What were the most important takeaways for you, Sara?
It was great to see that many companies were curious to learn more about how outsourcing to the Czech Republic could work. Also, I enjoyed that our Danish Embassy and the largest employer organization Danish Industry would support this initiative.
Sara, tell us more...what are the major benefits for both Danish companies outsourcing their IT to the Czech Republic and the Czech IT industry as a whole?
As it is extremely difficult to find enough IT specialists in Denmark, it is a great advantage to outsource part of the R&D department to other countries. And the Czech specialists are very well educated, and I have the impression that their culture is close to the Danes. Also, the fact that we are in the same time zone counts in the day-to-day cooperation and of course that their salaries are cheaper than the very highly paid 'IT primadonnas' in Denmark.
Sara, what are some of the challenges you see as still needing to be conquered in order to achieve even more mutual benefit?
The Czech Republic isn't exactly a household name in Denmark when it comes to IT outsourcing. Until recently, many organizations chose Poland, Romania, and Ukraine as their locations.
Another issue is that it is difficult to recruit Czech IT expertise to relocate to Denmark, which would be beneficial to some businesses. In addition, salaries in the Czech Republic are rising, and finding qualified IT personnel is becoming increasingly challenging.