of Your PHP Project


CHAPTER #1 Factors to Consider

Some 2021 Context for Offshore Web Development Services

Outsourcing provides businesses with the core benefits: low costs, flexibility, and rare skill sets. 


Still, it is not a magic pill you can take and get a ready-made solution. Covid hit even outsourcing software development companies, causing a talent gap to become one of the significant challenges for them as well. As a result, it is complicated for vendors to find great developers fast. As a result, the hourly rates increased all around the world, especially for those specialists with rare skill sets. 


This problem is not unique to just some countries – the shortage of talent occurred globally. So when you are looking for a dedicated development team, prepare for a more extended hiring period and fewer bench-available specialists no matter the country you choose. Talent shortage evened up the outsourcing destinations. Still, there are some differences they hold that can be more or less suitable for you. Here’s what you should keep in mind: 


What Defines the Choice of Best Countries for Outsourcing? 

Price: Hourly rates vary between the countries due to economic factors, minimum salaries, taxes, and the maturity of the IT sector. 


Example of how the rates range in the world:

Business environment: Some governments entice investors (and it pertains to outsourcing too) and provide incentives, while others do not support businesses as much. 

Skill sets and education of developers: Countries with a robust education system have more qualified developers (and higher hourly wages).

Time zone difference: Determines how frequently and conveniently you will communicate with your vendor.

The level of English: To ensure smooth collaboration between you and the developers.

CHAPTER #2 Top PHP Outsourcing Countries


The Ukrainian IT market responds well to developers’ needs, so a growing number of people choose to work in software. In the last 4 years, the number of developers has risen from 150 to 250 thousand, according to Dou


Ukraine has been able to transition to remote work better than ever before (which is good for outsourcing) because 71% of IT specialists are working remotely as of January 2021. Developers report that their companies have become even more flexible in how they organize their work during quarantine. 


In Ukraine, PHP ranks among the top 5 most popular programming languages. PHP forms a core part of SapientPro’s tech stack, for example. 


IT specialists receive an adequate education in Ukraine. The Global Competitiveness Index finds the quality of Ukrainian developers’ skill sets to be quite high (39th place worldwide). Ukraine has a competitive human potential compared to other leaders of Eastern Europe (Poland ranks 35th in the index cited above). Nevertheless, the key to Ukrainian developers acquiring their technical skills is via non-formal means: courses and IT academies.


The Ukrainian business environment has been improving in the last few years. The government has introduced key reforms, such as a flexible exchange rate, simplified business regulations, stabilized and restructured the banking sector, and set up anti-corruption agencies.


Average Hourly Rate for Central and Eastern Europe: $40-77,5

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 70.2/100

English Proficiency: 52.13/100

Skills: 70/100

Time Zone: 7 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 40.1/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in Eastern & Central Europe)


The European Union’s top outsourced country is Poland. Its political and economic ties to most European countries make it easy to form strong partnerships with Polish companies when you are, for instance, in Germany or France. This allows you to conduct business more easily because the regulations are mostly alike. Also, Poland’s government offers enticing tax incentives to investors. 


Poland provides high-quality education to the tech sector. Around 78,000 tech graduates graduate each year here. Programmers specializing in the front-end, server-side management, APIs, and big data contribute greatly to the field. Java, Python, JavaScript, HTML, and Objective C are among the top used programming languages. PHP is gradually losing its popularity here. Additionally, Poland has one of the fastest-growing sectors in video games development.


Average Hourly Rate for Central and Eastern Europe: $40-77,5

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 76.4/100

English Proficiency: 63.76/100

Skills: 72/100

Time Zone: 6 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 49.7/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in Eastern & Central Europe)


The free and equal distribution of education is one of the reasons Romanian developers rank 20th on all HackerRank tests. Romanian developers offer a wide range of skills and excellent specializations. Approximately 7,500 engineers and computer scientists graduate from Romania’s 41 technical universities each year. A total of seven Romanian universities rank among the world’s best in computer science.


As Romania’s outsourcing market is smaller than that of its neighbor, Ukraine, it can be challenging to locate as many developers of needed skills as you would want. Due to a tight job market in the past few years, tech companies even had to consider hiring talent from Ukraine and Moldova. 


The political situation in Romania is stable. In the 2020 Global Peace Index, Romania is ranked 22nd for investment safety. Romania has been a member of the EU since 2007, so Romanian businesses can easily comply with EU laws. 


