Russia is in northern Eurasia and is the largest country in the world, covering more than a ninth of the Earth's land area. Russia also is the ninth most populous nation with 143 million people. IBM has been in Russia since 1972. It has offices in several cities, including Moscow, which is the capital and largest city. CSC deployed in Russia in 2010. Locations have included Kazan, Sochi and Rostov. Projects have included working with the University of Kazan on a long-term strategy for developing a social and educational network of the university.
- CSC Russia 1
4 October 2010 - 29 October 2010
"There were nine Russia 1 team members, from the United States, India, Australia, Japan and Uruguay. The assignment took place in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan, Russia.
One of our projects was with the Federal University of Kazan (KFU), which is a 200-years-old university. We were to understand the Social Education Network the university is implementing for prospective students, provide findings, share best practices and suggestions and provide international perspective. Our other project was with the National Museum of Tatarstan. Their objective was to develop an integrated marketing strategy to increase visitors to the museum.
While in Kazan we visited the 21st Century School, a model public school. We spoke with pupils, teachers and authorities. The school uses state-of-the-art equipment and teaching methodologies. We also met with the Tatar Congress organization that shared with us the activities developed to keep in touch with the Tatar community worldwide.
One memory that stands out was that well into the second half of our assignment, we were surprised to learn that we should present the results of our work not only to our clients, but to government authorities and the press, and that the material presented should be in Russian!"
- CSC Russia 2
1 April 2011 – 30 April 2011
"The Russia 2 team consisted of 11 members from 6 countries: the United States, Brazil, Italy, India, China, and Singapore. We were assigned to Sochi, Russia and worked on 4 different projects.
At the Sochi City Administration, the team was involved in a gap analysis and provided recommendations for Phase 2 of "Electronic Sochi". The team analyzed Sochi’s Multifunctional Center, the Task Management System, Internet resources, and smarter transportation initiatives.
Sochi’s Philharmonic Project was focused on defining a CRM Strategy to improve marketing effectiveness and business results. The extended team (customers, vendors, and IBM CSC) analyzed current processes and suggested improvements to support the Theatre and their needs.
The Sochi City Center for Volunteer Development team focused on developing a marketing strategy for the newly established volunteer center to recruit, train, and keep city volunteers engaged with city events and the 2014 Olympics in particular.
The team also worked with the Sochi City Education department to develop a municipal-wide appraisal and rating system managed by the Science and Education Department to use when evaluating institutions of the Sochi Municipal Education System.
Some of the best memories from our visit included weekend excursions to Sochi’s tea plantation, Dendrarium park, Ahoon Mountain, Stalin’s Summer Villa, and Krasna Polyana, the site of the 2014 winter Olympics."
- CSC Russia 3
30 September 2011 - 29 October 2012
Assigned to: Rostov-On-Don, Russia
Team 1: Southern Federal University
To develop a model and mechanism for integration between science and business in the areas of:
Team 2: Russian League of Credit Unions
Team 3: North-Caucasus Academy of Public Administration
- CSC Russia 4
11 May 2012 - 09 June 2012
10 participants from 6 different countries:
Assigned to Siberia Region > Novosibirsk, Russia
1. The Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation Policy of the Novosibirsk Region
- Partner description:
The Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation Policy of the Novosibirsk Region is the regional executive power implementing public administration and legal regulation in the education, science, and innovation spheres in accordance with federal law.
To develop methodological monitoring system for innovative activism at institutions of higher education in order to provide the Ministry with information about effective innovation activism
2. Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Centre (SCISC)
Founded in 1995, Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center (SCISC) is a pioneering foundation dedicated to the development of civil society in Siberia region and Russia.
3. Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU)
NSTU (Novosibirsk State Technical University) is one of the largest universities in Siberia and one of the main research and educational centers in Russia.
Our sub-team was located in the Department of Innovation and Technology Center, where they have the Business Incubator that attends 17 faculties and institutes, focusing on innovation, research advancement and promotion. The project was to help NSTU to become more Innovative and raise students’ awareness on innovation / entrepreneurship.
Based on research and Interviews, create a Consulting Strategy Plan, consisting in:
4. Department of Communications and Information of Novosibirsk City Administration
The Novosibirsk Department of Communications and Information city administration leads many IT-projects focused on improving the management of different municipal services.
Our community service work:
- Visit to an Orphanage
- 3 “English in Practice” sessions with some English language learners.
Selected favourite memories:
Russia4 Team Puppeteers :
As a part of cultural adaptability, we wished to watch a puppet show; however, the tickets were sold out for the entire period of our assignment. Anyway, we had a bit of luck, because the puppet theatre officers let us visit a museum of puppets and it was really a nice experience in the end.
Russia4 Team@ City Celebration of Victory Day:
On our first day together team members gathered for a tour of the immediate vicinity. Upon reaching the prized Novosibirsk opera and ballet theatre we noticed a procession – in celebration of Victory Day, which we followed to Novosibirsk’s Central Park, where white birch trees provide an oasis away from concrete and asphalt. We later found refuge inside the theatre too – in witness to beautiful performances of Carmen, Don Quijote and Swan Lake.
Russia4 Team @ Orphanage:
Russia 4 team members on a play-date during a weekend visit to an orphanage to play with the children that even without speaking the same language were able to communicate and interact with us, sharing their love and enjoying the not so common guests.
Russia4 Team @ Media Event
The whole IBM team together @ NSTU University for the media event with IBM Moscow, NGO and local clients.
- CSC Russia 5
16 June 2013 - 12 July 2013
Ekaterinburg is in the Urals and is the third largest city in Russia with a population of about 1.4 million people
We were divided into four sub-teams:
For our Community Service Day we spent three hours with Volunteers from Dorogi Dobra (Paths of Kindness) helping out in a home for children between 10 and 18 with cognitive disabilities. The volunteers work with these children on a weekly basis. Our time with them was spent teaching the children about money and shopping.
- CSC Russia 6
28 September 2013 to 26 October, 2013
Krasnodar, the economic center of southern Russia was named the best city for business in Russia by Forbes magazine and rated Russia's most comfortable city by the Urbanika Institute and the Russian Union of Architects.
The Russia 6 team comprises 12 members from 7 countries, 5 from India, 2 from United States, 1 each from Argentina, China, Japan, Philippines and Singapore, were assigned to 3 projects:
1. FA Kovalenko Museum: Develop a comprehensive strategy to attract more paying visitors. Identified opportunities to increase awareness of the Museum brand, potential new market segments, new products and services and recommended process for monitoring efficiency of strategy.
2. RClass: Analyzed and developed a comprehensive business plan and marketing strategy for the School of Professional Development (CLASS PRO) with the aim to provide practical experience to enhance the professional skills of young specialists and recent graduates to address the high levels of unemployment.
3. Unified Emergency Dispatch Service (EDDS): Analyzed the current EDDS system and recommended improvements in operational framework, emergency management system that connects different emergency response services in time of disaster, best practices in video analytics and provided a roadmap to becoming a Smarter Public Safety agency.
Some team members made a presentation on IBM, IBM CSC, our technologies and topics on building resumes and interview tips to the students at the Kuban University. Others visited schools to interact with the young Russian students.
The CSC project has been a memorable and excellent learning experience for the team.
- CSC Russia 3