Site news 21.05.2013
More than 100 IT-managers from European commercial enterprises and government organizations gathered this spring in Vienna to discuss the most topical issues related to the development of information technologies and management at the summit hosted by IDC, a leading supplier of IT and consulting services. Yuriy Zelenkov, NPO Saturn CIO took part in the panel discussion on the role of IT in ensuring adaptability and flexibility of business. His address was dedicated to the restructuring of his own IT-direction in accordance with the new requirements which are imposed by the constantly changing business-administration conditions.
The maturation of the NPO Saturn corporate IT-system, evolution of the IT-budget structure, shifting the emphasis from the creation of new systems to their development and support as well as the overall restructuring ongoing in the industry have set new challenges before the NPO Saturn IT-direction. This is how Yuriy Zelenkov looks at it: “We are closely interacting with the representatives of all the functional domains in the company while trying to provide them with the best services and systems but we will never be able to predict the requirements of tomorrow as the situation is changing rapidly and we cannot control the causes behind these changes. There is only one way out of this situation – to create IT-systems with the highest level of adaptability which could be easily altered to meet the new requirements”.
These provisions were embedded in the corporate IT development strategic management technique used by NPO Saturn nowadays. In particular, this approach provides for a concentration on IT-servers rather than in applications, a transition to using flexible software technological platforms, wide use of flexible development techniques and reorganization of the company’s IT-direction in accordance with the adopted service model.
“Our ideas with regard to strategic management of the corporate IT development in the conditions of uncertainty were also treated with interest by our colleagues from other Russian companies and organizations, - stated Yuriy Zelenkov. – I spoke at numerous professional and scientific conferences in Russia and several dedicated presentations have been written on this subject. It turned out that these issues also interest greatly our foreign colleagues. In September 2012 I had a chance to present our IT strategic planning method at the CONFENIS 2012 scientific conference in Belgium, shortly after I was invited to participate in the professional forum hosted by IDC in Vienna. At both venues there were quite interesting discussions of the results we had achieved, we received many questions, too. Most definitely, this is a high evaluation of our ideas of how to manage the IT-infrastructure, IT-projects and IT-organization. It is very fulfilling; we have a lot to show our foreign colleagues and share with them about our hands-on experience”.
NPO Saturn utilizes a corporate information system sustaining every activity of the company – design and development, production and after-market support of aerospace gas turbine engines and industrial power plants derived from them, which is used by over 4000 employees operating from five different cities in Russia.
In 2005 and 2008 NPO Saturn launched two supercomputers with the capacity of 1,0 and 14,3 terraflops respectively, each was considered the most powerful in the industry of the Russian Federation.
In 2005 the IT-direction of NPO Saturn adopted a matrix-based management system which helped significantly improve the quality of the ongoing projects, drive down their budgets and lead times. As a result, a “virtual design environment” was created which serves to integrate the product 3D-modeling data and its production processes, supercomputer engineering analysis and test results. Substantial investment was also made in the information systems which support production planning and accounting, customer support operations and electronic interaction with partners.
Two times, in 2006 and in 2008 NPO Saturn was the winner of the IT-Leader national contest as a result of the demonstrated excellence in developing the information infrastructure, creating a supercomputer and equipping its test facilities.
Research and production association Saturn OJSC is an engine-building company specialized in design and development, production and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, Navy boats and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation.
Managing company United Engine Corporation OJSC is a subsidiary of UIC OBORONPROM OJSC. The UEC structure integrates over 85% of Russia’s leading companies specialized in design and development, serial production and after-market support of gas turbine machinery, as well as the key enterprises – the industry’s integral players. One of the UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing the world-class new technologies.
United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM OJSC is a multi-field machine-building group created in 2002. It is part of Rostec. The main fields of activity – helicopter building (the Russian Helicopters holding), engine building (the UEC holding) and other assets.
Rostec is a Russian corporation created in 2007 with the goal to facilitate the design and development, production and export of high-tech industrial products of civil and military application. It incorporates 663 organizations which are currently grouped in 12 holding companies in the defense-industrial complex and 5 in civil branches of the industry. The Rostec-controlled companies are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation and deliver their products to the markets of over 70 countries of the world. Over 900 thousand people are employed by the Rostec companies which constitutes roughly 2% of Russia’s employable population. The net profit in 2011 equaled 45.6 billion rubles, the amount of tax paid to the budgets of all levels has reached 100 billion rubles.