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Digital transformation has become a key trend in the outgoing year. The transition of the population to remote work, unprecedented measures to support IT companies by the state and other key events in the digital environment – in the selection of “RG”.

Digitalization is a national priority

The President of Russia named digitalization among the national priorities, along with the health and well-being of people, creating a comfortable and safe environment for life, ensuring decent work and successful entrepreneurship.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko:

“New technologies can be compared to electricity: to use electrical appliances, you do not need to know how the current flows through the wires. Only the result is important. Citizens do not need to know how digital technologies work. The main thing is that life with them becomes more comfortable.”

Remoteness has become commonplace

In 2020, a significant part of life has shifted to the Internet – distance learning and online work have become commonplace. The popularity of online shopping, video and audio services, and receiving electronic government services has grown. Even the most conservative citizens began to use remote services.

Georgy Lagonda, Deputy Director General “Software Product”:

“With the use of digital technologies, the state has successfully implemented systems for maintaining social distance – special passes, check-ins have been introduced, social monitoring is being carried out. At the same time, the population is actively using electronic opportunities for communication with government agencies – the demand for the State Services portal is increasing, new functions are being opened, telemedicine and other important for people are being developed. options “.

Sergey Plutogarenko, Director of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC):

“The pandemic has become an impetus for the development of IT and digital. There is an accelerated digitalization of all spheres of life. “antiviral” technological solutions.

Elena Bunnia, General Director of Yandex in Russia:

“The pandemic and the shift to telecommuting have significantly affected the way we live and work. They have accelerated the introduction of technology into everyday life. Companies have launched new projects in a matter of weeks that could help people get a little more relaxed and comfortable in this time.”

Mikhail Pribochiy, Managing Director in Russia, CIS and Baltic countries, Kaspersky Lab:

“In the past year, I would especially highlight cybersecurity, which has become very much in demand among all categories – from retirees to corporate executives.  According to our research, the share of funds in IT budgets has increased. , which are planned to invest in the development of information security “.

Renato Lashing, executive director of ARPP “Otechestvenny soft”:

“Due to the quarantine, the demand for domestic IT solutions has grown, in particular, for products for secure remote connections and teamwork. These are cloud technologies, antiviruses, video conferencing, encryption of communication channels, collaboration and much more. A request for active development of the ecosystem of Russian solutions “.

Unprecedented support for the IT industry

Despite the success of individual IT areas, the industry as a whole was among the hardest hit. The drop in the revenue of IT companies in March-August, according to the ARPP, was about 45-80%. The state offered companies unprecedented support measures, including a tax maneuver, concessional lending, grants, and so on. Last week, a government decree was issued on the allocation of grants to IT startups in the amount of 750 million rubles. Young tech companies will be supported in the development of innovative projects and the introduction of products to the Russian market.

Sergey Plutogarenko:

“In 2020, the country launched a concessional lending mechanism aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of various sectors of the economy. The program will provide financial support to domestic software developers and form a comprehensive system of financing for digital transformation strategies developed by companies. At the same time, grant support to development companies continues. is working on a second package of support measures that will allow the development of Russian information technologies using state preferences. ”

Renato Lashing:

“The most expected of the measures to support the industry proposed by the government of the Russian Federation is, of course, a decrease in insurance premiums from 14% to 7.6%. For the IT industry, the wage fund makes up about 80% of companies’ expenses, so the effectiveness of the introduction of this measure will be quite high. Thus, companies will be able to use the saved funds to develop new markets and improve the skills of IT-personnel. The support of IT-startups, which was announced last week, will help in bringing the products of start-up companies to the domestic and foreign markets. ”

Elena Bunnia:

“Despite the increased pressure on the IT sector, it was incomparably more difficult for small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs who managed to keep jobs are real heroes of the outgoing year. Their importance for society is also visible in the direction of government support.”

Demand for domestic software has grown

The state continued to create conditions for the development and promotion of domestic software solutions. The adoption of documents on the pre-installation of Russian programs on electronic devices and the stimulation of public procurement are some of the measures taken.

Renato Lashing:

“The outgoing year was successful in terms of the transition of large state corporations and Russian companies to domestic software. We are talking about large-scale purchases of Russian operating systems, office software and other solutions by Rostom, Rostelecom.