Austrian IT companies chose nearshore for outsourcing their software development

As a part of its Pan-European IT outsourcing research 2010, IT Sourcing Europe, a UK-located ITO research and advisory agency presented its findings of Austrian IT Outsourcing Software Development survey.

The survey aimed to explore the key trends and challenges among software development firms that outsource their software development areas to the 3rd party outsourcing providers.

In the period between September and October 2010 approximately 160 small, mid-sized and large companies across verticals in Austria were surveyed.

The survey results indicated that the number of nearshore software development outsourcers is double the number of offshore outsourcers (32% vs. 16%). For the time frames the study differentiate as offshore at least 2 time zones away from the home country, while nearshore maximum 2 time zones away or within Austria.

These figures supported by the top outsourcing drivers of the choice of the outsourcing destination in Austria which are: geographical and cultural proximity (25%), available IT resource pool (19%) and low costs (18%);

Among the main outsourcing goals polled companies indicated the following: to reduce operating costs (30% of respondents); to get access to more qualified resources and skills which are hard to find within Austria (24% of companies polled) and to respond to pressures from investors and/or executive management to cut down software development budgets (22% of participants);

The majority of the Austrian companies surveyed (28%) outsource 40% to 59% of their entire software development function, while only 2% of companies outsource less than 10% and 19% of companies outsource 90% to 100% of their software development volume.

The most outsourced area of expertise in Austria is Web 2.0 (Microsoft ASP.NET, Java, EpiServer, open source etc) – 42% of companies polled, followed by mobile development (34%). The least outsourced area of expertise is embedded development (only 3% of companies surveyed).

1 comment:

MicroSourcing said...

Austria is a good nearshore option for Western European and British companies looking to outsource projects.