The Ukrainian HI-TECH Initiative was presented at CeBIT-2003, the world’s largest exhibition of information technologies and telecommunications that took place in Hanover, Germany. Representatives of Ukrainian software developers declared that they united their efforts to promote Ukrainian hi-tech solutions on the Western markets.
The Ukrainian HI-TECH Initiative was presented to the exhibitors and visitors of CeBIT 2003. Representatives of Ukrainian software developers involved in the Initiative announced that they united their efforts to promote Ukrainian hi-tech solutions on the Western markets. The presentation was of interest first of all to Western companies, which placed orders for offshore software development. Ukraine, as a country, is only coming into the Western market, since the Western customer does not distinguish between Ukrainian, Russian or Byelorussian programmers from the CIS referring to them all as "Russian".
According to expert estimates there are more than 1,000 companies and several thousands of interim work collectives that render services in software development. Export software development (the so-called offshore software development) accounts for a considerable turnover share in this segment of the market of information and communication services, with 80-90% of Ukrainian software developments being not identified by Western customers as such that are produced in Ukraine. The Initiative sets the task for itself to restore the image of Ukraine as a software manufacturing country.
In the opinion of HI-TECH Initiative members, there have emerged prerequisites nowadays to present with all dignity the existing potential of Ukrainian software developers on the World market of outsourcing software development.
The Ukrainian HI-TECH Initiative (http://www.hi-tech.org.ua) is a non-commercial association of both organizations and specialists engaged in information technology.
The Initiative unites Ukrainian software developing companies, scientific and research organizations, educational establishments and specialists dealing with high technology both in Ukraine and abroad to promote Ukrainian hi-tech solutions on the World markets.