Monday, January 10, 2005
I found a new blog yesterday, called "Offshore Software Development Liverpool: Thoughts." Most writers on offshoring come from the position of those that are threatened by the trend. But this writer, Tony Radford, is on the other side of the debate: he is the founder of Redland Software, an offshore software development firm in Romania, with offices in Liverpool, UK.
Interestingly, Tony is a Brit, not a Romanian. He tells the story of how he came to set up shop in Romania, while on a mission of mercy.On my first trip to Romania (to assist on projects with orphans) I fell in love with the country. Perhaps it was the wonderful climate, or maybe the (mostly) friendly and generous people - who knows. Anyway I returned there several times and always enjoyed myself.Tony's blog is new, but hopefully he'll keep posting. Check it out.
I decided that I wanted to have a good reason to stay working with Romania. I did some research into the IT industry in Romania and discovered that the IT guys there are very talented, hard working and well motivated. Also, the salaries are a lot lower than in the UK. So I decided to set up a software development company in Timisoara in western Romania.
It took a couple of years of hard work to get the software development team working well. For the first two years the business was run on a part-time basis. Now it is a full time activity for me. I formed Redland Software. 'Redland' has nothing to with Romania being a former Communist country (as in 'red' 'land') but is in fact the name of a nice district of my home town of Bristol.
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