Archive for September, 2003

Romania vies for India’s outsourcing crown

4The rising costs for UK firms providing and using Indian offshore IT services could drive organisations to cheaper locations such as Eastern Europe, according to analysts.

A report by Pierre Audoin Consultants reveals that Romania and other eastern European countries are virtually ignored by UK firms but are predominantly the first choice for the rest of Western Europe.

The report, Offshore 2003 Romania, claims that not only is the cost of using and providing IT services there much cheaper than India, but there is an abundance of well-educated and highly-skilled workers who also have a better understanding of western European culture. (more…)

September 14th, 2003

India’s new outsourcing rival-Romania?

2The rising costs for U.K. companies that provide and use Indian offshore information technology services could drive businesses to cheaper locations, such as Eastern Europe, according to a new report.

A report by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) says that Romania and other Eastern European countries are virtually ignored by U.K. companies but are predominantly the first outsourcing choice for the rest of Western Europe.

The report, Offshore Romania 2003, claims that not only is the cost of using and providing IT services in Romania much cheaper than in India, but the country is also home to an abundance of well-educated and highly skilled workers who have a better understanding of Western European culture than their Asian counterparts.

Companies in the United States have also recently started considering Eastern Europe as a resource for outsourcing, which is the sending of tasks such as such as data center or payroll operations to other companies. Hector Ruiz, chief executive of chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, said earlier this year that he has his eye on Eastern Europe, citing the availability of engineering talent in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia. Complex math “is one area that Russia really put a lot of effort into, and it is paying off,” he said. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker has built a factory in Dresden, formerly part of East Germany. (more…)

September 13th, 2003

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