Why is the company called ISsoft in Belarus?
In 2003, Epshteyn founded the development center in Minsk and named it ISsoft Solutions to avoid a linguistic misstep. (Russian is the language spoken widely in Belarus, and in Russian, the middle syllable in “coherent” closely resembles a profanity). The "I" and "S" in ISsoft stand for Igor Epshteyn and Alexander (Sasha) Schneerson, the General Manager in Belarus. The company goes by Coherent Solutions in all other locations.
A city of nearly 2 million people, Minsk, Belarus is considered one of the major Eastern European software development centers. It has 12 major technical and science universities and dozens of other schools that offer world-class computer training. Minsk also is home to hundreds of outsourcing companies, including some of the largest in Eastern Europe.
Sofia, Bulgaria has approximately 1.5 million people and is another major Eastern European development center. Like Minsk, it has an impressive array of technical universities and multi-national companies.
Of course! We love visitors and highly recommend that you visit one of our development centers if you have a major project or are interested in a longer-term relationship. A visit to one of our development centers is also a good way to kick-start initiatives.
We host dozens of clients a year in Minsk and Sofia. Both cities are capitals of their respective countries and possess an abundance of first-class hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Both cities are about 12 hours of travel time from New York and can be reached easily from most major European airports. U.S. citizens can visit both countries visa-free.
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