Ukraine: Europe’s leading software development powerhouse

Ukraine Digital News and its partner AVentures Capital released the comprehensive report on the Ukrainian IT outsourcing and software R&D capacity.

In spite of the country’s recent political turbulence, Ukraine has seen its IT service and software R&D capacities grow every year by double-digit figures. From Cisco, to Oracle, to Rakuten, to Samsung, more than a hundred global major tech firms conduct R&D activities in Ukraine, while an array of local IT outsourcing companies of all types and sizes serve a growing number of clients worldwide.

With 200,000 programmers forecast by 2020, the Ukrainian IT sector is fuelling the development of the middle class, which aspires to a better life in a democratic and non-corrupt country – as reflected by the active role of many people from this industry in the country’s strive for reform.

In addition to a complete set of data, including detailed analysis by industry segments and regions, this 210-page report features fascinating cases of international software R&D collaboration – for example, how a relatively small company from Eastern Ukraine brilliantly solved mobile virtualisation tasks assigned by a South Korean research institute, while disruptive UK fintech and healthtech startups have found industry and technology expertise in a company from Lviv (Lvov), in the western part of the country.

Also included are testimonials from a variety of Western companies using the services of Ukrainian programmers, the analysis of Ukrainian experts on the key global market trends. In an exclusive interview, Dmytro Shymkiv, former Microsoft Ukraine GM and currently Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, shares his views on the current reforms and their impact on the IT industry.

Yet the report speaks frankly about all issues. Top legal experts have contributed advice to international companies on how to secure their IP rights and avoid pitfalls when drafting contracts with Ukrainian counterparts, while Deloitte Ukraine has offered a detailed account of the present taxation system.


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