"Digital Transformation in the Republic of Tatarstan" - open lecture by the Minister of Informatization and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan R. Shaikhutdinov in Higher School of Business KFU

On March 14, 2018 on the site of the Higher School of Business KFU an open lecture of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan-Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan Roman SHAIKHUTDINOV on the theme "Digital transformation in Republic of Tatarstan " was organized.

The lecture was attended by students of MBA and Master's in the field of "IT-management". These programmes are focused on the training of management personnel for the business environment and public administration system in the field of modern information systems and technologies. The aim of the programme is to prepare IT-managers of the new generation with the effective management skills and those who are adapted to the modern requirements of business strategies.

Opening a lecture, Dean of the Higher School of Business KFU, Doctor of Economics Alsu AKHMETSHINA noted that the programmes were developed jointly with the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan on behalf of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan. In addition, it was pointed out that the MBA  IT-management programme is one of the specialized programmes of the School, focused on solving the problems of the real sector of the Republic of Tatarstan. MBA IT-management programme is implemented in  Higher School of Business KFU with the invitation of experts in the field of IT-technologies and modern IT-management, advisers-practitioners of leading IT-companies, business-consultants, Russian, as well as leading American and European Schools of business faculty members, carrying out programs of training of IT managers.

Roman SHAIKHUTDINOV addressed the students in his speech and noted the pecularities of the modern IT-management (CIO) of a company: direct participation in business strategy implementation of the company, with application of IT tools as a basis of business-systems. In this regard, the IT manager should have a full arsenal of modern management tools; Ensuring the development of IT-platforms of the company and implementation of new IT-solutions; Ensuring the efficiency of the company's IT infrastructure operation.

Roman SHAIKHUTDINOV drew attention to the fact that MBA IT-management programme is implemented in the Republic of Tatarstan for the first time. Noting the relevance of IT Management, the Minister recommended to the Higher School of Business to continue further enrollment.

The lecture covered the issues of digital transformation in Russia and the Republic of Tatarstan. The Minister introduced the concept of development of the digital economy of the region. The following directions of digital information were considered: Digital healthcare, digital industry and trade, smart city, information security, information infrastructure, digital construction and others.

Special attention of the Minister was drawn to such a direction as life-long learning and HR, which in modern conditions is of special relevance.

The program "Digital Tatarstan" is developing and supporting specific projects in priority areas. In this regard, the Minister invited students of the MBA IT-Management programme to present their ideas and projects in the field of digital transformation of the region. In their turn, students offered to create a "bank" of the best practices of IT-solutions and projects of the Republic for their implementation in regional companies.

In conclusion it was decided to hold such meetings regularly with participation of representatives of professional IT-community, Ministry of Informatization and Communication of RT and Higher School of Business KFU.

Higher School of Business KFU and the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan expressed gratitude to the heads of  the following enterprises: PJSC Tatneft, OJSC Grid Company, JSC Tatspirtprom, PJSC AK Bars Bank, JSC Tatjenergosbyt, LLC Alkotorg for the decision to educate the employees of their companies on the MBA IT-Management programme.