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10 reasons to consider software outsourcing to Ukraine

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Software outsourcing to Ukraine gains popularity day by day with Ukrainian developers recognized as an ideal investment by companies all over the world. The country is close to Western states by the mentality and has a convenient time zone; it hosts a large pool of talented coders ready to work for highly affordable rates and is ideal for clients seeking optimal outsourcing solutions in many other ways. Experts of Qubit Labs dig deeper into the causes of Ukraine’s software outsourcing solutions being the preferred choice of a growing number of clients.

Ideal Time Zone

Ukraine is located close to most European countries, which ensures a minimal time difference of 1-2 hours allowing a significant overlap of the in-house and outsource teams’ working time. Thus, when hiring programmers from Ukraine, European companies can count on a great blend of their teams and dedicated teams. The time difference with the USA is bigger, but still, you can get 2-3 hour overlap.

Impressive Talent Pool

According to the latest stats, Ukraine offers a huge talent pool in the IT sector exceeding 160,000 professionals. Thus, in the conditions of rising coder rates and reducing the availability of required tech stack in major Western states, such a pool of talent is a rich source of staffing solutions.

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Advanced Tech Education

Besides having over 160 thousand qualified working developers, Ukraine also invests heavily into the expansion of this talent pool by offering highly advanced, competitive higher technical education. As a result of such a strong national focus on education yields over 36,000 tech graduates ready to enter the professional software development sector every year. In such a situation, foreign clients are always spoilt for choice.

Good Command of English

Ukrainian developers are known for advanced knowledge of English; such proficiency allows more effective communication in the process of work and simplifies the software outsourcing collaboration.

Convenience for Travel

Ukraine is convenient for foreign businesses in many ways; first, there are numerous international airports to which clients may come from all corners of the world to visit their dedicated teams. Second, the rates for travel are affordable and the timing is also comfortable, with trips from major European cities to Kyiv taking 1-3 hours at most.

Cost/Benefit Balance

Rates for software development is highly competitive in Ukraine, while the tech stack and experience of developers are advanced. Thus, companies hiring coders here always get the most for their money.

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Developed IT Outsourcing Sector

The Ukrainian software outsourcing sector responds to the rising demand for Ukrainian developers with active development and a vibrant tech community. The country hosts over 1,000 software development enterprises, dozens of staffing vendors, and witnesses a realm of tech startups.

Good Cultural Fit

Ukraine is culturally close to Europe, so there is no cultural incongruence in establishing multinational project teams.

Favorable Environment for International Businesses

Ukraine has a highly favorable business climate fostering direct investment and encouraging the collaboration of Ukrainian workforce with Western companies. Thus, foreign clients find low taxes, affordable rental rates, and other benefits fostering business growth here.

Client-Oriented Business Approach

The last but not the least benefit that foreign enterprises see in hiring Ukrainian coders is the client-oriented approach of outsourcing vendors. While freelancers often act irresponsibly and disappear from projects, Ukrainian developers enjoy favorable reviews worldwide in terms of responsibility and accountability with clients. Moreover, due to the cultural homogeneity of the country, there are only 11 paid holidays during which the employees don’t work. As compared to other outsourcing destinations, this number is the smallest.

5 Reasons To Visit Ukraine Today

Ukraine is one of the most underrated countries in the world. Here are four reasons why you should visit this hidden gem of Eastern Europe in 2019.

1.  Affordable: There is a lot to see in Ukraine and it’s also very cheap. The reason for that is that Ukraine’s currency has plummeted over the years from a high of 5 units for every dollar to a whopping 27 units for every dollar. That means every dollar you have in your pocket buys you more things.

For example, a decent breakfast will set you back only about $2-3; a decent dinner is only about $4-7. Of course, if you’d like to splurge, you can do that too. Last week, I splurged $25 for dinner for two. Not bad at all.

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2.  Kiev is a world-class city: While many Eastern European cities are true to their stereotypes of being run down with old Soviet-era convenience stores and roads full of potholes, the capital, Kiev, is an awesome, world-class city. It has everything you’d ever want like awesome cafes, restaurants, lounges, bars, and theaters.

3. Easy connection to surrounding countries: While living in Ukraine is a great benefit all in itself, one of the nicest perks is the ease with which you can explore the immediate region and beyond. Not only do you have the entire Eastern and Central Europe at your fingertips, but you also have Western Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus region and even Central Asia a stone’s throw away.

Last week, I flew to Tbilisi, Georgia for the best first time. I loved it. And the best part? The flight was only 2.5 hours.

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Next month, I want to explore Armenia and maybe Azerbaijan. They’re also only 2.5 hours away. In the summer, I want to check out Cyprus and Greece. Not a long flight either. That’s just one of the perks of living in this part of the world.

4. Beautiful women: It’s hard to talk about the benefits of living in Ukraine without mentioning the beautiful and feminine women. Ukraine boasts some of the most beautiful women in the world. Women that are truly feminine, know how to take care of themselves and their men.

Many of these women are willing to meet foreigners and hang out with them.

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5. Friendly people: It’s more than just friendly women and cheap food. The main reason to visit this Ukraine comes down to its people. While Eastern Europeans may appear to be stoic and unfriendly on the surface.

And, while, you need a bit of time for them to warm up to you—there are no fake smiles here—once they get to know, they will be extremely helpful and forthcoming and your friendship will grow stronger over time. Even if you decide to come for a short visit, rest assured that you will get help and assistance whenever you need it.

