Panel of “Best Information Analytics Tools” Contest Has Chosen Winners

13 december 2016

On 12th December, the panel of the “Best Information Analytics Tools 2016” contest held its final meeting The names of the winners are being kept secret until the official award ceremony, which is to take place in January during the “Information Analytics Tools In Public Administration” conference. In the meantime, members of the panel discussed the finalist projects and talked about the development and possible uses of information analytical tools in the public sector.

“Today we can be confident in saying that there is plenty of demand for analysis and rating of information analytics tools,” said the Head of the Analytical Center Konstantin Noskov. “The final conclusions about whether the results of our contest among federal and regional executive authorities will be made after the  conference. However, I hope that both the market and public authorities are enthusiastic about the results of our contest."

In recent years, information technologies have been developing in leaps and bounds even as economic growth in general has slowed, believes the deputy chair of the management board of the Russian Pension Fund Nikolay Elistratov. Today, there are a multitude of prizes and contests in the country which are organized and awarded by various organizations, however, in the opinion of Mr. Elistratov, one main contest is needed. “We could use the contest organized by the Analytical Center to create a national contest that would span both public and private organizations, “ Mr. Elistratov believes. “It could become the country’s main contest, sort of like the Oscar in cinematography, seeing how there is a lot of demand for information analytics tools among both public authorities and the business community.”

We could use the contest organized by the Analytical Center to create a national contest that would span both public and private organizations. It could become the country’s main contest, sort of like the Oscar in cinematography, seeing how there is a lot of demand for information analytics tools among both public authorities and the business community.

Nikolay Elistratov

Russian Pension Fund 

In 2016 applications were submitted for the contest for 11 Russian cities. The Minister for Information Technologies, Communications, and Mass Media of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Sergey Kuchin does not think it would be prudent to compare the contestant regarding which region they come from.  “Today, regional companies are just as good as Moscow based companies in terms of quality of services and many of them offer their services in the Moscow market as well," Mr. Kuchin pointed out. “The information technologies in general are not tied to any specific place: you can operate globally from a local office. Naturally, there were more participants from Moscow than from other regions. Nevertheless, the regional IT market is growing pretty fast. Thus, Nizhny Novgorod Region is rated among Russia’s top 4 leaders in IT industry. And very recently, on 22nd November, we announced the winners of our region contest ‘IT Project 2016’.” Over 150 very serious projects that are functioning today in the Russian market were considered in frames of the project .”

The contest serves as a venue for sharing experience and seeing what your colleagues are up to, Alexander Albychev, Director of the Department for the Digitization of the Government of Tyumen Oblast, is sure. “If IT systems are being deployed in a given region, that means that information analytics solutions can be deployed based on them," the expert is sure. "There is a lot of variation from region to region in how well developed the IT sector is. In Tumen, for example, we have made some serious progress in healthcare, we are now developing digital schools, there are other regions, though, that are deploying IT solutions for urban planning or in oversight and supervision areas.” But all regional companies have ambitions, and they all want to go nationwide, offering their products in Moscow and in other regions.

The solutions presented to the contest are going to help the market participants. What we found to be especially interesting about the “Best Information Analytics Tools” contest was the special nomination “IT Solutions for Monitoring and Supervision”. It is very relevant to what we have been doing - we offer a platform for risk management and analysis,” said Head of the department for Solutions for the Public Sector of SAS Institute Alexander Efimov. The experience of the Russian participants in the contest will help the company to realize Russian projects, the expert is sure.

But the main issue is to convince customers that they really need the new product. “The problem with any new market is communicating to the customers that they need the new solutions,” believes the Vice President of the Russian National Public Organization of Small and Medium Sized Businesses "Opora Rossii” Natalia Ushakova. “Information analytics technologies are not just a new trend, it is a new reality of the 4th industrial revolution and the digital transformation of the economy. The authors of these technologies have their own marketing technologies that can help promote their products. But first of all, they need to show in practice the benefits that customers can gain by using them. For example, the Medtaxphone project that uses modern digital technologies aims to help people get medical help without leaving their building.”  

The contest is being held from 1st July, 2016 through 27th January, 2017, its goal is to help identify the best information analytics tools available today and promote their use for working with data and  in decision making. A total of 52 applications from 11 Russian cities were submitted for the 6 nominations. In six months over 12 events were held as part of the contest, in which more than 450 IT specialists took part.

The award ceremony for the contest will be held at the Analytical Center during the Information Analytics Tools in Pubic Administration conference on 26-27 Jan, 2017