CRM in Central & Eastern Europe

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I'm currently exploring the idea of looking at moving into independent CRM consultancy. I've been working in the CRM industry almost 4 years. One of the markets that I may venture into is in Central & Eastern Europe as I believe there are so many opportunities there.

Now that I may work independently then I would appreciate any feedback/advice on the CRM market there. Any good/bad experiences? Any information would be invaluable for my market research.

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John
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17th Nov 2001 12:26

John,

I've done some consulting in Central / Eastern Europe, mostly with big banks in Poland, Czech republic, and quite a lot in Turkey.

Most of those countries are around 4 - 5 years behind UK / USA in terms of CRM implementation so there's quite a lot going on.

From my personal perspective, I wouldn't want to take up long-term contracts in those countries (except Turkey) unless I spoke the language / knew and liked the culture. If you work in those countries for a long time, you're likely to be paid local rates which will be considerably less than UK / USA, but still allow you to live well on local 'cost-of-living' rates, but it then may become difficult to return to Western Economies (buying house, etc).

Economically it may not make sense, but I loved my time in Turkey, though I was getting UK rates.

I hope this is helpful.

Richard Forsyth

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17th Nov 2001 12:26

John,

I've done some consulting in Central / Eastern Europe, mostly with big banks in Poland, Czech republic, and quite a lot in Turkey.

Most of those countries are around 4 - 5 years behind UK / USA in terms of CRM implementation so there's quite a lot going on.

From my personal perspective, I wouldn't want to take up long-term contracts in those countries (except Turkey) unless I spoke the language / knew and liked the culture. If you work in those countries for a long time, you're likely to be paid local rates which will be considerably less than UK / USA, but still allow you to live well on local 'cost-of-living' rates, but it then may become difficult to return to Western Economies (buying house, etc).

Economically it may not make sense, but I loved my time in Turkey, though I was getting UK rates.

I hope this is helpful.

Richard Forsyth

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