect offshoring destination as it is very easy for partners to meet whenever needed. In addition to that, Poland belongs to the Western cultural circle. It might seem like an unimportant detail but common history, shared values and a similar sense of humor are very important factors that shape cooperation between business partners as well. Another very important factor is Poles’ very good command of English. It is a great advantage when communication is being handled primarily via phone or E-mail.

An essential factor providing Poland’s with its place on the outsourcing map is its very large pool of highly skilled specialists. Currently, there is over 140,000 staff employed in the IT sector in Poland. The level of IT skills found among Polish developers matches the level found in the Western European countries. Each year 15,000 graduates of IT faculties enter the labor market in Poland, while almost 100,000 high school students attend IT courses. Additionally, according to the Central Statistical Office, the number of graduates in information technology is increasing. The high standards of the Polish educational system are confirmed by the many awards and prestigious competitions won by Polish programmers. Every year the quality of Polish IT professionals is recognized in international contests such as the Code Jam, the Imagine Cup or the Google Code Jam. Polish IT professionals win significant part of all awards every year which serves as proof of their excellent skills.

For more information on Poland as an outsourcing hub go to 3 reasons why outsourcing to Poland is the new IT thing.

  1. Rapidly growing IT market

The favorable economic and industrial conditions are also the reason for a continuous boost of Polish IT sector. According to statistics published by DiS, the value of the market increased by 4 percent and reached 21.2 billion PLN in 2013, which represented around 1.5 percent of Poland’s GDP at the time. 2016 brought a growth rate of 4.1% to approx. 34 billion PLN.  With the end of 2017, it is forecasted that this ratio will be even higher and will amount to 5.5% (35.8 billion PLN). Industry analysts forecast that the Polish IT services market will sustain the dynamics of growth also in the following years.

All those numbers make Poland the fastest developing IT market of the Central and Eastern Europe. The company Kapsch BusinessCom has come up with an index that compares the situation of the ICT sector in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, and Poland. As the study shows, Poland with its overall top results in nearly every category has the largest growth potential in IT services in Central and Eastern Europe.

ICT Market Development Index

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Source: Kapsch BusinessCom, www.kapsch.net

  1. Agile methods of development

Poland is an excellent environment for handling agile IT projects. It is a common knowledge at Polish software houses but not the as popular choice among businesses in this part of Europe. It means that even though our development teams are proficient at producing software in the framework of Scrum, not many of the local companies are aware of its advantages and still prefer to cooperate using traditional methodology. It creates an opening for all the other stakeholders (also from distant parts of the world) that choose the agile approach to software development. It is a preferable option at many software houses in Poland and if they have a client that agrees with it, they will most likely give it a priority.

More about agile software development here https://evolpe.software/agile-development-poland/.

  1. Modern start-up culture

Apart from outsourcing, another growing trend is the Polish start-up culture. Young entrepreneurs in Poland know how to take advantage of all the described factors and use them in favor of an innovative, buoyant businesses. Due to the compilation of Lean Startup approach with the outsourcing of services, same treatment applies to all the novice companies from around the world, that choose to work with Polish software houses. It means that you can get a Minimum Viable Product version of the software and have it prepared by the same development team as the one working with the biggest corporations.

In addition to that, Alison Coleman in her article for Forbes.com shared the results of another report confirming the strength of Polish start-up economy. The poll quoted by the journalist revealed that of just over 2,400 Polish startups 39% were software development enterprises, mainly selling their products as SaaS. Of the startups that were growing at more than 50% annually, most were doing so through the sale of mobile and big data services to large corporations. Above all that, over half (54%) of Polish startups are exporting abroad, mainly to the US and UK.

  1. Innovative technology

Polish developers are known for being well-educated and proficient in most of the newest programming languages. Thanks to the specificity of the IT sector there is no information gap between places like Silicon Valley and Poznan (eVolpe Headquarter), Poland. With just the use of internet, programmers from all around the world have the possibility of learning the latest high-tech solutions. Having that in mind, there is absolutely no problem to get applications written in Python, Java, PHP or JavaScript from Poland. All of those technologies listed in the ranking below are commonly known by Polish developers who participate in their popularization and development.

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

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Source: The 2017 Top Programming Languages, spectrum.ieee.org/

In addition, Polish developers are considered the best specialists of PHP and JavaScript. Statistics show that among all the options the most popular is definitely PHP.

