• 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
    • Russian labor market is far more stable than Indian, leading to very low personnel attrition rates (below 10% annually vs. 20-25% or higher in India)
  • Cultural fit and work ethic
    • Russians are much closer culturally to the US than Indians or Chinese
    • Honest communication and constructive pushback vs. “yes men”
    • Culturally, it is more difficult for people in India and China to “go against authority” and take initiative, therefore both locations suffer from lack of competent middle managers
  • Relative ease and cost of travel
  • Special visa regime for US citizens which allows stays of up to six months at a time; no "letter of invitation" required
  • Better time zone overlap (4-5 hours due to later office hours used by Russian partners)
  • Cost of doing business in Russia is a fraction of that in the US
  • Labor costs for similarly trained programmers up to 70% les than in the US or EU
  • Broadband connectivity and premium office space is affordable and abundant
  • Better IPR protection (especially as compared to China)
  • Government support for the industry in the form of tax incentives and a country-wide network of innovation centers

Examples of leading companies doing software development / R&D in Russia

Many operated in the country for over a decade, all employing hundreds of software engineers (captive R&D centers):

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Allied Testing
  • AVIcode
  • Cadence
  • Design Systems
  • Chrysler
  • Cisco Systems
  • Columbus IT
  • Dell
  • Deutsche Bank (the bank’s 2nd largest development center in the world is in Moscow)
  • Digia
  • EGAR Technology
  • EMC
  • EMS
  • Ericsson
  • Google
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • InterSystems
  • Jensen Technologies
  • LG Softlab
  • Motorola
  • NEC
  • NetCracker
  • Nival Interactive
  • Microsoft
  • Nokia
  • Nokia Siemens
  • Quest Software
  • RD-Software
  • Samsung Research Center
  • SAP
  • Scala CIS
  • SmartPhoneLabs
  • Oracle (former Sun Microsystems)
  • Tagrem Studio
  • Teleca
  • T-Systems

Quote from Steve Chase, former President of Intel Russia

“Inside Intel we have an expression: If you have something tough, give it to the Americans. If you have something difficult, give it to the Indians. If you have something impossible, give it to the Russians.”

Developed by I-Help

© 2011–2015 Software-Russia.com. All rights Reserved
Contact: editor@software-russia.com