The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest pits the world's finest computer science undergraduates against one another. Contestants are posed with eight mind-boggling programming problems, with the team to complete the most problems in the shortest time declared the winner.
In 2008, four out of the top five teams were from
For Peter Vaihinsky, vice-president of business development and marketing at Russian outsourcing provider Luxoft, this result is entirely consistent with what he sees as a natural proficiency at complex engineering among the former
“In the time of the Soviet Union,
“You get very creative and interesting people from our technical colleges,” he argues, “because they teach the students about fundamental science, not applied, vocational skills.”
But the region’s Soviet history has another legacy – a lack of business experience and understanding. Businesses increasingly look to their outsourcing partners for innovation and strategy direction, both of which require deep domain understanding; however, most industries in previously communist
Furthermore, a formerly authoritarian nation may produce individuals with a ‘high power distance’, says
However, as with all the major offshore outsourcing destinations,