By 2024, Russia must Have at Least a Dozen Successfully Functioning Digital Platforms

8 february 2018 | PC Week

"Today the vast majority of information analytics tools employed by Russia's government bodies are used primarily for planning activities, monitoring various socio-economic indicators and generating reports," Analytical Center expert Anatoly Karpenko told PC Week.

Anatoliy Karpenko
Anatoliy Karpenko
Department for Information Technologies

Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), business analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are all technologies that are closely intertwined with one another. Mr. Karpenko contends that all of them are already being used by government bodies and to an even larger extent by  businesses. In the public sector, it's the fiscal agencies and, specifically, the Taxation Service of Russia that have been most active in making use of these new technologies.

According to Mr. Karpenko, at the moment just about 45% of federal and regional public authorities use predictive analytics tools to one degree or another and a bit more than 11% use automated modeling in managing their activities. At the level of local governments, information analytics tools are hardly used at all with the bulk of data being analyzed using the capabilities available in standard productivity suites.

However, automation of decision-making in modern conditions must take full advantage of modern tools that can predict and model various situations and scenarios to answer what if questions as well as questions about what should be done to achieve specific outcomes.

"Unlike public authorities business around the world has been far more active in capitalizing on advanced IT solutions, "Mr. Karpenko concludes. "The motivation for using them comes from stiff competition and the kind of business environment a company operates in. So private companies use various operations data solutions (that keep track of data in real time) as well as solutions for processing and analyzing information far more liberally. They use both the Internet of things and big data, processing of spatial data using geo-information systems, artificial intelligence and digital assistants. The financial sector, retail and industry are leading the way on all these fronts."

"The Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program envisions at least a dozen industry-specific platforms successfully operating in Russia to address the needs of specific sectors of the economy by 2024 (including digital healthcare, digital education and smart cities)," Mr. Karpenko said. "At the moment there are a lot of discussions about what should be included in these platforms. As far as digital healthcare is concerned, a country-wide state-controlled information system could be used. It would have the status of a federal government information system, meaning that it would be developed and expanded to accommodate changing legal requirements and ensure its interoperation with various industry-specific platforms and the healthcare information systems of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, hospitals and other organizations."

Source: PC Week

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