CIPR 2019: The dialogue between the business and government on a common digit environment for the transformation of industry in Russia
16 MAY / 2019
In Innopolis, a panel discussion was held on the topic "Common Digital Environment. Uniform Transformation of Russian Industry" as part of the fourth "Digital Industry of Industrial Russia" (CIPR) conference. The event was arranged by the Ctrl2GO Group of companies with the support of the Clover Group.
The focus of the active discussion between the speakers and the audience was the competition and cooperation of companies in the field of industrial enterprises digitalization, as well as barriers and points of joint growth for increasing the potential of the Russian economy industrial sector.

The session was moderated by Denis Kasimov, the chairman of the board of directors of the Clover Group (Ctrl2GO GC). Vladimir Dozhdev, the director of the Department of Digital Technologies of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Pavel Anisimov, the director for development at ANO "Digital Economy", Anatoliy Dubovitskiy, the head of the Digital Transformation Directorate Russian Helicopters, Yuriy Zarubin, the deputy director of the Department for Coordination and Implementation of Digital Economy Projects of the Ministry of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, and Pavel Prieditis, the director for strategic customer management at Zyfra also participated in the discussion.

In the market conditions, businesses are interested in strengthening their position and increasing profits, but all technology companies have the same global objective which is the transformation of domestic production industry to increase its competitiveness in the global market. Therefore, the issues of cooperation between companies and creation of a shared digital environment to achieve this goal are quite acute.

"Any digital transformation has several basic components," said Denis Kasimov, the moderator of the meeting, setting the tone of the discussion. "These are the data owned by companies; programs that can process them; developed algorithms and integration experience. Each of these components is an asset for market participants. The question is what companies are willing to share to create a common digital environment."

Yuri Zarubin agreed that it is necessary to achieve unity in this direction. Industrial sector plays a significant role, so the improvement of its competitiveness will be a breakthrough.

"It is necessary to share technologies, but active participation is also required, including on the part of regulators. Currently, nine road maps are being developed based on end-to-end technologies as part of the "Digital Economy" program," Yuriy Zarubin said. "A road map is a kind of technical assignment, a set of rules determining the priorities and steps, and the procedure for creating and implementing the technology."

The discussion participants specifically focused on the importance and value of industrial data for managerial decisions. Vladimir Dozhdev noted that the shared digital environment's objective is to ensure the big data circulation on understandable grounds, and the state's objective in forming this environment is to eliminate industry restrictions.

"We need to exchange data, receiving something in return, since this is a product intended for commercialization," Vladimir Dozhdev emphasized. "It is important that the information is generated, properly processed, accumulated, and structured with a clear purpose. Information is a unique asset that does not disappear at the moment of its transfer."
Pavel Anisimov emphasized that the Russian market should not be the limit for domestic technologies.

"In this regard, it would be correct to speak not about a shared platform, but about a shared information environment," the speaker said. "We have to create an ecosystem that would operate based on uniform standard rules at all levels, starting from the data format and ending with the level of business processes. It is necessary to formulate the concept and try to build a domestic environment of a shared information space which would allow working according to international standards."

The discussion also touched upon the barriers inhibiting the common digital space formation, and the digital industry within the framework of the Russian economy development.

Vladimir Dozhdev identified such barriers as the non-conformity of market requirements to the rules governing the format and procedure of data exchange, common IT architectures, and lack of product ranges that can be used to solve tasks.

"Now, we are just starting to consider the issues of inter-industry cooperation," the speaker said. "It is necessary to pay serious attention to the standardization of data exchange for all sectors. Some standards in this area are already under development."

Other meeting participants identified more barriers preventing the comprehensive development of digitalization such as lack of budgets, pricing policies, competent specialists, as well as the cultural aspect, which does not allow to achieve full efficiency of the technologies being introduced due to the lack of actions in key directions.

The topics drew the interest of the participants involved in the discussion, submitting several proposals, and expressing their points of view on these issues. Konstantin Trushkin from MCST expressed the wish that all adopted plans and standards should provide for future expansion, taking into account not only short-term business model schemes but also potential risks and opportunities.

All participants of the discussion agreed that the barriers could be overcome by the introduction of a regulatory framework, the first documents of which are to be released in 2020. However, their development requires not only the state initiative but also the participation of businesses. This will allow for creating a common information space for the Russian industrial sector with the application of the best practices and technologies to ensure the maximum efficiency.

In conclusion, the participants agreed on further cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation within the framework of the implementation of the "Digital Economy" program and state support tools in this area.