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IT Leader Forum Addresses All Aspects of the Internet of Things

October 18, 2016
The annual IT Leader Forum was recently held in Moscow, with the event focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) and IoT-driven business opportunities. The forum brought together more than 300 IT experts and executives of large companies to discuss, among other things, how IoT can make business processes more effective and optimize IT costs.

Every year, the IT Leader Forum addresses the most pressing issues faced by the IT market and business community. In 2016, IoT was in the spotlight at many events, and the IT Leader Forum effectively covered key topics such as what IoT tools are most in demand and how to apply them to business processes or production.

The forum discussions were moderated by Nikolay Uskov, Russian historian and journalist, Editor-in-Chief at Forbes Magazine and former Editor-in-Chief at GQ Russia (2003-2012). According to Nikolay, Russia is going through a real revolution in terms of technology, industry, and overall state of mind. "Today, we cannot imagine our lives without gadgets, which are everywhere. Indeed, we no longer even hail taxis on the street, and IoT has been our reality for a long time now, he said.

Maxim Tambiev, Country Manager for Russia and CIS, Forrester Research, agreed with the moderator and emphasized that IoT is evolving rapidly and is used in all industries, with telecom and utility companies being global leaders, followed by oil and gas. According to Forrester Research, the next 1-3 years will see the growth of IoT analytical applications which are still in their infancy today. IoT influences all aspects of business, from customer relations to B2B.

The first discussion on Revolution in competition. IoT as a tool to fight for customers attracted representatives of the transportation, banking, and retail sectors, as well as, of course, the IT industry. Boris Bobrovnikov, Director General, CROC, said that even though IoT has huge growth potential in Russia and the march towards national digitalization cannot be stopped, development is not fast enough. Of course, the Internet of Things is all around us, but if we do not pay attention to this technology, Russia will never become a leading country in terms of IoT development. We currently rank 39th out of 85 countries, which is not bad, but we could be better. If the government starts to support the IT market, or at least stops interfering with its development, we will inevitably see explosive growth across all technologies, including IoT, explained Mr. Bobrovnikov.

In addition, the first discussion revealed how banks leverage new technologies. Andrey Popov, Head of IT Directorate, Raiffeisenbank, told attendees how financial institutions have already used Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data technologies to improve operational efficiency and boost sales. We need to analyze large data volumes to customize banking products. It is the Internet of Things that enables us to offer our customers what they really need in a timely manner. For example, we were the first Russian bank to use Geofencing technology in our mobile app. Now, any customer approaching a store can view the special offers available there, said Mr. Popov.

Kirill Dubchak, IT Director, Eldorado, talked about the benefits of new technologies for retailers: Retailers are ready to experiment with different technologies, especially when they see a real opportunity to gain profit or optimize expenses. Today, retailers are mainly interested in customer identification and behavior analysis, thus allowing them to make customized offers and increase profits. This is where the Internet of Things comes in.

Just like other speakers, Kirill Semion, Director of IT Design and Engineering Bureau, Russian Railways, said that IoT is a must-have for internal processes and better service quality: We use IoT to optimize and improve our in-house processes and passenger service. For example, we are currently elaborating the Smart Railway Station concept that will facilitate passenger navigation within terminals and define additional services to be offered both in terminals and on trains. I see a bright future for the Internet of Things."

During the second discussion, speakers talked about the evolution of IoT in the manufacturing sector, as well as the potential of the technology with regard to quality assurance and cutting production costs. Sergey Sulimov, Member of the Board of Directors at Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, told attendees how new technologies make production more efficient. In particular, he said: "The further development of Internet of Things is inevitable and the first companies to adopt this technology will gain a competitive edge. Today, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works is the most advanced iron and steel company in Russia in terms of innovative products used. We have already implemented IoT and Big Data projects and are planning to work on unmanned vehicles, and this is just the beginning!"

Maxim Andreev, Business Applications Director, CROC, noted that the term Internet of Things has moved beyond its original meaning, and many speakers supported this point of view. IoT has turned into a popular brand name for the development of revolutionary approaches across a broad range of industries and technologies something which is often seen with the introduction of interesting solutions, Mr. Andreev said.

Boris Glazkov, Director of Strategic Innovation Center, Rostelecom, supported this position: IoT extends to and impacts many areas. For example, we now have smart refrigerators, kettles, turbines, excavators, and homes. I believe that the Internet of Things will develop most rapidly in large corporations and the public sector, which are currently very interested in cost cutting and more efficient production processes. As for market and niche players development is likely to be led by business integrators that want to maximize their ability to complete projects in line with their customers needs and are prepared to invest in the creation of tailored solutions and to therefore share some of the risk involved.

Participants in both discussions recognized security as being a cornerstone of IoT development. Today, the Internet of Things can collect huge volumes of personal data. As a result, security is a primary issue to be considered at every stage of the technology development process. Indeed, IoT is impossible without security, noted Mikhail Kader, Ciscos Honored Engineer for Information Security in Russia and the CIS countries.

IT Leader Forum co-organizers: The Russian Managers Association, ibusiness web-portal, iOne, Kommersant Dengi, Intelligent Enterprise Magazine, and CROC.

General Information Partner: Business FM radio station.

Forum information partners: Systems Administrator, Analytical Banking and Banking Technology magazines, as well as the National Banking Journal.

Online partners: Contemporary Technologies in Automation, Mobile Telecommunications magazines,, CRN, PC Week, Global CIO, COMNEWS, New Retail,,,

Official partners of the event: HPE, Cisco, and Huawei.

Supported by: Dell, EMC, and Veritas.

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