Future on the horizon: Technopark's IT developments in the northeast of Moscow

October 29, 2019
Economy and entrepreneurship

Gorizont (Horizon) Technopark covers almost 2 ha in Butyrsky district. Previously, this area belonged to Spetsstanok Plant. Today, there are no noisy machines in the buildings, and laboratories with employees in white coats and protective glasses. But there is a winter garden, a cafe and open work spaces.

Local resident companies focus on IT. Technopark employs some 1,500 people: software developers, analysts, IT architects and other professionals. Technopark residents belong to the IBS Group Holding Ltd.

'Today, our company is a large diversified technology holding engaged in several areas. Our top priority is services, all about IT systems implementation and support of digital processes in companies. Also, we are actively developing our own products, including niches involved in development of sanction resistant solutions,' said Svetlana Balanova, CE, IBS.

Our customers include cross-sectional organisations, from air carriers to large retail chains. IBS also cooperates with Moscow, with the developments of local specialists applied in the city finance and development of information services.

Photo: mos.ru. Maxim Denisov

Big data and recruitment

There are several screens on the wall of the open workspace showing digital indicators and graphs. These are visualisation of the digital platform for personnel management.

Such projects are now commonly referred to as big data. The system processes a huge amount of data, and supports more than 170 HR processes, from resourcing to payroll accounting and performance analysis everything HR professionals deal with. The system uses pre-programmed algorithms to tell user companies how many employees they need to hire, how much an applicant wants to get a particular position and whether an employee is going to leave anytime soon. According to Svetlana Balanova, the system significantly facilitates the workflow at HR departments without expanding the staff.

'Basically, we are now working with retailers who pioneer digitalisation in general. We use the system for mass recruitment, from the seller and cashier to director and higher. We help more than 150,000 people a year to find jobs,' she says.

Photo: mos.ru. Maxim Denisov

When hardware becomes software

Two more developments by a Gorizont resident focus on data security, big data storage and use.

The first one is Skala-R. Developed and assembled in Russia, the system is based on the Russian software solutions and equipment.

'This is a standard, turnkey software and hardware complex to deploy any business system or data centre,' explains Svetlana Balanova. 'We used to employ complex configurations of equipment ― servers, networks, storage, and other items ― to deal with all the challenges in the company. But gradually, software running on a fairly simple, inexpensive and standard equipment learned to solve the same issues.  Skala is an example of such a solution.'

Photo: mos.ru. Maxim Denisov

One Skala's unit does not need much space. Besides, if the power of one unit is not enough, you can connect another one or even more until the system works properly. This solution provides data security and easy maintenance. If one of the standard modules fails, the data is instantly redistributed among the other modules to save it. To date, Russian private and public organisations are already working with the Skala-R system.

Another Skala-based development is virtual workplace.

'Earlier, you needed a computer, a system unit, software to work, and the companies had to open IT departments to support this infrastructure. But now, you only need a monitor and a receiving set to stream a desktop image for a virtual workplace,' says Svetlana Balanova.

The user works as usual, but all the processes take place remotely, on secure servers. Only the owner of a special key-token is entitled to access the information, for example, a USB stick with the code or a smartphone's NFC chip. Information in the virtual workplace system is not only secured, it is actually not stored on your working device, which means that if it breaks down or disappears, the data will be safe.


My digital capital

There are more than 50,000 IT companies in Moscow, with about 200 of them being technopark residents. The volume of the information and communication technologies industry in Moscow totals RUB 3.8 trillion and makes up 70% of the total industry in Russia.

'Technoparks are an important program to support innovation developers. For large and successful companies, it is a great tool to 'keep fit', and an additional competitive advantage. And for startups, this is a great opportunity to cut their market entry costs,' Svetlana Balanova explains.

Source: mos.ru

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