Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Will Russia Become a Global Software Leader?

Russia’s computer programmers are the some of the best in the world and more than 200,000 students majoring in technology graduate every year, a staggering figure especially when considering that figure matches India with five times the population! Despite Russia’s noble technological tradition of being the first country to launch a man in space, becoming a powerhouse of software development appears to be a goal that at least for now is just slightly out of reach.

 


Maybe Russia is on its bumpy way to becoming a global software leader. Russia’s software industry is definitely growing by leaps and bounds and is now considered to be the third largest software-outsourcing destination in the world after China and India. The country’s expanding software exports are still, however, a drop in the ocean when compared with the tens of billions of dollars it earns each year from natural resources.

According to Dmitry A. Loschinin, CEO of Russia's largest software development company, Luxoft:

“Just three countries, India, China, and Russia, are big enough to become IT superpowers and in terms of geography, Russia has a pretty big advantage. In the long term it will be a very good [outsourcing] destination for Europe.”

Like that old Beatles’ song about getting by “with the help of some friends,” Russia needs a governmental boost when it comes to expanding its software industry. Up to now, the government has typically been more of a hindrance than help. With current prodding from President Putin, policy-makers now seem to be waking up and smelling the coffee as far as the importance of the software industry is concerned.

Luxoft, a global provider established in 2000, has come a long way in the last few years and on October 23 of this year won the National Outsourcing Association’s award for Telecommunications Outsourcing Project of the Year at the NOA awards ceremony. The NOA awards aim to reward organizations for success in outsourcing projects, as well as raising awareness for the importance of the best practices in outsourcing. The awards acknowledge achievements in IT outsourcing, business process outsourcing, as well as sector specific achievements in telecommunications, finance and utilities.

So world, watch out. Russia is well on its way and holding its own when it comes to climbing the profitable ladder of global software leadership!


M Dee Dubroff
Fashion and Technology Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Dec 14, 2008
by Anonymous

Luxoft

Don't believe the hype.

Dec 14, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
M Dee Dubroff's picture

Luxoft

Could you please elaborate?

Thanks for your comment.

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Dec 15, 2008
by Anonymous

They write very tight code

From my experience with Russian code writers, because for so many years they have had to deal with technology that is always at least one step behind, they write some amazing code that is really tight as far as resources go. They don't just write sloppy code and push it through a compiler.

This leads to some really good code that is not a resource hog. Code written on machine level, not bloated after being passed through a compiler.

Dec 15, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
M Dee Dubroff's picture

Tight code

 Thanks you so much for your input.

I appreciate it. 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Dec 22, 2008
by Anonymous

Don't believe the hype about

Don't believe the hype about Luxoft and Russian outsourcing.
"Will Russia Become a Global Software Leader?" Short answer is No.
The hype is that either Russia or Luxoft is even close.
Ask yourself, what are the first 3 companies that come to your mind about software?
Ask yourself, what are the top 3 software companies in earned revenue?
Ask yourself, what software product do I use every day?

Ask yourself, if i expanded the above lists from 3 to 100, would any of them be a Russian company?

While Luxoft has done very well with its PR department over the past 8 years, and even grown its business, it is small potatoes. very small potatoes. And don't forget where it is located.

Dec 27, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
M Dee Dubroff's picture

Luxoft

Thank you for your comment. 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Jan 3, 2009
by Anonymous

Russian potential

If you have the article carefully you might notice that term outsourcing is applied to human resources that Russia posesses. That army of russian programmers with the budget of microsoft would outsource the whole worlds' software industry. I have no doubt that whenever Russia will climb out of the crysis they are in now you will notice the change (next 5 -10 years I hope).

Jan 4, 2009
by M Dee Dubroff
M Dee Dubroff's picture

Russian potential

 Thank you for your comment.

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations