How are tech companies surviving in Ukraine

Survival of Tech Companies in Ukraine-Russian War

There are a number of well-known IT companies in the country, as well as contract programming talent that works for companies all over the world. The Ukraine situation has a variety of repercussions for the tech industry, and Ukraine is home to several corporate and consumer technology firms that have a global impact on millions of people’s lives and businesses.

 

Some Well-Known Companies in Ukraine

 

Grammerly
grammarly company

Grammarly is perhaps the most well-known Ukrainian IT firm. Grammarly is an AI-powered technology that helps people communicate more effectively in writing. It is used by millions of people all around the world. In Kyiv, the company employs many software developers. The company also has contingency plans to keep its services running if the crisis deepens. Many of their tenacious, unstoppable team members are once again confronted with stress and uncertainty.They are saddened by the continued escalation in the country and are still hoping for a de-escalation.

 

MacPawmacpaw

Kyiv-based MacPaw makes Mac productivity tools such as CleanMyMac and The Unarchiver. The CEOs and founders stated that “as humans of the twenty-first century, they wish that the tragic days of war were a thing of the past, but with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, they have been made to witness how easily freedom, independence, and the human right to life and choice are put at risk.” Currently, they are most concerned about the safety of their employees. To protect the safety of its Ukrainian employees, the corporation has planned “a variety of aid initiatives” and “initiated an emergency plan.” It is said that MacPaw’s customer data is kept on AWS servers located outside of Ukraine.

 

Fiverr
fiverr

Some work for IT outsourcing firms like Elitex and Softserve, while others go completely freelance and find work on contract talent platforms like Fiverr. Fiverr, a freelance marketplace, has a branch in Kyiv where some of its developers work. The company is naturally concerned about the Russian invasion.

 

Ukraine has also become a destination for tech companies from all over the world looking for software development talent. According to a 2021 report from the IT Ukraine Association, the country now has an estimated 200,000 software developers. All major CEOs of Ukraine-based tech companies agree that Ukraine should be an independent state. While technology continues to advance, some Ukrainian tech leaders are disappointed that globalisation appears to be stuck in the Cold War era.salesforce slack

Some significant American software firms, such as Microsoft and Salesforce’s Slack, have assigned major projects to Ukrainian contractors. Others have started companies in the country to get into the talent pool. Plarium, an Israeli game business, maintains development offices in Kharkiv, near the Russian border in Eastern Ukraine. Many of these businesses now have backup plans to get their employees out of harm’s way if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates.

 

The figures from the resource pool alone show that services have been disrupted as a result of the crisis in Ukraine and the economic impact of Russia’s sanctions. Take into account the following:

  • An estimated 30,000 employees are working for third-party service providers with clients in the banking, retail, automobile, and healthcare industries (many in the digital engineering space).
  • In Ukraine, it is projected that 20,000 people work in GBS centres.
  • In Belarus and Russia, an estimated 20,000 people are employed by third-party service companies.
  • GBS centres in Belarus and Russia employ an estimated 10,000 employees.
  • As a result, services provided by 70,000 to 100,000 highly skilled professionals (particularly those with digital engineering and IT expertise) may be affected.
  •  Considering that Ukraine’s workers are mostly senior engineering experts, the 100,000 should be compared to a million workers in remote areas. As a result, 10% of workers will experience a disruption. This will be a severe service loss.

 

Conclusion

Before the war, some service providers began shifting their workforce from Eastern Ukraine to safer parts of the nation or even to neighbouring countries such as Poland, Turkey, and Israel to maintain uninterrupted service delivery and protect employees.

The war between Russia and Ukraine is a Black Swan situation. It’s crucial to remember that black swan catastrophes like storms, floods, sickness, and war are unavoidable. Every three to five years, they occur. Many businesses will now realise that not diversifying their service locations, rather than focusing all or most of their services in one region, exposes them to serious risk. This is a lesson many businesses learned the hard way during another black swan incident, the COVID-19 outbreak. Companies that faced a high risk of site concentration paid a significant price. And those in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia with substantial service and skill concentrations are learning this hard lesson all over again.