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Average salary and ease of doing business

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One of the main parameters of an economy is the average net salary and I have been following that on my blog for some months now. Here is my short post about the last comparison: http://www.pilveraal.ee/2018/06/euroopa-keskmise-palga-areng-2018.html

As I work in a data and IT company Solita and am surrounded by data scientists, engineers and developers, then I cannot only settle with following the stats but want to find the reasons for some economies doing better than the others.

As a first step, let's see if the countries Ease of doing business ranking is related to the average net salary or can predict the change of the salary. If there is a correlation then it gives a clear message that working with the things that are measured by the Ease of doing business index makes people richer. No political discussion needed just copy what countries on the top of the list are doing and you get rich. :-)

 Underneath you will find the graphs for the EEA/EU countries on that, but I will jump…

Startupide ja IT arenduskeskuse mõjudest

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www.poliitika.guru on viimasel paaril nädalal tõstatanud teema startapidest ja nende mõjust Eesti majandusele. Argumente on toodud nii poolt kui vastu, aga tegelikult on selge, et startapid ja IT arenduskeskused üks parimaid viise ühiskonna jõukuse kasvatamiseks....ja seda me ju tahame.

Seejuures on siiski üks teema, millele tahaksin tähelepanu juhtida.
 Järjest laienev IT sektor tähendab seda, et IT tööjõuturul on suur nõudlus. See omakorda toob kaasa surve palkadele ja IT sektoris ongi palgad tõusnud viimastel aastatel keskmiselt 7-8% aastas. Loomulikult on seegi igati positiivne nähtus nii IT spetsialistide, riigi ja ka 3 euroste cappucinode müüjate seisukohalt, aga sellel on nüüd ka väike majanduslik miinus. Nimelt tähendab Põhja-Euroopa tasemele lähenev palgatase ka seda, et IT töö hind on läheneb sellele tasemele. See aga võib muuta väiksemad IT ja tehnoloogiaprojektid liiga kulukaks ja need jäävad tegemata. Eestis võiks tegelikult olla IT-d ja tehnoloogiat kasutusel palju rohke…

Should you found an IT development center in Tallinn as we in Solita did?

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We founded the development center for Solita in Tallinn in autumn 2017. The start has been very interesting, fast and fun and our plan is to grow our team up to 15-20 IT specialists by the end of 2018. One question I get asked frequently is why we chose Tallinn as the location for the development center. Isn't the job market in Tallinn overheated, costs high and good people very difficult to find?
After the first half-year, I can say that Tallinn was a very good choice for us. I will try to explain why we chose Tallinn and more generally, what are the things one should consider when choosing a location for an IT development center.

The job market loop Firstly - yes, there is a lack of good specialists and salaries in the IT sector are the highest among all sectors in Estonia.


However, we should look at this situation in a bigger picture and that is ruled by the following principles: - Good specialists are only in cities where there is demand for their skills - meaning jobs in the spec…

Euroopa keskmise palga areng 2018 esimeses pooles

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Siin on Euroopa riikide keskmised palgad juuni 2018 seisuga Wikipedia andmetel:

2018 aasta alguses oli seis selline:

Eesti keskmine netopalk on poole aastaga kasvanud märkimisväärselt ja nagu näha, siis kõigest 30 eurone netopalga tõus võrreldes Sloveeniaga on veel vajalik, et Eestist saaks Ida- ja Kesk-Euroopa kõrgeima keskmise palgaga riik. Ühtlasi on Eesti palk tõusnud kõrgemaks Portugalist ja Maltast.

Kas see võiks olla Eesti järgmine suur eesmärk?

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Note: I am writing this post in Estonian so that slovenians would not understand it. :-)))

Aasta algus on hea aeg mõelda tulevikule ja seada eesmärke. Nii isiklikus elus kui ka laiemalt. Nagu me teame, siis peale Natoga, EU-ga ja euroga liitumist oleme Eestis olnud veidi hädas uue suure eesmärgi seadmisel.



 Reformierakonna mõte saada Euroopa viie rikkaima riigi hulka oli küll päris hea ja kõlav eesmärk, aga paraku ei vastanud ta SMART printsiibile. Esiteks ei ole rikkus üheselt defineeritud ja seega mõõdetav ning teiseks on see eesmärk endiselt ka realistlikusest päris kaugel.

 Kuid ärme heida meelt ja otsime edasi! Eesmärke leiab ju teisigi häid ja mis oleks kui võtaksime eesmärgiks: Eesti Ida-Euroopa kõige kõrgema netopalgaga riigiks! See on väga hea eesmärk, sest ta on mõõdetav ja tulemused on täna avalikult esitatud ilusasti ja graafiliselt siin lehel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_average_wage
Eesmärk on täiesti realistlik! Me oleme juba täna teisel ko…

Starting the Solita development center in Tallinn

I am proud to announce that from October 2017 I have the honour to lead the Solita Development Center in Tallinn.

Solita is one of the leading IT and digital service providers in Finland and we are now expanding to international markets. We have opened an office in Stockholm to serve Swedish and Scandinavian customers and we are now opening a development center in Tallinn to serve Solita's Nordic customers.

You can read more about Solita's services on our webpage, but in one sentence I would say that "We make our customers succeed with the help of IT tools and service design". We are working with big Nordic companies and organizations. We work in the areas of data analytics, data warehouses, service concepts and also with more traditional IT like software development, system integration and information systems. We work with IT for big organizations so our work really has a big impact and meaning.

The plans for the development center in Tallinn are quite ambitious. We …

How product development and R&D has changed in the last 10-15 years (in telecoms)

I have been working with product and service development in the telecom and IT industry for over 15 years and here are some thoughts about the change we have vitnessed in it.

Firstly, the product development my teams have worked with is taking existing software, hardware, devices and combining them into a service that is easy to use by business or private customers. This means integrating hardware, software, IT systems and devices. Building sometimes customer portals and making the overall experience seamless. On top of that we add customer service, help, support and sales. As you can see this is not R&D in the classical sense, but it is a lot of technical work, software development and also team building and process development. We literally take components from AliExpress and other vendors, system software from open-source communities and software vendors, and integrate it all together to make it one service that is easy to use.

In the last 10 years the situation in this area ha…