The cloud services market in Russia for small and medium businesses (SMBs) is expected to grow in 2016 by 169 percent to $ 1.7 billion compared with 2013, according to a report by Parallels presented at the Parallels Summit 2014 in New Orleans. The same report states that the cloud services market in Russia is currently comparable to that of Mexico.
In keeping with long standing Russian tradition, the government has produced a hugely ambitious 5-year plan aimed at doubling IT exports and growing the sector three times faster than the country’s overall GDP. The plan, pubished in the form of a ‘road-map’ for 2014-2018, was signed by Dmitry Medvedev at the end of 2013, and published last week. You can read the 20-page document (in Russian) here, but if that doesn’t really appeal, here’s a summary of the key points.
According to various estimates, the salaries paid to software developers increased by 10-15 percent in 2013. The monthly wage for programmers and team leaders ranged from 80,000 to 150,000 rubles ($2,448 - $4,591), reports CNews.
In 2013, the average salary paid to Russian specialists in software development, including managers, was $2,448, or about 80,000 rubles. According to preliminary results from the Russoft association for the outgoing year.
According to Russoft, wages in 2013 averaged 15 percent growth.
The Russian Startup Rating (RSR) has released its new list of Top-50 Russian start-ups which includes new projects in high-tech, biotech, IT, and medicine, reported Russia Beyond the Headlines, the international project of Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
The list includes a brief description of all the companies and their contacts. From prior experience with the ranking’s previous editions, the list is useful for start-ups, which are able to express themselves in the international arena, and investors, for whom the Top-50 rating is a convenient base to find projects with investment potential.
Revenue for Russia’s IBS Group compared to the same period last year fell by 1.1 percent to $373.6 million in the first half of the financial year ending March 31, 2013 according to a company report, Digit.ru reported.
The company’s revenue from software development increased by 25.0 percent to $181.4 million, however. Revenue from IT services decreased by 20.9 percent compared with the same period last year to $158.9 million.
Executives and contractors involved in the business processes of organizations are the most dangerous in terms of potential damage to companies from data breaches, say analysts from InfoWatch, Digit.ru reports.
The Russian Internet industry is expected generate 1.5 percent of GDP in 2013, the head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications Mikhail Seslavinsky told reporters on Wednesday, Digit.ru reports.
Seslavinsky emphasized the rapid development of all segments of the Internet, including e-commerce.
“We expect to have 1.5 percent of GDP generated by online industry, including payments,” he said.
Sixteen of the best innovation projects were selected last week in Moscow in the first stage of the largest tech contest in Russia and neighboring countries. Known as the BIT Contest, short for Business of Innovative Technologies, this year marks the tenth time the prizes have been awarded.
The volume of the Russian IT market will grow by 7 percent to $34.8 billion in 2013 according to research carried out by IDC, Digit.ru reports.
According to IDC, personal users will account for the majority of Russian growth. Individuals are followed by the transport, communications and public utilities sectors. The segment of the market represented by government, education and healthcare is also expected to provide significant growth in terms of volume through major investments in the segment by the Russian state.
The volume of the Russian market in mobile applications in 2013 will amount to about $246 million and is due to reach $1.6 billion by 2016, according to a recent report by J’son & Partners Consulting, Digit.ru reports.
The market in mobile applications — software designed specifically for smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices — is led by Apple’s AppStore, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.