While there are many other reasons to visit this amazing country, these are the main ones that will hopefully tilt your decision in your favor to come and visit.

Bon voyage!

How to save Ukrainian Elections from Russian Influence – Interview with political strategist Yuri Vanetik

According to Ukrainian News Agency, UNIAN, Russia intends to commit another absurd action –to deploy “two observers to monitor the upcoming elections in Ukraine despite the ban earlier imposed by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on any citizens of the Aggressor State to perform monitoring functions during the voting process.”

I’ve reached out to a person who can definitely give me an explanation about Russia’s suspicious political moves in Ukraine and the role of election monitors.

Mr. Vanetik, you are a California based GOP strategist, a lawyer, and a businessman.  What is your background? You have done some consulting for Ukrainian politicians in recent years. What do you think about what is happening in Ukraine’s politics?

I am a political activist, and over the last 20 years, I have held leadership positions in political finance within the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Republican Governors Association. I have also held various state appointments. I have been a California Delegate, Lottery Commissioner and Served on the California Criminal Justice Commission, to name a few. My main business is private equity investing.  Inadvertently I have advised some Ukrainian politicians and business leaders last several years.

Consequently, I have become known as to some aspects of Ukraine’s political and economic climate. Ukraine is in search of an identity. It is consumed by corruption, and it is in open conflict with Russia. Some think that it may not survive as a country and may splinter like former Yugoslavia. Despite these formidable challenges, there is hope for a democratic and prosperous Ukraine, and it remains our good friend in Eastern Europe. And it is in trouble…

Mr. Vanetik, Ukraine is having elections in less than two months.  There has been talking about election observers. What are your thoughts on the subject?  Has this come up in your highflying political circles in Washington?

Election monitoring is typically handled by NGOs and has been a practice after World War II. It is a way for the international community to assess the fairness of elections based on international election standards as well as local laws. The mission of these efforts is to observe and report; there is no direct enforcement by the monitors. Election observation increasingly looks at the entire electoral process over a longer period of time and having a delegation come in just days before the election is probably not as effective. The legitimacy of an election can be affected by the criticism of monitors, so long as they are not biased themselves.

I am well aware of elections in Ukraine. As I have suggested, Ukraine is our ally and is a victim of conflict with Russia and rampant kleptocracy that has plagued this diverse and beautiful country since its independence from the Soviet regime.  I have been approached with questions about election monitors by African specialists, my Ukrainian friends, and previously in the Republic of Georgia where I consulted in connection with the Presidential elections.

Election monitors are an important part of election integrity in developing democracies. At the same time, they can serve as a facade for dictators or those keen on manipulating elections while softening the reproach of the free world. In other words, they can be a tool in the hands of sore losers or dishonest winners. These are the negative externalities of election monitors that are either bought or manipulated. Therefore, Russian monitors in Ukraine raise the proverbial red flag. There is no rational justification in Russia’s efforts to install its election monitors in Ukraine. This is pure populism. They try to portray Ukraine as a country that does not adhere to the rule of law and international standards for transparency in elections, yet Russia is the aggressor in Ukraine! And it’s not a secret! This action from the Russian’s Foreign Ministry looks like a strategy predicated on provocation.  I am a big adherent to using American election monitors in Ukraine.

Mr. Vanetik, Who are these people? What qualifications do they need to have?

There are reputable organizations that provide these western “services”. National Republican Institute provides election monitors to many former Soviet counties. For Ukraine, the key person at NRI is Stephen Nix. I am confident that Nix and NRI will be involved in your country’s efforts to have election monitoring with integrity.  There is NDI, NRI’s Democratic counterpart.

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There are also various law firms and advisors in Washington that as a service can help put together a team of qualified independent experts to serve in that role. I highly recommend that these teams be put in place.  Ukraine’s efforts at advancing its democracy depend on fair elections that can be at least tacitly endorsed by the U.S. and the rest of the free world. Also, the American embassy in Ukraine will have a say as to what happens on the ground. Our State Department is concerned about Ukraine.  We want Ukraine to succeed. We know that Ukraine’s business elite and politicians are part of a lingering corrupt cabal that Ukraine has not been able to purge. We also know that losing candidate will level all sorts of accusations against one another and the losing candidates will likely challenge the results of the elections in Ukraine.  All these things we know.  It is important that not only the western monitors are qualified and report what they see fairly, but that the optics of fairness are also addressed.  In politics as in many other disciplines, optics matter.

By way of qualifications, I don’t believe there is a science to it.  There is no professional degree or a license to be an election monitor. I high profile respected opinion leader is often put at the helm of the group to bolster its credibility and set high ethical standards.  Ideally, these should be people with experience and integrity. Obviously, experience and deep understanding of elections – especially foreign elections – and politics count.  Integrity counts. You don’t want a partisan group.  If someone appears like they have a predisposition or a historical bias, this will impact the trustworthiness of their opinions.   We need to understand that the reaction to Ukraine’s election results and Russia’s potential efforts to influence them will depend on the credibility of American officials on the ground in Ukraine observing and reporting on the election process.

What is the weightiest contribution that election monitors bring to the table for Ukraine and generally?

They are analysts of political processes, and they educate the home base. Most importantly, they bring credibility and they can validate or challenge election outcomes and the integrity of the process. Western institutions often rely on their colleagues more than local sources that in countries such as Ukraine can be easily bought or threatened into blind compliance.