What does it take to nearshore SW development to Greece?

22 08 2012

I asked this question to the Greek IT network on LinkedIn

I was wondering what is stopping Greek SW developers from getting organised and offering nearshoring services to European companies.I am looking for people for our Indian office and the salaries are comparable to what I expect to find in Greece and certainly higher than Romania, Bulgaria or Serbia.From my experience, I would say Geek developers don’t get the chance to work on full scale projects through the whole lifecycle. So I suspect there is a lag in professionalism, at least for the freelancers.I had the opportunity to work on my own project end-to-end from development to sales and I’d say if you’ve never gone from product to client it’s difficult to grasp the whole thing.

I then asked the respondents to fill up a survey that would show us what are those factors that are limiting the nearshore activity in Greece and here are the results from the 30some responses (until 16/08/2012):


And the big one:

Three factors have similar percentage (~50%) and these are lack of confidence, short term strategies and stability in the country.