Since the year 2000 Ukraine has been a leading player in the sotware development space,and has been ranked at the top o IT outsourcing service providers in the global market. More andmore companies come to Ukraine selecting it as a preerred destination or their R&D oices.Strong engineering education, popularity o engineering proessions among the youth, andrich history o the sotware development industry make Ukraine one o the most attractive Europedestinations or the IT outsourcing and sotware development businesses. The history o Ukraine’s sotware development industry is deeply rooted. Ocially, December25th, 1951 is considered as the beginning o the computer science era when the Ukrainianacademician rom Kyiv, Sergey Lebedev, introduced the rst computer in the entire ContinentalEurope. A rapid growth o the industry was recorded in the middle o 1990s, when a large numbero independent sotware development companies emerged.Based on a 60 plus year history o the extensive network o educational and scienticinstitutions, the Ukrainian sotware development and IT outsourcing services industry is rapidlydeveloping into one o the most important sectors o the Ukrainian economy. The Ukrainian government actively supports industry growth through tax exemptions,and provides public nancing or development o IT and innovation parks. Governmentalsupport will promote industry growth and urther expansion o the sotware developmentand IT outsourcing service ecosystem in 2012–2013.
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