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Case Study: Remote Development Office for Dutch E-Learning Company Studytube
Studytube is an enterprise-level education services company, headquartered in Amsterdam. It is the fastest-growing e-learning platform in Europe. The company currently boasts 250+ customers from various industries and over 500K active users.
It has a team of 125+ employees distributed between Amsterdam and Kharkiv offices. Grid Dynamics helped Studytube to build their remote development center in Ukraine, which currently has around 40 tech specialists.
About the Project
Studytube is a solution for managing, sharing and disseminating knowledge within organizations. It combines a learning experience platform (LXP) and a learning management system (LMS). This all-in-one solution allows businesses to create a personalized training environment for their employees.
The transition to a B2B solution required a technology change, and Angular appeared to be the best fit. However, the company didn’t have in-house developers with the necessary tech stack, so they had to build a team from scratch.
Solution Provided by Grid Dynamics
Further Team Expansion
Today Studytube Kharkiv is a coherent nearshore development center with 40+ specialists. Grid Dynamics recruitment specialists not only helped to set up the team of Angular developers but also supported the project's further growth. Over the past eight years, they brought back-end developers, UI engineers, and QA engineers to the Studytube Kharkiv team.
The company’s CTO, Stepan Suvorov, pointed out that Grid Dynamics has seasoned HR specialists, who are well-versed in technology and employee relations. This allows them to be on the same page with the client, understanding what their top priorities are.
In addition to HR support, Grid Dynamics takes care of employee onboarding, maintaining Studytube’s remote development office, as well as payroll and taxes.
Hiring Developers in Ukraine: Studytube’s Experience
If you plan to outsource your IT operations to a nearshore location, here are some know-hows from Studytube's CTO:
- The Dutch are quite similar to Ukrainians in terms of work culture, providing an invaluable basis for cooperation between different units. Moreover, since all internal processes within the company are well established, there is a clear vision of how everything should be done.
- It's better to opt for a unified team rather than individual contractors. When people work from different locations or even time zones it can slow down the team’s progress. Therefore, it’s better to have everyone work in the same office space. This way people don’t need to schedule a call to exchange a few words with their peers. Moreover, they can discuss important issues in person, which streamlines the decision-making process.
- Tech lead should be #1 on your hiring list. Once you find the right person for this position you can start sourcing the rest of the team. This way you not only have someone to guide all the activities in your remote office but also get an expert who can define an efficient strategy for your company's expansion on the local market.
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I don’t know if it is because they are Ukrainians or hired by Grid Dynamics – from the very beginning they were not just interested in the technology and development of nerdy stuff, but they were also interested in our product. This was exactly what we were looking for.
The developers we’ve hired with Grid Dynamics have good expertise and capacity to find solutions for quite complicated problems. Our developers know how to use technologies to their maximum potential.