Archive for March, 2007

CEBIT – No EU brain drain for Romanian IT

resized_shutterstock_856936.jpgThere has been no ‘brain drain’ of skilled IT staff from Romania since the country joined the European Union and opened its borders on Jan. 1 — and Romanians are even returning to their home country to work, according to government officials.

There was an exodus of skilled IT workers in the 1990s, as Romanians left the country for better salaries working elsewhere, said Bálint Porcsalmi, State Secretary for Communications and Information Technology.

Now, however, Romanian IT workers are coming back home, he said, speaking at a news conference on the fringes of the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany. The rising salaries that are attracting them will change Romania’s role as a center for low-cost outsourcing for its European neighbors, he said, perhaps forcing the country to develop original products of its own. (more…)

March 19th, 2007

Ex – GSK president wants his own firm in Romania

resized_shutterstock_845239.jpgRoberto Musneci, president of GlaxoSmithKline-GSK for six years, has left the company, to set up a firm in the domain of the governmental affairs in Romania. His attributions were assumed by David Lechleiter, former general manager of GSKL Slovenia, Mediafax reports. “Romania represents a big and important market for GSK. Our investment in the group Europharm, having our own production unit and our own distribution firm, is the proof of our commitment towards this country,” (more…)

March 16th, 2007

Outsourcing To Win: 4 Steps To An Effective Strategy

resized_shutterstock_946730.jpgHere’s what experts say CIOs and managers need to know to effectively manage a team of outsourcers and get the biggest bang for their IT dollars.

Next month, the U.S. government is expected to dole out one of the largest public sector contracts on record — a $20 billion deal to revamp the telecommunications infrastructure used by virtually all major federal agencies. The project is called Networx, and to fulfill the deal contracting officials in Washington will tap a team of outsourcers comprised of some of the biggest names in tech services. (more…)

March 16th, 2007

Romanian Rhapsody
Bucharest rivals Bangalore for availability of exceptionally gifted programmers at rock-bottom prices

resized_shutterstock_859611.jpgBogdan Putinica and Daniel Bogdan were only 14 when they set up a part-time business repairing PCs. After taking computer science classes at their high school in Bucharest, Romania, the two teenagers got hooked on writing software code but neither could afford to buy a PC. So, after fixing other peoples’ PCs, they would use the machines to practice writing code before returning them to their owners. “We wanted to accumulate know-how,” explains Putinica.

That practice paid off handsomely. Now 29, the two buddies are millionaires. After finishing school, they set up a business that reeled in fat outsourcing contracts from clients such as Citibank (C ) and AT&T Wireless (T ), to develop software for mobile phones and other devices. On July 26, they sold 76% of their company, IP Devel, to Swiss temporary-services giant Adecco (ADO ). It will become the nucleus of a Bucharest-based software development and testing business that Adecco will use to serve clients worldwide. (more…)

March 12th, 2007

Outsourcing a growing concern for tech sector

resized_shutterstock_700526.jpgThe outlook for jobs in the European technology sector is good but the spectre of outsourcing looms ominously, according to a new report.

The IT Confidence Study, conducted by Eurocom Worldwide and Simpson Financial & Technology PR (Simpson FTPR), asked 217 senior executives across Europe about their views on the sector.

The survey found 63 per cent of respondents expected the number of people working in the tech sector to increase over the next 12 months, compared to 58 per cent last year. Meanwhile, four per cent expect job losses during the year, as opposed to eight per cent last year.

“The outlook for jobs is reflected in the fact that skills shortage is now listed as the biggest threat to the tech sector,” commented Ronnie Simpson of Simpson FTPR. (more…)

March 12th, 2007

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