Russia’s army aggression in opposition to Ukraine has been occurring for nearly two months, and through this time, all sectors of the financial system, together with IT, have needed to stand by the army.
Ukrainian IT didn’t break down — it shrank a little bit, however it’s standing firmly, offering employment to individuals, paying taxes, organizing humanitarian assist and aiding the Ukrainian military.
Listed here are a number of key components which have helped Ukrainian IT, and us as an organization, survive:
Firms ready for conflict earlier than it began
The media was discussing the potential of conflict lengthy earlier than it truly began. Though everybody hoped for the higher, Ukrainians acknowledged that that they had a neighbor who may assault at any second. With this in thoughts, many IT corporations began to plan for emergencies and arrange contingency groups. Preparation considerably helped us keep cohesion when the conflict began on February 24.
Our firm created an emergency group, whose major duties have been to make sure the lodging and transportation of our staff from harmful zones.
The COVID-19 pandemic pressured corporations to shift to digital
The power to work remotely significantly helped IT specialists in wartime. Folks labored in bomb shelters, in basements, and in automobiles and trains throughout evacuations. We have been used to working on-line, so when the conflict started, it was not a giant drawback for our staff.
Due to the provision of quite a few digital instruments and applications, our workflow was not closely disrupted.
Evacuation of staff to safer cities
It’s troublesome to depart your nation and rapidly combine into life elsewhere, so staying in secure elements of Ukraine was essential for many individuals. A number of million Ukrainians relocated from the east to the western elements of the nation, concentrating in cities like Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Lutsk, Rivne and Uzhhorod.
IT corporations did their finest to assist their staff relocate. Some coated the price of transferring, whereas others rented lodging. The largest companies even opened 24-hour hotlines to assist with evacuation procedures and psychological help.
Within the first weeks of conflict, we helped staff from the east to relocate, rented a hostel in Lviv and invited individuals to dwell there with their households. We additionally remodeled a part of the workplace into non permanent lodging and helped staff discover and hire flats, which wasn’t straightforward because of the large improve in demand for housing in Western Ukraine as soon as the conflict started.
Evacuation of staff to different international locations
Some individuals determined to briefly depart the nation till the scenario improved and go to international locations the place they might really feel secure. Solely ladies, kids and retired individuals may do that and all males aged 18 to 60 stayed again in Ukraine. The conflict continues to be raging, however many individuals who had left Ukraine are coming again now.
Some IT corporations relocated their places of work to the neighboring international locations, primarily Poland, Romania and Hungary. Others helped their staff’ households with relocation, bureaucratic procedures and lodging.
Solely a few of our staff left Ukraine. Our emergency plan included lodging for workers and their households in Slovakia, however in the long run, everyone determined to remain again, and we didn’t have use it.
Help and belief of international companions and purchasers
Regardless of the dangers and the vulnerability, many international prospects continued their tasks in our nation. This belief and help is extraordinarily essential for Ukraine’s IT sector, because it helps companies survive.
Nonetheless, the extent of productiveness at corporations didn’t decline. Folks really feel extraordinarily motivated to work and exhibit good efficiency to international purchasers. Many staff who lived within the safer elements of the nation went over and above, overlaying for and supporting their colleagues who have been relocating from the conflict zones.
Total, the Ukrainian IT sector managed to make sure safe and uninterrupted mission supply.
Reworking of workplaces
Many IT corporations within the safer elements of the nation have remodeled a part of their places of work to accommodate staff and their households from different areas. Many places of work have been briefly become humanitarian facilities, which offered individuals help and help within the preliminary weeks of conflict.
Our personal workplace right now serves three features. It serves as non permanent lodging for workers from war-afflicted areas, as workplace house for corporations that relocated from war-torn areas and, lastly, as workplace house for our personal staff.
Safety of the Ukrainian military
Due to the immense efforts of the Ukrainian military, many cities at the moment are secure and permit individuals to dwell and work comparatively calmly. Many IT specialists signed as much as defend their land. Individuals who have been coding, managing and dealing on advanced expertise earlier than the conflict put down their laptops and picked up weapons.
Different IT specialists remained to keep up the IT entrance, which is not any much less essential. IT corporations are actively concerned in volunteering on the company stage to prepare funds and initiatives to assist the military financially.
Our CRO and co-founder, Igor Luzhanskiy, joined the Territorial Defenсe Forces at first of the conflict. His battalion is defending our land and making certain public security. We attempt to consistently help him and his battalion with technical and materials means.
The motivation to assist one’s personal nation can do miracles. IT corporations have been engaged on volunteering tasks from the primary days of the conflict.
Some develop apps for the army whereas others develop options for civilians. Right this moment, there are a whole lot of various initiatives, and their existence exhibits the unity of enterprise for a typical goal — the victory of Ukraine. IT corporations have acknowledged the complexity of working in circumstances of conflict, which has led to many companies uniting and serving to one another.
In lower than a month after the conflict started of conflict, we now have made 5 absolutely operational social, humanitarian and medical chatbots, in addition to an informational website that explains the conflict in Ukraine to the worldwide group.
Our co-founder and technique board member, Andriy Sabanskiy, has united professionals and firms from Ukraine and the U.S. to work with native, nationwide, governmental and worldwide skilled medical organizations to offer info and coaching to the army.
Greater than a thousand army professionals have already handed the coaching. The app, TacticMedAid, was downloaded by greater than 43,000 customers on the iOS/Android shops. Our Telegram chatbot of the identical title is actively utilized by the army and civil inhabitants to study tactical drugs.
It’s believed that demand for IT will stay excessive, and the IT sector itself might develop into the brand new driver of the financial system. The scenario relies upon solely on how lengthy this conflict will final and the way it will finish. Regardless of the extent of help for Ukraine, companies are very reluctant to take dangers and performance in unpredictable circumstances.
How will you assist?
Sadly, because of the vulnerability of the market, many IT corporations misplaced prospects at a time once they want help greater than ever. You’ll be able to assist!
When you’ve got a brand new mission and are looking for potentialities to implement it, work with Ukrainian corporations.You’re going to get high quality work at a good deadline, and also you’ll be serving to the Ukrainian financial system as effectively.