March 15, 2013

Notes from IAOP 2013 World Summit: Eastern Europe is Emerging!

We’ve been working in Eastern Europe for more than 8 years now, and it’s always been obvious to us that it’s a great location to build a productive software development team. My thoughts about it were echoed at the recent IAOP Summit in Phoenix. In addition to encouraging macro and regional industry trends, we noted that interest in Ukraine and Belarus as outsourcing technology destinations is growing. Looking at the latest developments and the case studies presented from Eastern Europe region, we came away from IAOP with palpable feeling that the world of outsourcing doesn’t revolve around blockbuster multi-million dollar deals anymore. Well thought-out and thoroughly-executed technology deals with smaller 5 to 50-person teams offshore lead to great ROI for both partners by utilizing an Agile approach and enabling innovative thinking. These deals move  the client experience towards that of a consultative approach, as opposed to simply offshoring work that could have been done in-house. At Waverley our teams have always been small and focused, and we believe great designers and developers and an experienced management team paired with a well-executed Agile process are critical to a successful globally-sourced product development cycle.