On November 28, I.T. Group celebrates its birthday! Exactly 23 years ago, at a time when the IT industry in Russia was in its infancy, Tagir Yapparov and Igor Kasimov founded I.T. Company, which has since become one of the key players on the Russian IT market.
The past year was full of events, projects and changes, including: opening of new business areas, release of innovative products, new professionals joining the managing team, etc.
This year saw the launch of several hundred projects, some of which are for such major customers as the Sheremetyevo Airport, Tele2, MTT, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia's Ministry of Education and Science, Uralvagonzavod, Alpha-Bank, and INTECO. I.T. Group had two projects win the Best 10 Government Sector IT Projects Award: installation of ticket machines in the Moscow Metro; development of the Federal State Information System (FSIS) "Monitoring" for inter-agency cooperation between the Ministry of Economic Development, federal authorities and regional authorities.
In addition to projects, I.T. Group continues to invest extensively in the development of new business areas and R&D: cloud technologies, enterprise mobility, information management systems, solutions based on social platforms.
MobilityLabs, located in Skolkovo, and the Center for Enterprise Mobility have released a product - MobileSputnik - that is designed to create tablet-based enterprise mobile workplaces, and also launched several pilot projects related to enterprise mobility. Additionally, I.T. participated in the creation of EXPINET expert network, financed by the Bortnik Foundation, which is a cloud-based communications platform for expert examination and exchange of results of professional work, and, in effect, a model of collaborative intellectual activity.
In 2013, I.T. became a member of Russia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the intention to actively participate in the preparation and implementation of legislative initiatives for improving the IT services market in Russia. Also, the second national rating for hi-tech, rapidly developing Russian companies, TekhUspekh 2013, placed I.T. Group in the Top 10 major Russian companies.
"On the one hand, 23 years is an age of company maturity. I.T.'s business may be regarded as an established and mature one, judging not only by the calendar, but by the level of business processes built up within the company. On the other hand, 23 is not yet a respectable age even for the relatively young IT industry. Today, there are mature business areas, businesses that are just coming into commercial operation, and completely young start-ups in the company. It's this combination that allows us to be confident and firmly established on the market. We believe that I.T. will certainly continue to actively participate in all innovative IT market processes," said Tagir Yapparov, Chairman of I.T. Group's Board of Directors and Igor Kasimov, CEO of the I.T. Management Company.