Insights | Accelerance partners with Bangladeshi government to support Digital initiative

Accelerance partners with Bangladeshi government to support Digital initiative

By Lea Jesserer | October 11, 2018

Deputy Project Director of Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of BCC Tarique M Barkatullah and President of Accelerance, Andy Hilliard signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.

Accelerance, the leading consulting firm for software outsourcing strategies and best practices, traveled to Asia to investigate and validate the technical and business capabilities of top software development companies in the region with assistance from the Bangladeshi government.

Accelerance team members visited Bangladesh on September 30-October 5, 2018. During this trip, Accelerance met with leaders from the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and software outsourcing companies in Bangladesh to review their capabilities, expertise, processes, metrics, as well as their recruiting and training practices. The end goal was to assess each company’s readiness as a global software outsourcing provider.  

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in regard to promoting Bangladeshi software development companies between BCC and Accelerance Inc. on October 4, 2018 at the office of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister at ICT Tower.

As per the MoU, Accelerance will provide support to Bangladeshi software companies in their sales and marketing efforts in North and South America, Europe and Australia. Based on the technical and readiness assessments of these software companies, Accelerance will give direction and assistance in developing and implementing plans to improve their outsourcing capabilities and performance.

Mustafa Jabbar, Post, Telecommunication and ICT Minister, said this partnership is “in line with the government’s Digital Bangladesh vision, to create an IT ecosystem in which the country’s ICT sector will flourish.”

Bangladesh for Software Outsourcing

The government of Bangladesh is banking on technology as the future for their country. This commitment to technology led to the “Digital Bangladesh” program (part of the country’s “Vision 2021” initiative).  Bangladesh is making multiple investments in technology - in part to make Bangladesh a go-to-location for outsourcing. Government agencies, businesses, and the general population are the focus of targeted initiatives.  Government incentives are provided for several business expansion projects including: 28 hi-tech parks with the stated goal of converting Bangladesh into an IT hub, increased access to the key hi-tech parks via commercial airlines, 4 Data Centers including a Tier 4 national data center, Internet bandwidth improvements by leveraging 1,700 Gbps backbone via SEA-ME-WE5  fiber optic cable and power plant capacity growth targets of 230% over 7 years.

Technology Watchdogs are taking notice of Bangladesh’s emergence as a next-generation leader in outsourcing.

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Hilliard exchanges signed MoU with Barkatullah
Also Pictured (left to right): Jim Marascio, Accelerance CTO, Hugh Morgan, Accelerance VP of Strategy and Mustafa Jabbar, ICT Minister

“The strides taken by Bangladeshi software outsourcing companies to provide best-in-class software development services are impressive”, said Hilliard. “Certification by Accelerance will help them compete on the global stage.”  

Read more about software outsourcing in Bangladesh.

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