Top in Programming Language usage in Poland

Name.PL %
PHP92.84%
JavaScript3.6%
PHP 72.85%
Ruby on Rails0.71%

Source: Programming Language usage in Poland, trends.builtwith.com

It is also worth mentioning that in comparison with other countries, Poland has very advanced skills in Java, Python, and Ruby.

Countries with the Best Developers by Domain

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Source: Which Country Would Win in the Programming Olympics?, blog.hackerrank.com

 

In case of questions about software development in Poland contact eVolpe Software House go to: office@evolpe.software or +48 783 372 094.


24
Jul 17
web application

Mobile, desktop or web application – what should you choose?

The app. It has been one of the fastest trending buzz words of last years. Many times when we hear about a successful startup or about the newest tool that everyone just cannot stop using (and talking about), there is a great chance it has to do with some kind of an IT application.  When our customers ask us what could solve their problems there cannot be another answer than: let us develop an application for you, it will be a perfect fit to specific needs of your organization.

Desktop, mobile or web application – about making that choice

When you already know that you want to order a customized application, the next question will probably be: of what kind? There are three main types of such software. It makes a difference if it should be a mobile, desktop or web application. Let us guide you through each kind so you can consciously make the best choice.

It appears that the most commonly used solution is still the desktop app. Many individuals and businesses decide to install hard copies of the software on their servers and use them on their laptops and PCs. It is definitely convenient to have it stored and be able to use it even without internet connection. However, the desktop app is also the oldest solution and it many cases tends to be a little outdated.

A mobile application, on the other hand, was created to meet the needs of growing network of the users of mobile devices. These applications are most often created for specific operating systems (such as Android, iOS or Windows) and work best with devices that support them. If the specificity of your organization requires an above average usage of a mobile phone or tablet, you should consider getting a mobile app instead.

If you cannot estimate if you are using your laptop or your smartphone more, it is likely that the web application will be appropriate.  The great advantage of this type of software is that it can be used on whatever device. It opens in a browser, so it operates the same on the PC in your office, your laptop during a business trip or on your smartphone as you are running late to work.

How to tell mobile app from desktop or web application? 

Mobile and desktop applications need to be installed directly on a device.

A desktop application usually requires adaptation to the operating system of the device, which may mean that it will simply not work on a computer with a different OS. It is also rather difficult to perform an upgrade to the latest version because it means an installment of the most recent patch on every single computer within the firm.

It might be a little less problematic when it comes to mobile apps. To be precise there are at least three sorts of this kind of solution. We will be covering the details in following posts on this blog, but just to give you a glimpse, it’s possible to distinguish:

  • light website,
  • native application,
  • hybrid application.

Talking about the upgrades and switching between devices, light websites or hybrid apps do not cause any difficulties. A slight obstacle might occur if using a native mobile application. In case it was prepared for a certain OS or – even more radically – just for a specific version of the operating system, its users should be prepared to face some limitations.

A web application, on the other hand, communicates with your device exclusively through a web browser. As mentioned, it does not make a difference if you are using a phone or a personal computer. This is a great advantage that saves your time and gives you the freedom of deciding which device is more appropriate at the moment. It is crucial that you have a working internet connection though. (Anyway, nowadays it should not be a problem.) One other thing to consider while using a web application is its responsiveness. Your software house should make sure it opens on a phone’s small screen in a way that will not interfere with your User Experience.

Is web application an ultimate solution?

After reading the latest paragraph you might already be under the impression, that a web application is the best solution out there. It is simpler to use, portable and it saves your time.

Surprisingly, desktop applications are actually very popular throughout many business branches. Especially when it comes to the software that supports accounting or financial analytics. It results from stagnation and misunderstanding rather than from an actual supremacy of this solution. A popular myth, that is still circulating in many organizations tells us that data entered into desktop applications is less likely to be hacked. It comes from the perception of private servers to be the safest solution to store business information. It could not be further from the truth to still think that in 2017. It should be enough to say that even traditionally known as exclusively desktop app, biggest office suite has recently turned into the direction of a web solution[1].

Mobile applications on the other hand are software designed for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. They usually work as an addition to a web app because not all the functions can be delivered on a small screen of just a phone with a limited computer performance.

