Whe we operate from Belarus

A rich and broad SAP knowledge base is available in the Belarusian labor market of IT academics, which has been developed in the labs of SAP AG and in the field of Russia.

This labor market situation enables us to work with top-level expertise exclusively.
Belarus is a former Soviet republic. In Soviet times, Belarus acted as the epic center of technological innovation in the USSR. As a consequence of this history, Belarus has an inherited affinity with technology in general and information technology in particular. This inheritance is reflected in today’s knowledge infrastructure in and around the capital of Minsk, which is scattered with renown technological universities and institutes, producing over 45.000 academic graduates a year.

 

Belarus economy


The Republic of Belarus is one of the most economically developed states of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Its major industries are machine-tool construction, electro technical equipment manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, agricultural machine building, synthetic fiber production, mineral fertilizers production, pharmaceutics, construction materials production, and light and food industries. The structure of Belarus exports is dominated by mineral products, vehicles, mechanical and electrical equipment and machinery, chemical products, ferrous metals and textiles. Historically, Belarus was one of the most technologically advanced republics of the former USSR and played a critical role as the assembly and innovation centre for the entire Soviet Union. Today, the technology sector is developing at an impressive pace.

 

IT industry in Belarus


With its population of approximately 10 million, Belarus hosts the largest and most established European IT outsourcing providers based east of Germany. Two of these providers, EPAM and IBA, were recognized in the “Top 5 to Watch” in Central and Eastern Europe, as published by neoIT and CMP's Managing Offshore in their first annual "Offshore 100" round-up of top global offshore ITO and BPO service providers. These and other Belarusian IT companies have world-class project management infrastructure, international certifications, and successfully serve world-renowned clients including: IBM, Colgate-Palmolive, Samsung, Siemens, Alcatel, British Telecom, Ford-Union, and Microsoft. Over 75 % of all software development and related IT services in Belarus are export-oriented. The annual growth of the export-oriented IT industry of Belarus is 35-40%.

 

Success drivers of Belarus IT industry


The country's strength is rooted in its mature technical infrastructure which started to develop at the times of the Soviet Union. In those days, Belarus manufactured over 50 percent of domestic, USSR demand for computers and computer components. Geographical and cultural proximity to the EU is also important. Direct air flights from Frankfurt to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, take less than 2 hours.
Belarus also supports a Euro-centric culture. Lennart Jakobsson, CEO and Owner of Swedish high-tech company Litcon Invest AB, says Belarus exceeded his expectations when he went there for the first time: "I met many Belarusian businessmen and IT professionals and was amazed by how easy it was to communicate with them. They are really willing to cooperate and, most importantly, they get things done in a fast and proper manner," he says.

 

High Tech education in Belarus


Among the key advantages of Belarus is the excellent education system inherited from the Soviet times when a strong focus was consistently made on natural sciences and applied research. A lot of programmers in Belarus have participated in scientific R&D projects for the military, energy and other industries of the former USSR. Belarus is among the few countries in the world whose specialists have been involved in construction of space stations, global communication systems, and nuclear development projects.
According to the Human Development Report 2005 of the United Nations Development Program, Belarus remains the leader among CIS states in terms of education and takes the lead over a number of developed countries on such indicators as public expenditure on education (6% of GDP), adult literacy (99.6%) and youth literacy (99.8%). There are 58 colleges in Belarus and over 46 thousand graduates annually. 48-50% of the graduates are students of IT and technical universities, resulting in more than 23 thousand new IT and technical specialists every year.
The quality of IT education in Belarus speaks for itself: very often Belarus students are among the top teams at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. In March 2004, a team from Belarusian State University was among the top three out of over 3,000 teams at the ACM Contest, outscoring their counterparts from famous institutions such as MIT and Harvard University.