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How to Make Use of IT Potential

Modern information and communication technologies can radically improve our life, and make more efficient the activities of all enterprises and organizations irrespective of their forms of ownership, says Laziz Adkhamov, a representative of one of the global giants SAP. He offers organizations software solutions in the market.

“How do you assess the level of introduction of modern information-communication technologies in the country?”

“Serious changes have taken place in this direction in recent years. The “Electronic government” system project is in the process of development and major enterprises introduce corporate management technologies. However, to be able to maximize the use of resources, we have to change our attitude to this question and figure out why do we buy computers and servers…

“Unfortunately, in the majority of cases we introduce information systems just for printing out data on a printer and keep working with paper, although the advanced experiences indicate that we have to come out of this stage. The entire process of collecting and processing information should go on in an automatic mode, while specialists may use the obtained information simply by switching on a computer and opening up the necessary file. There is practically no sphere of activity today which would contraindicate the application of information technologies. They can not only replace the paper document circulation but also produce economic benefits. They accelerate the speed and efficiency of data processing and ensure the accuracy of calculations and provide a realistic picture of happening events.”

“You represent one of the global leaders in the market of corporate applications offering innovative IT-solutions for the bodies of government administration and banking sector, eventually you are involved in the introduction of these technologies. Why are they being implemented at such a slow rate into our lives?”

“In some cases this reluctance to introduce novelties can be explained by the old habits. Chronic approach to the solution of business problems and low awareness about the potential of modern technologies prevent the implementation of this process. If we refer to reports on the introduction of IT technologies we can hardly be able to find data on their economic efficiency. They contain data on the number of purchased computers, printers, scanners, server hardware, and on the volume and varieties of loaded data. It is quite obvious that the implementation process will go much faster, when we begin to consider the economic benefits of introduced technologies, as is being done in economically advanced countries. It is not incidental that the private sector is more sensitive in this matter than the government agencies. Private owner is quicker to realize that the struggle with overhead expenses is one of the most important factors, which will not only help survive in the market, but also make money.”

“How do we have to convince the executives to consider the economic advantages of introduction of information-communication technologies?”

“There is no need to convince anyone in anything. If we force them to do that, then again they will start providing bureaucratic unsubscribing reports or imaginary progress reports, which are of no practical use.

“But all these things will eventually come to us, although not instantly. One of the drivers of introduction of these technologies is a course taken by the government on the production of export-oriented output. It will definitely contribute to solving this issue. The need and desire to bring our products to major international markets will stimulate the soonest introduction of information and communication technologies.”

“There is yet a gradual change in attitude to the introduction of IT-technologies. What mistakes do we face most frequently?”

“One of the most widespread mistakes is lack of a strategic plan, which would provide an answer to the question: what do we want to get as a result of implementing new technologies? There has to be a clear understanding of how the introduced technologies will raise the efficiency of the enterprises’ and organizations’ activities and how will they maintain operational stability.

“There is yet another widespread problem: unwillingness to invest into software. The budgets of the majority of organizations for the year 2017 plan expenses for the introduction of IT, but they mostly envisage procurement of computers, servers and printers. Software purchasing expenses are not always taken into account although namely on them depend largely the efficiency of the procured equipment operation.”

“I have heard that you are a supporter of an idea of purchasing ready-made software products. But you had started out your career as a programmer and know quite well the “kitchen” of this sphere from inside out…”

“My first steps in my professional career were linked with programming and my company rendered relevant services at the time. And today, leaning on my experience I feel confident that there is no need to invent a bicycle, what we need to do is to make efficient use of the best available developments. The thing is that small companies will never be able to catch up with the global monsters’ technologies, which elaborate software products.”

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