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Why Outsource? A Comparison of US and Ukrainian Software Development

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  • Updated on May 12, 2020
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We have already covered the many benefits of outsource software development. And we indicated the reasons that push business owners and startup founders to look for software development overseas. The trend to outsource work is not limited by software development as statistics indicate a very general tendency to cut costs by hiring gig workers or even full-time employees from abroad. 

It happens primarily because internet allows fluent 24/7 communication which diversifies the choice when it comes to searching for people that can get the job done. Why look in your city when you can hire all across the country? Why look in your country only if you can look in the whole world?

In the following article we will compare software development in US with software development in Ukraine to point out that it is quite possible to cut costs and receive not only the same product but perhaps even a much better one. 

That is because, while US companies simply cannot afford doing it any less expensive, companies in Ukraine have gained the experience and proved to be among the >Top European Software Development Firms

Read on to find out why, based on our personal knowledge of a range of US and Ukrainian companies, working on the same project, the latter will bring much more value for a dollar than the former.    

Price Differs More Than Quality

Eastern Europe and Ukraine in particular have made significant progress in software development sector. Specialists from Ukraine, Poland and Belarus are in demand because they show thirst for work and have used the last decade to gain necessary knowledge and experience. 

Not only IT sector is on the rise in Ukraine but many other spheres of economy as well. Speaking of the quality of work, you are more likely to overpay, working with developers in US or UK than getting bad quality from the Ukrainian firm. 

We say that because some of our clients come to us after they’ve tried to work with their local teams. And while software developers in India generally deliver bad quality software, Ukrainian products (consider Grammarly) are known to be equally great compared with that of Western software development companies. 

The price difference doesn’t indicate that the software is “cheaper” in regard to its quality. It is less expensive only because everything in Eastern Europe is less expensive, yet thanks to many IT courses online developers in Ukraine have no lesser knowledge base than their somewhat “spoiled” American counterparts. 

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People Still Have Problems Paying for Something Virtual

I remember the first time I ordered a subscription to a magazine online. This decision was predestined to happen earlier or later. Same can be applied to Netflix subscriptions or buying music albums on Spotify. Nevertheless, even though consumers got used to paying for virtual assets (data in any form), business owners tend to yet develop full understanding of what it means to “rewrite just this part of code” or “add another picture here”. Even though it appears as immaterial, it doesn’t mean that it is not real work. 

As Ukrainian developers are less picky and give a client more freedom, software development with a Ukrainian company allows business owners to better understand what they’re paying for. Frequent communication and prompt feedback shows a client what is happening every step of the way. And because you pay less for the services of Ukrainian software development agencies, it is less risky and stressful to pay for a nuanced software engineering work done in Ukraine than that done in US, especially if you don’t understand and can’t comprehend why it is critical to use a certain programming language or why it takes so long to integrate this API, etc. 

As you can see, paying less is especially good not just by itself but because you pay for software development services which often makes the customers cognitively unable to understand what they’re paying for and why.

The Emerging Market is Better Than the One that Reached Plateau Effect

It is one of the economic standpoints that the emerging market has more more potential than the one that reached its plateau effect in US first whereas in Eastern Europe and China it continues to grow and expand. This trend mimics the overall economy trend or a cycle with more work being outsourced to Eastern Europe and Asia which makes developers in these countries more experienced which leads to better quality and more work. 

It also mimics global economy trend with economy becoming stronger in Eastern Europe and Asia while it gets near to recession in US. Many companies simply wouldn’t afford software development at all if not for outsource. And, although in the majority cases the decision is driven by the need to cut costs, the outcomes make it obvious that more and more clients abroad are fulfilled by outsourcing software development to Ukrainian firms because of great results.  


As you can understand, a US-based firm will make you pay more because it simply can’t do it for less as their economy doesn’t allow it. But many business owners exhibit wishful thinking when they think a US company will do a better job only because it is 4 times more expensive, though it is tempting to believe so. 

At the same time media companies outsource journalism to non-native English-speaking reporters and editors in Philippines with millions of readers unable to tell the difference. Commercial projects do well when they outsource software development to Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe, since they undergo rapid development while US software sector is on decline just as American economy goes towards recession.  

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Igor I'm a tech journalist and market analyst. Software development, apps, tech trends, and digital innovations are all among my interests. Why? Simply, because it's the future. You can have more of that future in my blog entries.

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Jun 24, 2020 at 5:30 PM

That`s true. Despite the cost Ukrainian companies show excellent quality and lots of huge international companies work with them. There are really a lot of advantages and also it could be enough questions. There is comprehensive material about this subject.



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