Stanfy CEO Andrew Garkavyi: “Of the world’s top mobile developers, almost a quarter have offices in Ukraine”
An award-winning software development and design company based in Kyiv, Stanfy specializes in solutions for mobile wearable devices and connected electronics (IoT).
CEO Andrew Garkavyi shares his views on current trends in the outsourcing market and how Ukrainian companies answer today’s client needs. This interview is an excerpt from “IT Ukraine From A to Z,” a research study on the Ukrainian IT outsourcing and software R&D industries published by Ukraine Digital News.
What role do Ukrainian companies play in the global mobile development service market?
Ukrainian IT outsourcing firms were among the first to provide mobile development services and they remain among the biggest providers in the world. Of the world’s top mobile developers, almost a quarter have offices in Ukraine.
This fact is of considerable importance for the Ukrainian IT industry: mobile interfaces are now dominating people’s lives, with over a billion smartphones on the planet. This is already four times more than all PCs combined – and each of these mobile devices is more powerful than many PCs were 10 years ago.
Are Ukrainian companies in line with the latest trends in client demand?
Many Ukrainian outsourcing companies started with solving a single tech problem – building web sites, maintaining IT infrastructure, or creating graphical design – which later on evolved into more complex software services, such as building CRM, ERP and other systems, or crafting consumer products.
Generally speaking, a number of these companies have turned their focus to building sophisticated software products. And this trend continues. Clients prefer to work with professionals who have relevant experience and domain expertise rather than with those limited to general knowledge.
Tell us a bit about your company and your clients.
We serve clients from the USA (where we have an office) as well as Europe, Ukraine and Russia. Among these clients are large Ukrainian telco and media companies (Kyivstar, StarLight Media, ICTV, Liga); famous brands (IMAX, Merriam-Webster, Intel); and startups from Silicon Valley. Some of them have a brilliant future, already enjoying the support of top VCs such as Andreessen-Horowitz.
We have been recognized repeatedly as a leading software development company by the international research agency Clutch and also named an industry pacesetter in multiple areas – from wearable app development, to Android apps, to consumer mobile apps. We have also won a number of citations for our mobile apps, including the Best Mobile App Award, the US Mobile & App Design Award and the W3 Award.