Gazprom Neft, Rosatom, Rostelecom and Roscosmos have approved a Memorandum of Cooperation at this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum directed at establishing the Major Software and Hardware Consumers Association. The memorandum was signed by Alexander Dyukov (CEO and Chairman of the Gazprom Neft Management Board), Alexey Likhachev (Director General, Rosatom), Mikhail Oseevsky (President, Rostelecom), and Dmitry Rogozin (Director General, Roscosmos).
This collaboration, across leading technology companies from various industries, is directed at developing the Russian IT-solutions market.
The association will consolidate the partners’ efforts and resources in collaborating with government regulators, software developers, and equipment suppliers. The parties will also work towards developing standards and requirements for software and technology, while helping manufacturers improve their products and increase their competitiveness.
The association’s activities will further optimise companies’ and government agencies’ costs in identifying and testing new domestic IT solutions. Increasing demand for such developments will, in turn, allow IT companies to increase investment in their projects and services thanks to their potentially wider deployment — from oil production and nuclear energy to telecoms and projects in aerospace.
“Gazprom Neft places major orders with the IT sector, every year — as do our association partners — while also developing its own competencies in this area. And that’s the reason we are so directly interested in developing competitive software in Russia to address those challenging tasks facing the oil industry and other sectors of the Russian economy. We expect the association to become a platform for dialogue between major industrial customers and the IT sector, where we can set common objectives in developing the Russian software market and, together, decide how these can best be achieved.”Alexander Dyukov Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
“The nuclear industry — like other backbone industries — is, today, facing major governmental challenges that demand breakthrough IT solutions. Rosatom is, already, taking major steps forward in developing and deploying these; we have developed various best practices that we are now willing to share with other market players. At the same time, it is important that major clients and customers join forces to make sure that the IT products market is supplemented and replenished with competitive software and equipment, for which there is genuine demand. It is precisely for that reason that we have initiated the establishment of a professional consumers’ association which, I am sure, will become an effective tool in developing the domestic IT market and help develop and systemise cooperation between IT-solution customers, suppliers and regulatory agencies.”Alexey Likhachev Director General, Rosatom
“Consolidating the strengths and resources of major Russian companies is a strategically important step forward in developing the domestic IT market. We see the association’s main tasks as developing a genuine tool for building long-term relationships with domestic developers, and for supporting and rolling-out Russian IT products. I am confident that this will give fresh impetus to developing the IT sector and will — among other things — allow promising Russian companies to enter international markets.”Mikhail Oseevsky President, Rostelecom
“The association will facilitate dialogue between the largest software consumers and developers. Through a single, integrated platform participants will be able formulate IT-solution requirements, while developers will be able to get feedback on testing outcomes more quickly. Added to which, closer engagement through the association will make it possible to develop a consolidated position on the further digitalisation of the Russian economy.”Dmitry Rogozin Director General, Roscosmos