Average Hourly Rate for Central and Eastern Europe: $40-77,5

Software Readiness: Medium

Business Operations Quality: 73.3/100

English Proficiency: 61.36/100

Skills: 62/100

Time Zone: 7 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 42.3/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in Eastern & Central Europe)


Example of how the rates range depending on the team role:


Portugal remained in the top three safest countries globally, behind Iceland and New Zealand, in the 2020 Global Peace Index. So political and social stability will not be your concern.


About 17.5 thousand people work in the Portuguese IT industry. Startups and investors are offered a slew of benefits by the government to encourage them to invest in these people. Also, Portugal has been working with the talent gap since 2019 by implementing the Tech Visa program. This initiative aims to increase the Portuguese IT sector by recruiting and providing relocation to specialists from outside the European Union. 


Recent years have seen Lisbon become a technological hotspot. A record amount of greenfield foreign investments were made in the capital city in 2019, and approximately 75 million US dollars were invested in just ten projects. 


Average Hourly Rate for Europe: $40-77,5

Software Readiness: Medium

Business Operations Quality: 76.5/100

English Proficiency: 63.14/100

Skills: 70/100

Time Zone: 5 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 53.7/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in Eastern & Central Europe)


When compared to the Philippines, Vietnam’s outsourcing industry is relatively young. And the BPO sector still outstrips the IT sector here. However, the situation will likely change. As of now, Vietnam is home to nearly 400.000 IT engineers. The number is growing by 50.000 tech graduates from over 153 IT educational institutions annually. Also, over 1,900 vocational schools now offer courses that will help future employees land jobs, including those in tech. 


Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing markets that still offers huge potential for outsourcing. International investment is viewed as a top priority by the government. Additionally, the country is expanding its internet economy by 40% year over year, looking beyond its traditional manufacturing practices. 


Average Hourly Rate for Southeast Region: $30-40

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 69.8/100

English Proficiency: 51.6/100

Skills: 57/100

Time Zone: 12 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 37/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in South and Southeast Asia)


Another top PHP outsourcing destination, the Philippines’ IT market, is constantly growing. The Philippines is an attractive location for foreign outsourced companies because of its wealth of IT infrastructure, which offers incentives, training, and other perks. 


A large portion of the Philippines’ population is young, and the economy is improving at a fast pace with their efforts. Their median age is 23. Thanks to local universities and colleges, a pool of skilled and qualified workers grow by more than 500,000 annually.


There are very established labor laws in the Philippines, and they tend to be pro-labor in general.


By 2025, the digital economy in the Philippines is expected to be worth $25 billion. 


Average Hourly Rate for Southeast Region: $30-40

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 68.2/100

English Proficiency: 60.1/100

Skills: 64/100

Time Zone: 13 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 38/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in South and Southeast Asia)


Thailand has undergone a digital transformation that affects all aspects of its life in the last few years. As a result, technology outsourcing has gained more ground here. Thailand deserves extra points for simplifying registration processes for new businesses and revising its rules and regulations to be in line with market demands.


Thailand’s government has created new incentives by the end of 2019 to attract investment into the nation’s new hub for tech manufacturing and services located in the eastern part of the country. A good example: STEM-oriented companies are exempt from paying taxes for a minimum of five years after they begin conducting education and training. 


Moreover, Thailand stands out for its protection of minority investors. 


Average Hourly Rate for Southeast Region: $30-40

Software Readiness: Medium

Business Operations Quality: 80.1/100

English Proficiency: 47.6/100

Skills: 62/100

Time Zone: 12 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 43.9/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in South and Southeast Asia)


Brazil saw a strong jump in IT investment in 2018, with figures exceeding the global average. The COVID-19 crisis, however, interrupted this trend. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Robert Wood predicts that foreign investment will be difficult for Brazil.  


Yet Brazil has some of the world’s top IT higher education programs, which graduates more than 100,000 students every year. Brazilian Silicon Valley Florianópolis has a number of universities, research institutes, and incubators. 


Brazil took the second place as an emergent country in technology in Latin America, according to Coursera Global Skill Index, and 42nd globally.


Technology infrastructure has been developed in Brazil as a result of government and business incentives and investments in the past. The country planned to diversify its economy through digitalization in 2020-2022. 


