The Russian IT market is currently facing potential damage from U.S. and EU sanctions, and the problems of enforced import substitution. As Russia’s foremost IT leaders gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the industry’s lobbying group — Russoft — they took the opportunity to assess what influence political activity is having on the country’s IT market and how best to prepare for what may arrive in the very near future.
The Russian city of Ulyanovsk is located along the Volga River, 893 kilometers east of Moscow. With a population of nearly 700,000, the city is a major industrial center as well as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin. In addition to a UAZ automobile factory and the Aviastar aircraft company, it is also home to international businesses such as Mars, Inc., Takata-Petri and Anadolu Efes.
The software development industry is global by definition. However, the service segments are more sensitive to geopolitical risk than other consumer goods, like food. In the first quarter of this year alone we lost a potential client after winning a tender when a Western company decided to abandon plans to use an Eastern European technology partner in light of recent events.
Nevertheless, the European and American markets are important to us, and we do not plan to change our priorities. More than 60 percent of our customers come from Western Europe and the U.S.
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Yandex have joined forces to open a new Faculty of Computer Science. Led by Ivan Arzhantsev, the new faculty combines software engineering, applied mathematics and computer science. Arzhantsev, who also directs a group of online academic programs for Yandex, spoke to Slon about the present and future of computer science in Russia.