Articles | October 15, 2020
IT outsourcing – will Polish companies save digital transformation?
Poland is a market of almost 255,000 IT specialists, and the industry generates annual revenues of $1.35bn. It is no secret that for years now Polish companies have been offering strong support to countries such as Germany, Great Britain, Finland and Sweden in the area of digital transformations.
We help especially in times of rapid changes, when an increasing number of companies face a shortage of IT specialists with unique competences. Outsourcing companies are able to help, reacting in an agile manner by providing specialists and entire remote teams.
Where is the focus? 4 main trends in IT outsourcing services in 2020
The year 2020 began with budget freezes for project implementation and considerable uncertainty. It has also caused many companies to redefine their development strategy when it comes to implementing innovative solutions, and the digital transformation has gained pace. As an outsourcing partner, based on our observations and clients’ inquiries, we present 4 areas that we predict will be the key to digital transformation.
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Cloud services – during the pandemic, entrepreneurs were not afraid to dip into their pockets and invest in cloud services. According to PWC data, expenditure on the cloud in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 37%. This forced entrepreneurs to consider whether their structures contained specialists with competences enabling migration to the cloud, as well as whether the structure itself is prepared for challenges, risks and changes in this area. IT consulting and outsourcing are one of the recommended strategies in the transition process.
Tools for remote work – the first quarter of 2020 brought with it the growing importance of tools for remote communication. In March, videoconferencing tools were downloaded 62 million times, and the subsequent daily installation records were broken by applications for remote work such as Microsoft Teams. Distributed teams use these tools in their daily work, and with their growing popularity, the demand for specialists such as Unified Communication Specialists or Teams Administrators has increased. According to many forecasts, companies will also maintain the remote work model or a hybrid model after the pandemic, so it is worth considering this aspect while planning the budget for 2021.
Reporting tools – the specter of the crisis and the need for savings have forced an increasing number of companies to look for business data analysis tools. Strategic decisions are more often based on hard data, and their analysis is becoming easier and more intuitive thanks to Self-Service solutions such as Microsoft Power BI. Microsoft’s tool has been a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for years, and 2020 has only strengthened its position as a leader.
Outsourcing companies and the speeding train of transformation
The coronavirus pandemic has turned digital transformation into a speeding train. In this context, outsourcing companies are like a locomotive that helps it to stay on track and move in the right direction. Polish technology companies have shone in the rankings for years now, attracting entrepreneurs from all over the world, including in times of crisis. Extensive access to specialists, high-level programming competences and flexibility mean that Polish outsourcing companies are able to emerge unharmed in the depths of the crisis. What distinguishes IT outsourcing services in Poland from other countries?
Cooperation based on partnerships
Foreign companies are willing to invest in Poland. According to the latest ABSL Business Services Sector in Poland report for 2020, foreign capital allows for the creation of 82% of jobs in almost 1000 centers established by investors from over 40 countries. Polish IT companies place strong emphasis on openness and cooperation and specialize in the implementation of projects in the nearshoring model. The main strength of Polish software houses is the focus on cooperation in a partnership model, striving for good relations with their neighbors; thanks to geographic proximity and a similar organizational culture, they can easily take on projects that would be difficult to implement in the offshoring model in China or India.
Remote project implementation
Agile software development
An increasing number of companies recognize the advantages of Agile software development, such as better team efficiency, faster project implementation and more efficient communication. At JCommerce, for example, we say that “we were agile before we knew there was a name for it”. In the era of organizational changes, Polish companies eagerly opt for the self-management model, rather than using the cascade model, which complements an approach based on cooperation and a willingness to face challenges together.
Modern service models
Thanks to their inherent flexibility, Polish companies can adapt their offer to the current needs; they do not stick rigidly to the rules but try to find the optimal solutions. In 2020, the Build-Operate-Transfer model turned out to be a hit, as it allows companies to set up a subsidiary in a chosen location with the help of a local partner. It is very important in times when visiting a given country in person is not always possible.
Reasonable price for competitive quality
Many outsourcing companies’ clients admit that the price of IT services is one of the main factors that makes them decide to entrust the implementation of their projects to an external company. Polish IT specialists offer a high quality of IT services at a competitive rate. For example, software engineers’ rates range from $2224, and those of a mid-level Java developer from $2295. According to the SkillValues 2019 Report, Polish developers are among the best in the world, and they are ranked 3rd in terms of their competences.
Extensive supply base of specialists
In the dynamic situation associated with the need for digital changes, IT outsourcing has become an important element of strategy. Thanks to their extensive background and experience in agile and remote project implementation, Polish technology companies are an important partner for companies in Europe.