Software Outsourcing To Bulgaria
Bulgarian outsourcing vendors excel in the more challenging programming technologies. Development of a complex application using C++ is a great fit. Java programming is also well understood. Bulgaria offers a good mix of high skills, fairly low labor costs and good production quality. Software development using more standard programming technologies like .NET and LAMP may be more cost-effective elsewhere.
The Accelerance Global Partner Network includes teams from Bulgaria that have been thoroughly screened and vetted. These GPN members have reasonably good command of English and have agreed to Accelerance’s terms for intellectual property protection.
Working with outsourcers in Bulgaria – Pluses
The Bulgarian government, after a major economic downturn in 1996 that led to the fall of the then socialist government, has become committed to economic reform and responsible fiscal planning. Bulgaria is striving to enter the European Union. Outsourcing operations in Bulgaria are expected to increase by 30-40 percent in 2006. Several major international firms have centers in Sophia including: SAP, Boeing, BMW, General Motors, and Siemens.
Working with outsourcers in Bulgaria – Minuses
Political corruption issues and arcane administrative bureaucracy can be challenges in Bulgaria. However, Bulgaria’s new government has set up an office specifically to deal with the problems of small firms. Programming rates are increasing in Bulgaria, to about 20% above Southeast Asian suppliers, as other European countries discover the skills and value available. Entry into the European Union may accelerate this increase in rates.