CROC held an event in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the IT industry in Russia on May 25, 2017, with the company also celebrating its own 25th birthday in May. The event took place in the Museum of Moscow, featured an expo of cutting-edge digital technologies that are currently changing the future of businesses and entire industries, and brought together over 2,000 IT experts and senior managers of large companies which are directly involved in and gave birth to the IT market in Russia.
The founders of Russia’s IT industry together symbolically started its next 25 years, including Eugene Adlerov, Boris and Ivan Bobrovnikov, Andrey Vyshlov, Georgy Gens, Sergey Karpov, Nikolay Komlev, Sergey Makedonsky, Sergey Matsotsky, Dmitry Moskalev, Robert Farish, Alexander Chub, Mikhail Borisov, and Pavel Khristov.
“Like many Russian IT companies, CROC is celebrating its anniversary this year. However, instead of looking back, the IT community prefers to focus on the upcoming complete digital transformation of both business and everyday life. We are looking forward to the future and developing new technologies, such as virtual reality, Internet of Things, computer vision, building information modeling, video analytics, express health diagnostics for industrial personnel, and even digital heating,” said Boris Bobrovnikov, Director General, CROC.
The celebration included a space cruise, with each guest who passed a space quest obtaining a 25% discount for CROC MBA, a training course that inspires top managers to leverage information technologies of the future. In addition, the 25 quest winners were awarded with certificates for the digital transformation course offered by the CROC’OK Training Center.
The core of the space quest was based on a virtual reality environment where participants on a virtual simulator completed a space station docking training session. In addition, guests also selected apartments in a 3D model of future buildings on Mars (Bahrain used as a sandy territory prototype) and even found free parking space using an interactive map of Moscow City.
“For many years, we have been surveying the audience of various media segments and now have a good understanding of what catches people’s interest today. CROC has accomplished great achievements and is now one of the leaders in information technology in Russia. We believe that our partnership in different areas, including virtual reality, will result in the offering of new products and bring ample opportunities for the development of both the media and IT industries,” said Dmitry Mednikov, Deputy CEO for Digital TV Broadcasting, VGTRK.
During the space voyage, participants’ health was monitored via CROC’s medical diagnostics system. Anyone could undergo a pupil analysis lasting only a few minutes to reveal their emotional state or test out a contactless lie detector, while Digital Signage technologies enabled guests to try on a space suite and select shoes for a galaxy race.
“I would like to thank CROC for recalling such a marvelous date as this event helped me realize what a gigantic step forward we have all made together. I wish my colleagues new interesting projects and every success in meeting their business needs,” said Arkady Zatulovsky, IT Director, Nordea Bank.
“I am delighted with CROC’s confident gesture of celebrating the 25th anniversary of IT in Russia, even though the industry is still being established and its true origins can be traced further back. It’s a pleasure to work alongside and compete with such an innovative company as CROC, with our rivalry always forcing our employees to be ready for any challenge. CROC is an excellent company which boasts a great workforce and is very lucky to have such a talented and almost genius leader,” said Georgy Gens, President, LANIT Group.
“Over the past 25 years, the IT industry in Russia has expanded virtually from scratch to become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country, with all market players contributing to this outstanding performance. I am happy to be here today and to have the opportunity to greet all of us and CROC with the anniversary,” said Robert Farish, Vice President for Russia and the CIS, IDC.
“Everyone realizes that technology will shape the future, and only those companies that understand and are ready for the future will survive the approaching economy of ideas. CROC is transforming its business right here and now, and we are always willing to be a technology partner when it comes to exploring and working on new ideas and projects,” remarked Alexander Scherbina, CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Russia.
A journey into the space of future technologies was guided by Anton Lavrentiev, professional traveler and entertainer and host of the television travel series 'Heads and Tails' (Orel i Reshka), and accompanied by the Impressionable People (Vpechatlitelnie Lyudi) cover band and Ivan Dalmatov, a semi-finalist of the fourth season of the Voice TV Show. In addition, participants were able to gain an insight into the art of the future by evaluating an IT-based art object ‘Sphere’ made by artist Platon Infante-Arana.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, CROC provided guests with a unique opportunity by extending a ‘Message to the Future’ initiative for the day of celebration. Anyone could leave a message, which will be kept until 2042, and thus take part in a CROC’s technological experiment for long-term data storage on digital media in harsh climatic conditions. In addition to a total of 31,507 messages collected from all over the world, the above messages will now be put into the capsule and, in early June, delivered by the High-Latitude Arctic Expedition of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute for storage in the Arctic, a globally recognized data storage location, while backup copies of messages will also be stored in highly reliable uninterruptible data centers in Europe and Asia: CROC’s Kompressor data center in Moscow and Star of Bosphorus data center in Istanbul.
“It looks like there is something certain in our roaring future as, in March 2042, my relatives and I will receive messages sent from 2017. It will be great to read them and see once again how technology, life and even our images of the future will have changed over time,” said Igor Kiselev, IT Director, Domino’s Pizza.
The official partners of the event included: Hewlett Packard Enterprise as Planet Partner, APC by Schneider Electric as Satellite Partner, as well as Veritas and Huawei as Orbital Partners, with the celebration also being supported by MyOffice.
CROC has been working in the IT market since 1992 and is today one of the top 10 IT companies (RIA Rating, Kommersant Dengi, Expert Rating Agency, 2015-2016) and the top three consulting businesses (Kommersant Dengi, Expert Rating Agency, 2016) in Russia.
CROC is the number one IT service provider in Russia (PAC, 2015), a leader in IT outsourcing (TAdviser, 2015), application management (PAC, 2015), ERP and e-document management systems (TAdviser, 2016), telecommunications (Expert Rating Agency, 2016), IaaS (CNews, 2016), and one of the largest providers of integrated data center, building and facility infrastructures (CNews, 2016).
CROC regularly ranks among the top three Russian IT service providers to the finance (TAdviser, 2016), government (PAC, 2015), healthcare and transportation (CNews, 2016), energy and manufacturing (Manufacturing Management portal, 2016), and retail (CNews, 2016) sectors.
In addition, CROC offers services based on its own commercial data centers and its public cloud, and also creates private and hybrid clouds based on either own or client data centers. Indeed, CROC is the only Russian systems integrator with a data center to have received full Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute. For more information, please contact CROC's PR team via email@example.com.