Average Hourly Rate for Latin America Region: $45-80

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 59.1/100

English Proficiency: 50.1/100

Skills: 56/100

Time Zone: 1-2 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 48.9/100


(Source: Latin America Guide to Software Outsourcing)


The Colombian free-market economy offers a large and stable workforce to companies seeking to outsource to the country. Having grown by 38 percent since 2016, the Colombian IT sector has drawn foreign direct investments as a result of the global demand for software products like mobile app development, game development, and custom application development.


During the past decade, the number of engineers, computer scientists, and IT professionals has doubled here. Now, it has approximately 120 thousand available IT specialists ready to be outsourced. 

As the IT sector in Colombia grows thanks to foreign direct investment from the United States, the Colombian government continues to entice companies seeking to outsource with a tax law that exempts foreign investors from paying Value Added Tax.


Average Hourly Rate for Latin America Region: $45-80

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 70.1/100

English Proficiency: 48.75/100

Skills: 60/100

Time Zone: 0-1 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 36.4/100


(Source: Latin America Guide to Software Outsourcing)


India has an impressive talent pool, almost the biggest one in the field of IT outsourcing. Over 3.1 billion Indians graduate each year, and over 300,000 earn a postgraduate degree. Furthermore, about 500,000 engineers graduate every year from Indian engineering colleges. All these people are well-educated and have good English acquisition skills. This provides India with 80% of all outsourcing market. 


However, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, this country has lost its title as the world’s fastest growing economy. As a result of this pandemic, India has suffered a great hardship, disrupting almost everything – from its medical system to its business operations (including those run by foreign investors). Hopefully, the situation will improve in the future. 


Average Hourly Rate for South Asia Region: $30-55

Software Readiness: High

Business Operations Quality: 71/100

English Proficiency: 55.5/100

Skills: 50/100

Time Zone: 10.5 hrs ahead of EST

Innovation Capability: 51/100


(Source: Guide to Software Outsourcing in South and Southeast Asia)


CHAPTER #3 What’s Next?

Once you have selected the countries for your next outsourcing project, you will need to identify specific outsourcing companies. To help you choose the right vendor, we have provided a list of questions to ask and factors to consider in our recent article

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If only there were an analogy of Hogwarts’ sorting hat for software development… Imagine: you enter your idea of the product, how much budget you have, and get the list of the technology stack and contacts of the development team that would work ideally with your niche! In the real software development world, choosing a technology stack requires planning, discussions, and analysis. Some technologies will work better with your project, and our task is to detect which ones. However, you also need to understand that the tech stack is not something fixed. As your product grows, there comes the need for new and better tools. This way, software development requires flexibility. Thus, prepare that your initial technology stack may not stay with you forever. You may need to scale your project or implement new features and store more information. There may be better versions of some tools available. Prepare to be flexible. Prepare to change and alter things when the upgrades require it. That’s what will make you competitive from a technological standpoint of leading an E-Commerce business. In this article, we will tell you about the most popular technologies that power E-Commerce products. Next time you communicate with your development team, you will know all the essential information and, most importantly, you will ask the right questions.


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SAPIENTPROCommunication in the software development workplace

IT office jungles are filled with computer forests, cable lianas, and rivers of coffee. The temperature varies between 24 and 27, depending on who keeps the conditioner remote control. The sunlight mainly comes from computer screens and lightbulbs. Developers are working like bees: they take the pollen of code and create honeycombs of apps. It is a beautiful environment filled with the magical power of innovation, creativity, and agility. However, this ecosystem only works if there is one more component. This component is communication.


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DEVELOPMENT10 reasons to update your website

The day has come. Your once successful and well-performing website wears off. And you know what? It is okay. It happens to the best of us. Even while you are reading this article, we are revising our website to improve your experience with it. So let us explain how the updating process works, and not just because we are a software development company but because we understand. Right now, our designer is creating a fresh way of delivering cases, and our backend developer is engaged in the improvement of the admin panel.


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Outdated CMS may be among the reasons why your business hit a plateau.Developing and launching a website is not where the work stops. Besides, you have to maintain it constantly and implement profound changes. As for the latter, sometimes you may need to do something more than a simple redesign, and that may be a switch from one CMS to another. If your e-commerce business is continuously evolving and growing, it brings along more work to do. New technologies are always here to make your life easier. When it comes to CMS, there is also a great variety of opportunities you can use. In this article, we will walk you through the reasons, things to consider, and steps of CMS replatforming.


