IT Labor Market

In the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Information Economy Report 2012, Russia’s software and IT services industry…

Faces of the Industry

General Director of Russian Venture Company (RSC); Member of the Presidential Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of the Russian Economy (MER)
General Manager, I.T. Co.
Founder & Chairman of the Board, ABBYY
CEO, Hewlett-Packard Russia
President, RUSSOFT
President, Borlas Consulting Group
Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Dr. Sci. (Phys.–Math.); Director of the Institute of System Programming
CEO, InfoWatch Group of Companies; Co-founder, Kaspersky Lab
Professor, SPbSTU; President, XJ Technologies
President, Transas Group
Vice President, Head of Point of Production
Professor, Moscow State University
CEO & Co-Founder, Kaspersky Lab
President and Founder
Director General, TERCOM and LANIT-TERCOM; Director, Institute of Information Technologies; Head of System Programming, St. Petersburg State University
President and Founder
President, National Computer Corporation; President, Aquarius Group; Board Member, Systematica Group
CEO and President
President & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & CEO, yaM Labs; Founder & Director, invisibleCRM
Co-Founder, ScrumTrek; Founder, AgileRussia
Chief Executive Officer
Director General, CROC
Operations Director
Founder and CEO
Co-founder, Yandex
General Manager, IBM Russia & CIS
Senior Partner and Investment Advisor, Runa Capital; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Parallels

Why Russia

Native talent and education system:
- Quality vs. quantity: while India and China have vastly more people, Russian programmers are on average significantly better educated and trained
- Russian educational system is traditionally strong in fundamental sciences and math, leading to Russian programmers being well trained in problem solving and algorithmic thinking…

Captive R&D centers

Research and development (R&D) centers owned by foreign multinational companies first began to appear in Russia in the 1990s with Debis (now T-Systems) opening in 1995, followed by Intel and Deutsche Bank in 2001, and Oracle (which now incorporates Sun Microsystems) in 2004. The trend continues with new R&D centers…

Independent Software Vendors

An ISV (independent software vendor) develops and sells its own software products and ready-made solutions on both the Russian domestic market and for export. It’s difficult to estimate the total revenue of Russian software vendors…

Doing IT business in Russia

IT hubs (cities)

The majority of Russia’s export-oriented outsourcers are located in the country’s major cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Nizhny Novgorod. According to the RUSSOFT survey, Novosibirsk, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Veliky Novgorod and Kazan are among the top ten Russian software development destinations…

Regulatory climate

Since Russia’s emergence as a market-based and globally integrated economy, the country has been successful in enacting rational legislation and creating commercial and institutional structures that favor the implementation of software outsourcing agreements that are binding and enforceable, and allowing it software outsourcing to grow and operate efficiently…

Labor laws

Russian labor law, while adhering international standards in most key areas, differs from EU and US law in significant ways that may increase the burdens placed upon an employer. While the letter of the law is extremely exacting, in practice there are many ways in which employers can and do get around the laws. Not only is there a difference in the way that the laws are laid out…

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