In January, the Russian Communications Ministry published a road map outlining its plans for the IT sector from 2014-2018. RusBase asked Valentin Makarov, the President of the Russian Software Developers Association (RUSSOFT), for his thoughts on the government’s plans.
Before I go on to explain what I think about the road map, it’s worth giving some background information.
The importance of this bill for the entire industry is that it restores balance to the software ecosystem, equalizing the rights of small businesses with larger players, which compete fiercely for the industry’s most important resource – staff. It is clearly an absurd situation when the state invests billions in small business through development institutions while at the same time denying innovative business its main resource because of the inequalities in taxation.
As Reksoft’s director of human resources, Olga Barmash oversees all aspects of people development and retention at Reksoft, implementing HR practices designed to increase employee productivity by aligning employee and company goals.
Information technologies are a truly global business. Costs for hardware have been dropping consistently over the past few decades. This has created a unique opportunity for small companies to successfully enter to global IT market, especially in the application development domain. Even though the barriers are low for entry into this market, there remains the high cost of maintaining a sales office near the major IT centers in the U.S. for small and medium size IT service providers located in Eastern Europe.
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.