Let us be clear, the absence of SEO may result in the absence of website visibility.What people usually do when they need to find some information? Of course, they google it. The same goes for online shopping. When someone wants to buy or just compare prices for a certain product, Internet users simply open their devices to find necessary items online. Although you can now hardly find a person, who doesn’t have a computer or a laptop, people still use mobile devices more often. Thus, 93% of all internet activity starts with a search query. This number is for you if you doubt the importance of search engine optimization (SEO) for your website.


Bear in mind, the whole purpose of dynamic pricing isn’t all about making sales.Price is among the key priorities when the consumers make their final decision whether to buy a product or not. Too expensive or too cheap offers can easily avert the buyers from your store. What if other stores have smaller prices? Or similar products of cheaper brands attract visitors more? The solution for not losing the client base is keeping track and controlling the costs on your website with the help of dynamic price strategies.


The rise of sales, increased traffic and positive reviews are just a couple of benefits you may get from a website redesign.If you want your e-commerce business to grow and develop (we believe you do), you need to keep track of events in the online retail industry and, of course, implement on-time updates. Sometimes, small changes are not enough, then significant renovations should take place. Those may include changing the offers you provide and product lines, updating the website and finally redesigning. The question of redesign should be taken up seriously, as the first impression is what most people rely on when it comes to the Internet and its tough competition. Be ready to invest enough effort and budget to the renovation that will increase your business’s value. To know how to determine your budget. It’s important to consider at first the features, reasons, and type of changes, necessary for your website in the process of redesign.


Adding an online store to your website will cost you less than developing it from the ground up.Selling online is never a bad idea, especially nowadays, when people wish to buy everything they need right from their cozy homes.What if having a ready website a business owner decided to sell something? Good news! There is no need for you to start all over again. There is a solution – adding an online store to the existing website. The opportunities of eCommerce are growing as fast as the customers’ demands.


The e-commerce development company you choose will certainly affect the money you have to pay.The e-commerce website can definitely enhance the profit you receive from your business. But how much does e-commerce website cost? The figures you will hear in an answer to that question can vary a lot. Even after development, you will have to invest money into maintenance, improvement and adding brand-new features that are constantly appearing on the market. That’s in case you want your e-store to be attractive and profitable, of course. It’s even difficult to tell the average cost of how much should I charge for an e-commerce website. The numbers will vary due to different factors. In this article, we’re going to discuss them all in detail to help you grasp some idea about the money you need to pay for the e-store. First of all, you need to decide what you want your e-commerce to offer the customers. It may be anything from small business e-store up to a large website with a big amount of integrated (useful or just good-looking) features. It is also a good idea not to wait until everything becomes outdated. We strongly recommend to update all the features continuously and save money for more innovations.


To avoid the negative consequences, start with determining what you intend to achieve.The popularity of e-commerce is growing at a blistering pace. Many companies around the globe regard the internet as a powerhouse with high commercial capacity and opportunities to boost their business and attract more customers. Those companies are completely right – more and more people prefer clicking the mouse over walking for hours when they need to buy something. Online stores nowadays provide their customers with more possibilities for less effort. But how to make people buy on your website, not any other? The answer is in thorough planning and management of e-commerce.


We don’t say there isn’t enough knowledge, because our specialists are always broadening their abilities, delivering first-rate products and making the customers satisfied.Being a client of a Web Development company doesn’t mean you have to know all the ins and outs of the development process. However, what may be interesting for you is the stages and main characters of the project delivery. You cannot address front-end developer directly if you need to add a new payment method. Even this, as you may think, simple task involves a well-thought teamwork. So, here is a brief insight into the mechanism of SapientPro Clockwork.


If a customer wants to find a development company they can work comfortably with, the staff becomes a really important point to encounter for making a choice.Without any doubt, while visiting some websites, buying goods online or even using a digital map to reach your destination you don’t think of the fact that Ukrainian IT specialists might have taken part in the development of these apps. A great number of companies around the world choose to outsource web development to Ukraine and they do have strong reasons for that. So, let’s give a detailed look at the biggest of them:


As software development is a many-stage process, every its element contributes to what you have to pay for an application.Before starting something new, people usually ask: “How much will it cost me to do this?” If you expect to hear the exact sum once you come to the software development company, here is something you need to know. The factors to be considered for the cost estimation are numerous and most of them depend on how you want your website or app to look like.As software development is a many-stage process, every its element contributes to what you have to pay for an application. Let’s have a closer look at three most important factors that affect the client’s budget.

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