Internet (web) apps are a mobile tool that can be used anywhere in the world and from any device – regardless of its operating system. They are also usually very frequently updated (without involving its users). Those two factors make them the most desirable software of modern times. Very good examples of web applications are all types of applications that require online communication (for example transactional, social and administrative portals).

Connecting different types of applications

A very popular solution is to connect two (sometimes three) types of applications. It can be done if you would like to use the benefits of more than one kind of such software. A connection of the web and mobile application is commonly used in CRM systems. SugarCRM for example apart from a very popular web application offers a mobile version of it. It complements the user experience and allows a convenient way of switching devices depending on a situation.

A little summary

All desktop applications require installation on PCs or portable computers.

Mobile applications are built for a specific type of operating system. Updating them does not involve much attention from the user. In addition, mobile applications can usually work without internet access.

The web application has tremendous capabilities. It combines the assets of a mobile app with some unique features. It can be used on both stationary and mobile devices. The only thing that you should remember about before choosing this solution is the fact, that it depends on the quality of your internet connection.

For more information and some consultancy regarding the most suitable solution, contact our team by filling in our online form available here: CONTACT.

 

 

[1] https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-en/


26
Jun 17
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Freelancer or Software House – what to choose?

Before choosing the right option it is essential to identify the difference between freelancing and software house services.

The concept of freelancing relates to a single person handling software development typically from the shelter of their household. The person usually works for an IT company and is using some extra hours on projects for individual investors. It’s a popular method to earn some additional money and gain experience while pursuing smaller projects.

A software house is a larger organization that deals with dedicated, customized IT solutions for business clients. It does what a freelancer could do but on a bigger scale. Software house projects are normally more advanced than those contracted with a freelancer.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a freelancer?

The main reason to hire a freelancer would be the financial one. It’s definitely much cheaper to have just one person work on a project. Other perk of giving the task to a freelancer is a pretty good chance we will be dealing with someone who has a great knowledge of the software. As mentioned above, many of freelancers out there work for professional teams as well.  Having all that in mind, we have to be also aware that the whole process will probably be more time-consuming and the result could not be enough if we’d expect a fully customized software. It’s simply not possible to quickly deliver well-developed and complex software if only one person is working on it (after hours)… Overall, leaving an IT project in hands of an individual developer is quite risky because every sickness, trip or other reason for taking an off day means suspension of the whole procedure with no one to take over!

How a software house could save the day?

The biggest advantage of a software house is… the continuity! The lack of it if dealing with freelancers sends more demanding customers right to companies such as eVolpe Software House. Having an organized team handle the job is much safer and efficient. As a client you can expect that even if one of the team members gets some time off, your project is being pursued without any disruptions.  A software house operates accordingly to high standards of project planning so you can be certain everything will be right on track even if someone skipped work that day. You could also await warranty or additional support (even after the software was implemented).

The only disadvantage you could find is probably the price. But that’s only if you are looking at it in terms of what’s objectively cheaper. Obviously, you will pay less for hiring a freelancer. But you will also receive less professional customer service. So those are only apparent savings. In the end, if you’re looking for an experienced, organized and well-equipped unit to deliver a customized software on time – the answer can be only software house!

How about an example to understand it better?

One of the most common examples while explaining IT development is the analogy to a construction project.

Let’s imagine you are building a house for yourself and your family. Even if the single construction worker you hired doesn’t deliver on time, nothing serious will happen. Well, you will probably have to stay at your parent’s house for a little longer (and no one would like that) but no tragedy yet.

Now, let’s say you are responsible for delivering a stadium before soccer world championships.  The pressure increases, right? The deadline is serious, your bosses are watching you, the whole COUNTRY (!) is watching you… For such investment you will definitely need an experienced, reliable partner who can assure you of the high level of proficiency and who will take the responsibility off your shoulders.

In conclusion…

When the project is small and there’s no pressure to finish it fast – hire a freelancer.

When your project is rather big and the time factor is important for you – hire a software house.


19
Jun 17
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3 reasons why outsourcing to Poland is the new IT thing

According to the Global Services Location Index™ Poland is one of the most popular destinations to outsource services to. At the same time, it is the only European country on the Top 10 list below. This very high rank shows a general trend across majority of the branches of Polish economy. Looking closer at the IT sector we are able to notice even bigger contribution to the worldwide tendency of delegating services outside organizations.

