Software development in Moldova is the most dynamic industry in the country. Since 2000, the Moldovan ICT sector has grown faster than the economy as a whole and exerted a positive impact on labor productivity in different sectors. According to the ATIC Policy White Book, in 2012 the IT sector in Moldova represented 8.9% of GDP.
The fact that IT developers from Moldova create software solutions for well-known companies throughout the world speaks to the country’s emerging strengths as an IT nearshoring and offshoring destination.
- Moldova is well known for software development quality and competitive prices.
GoalEurope conducted an independent research which demonstrated that software development in Moldova is the most attractive destination from a cost-benefit standpoint when compared to Ukraine or Belarus.
- Qualified professionals willing to broaden their knowledge.
Moldova has a strong, Soviet-inherited, technical education system with a very rigorous curriculum in both its vocational schools and universities. Talented IT graduates from universities in Moldova are generally hired even before they finish their studies. Moldovan universities in collaboration with world-famous organizations provide training courses, certification programs, opportunities to run workshops that are becoming more and more popular each year. Employers often send their team members to refresher courses and international summits. Moreover, it is common for Moldovan professionals to speak at least three languages: Romanian, Russian, and English. Frequently professionals from Moldova also speak French, German, Italian or Spanish.
- Moldova is well-situated.
Moldova is perfectly situated in the 1-3 hours flying distance from any place in Europe which makes travelling cheap and convenient. The time zone is also suitable for projects in which team members are located in different countries.
Software development in Moldova may not be suited to all organizations looking to design and create software solutions, because the pool of professionals is limited due to the country’s small size. Nonetheless, it is a perfect destinations for most companies interested in smaller, high-end operations. International companies that will spot the benefits of creating cost-effective and high-quality solutions in Moldova early will have the advantage on the market.
Most companies turn to DAS when, for one reason or another, they can not find the right people on the ground. For example, the supply of developers in the Western Europe area is rather low, although there are quite a few IT companies there.
However, there are also reasons that aggravate an insufficient supply in other regions of Western Europe – where wages for developers are particularly high. For companies not only the lack but also cost considerations come into play. Above all cost considerations and shortage of skilled labor are the main reasons why companies turn to DAS.