Not so many years ago Romania’s image to the world was a distorted one (still is) and many individuals were mislead by media and other myths. This gave them the wrong idea about the contextual truth. Let’s look at a few examples:
- One of the wrong and very upsetting untruth is that Romania is a land of Gypsies. In fact, there is only a small percentage (3.66%).
- Others think the IT sector is formed by the world class hackers and that is far from the truth – a few years back Bill Gates admitted that Romanian was the second language spoken at Microsoft (close to 40% were Romanian employees).
- While the rest associates Romanians with thieves – crimes are committed in any country and is not fair an entire nation gets judged for the deeds of a few. Here are some reasons to work with Romanian companies:
1. Passion for coding
Unlike other cultures that are seen as potential targets for outsourcing, in Romania those who follow a career in IT are doing it from passion and vocation. No reason bound to poverty, a better life or supporting the family will not cause a Romanian student to pursue an IT career. Nor any other well paid career such as medicine, law, notary or politics. It is a well known fact that those “forced” to make money will follow the path of unqualified work in foreign western countries 99% of cases. Actually, those who stay in the country are those who want to invest great value in themselves by following a dream. And this is having a result as an IT specialist, working for well prepared companies.
2. Cost effectiveness
The development costs are always important and it is something that has to be put on the negotiation table. When it comes down to making a decision by partnering with a company, costs matter. More important is if that company is reliable or not. Or if it can deliver the expected quality and meet deadlines. Romanian price per hour is considerably cheaper comparing with western countries, but higher comparing with India for example.
Generally, even small companies (web agencies up to 10 developers) have some sort of technology expertise, organised procedures, professionals involved in large projects or have worked in a well defined structures in the past. Quality of proposals and financial reports. So what you get in return is a perfect balance between cost and quality.
3. Location advantage
Being part of Europe, others should perceive Romania in the same context with all the European countries. In other words, all influences, events, ideologies, technologies, trends in history have been assimilated very fast by Romanians. This is the reason why Romanian life style is not very different from any other European western country. So if you are an European company, Romania is located just two or three away from you. That is a huge opportunity to actually meet the staff. If you are a company from another continent, it is like traveling to Europe, but you will find everything cheaper, from accommodation to food and entertainment.
4. The ability of understanding the requirements
A huge problem reported frequently when outsourcing is the inability to understand the projects scopes. One main reason is bad communication and also work overload. Also, a foreign language proficiency issue, approaching a complex job by an inexperienced team and so on. This is something you will hardly find through Romania’s IT companies.
5. Outsourcing Savings
It is fair to say that a western company will reduce the development costs from 30% to 50% by outsourcing to Romania. Even more with maintenance work. What is obvious is the possibility of saving money. But what is also very clear is that this is not a low cost offer. However, the costs are justified understanding the developers seniority and the level of execution.
6. Investing opportunities
Being a developing country, each year more and more companies invest here. They move all the development or production to Romania. This happens in all sectors, not only IT. The advantage of Romania is the talent that is eager to be appreciated and willing to sacrifice a lot to see an idea become reality. There are many examples of trivial collaboration that led to friendship. And from a simple idea are born Today’s businesses, that are worth million of euro.
7. After work life
Another thing Romanians have is a life after work. Actually, in Romania you can find cinemas where you can watch the latest Hollywood releases. You can find malls in all important cities and you can shop major and important brands. You can find: clubs, pub’s, coffee shops, where you can serve the most exquisite products you can imagine and meet the most beautiful girls in the world. In Romania you also can find history, art and tourism and meet a friendly nation. You can joke and they will laugh, and this because they understand your jokes. You can discuss any topic you want from an equal rational point of view and all these because they live in a similar context to yours.