25 October 2022 Reading time: 4 minutes

The future of Russian IT: how the departure of foreign companies may affect expertise an

The future of Russian IT: how the departure of foreign companies may affect expertise an



After the departure of large foreign companies from the Russian IT market, there is an opinion in the industry that this may have a negative impact on the development of technological expertise. On the other hand, this can be a stimulus for the growth of human resources capacity within the country and the development of experience in new niches.

Igor Desyatnikov, ISPsystem Technical Director, shared his vision of the situation with CNews. Here's the full version of Igor's answers to the news outlet's questions.

In your opinion, how true is the statement that with the departure of foreign companies, Russian IT specialists will not be able to maintain expertise / gain experience in new technologies, given the ban and restrictions on access to resources?

I see no problem in restricted access to certain resources for professional developers. Real IT professionals are people with a high level of intelligence and it is quite difficult to restrict their access to an information resource. Yes, we can see that some big companies have faced bans, but the vast majority of developers have not been affected. There are many ways to access the information you need, even now.

Another thing is that many companies that were essentially monopolists have left the Russian market (Cisco, Oracle and others). Naturally, the process of transition to domestic products begins, and over time, expertise in foreign solutions will be lost. The question is, in the current realities, how necessary is it in Russia?

How do you think the experience of Russian IT specialists will be affected by the departure of large companies, as well as the withdrawal of Russian organizations from the use of foreign resources? And how can this be compensated?

Large companies left the market and took some of the most experienced developers with them. For example, Intel is exporting ~500 engineers from Russia to Germany. In fact, they are not just taking engineers with them, but teachers and mentors from whom the next generation of IT professionals could learn. From this point of view, Russia is losing a lot as the future of the IT industry.

Companies should grow their staff internally, create a base for growth and training of young professionals, rethink employee motivation and find incentives for their further development. The government's openness and willingness to work to support the IT industry helps in this: assistance packages for IT companies are formulated, various subsidies are given, etc. I would like this assistance to be more targeted and elaborated - this will allow us to attract and nurture personnel.

Could you share your opinion, how competitive will Russian IT specialists be under such conditions with foreign ones?

There are many strong IT specialists left in Russia even after many went elsewhere. There was, is and will be a strong IT community in our country. However, competition for strong personnel against the background of rapid import substitution is greatly increasing. On the one hand, we see a lot of "juniors" and interns in the job market; on the other hand, the solid "middles" and "seniors" have become even more expensive. All companies need results here and now, they need competitive products yesterday.

Read the full CNews article at its website. It presents the opinion of Russian IT experts on the competencies and competitiveness of IT specialists in the context of the departure of foreign corporations.