2016 A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index™ Top 10

Source: 2016 Global Services Location Index, https://www.atkearney.com/strategic-it/global-services-location-index.

One of the very popular web portals focusing on challenges of the programming world called HackerRank has released an opinion-forming ranking where Poland is listed as the third country with best-skilled developers. A better average score obtained during objective coding challenges was granted only to Russia (2nd place) and China (1st place). With a total number of 98 points (on a scale up to 100) Poland beats such IT powers as Japan, Singapore, Canada, South Korea or the United States.

Which country has the best developers?

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Source: Which Country Would Win in the Programming Olympics?, https://blog.hackerrank.com/which-country-would-win-in-the-programming-olympics/.

Why is Poland the best place to hire developers from?

Even though Poland came third in the HackerRank Programming Olympics, Russia and China won that race by a thread. So what makes a 300.000 km2 state only slightly less efficient than the biggest country in the world? What makes the population of 38 million only a bit less productive than the largest nation on the planet? There are 3 main reasons why Poland (without all of those advantages) is basically the best place to hire developers from.

World-Class Education

Each year about 15.000 new IT specialists graduate from 18 different Polish technology colleges. In addition to that, at the moment, there are over 70.000 young people in Poland studying to become developers.  Moreover, according to another HackerRank poll, Polish AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow ranks as the 25th best place to study IT-related majors in the world. There is no surprise Poland is becoming an increasingly popular college destination also for international students. To prove that statement, it is enough to say more than 46.000 freshman college educatee have chosen to live in this Middle-European country.

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Source: A. Soczka, Why Poland is one of the best places to outsource developers, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-poland-one-best-places-outsource-developers-anita-soczka.

Furthermore, Polish students have won many international programming competitions, both individual and collaboratively over the last years. Having all that in mind, it is safe to say that Poland has one of the best IT education systems in the world.

Location and cultural understanding

Poland strategic position in the middle of the European continent has been a cause of many political feuds over the centuries. Nowadays, it has become one of its biggest economic advantages. One of the main reasons Poland has become an IT hub has to do with the favorable location. Why is location so important? Being right in the middle allows fast and efficient communication with many other places. Outsourcing to Poland from the United Kingdom or Germany means practically no time zone differences. Even being in the USA (6-9h difference depending on the state) you could place your order and find the result the next morning. In Poland, everything is being done while most of Americans are still asleep! Moreover, if hiring Polish developers you are not going to experience any cultural barriers. English is being thought in most of the schools in the country. Over the years it has also become one of the key skills required to get IT-related jobs at all. Many software houses (also eVolpe Software House) provide English courses for their employees. As a result, Poland is ranked 10th in the world (getting ahead of Belgium, Switzerland, and Singapore) for English skills in the EF English Proficiency Index.

Low costs

It is no surprise that low costs on the invoice are one of the most important factors shaping businesses between companies, especially if those companies are operating with different currencies.  While professional software development is never cheap, Polish development teams deliver the best quality solutions for relatively low price. Why is IT services outsourcing to Poland so financially rewarding? Mainly because one of the lowest labor costs within in the European Union. According to the Association of Business Service Leaders highly experienced Polish developers could be hired for $3.000 a month, which in comparison to the American wages, for example, is very viable.

In this article, we have listed 3 main reasons why companies turn to Poland for experienced and efficient development teams.

  1. World-class education.
  2. Favorable location and cultural understanding.
  3. Low costs.

We could go on talking also about unmeasurable factors such as talent and natural predispositions but we feel like those have been advertised enough. Furthermore, it is important to remember, what makes Polish devs such good specialist is diligence and unexceptional work ethics! To sum up, it seems adequate to quote an additional study. Same company we have mentioned before – HackerRank – published one more interesting approach to the results received during the Programming Olympics experiment. The research we are talking about shows the likelihood of giving up during a certain coding challenge.

Which country never gives up?

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Source: Which Country Would Win in the Programming Olympics?, https://blog.hackerrank.com/which-country-would-win-in-the-programming-olympics/.

Also in this competition Poland came third with only 2,7% likelihood of never finishing a task. Looks like Polish development teams are not only skilled but also very persistent. All of those things together simply make the best partner in business you could ever ask for!

 

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For more information about hiring developers from eVolpe Software House go to: https://evolpe.software/software-house-services/development-teams-outsourcing/.

