Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government together with RZD to develop a plan for the carrier’s transition to domestic software, the Kremlin website said. Responsible for the instruction on import substitution of foreign software called the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the president of the Railways Oleg Belozerov. The deadline for its execution is February 15, 2018.
Speaking at the CNews Forum in November 2017, IT Director of the Russian Railways Evgeny Charkin stated that more than 90% of the technologies responsible for key technological processes in the company are already Russian, CNews reported.
At this forum, RZhD, within the strategy of import substitution of foreign software, concluded an agreement on cooperation with the Russian manufacturer of enterprise control systems “Galaxy”. Russian developers should help RZD implement the Digital Rail program, Evgeny Charkin explained, signing the agreement. Earlier, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June, RZD signed a similar agreement on cooperation with the Russian 1C. Prior to this, the carrier company used the services of the German software developer SAP.
The project of Russian Railways “Digital Railway”, according to the company’s past reports, should link its development strategy with the general program “Digital Economy”. The strategy of Russian Railways includes the development of large data, industrial Internet, virtual and augmented reality, the company explained, and the “Digital Railroad” is identified as one of the main directions for the development of RZD until 2020.
Now free purchases of foreign software are limited only to state bodies. From January 1, 2016, they must choose the software from a special register maintained by the Ministry of Communications. If by its characteristics the software does not suit the state customer (or is completely absent from the register), he should write about it in a special justification. Also in the first half of 2016, the president strongly recommended switching to the domestic software and all state-owned companies.
Author: Svetlana Yastrebova
Article in Russian: Vedomosti