Romania has grown into one of the most appealing markets for investing in technology and outsourcing within Europe. Its workforce is extremely talented and varied. Romania’s prices are difficult to beat and it has created a motivating working environment. Over the last 10 years, the IT industry has developed, becoming famous for its wide range of technical knowledge, adaptability, keenness and language abilities. If you are looking for a long-term working relationship, either nearshore or offshore, Romania is the place.
There are more than 65000 employees in specialized software companies in Romania. There are now over 17000 companies, 3 times more than 10 years ago. This growth may be partly due to Romania becoming part of the European Union in 2008. Expansion began and this appealed to major investors.
There are numerous benefits for IT&C companies in Romania. They have an excellent quality/price ratio. There are few restrictions on the movement of qualified workers and, Romania has access to E.U funds.
Romania’s strengths in developing software and providing offshore services are; it’s management systems in place, the security services, development services, and the product design. While Russia and China are bigger, the highly studied management and technical workers in Romania are superior to its larger competitors.
Romania has a very high level of specialists per capita, in fact, it is the 6th country worldwide. These highly qualified individuals come from one of the 59 top polytechnic universities or the 59 domain-specific universities. Previously they may have studied at one of the 174 private colleges. On average of 5000 computer science and engineering students graduate each year from locations such as Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara, and Brasov.
There are other benefits to advancing the standards of teaching in universities. Romania is the country with more Informatics and Math Olympiad medals in Europe.
In terms of language abilities, Romania is the second most multilingual country in Europe. Over 80% of the IT industry is fluent in English and many other languages are spoken. This makes Romania an excellent country for outsourcing because of its communication skills. Romania is the go-to country for customer service. Siemens now has more than 2000 employees in Romania. Oracle has set up call centers in Romania. The principle call center is in Bucharest, where customers are offered 13 different languages. Other companies that are expanding into Romania are HP software, IBM, Microsoft, and Ubisoft, to name a few.
Romanians are welcoming and open-minded, becoming more and more adaptable and diverse. The mentality of the younger generation is similar to those in the US and Central European countries. This combination of mentality, communication, and expertise allow Romanians to cover the needs of all clients, no matter how challenging.
Romania is not limited to software development. Brainbench puts Romania in the top 5 countries globally for computer technical support, support for network issues, LAN/WLAN as well as ASP.NET, HTML, PHP, web development and more. BitDefender IT security and antivirus protection is an award-winning, international Romanian product. As is SIVECO’s Ael eLearning platform.
The combination of technical skills, the drive to build relationships for the long-term, Romania’s creativity and the determination to advance its capability is what makes this country stand out from other potential partners globally. There is no need for companies to worry about Romania’s prices or the ability to communicate well.
With regards to IT, Romania will inspire others with their new technologies, surprising software development skills, their comprehension of technical and business needs and their talent for providing software for individual requirements. Feedback from companies who have worked with Romanian software specialists is highly positive, commenting on the excellent costs and delivery of sophisticated technical projects.
Romania has succeeded in doing this while facing and recovering from the economic crisis. The IT industry only shows signs of thriving in the future.