 


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Jun 17
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eVolpe Software House – well-known company, newest brand

Dear Readers,

with the first post on our blog, we want to use the opportunity to introduce the story of how we established a new brand within the eVolpe group …

It started a little low-profile with just the idea to take a closer look at the previously created company and its nearest surroundings …

At least once a month we try to organize an open discussion panel called “What’s new?”. During such meetings, we are sharing interesting facts from many different fields of knowledge, for example, science, psychology or business. Sometimes we hear about sales techniques, sometimes about methods of fast learning, sometimes about the latest software features created by our developers.

One day, during a short speech given by our colleague, we reminded ourselves of the advantages of SWOT. Thanks to the subjective balance of strengths and weaknesses and objective analysis of threats and opportunities, we were able to recognize the direction of further development for our organization.

We are a young and buoyant team of software enthusiasts. We like what we do and we are really good at it! Moreover, we rely on experience gained during more than seven years of Open Source deployments. We have created numerous IT solutions, mostly for Sales and Marketing departments. Our developers are experts in PHP and JavaScript programming. We have worked with large companies from Europe and America. We are able to take on complex, individually dedicated and advanced projects, even from afar.

Awareness of these few, truly valuable competitive advantages, inspired us to take on next, bold challenge. Comparing our own attributes with the trends observed on the market, helped us decide to found a completely new brand. eVolpe Software House!

With the new, second “pillar” of the company, we want to more accurately respond to the needs of our customers. We set ourselves the challenge of providing comprehensive computer software which, through rich functionality and individually tailored structure, supports the sustainable development of your company!

eVolpe Software House vs. Open Source

Based on many years of experience in B2B cooperation, we have gained a broad expertise in the optimization of business processes. Developing systems for companies from different sectors of the economy, we have learned how important is the individual adjustment of the system to the locally adequate procedures. Solutions proposed by major manufacturers, although optimized for the general audience, often require advanced programming skills. At eVolpe Software House, we not only work with Open Source codes but also create a completely original product!

We still believe in the idea of open software and often draw inspiration from free frameworks and libraries. Our mission is to provide comprehensive IT tools that fully respond to individual requirements of eVolpe customers. If it improves this part of the job and makes the final product even more efficient, we take advantage of the benefits of Open Source in the manufacturing process as well.

Outsourcing is trendy

We also try to follow a contemporary trend of outsourcing. To customers who do not want to go through time-consuming recruitment processes, we offer services of professional development teams. We realize how demanding is the task of choosing a suitably qualified, capable of leading complex projects staff. With our support, it is possible to re-delegate the unpleasant duty.

Agile Development in Poland

At eVolpe Software House, we aim to popularize the ethos of Polish programmer. We are proud to hear from our foreign customers how well the Poles do the job. In addition, we also try to be a role model and furthermore promote this type of comments. We believe that Polish developers in many cases outreach the highest international standards.

Polish programmers are well educated and usually share an excellent professional background with knowledge of  Agile Development work techniques. At eVolpe Software House, we focus on directly fulfilling the ideology of Agile with the framework of SCRUM. It’s a modern approach, that organizes the work of the development team and helps to deliver tailored, properly operating and functional software.

Lean Startup, because everyone once started

Finally a few words about the last component of our offer…

During this mentioned, repeated SWOT analysis, we’ve also remembered what’s it like to start from scratch. Although eVolpe Software House is yet another project of the same team, we definitely identify with those who are taking their first steps in the business. Exactly for such people: young entrepreneurs with a vision, we offer the last but not the least important solution: Minimum Viable Product for Startups.

MVP it’s a software that is offering only key features. It is dedicated to the novice businesses, that can successfully work with just the demo version of an unfinished software. With this solution, the startup founders are able to determine what type of a tool and with what features will be the most useful to meet the needs of the target group of customers.

To sum up,…

eVolpe Software House is a completely new edition of another project that was once launched under an orange trademark (eVolpe Consulting Group). Without suspending current operations, we now are expanding the range of our services under a new logo! However, the above-described elements of our portfolio are only a way to achieve following, overarching goal:

delivery of fully customized software which, thanks to its functional solutions, combined with the comprehensive services of our specialists – helps with the development of your business!

We hope that we were able to interest you with our story.

For more details on eVolpe Software House, please contact our team.

Team eVolpe Software House