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IT Projects in China

Important Things To Know, IT Projects In China

If you’re an IT professional, then you will know the importance of getting the right team, planning out your project and making sure your budget is all it should be. However, for remote projects there are a number of other things that need to be taken into consideration when delivering a complex IT projects in China. In this article we’ll take a look at some important things to know for your IT Projects in China – ranging from understanding Chinese culture and laws to checking the reliability of suppliers.

IT Consultancy & Integration Firms

IT Project Management Partners:

There are many IT consultancies and system integrators in China but depending on the project you are planning, you may find it tricky to find and communicate with one who fits your needs and gives you confidence especially when you are managing everything remotely. 

The Government Regulations:

One of the most important things to know when setting up an IT project in China is the government regulations and local laws. There are a lot of regulations that you need to be aware of, and it is important to make sure that you comply with them.

The Local Partners:

Another important thing to know when setting up an IT project in China is that you need to find local partners who can help you with the project. This is because they will be familiar with the local market and the needs of the customers.

What to Expect from Local IT Partners

1. When planning an IT project in China, it is important to know what to expect from local partners. Local partners can provide valuable insights into the Chinese market and can help navigate the often-complex regulatory environment. However, it is important to remember that local partners are not always familiar with western business practices and may not be able to provide the same or expected levels of service as a partner companies you may be used to dealing with in your home country.

2. It is also important to be aware of the cultural differences between China and the west. Chinese culture places a strong emphasis on relationships and maintaining face. This can result in a more slow and deliberate decision-making process. It is important to be patient and respectful of Chinese business customs if you want to successfully manage and run an IT project in China.

Culture Clashes

One potential issue that could arise when setting up an IT project in China is culture clash. China has a very different culture from many Western countries. This can lead to misunderstandings and communication difficulties if not properly handled.

It is important to be aware of these differences before starting an IT project in China. Otherwise, there could be problems with the project due to the cultural differences and differing expectations. For example, there could be disagreements between the project manager and the Chinese employees or simply misunderstandings which result in missed deadlines or poor quality delivery.

It is also important to have a good understanding of the Chinese language or a trusted parter who does. This will help to avoid any miscommunications and can also help to bridge the divide culturally. 

Overall, culture clashes and miscommunication can be potential issues when remotely managing IT projects in China. However, if you are aware of the differences, have local representation and are mindful of the challenges, then this should not be a major problem.

Technology Standards

It is important to first identify if your technology standards are applicable in China, they may not be. Without a clear understanding of the problem, it may be a challenge to determine what solution will be most effective and available in the local market.

There are many different technology solutions available which may be unfamiliar to you and may not fit with your corporate standards, so it is important to do your research and select the one that best fits your needs. You should also consider the cost of the solution and whether or not it is feasible for your company. Any designs may beed to be localised to the Chinese market, you should not assume that your standards are available here. In this area it’s very important that you have competent local representation who understands how to localise your global standards into ones which are viable on the ground in China.


It is clear that there are a number of important things to keep in mind when setting up an IT project in China. From understanding the market landscape to building good relationships with local partners, there are a number of factors that will contribute to the success or failure of your project. PTS can help you to navigate these complexities, we’ve been operating in this region for over 20 years with clients from enterprise scale to SME.

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