The Oracle Development Center in St. Petersburg is the largest engineering company in the center of mainland of Europe and the best currently working with Java products, said the center’s director Grigoriy Labzovsky at a recent company event, Digit.ru reported.
According to Labzovsky, the location is home to the largest team of engineers developing Java outside the United States.
The Russian Ministry of Communications has declared the largest Russian IT companies strategic industries to avoid their being bought up by foreigners. Owners of the companies are not enthusiastic about the prospects.
With more internet users than in any of EU member states (76 million people), Russia is not exactly a newcomer to the digital superhighway. But a new IT roadmap approved by the Russian government in July 2013 is eliminating speed bumps as never before, with the potential to drive growth rates comparable to the expansion of the oil, gas and natural resources sectors a generation ago. As demand for energy and other resources downshifts to a degree, Russian IT is poised to surge.
Twenty years ago, an American political scientist named Joseph Nye proposed the concept of soft power. “Soft power” is a set of cultural, economic and ideological values that allows states to influence other countries, or even the entire planet. Clear examples of soft power are jeans, Coca-Cola, rock and roll and Hollywood’s Dream Factory, which account for the cultural dominance of the United States throughout the world and even contributed to the collapse of the socialist bloc.
Mazin Abusin is a graduate in Electronics Engineering, University of London, Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also a certified professional state auditor (CGAP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a certified practitioner of PRINCE2.