The coronavirus has a huge impact on our society. But in addition to all the difficult, negative elements that this crisis entails, a creative and adaptive side also emerges in us. We now hold meetings via Microsoft Teams , Zoom or Google Hangout. Furthermore, for short questions, you can start a chat in Slack or Teams. In fact, working remotely is actually very fine. At least, if you have the right digital infrastructure, your IT department can handle it. And, if you know how to do it efficiently, you can work remotely.
And all of a sudden we were working massively at home. Despite the fact that the number of homeworkers has increased from 34 to 37 percent over the past five years, only 3 million Dutch people weren’t detained at the office before the corona crisis. As a result, many companies had to make a major turnaround in recent weeks. This has caused many related problems. Poor connections, insufficient server capacity and employees struggling with insufficient bandwidth are just a few small examples. But our biggest problem is the huge shortage of well-trained IT professionals in the Netherlands. During this sudden upscaling, the high work pressure on understaffed IT departments becomes painfully clear.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. On the contrary, transformation management undergone in many companies is a good example of our flexibility and adaptability. From one day to the next, teams are managed remotely. Something we recently shoved off the table as awkward. With the right apps and software, as a manager, you can communicate well with your team. Besides, a meeting via a video connection is considered even more efficient by many employees. The question that now arises is how we can use these newly discovered possibilities to solve the associated technical problems.
India attracts more IT people than Silicon Valley
Now we all agree that managing your own IT staff via a solid video connection produces the same results. Hence, your IT team might as well be abroad. Where to go? According to research by Price Waterhouse Coopers, there is only one place you need to consider: India. India is the largest IT hub in the world. Besides, cities like Bangalore and Pune have attracted more tech talent in recent years than Sillicon Valley. The country has the largest talent pool of highly skilled IT professionals in the world. These people also speak English fluently and are on average about 50% cheaper than a Dutch IT professional.
For this reason, our telecom giant KPN decided to head to India nine years ago. After all, they didn’t get the IT vacancies in the Netherlands filled. Also, Genexis, the European market leader in fiber optic products, also found a team of talented software employees in India. In fact, this was with a much lower price tag than in Europe. After a crisis of this magnitude, investments in IT are often cut first. However, this crisis proves that a good digital infrastructure can keep companies afloat. In addition, this disruptive virus outbreak teaches us that the West is not always spared. Spreading our risks by not concentrating our activities in one place or in one country, therefore, seems a wise choice. India can also be an interesting location for your business in this respect.
Right now, every entrepreneur needs to work hard to keep his business running. However, for some, there is also time to look ahead. Are you already thinking about how you can overcome the problems you are currently facing in the future? We like to think along with you. At Maier+Vidorno we can take a lot of work off your hands. We can do this by building an IT department in India, recruiting experienced staff and taking care of the entire back-office. This includes personnel administration, payrolling, contracts, etc. so you can fully focus on your company’s core business.