Prepare for the next chapter in the Russian IT industry story


Prepare for the next chapter in the Russian IT industry story

The Russian president has been touring some of the largest vendors in the computer industry over the last couple of days hoping to pick up some ideas to take home.

President Dmitry Medvedev has made no secret of his ambition to foster a Silicon Valley culture in Russia and popped into press the flesh with the likes of Apple CEO Steve Jobs as well as swinging by Cisco and Twitter's offices.

In the spirit of using technology to share his activities Medvedev signed up to Twitter yesterday to post his progress through California.

"Silicon Valley's greatest asset is communication. People discuss their work not trifles. Russia would benefit from this kind of environment," he tweeted.

"The government's task is to create job opportunities. We have the money now, but we don't have a Silicon Valley. We must spend wisely," he added.

In some ways he is a modern day Peter the Great who toured the dockyards of Woolwich and Greenwich picking up ideas he could take home to his own navy.

Now there are a couple of things to be said for this. Firstly, the obvious is that Twitter gives an unparalleled insight into the lives and actions of the great and good.

But the second is that there might be a new stage in the development of the Russian computer industry. Over the last few decades all the main players have engaged with the market and there have been a few home grown brands emerging like Kaspersky Labs.

But if it wants to develop more of its own industry and encourage others in then it might well provide a new source of vendors and marketing money for the channel as these companies look to expand into Europe and the lucrative UK market.

This was first published in June 2010

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