Earlier this month Nielsen released its “Connected Commerce Survey,” covering different aspects of online shopping throughout the world. More than 30,000 Internet users were polled in 63 countries throughout Europe — including Ukraine, — Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and North America.
Globally, more than 93% of the respondents say they already have an online shopping experience. In Ukraine, where Internet penetration reaches no more than 43%, this index reaches 91%, which is twice as much as back in 2011.
“Why are cats afraid of cucumbers?” “How do you kiss properly?” “What do people need nails for?”
These were among the most common questions on the minds of Ukrainians in 2016, according to the Ukrainian office of Google, which released last week lists of the most popular search questions in Ukraine.
The ranking reveals Ukrainians’ interest in a wide range of topics and personalities.
The Ukrainian IT industry now employs 99,940 people — up from 89,300 last year — according to the latest report of DOU.UA, an authoritative industry resource. The figure includes programmers, QA specialists, project managers and other IT-related professionals.
Almost half of these professionals live in Kyiv (Kiev). Others are inhabitants of such other major Ukrainian cities as Kharkiv (Kharkov), Lviv (Lvov), Dnipro (previoulsy known as Dnipropetrovsk), and Odessa.
Earlier this month Clutch, a US-based company which aims to “identify leading software and professional services firms” across the world, released its ranking of world’s top 35 Internet-of-Things (IoT) developers in 2016.
Featured in the listing are three international companies with their R&D centers located in Ukraine, and two Ukrainian companies operating internationally.
Ukraine Digital News and AVentures Capital released today the 2016 edition of “The Deal Book of Ukraine” – an in-depth report on the emerging Ukrainian venture and startup industry. Made available in English, this 120-page study features more than 180 deals that were made public or identified in 2014 and 2015.
Among the most spectacular events of this period was Snapchat’s acquisition of Looksery, a Ukraine-originated startup which developed augmented reality filters for selfies. The deal amounted to some $150 million, according to industry sources.
Lviv IT Cluster, an association of IT firms operating in Western Ukraine, has released an in-depth report on the local IT scene, based on exchanges with no less than 400 industry professionals.
The study offers a detailed analysis of the local market volume, geography, structure and potential, as well as a complete overview of the business environment.
Earlier this week industry association IAOP released the 11th edition of its Global Outsourcing 100, the annual listing of the world’s top outsourcing service providers. Four Ukrainian IT firms and six international IT companies with their R&D centers located in Ukraine got listed.
The Global Outsourcing 100 is compiled from applications received and evaluated by independent panel of judges from the IAOP. The outsourcing service providers named to the listing include companies from around the world providing the full spectrum of outsourcing services.
Phillip Hatch: Should reforms succeed, “Ukraine could export $275 billion in technology-related goods and services”
Phillip J. Hatch, a global strategy, workforce and economic development executive, recently completed an exhaustive research project exploring the Ukrainian economy. This study captures the economic impact of the current crisis as well as the risks associated with ongoing corruption and other issues.
A significant part of this study is devoted to Ukraine’s technology-related exports. Considering Ukraine’s population, education rate, and technical and scientific skill density, Hatch believes that the country’s exports of IT goods and services could grow more than 30-fold from its current five-year peak total value of $7.76 billion, should corruption be eradicated and IP rights better protected.
In spite of the country’s recent political turbulence, Ukraine has seen its IT service and software R&D capacities grow every year by double-digit figures. From Cisco, to Oracle, to Rakuten, to Samsung, more than a hundred global major tech firms conduct R&D activities in Ukraine, while an array of local IT outsourcing companies of all types and sizes serve a growing number of clients worldwide.
With 200,000 programmers forecast by 2020, the Ukrainian IT sector is fuelling the development of the middle class, which aspires to a better life in a democratic and non-corrupt country – as reflected by the active role of many people from this industry in the country’s strive for reform.