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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 14:43

EBA IT Commitee represented Ukraine in the International IT-Exhibition

«Cloudy» Germany becomes closer and clearer to Ukraine

It’s not a secret that the Government of Germany, though different programmes and organisations like GIZ, is actively involved in establishing relations with neighbours, Eastern Europe states and BRICS countries. Recently, on 4-10 March 2012 the Government of Germany invited the journalists and experts in information technology sphere from Brazil, Russia, India, Argentina, South Korea, South Africa, Poland and Ukraine, in order to share best practices of German hi-tech companies, visit the International IT-Exhibition – CeBIT and establish contacts for international cooperation with Germany. The coordinator of EBA IT Committee Oksana Borysenko and the journalist, publisher of the journal Elina Shnurko-Tabakova had the honour to represent Ukraine.

The highlight of the information tour was a dynamic CeBIT, which was very cloudy, not because of the weather, but because of “cloud technologies” focus. “Clouds” were everywhere, not only as paper and video-projected clouds, but also as immense number of data centresstand, which are used for domestic purposes to support call centresand giant corporations, and the greatquantity of devices that have access and can actively use the "cloud."

CeBIT was truly multinational and multi-tasking. The stands of Taiwanese representatives of ICT companies like GIGABYTE, Tt eSPORTS, ZyXEL Communications, ASUSTeK were truly worth to visit. Tiwanese teams demonstrated their latest products and researches. Only during autumn 2011 in Taiwan the amount of produced export-oriented smartphones reached 19 million units. Taiwan also captures 86% of the world market of the production of tablet PCs, in 2011 61.2 million tablet PCs were produced in Taiwan.

Special attention of the audience was given to e-Government hall, with 3D photos and technology protection of ID documents, presented by Bundes Drukerei. E-Government pavilion was in the spotlight of Ukrainian representatives as the concept of e-Government has been actively discussed within Ukraine’s state officials and business community.

Representatives of the German Government showed not only a good example of how to develop international cooperation, but also shared the best practices of innovation development in Germany, which is based on 3 closely related components, namely government support, science and business (consumer), as was repeatedly emphasized by the representatives of Siemens, Fraunhofer and SAP.

In Germany academies are working pretty close with business. Thus, innovation academy Acatech is working closely with the leading companies such as Google, Intel and Microsoft, accumulating the recommendations for the Government, for example on the amendments to the legislation on privacy protection in the Internet.

Ukraine should take stock of world experience and expertise, as in Ukraine the term “innovation” is rather ambiguously defined in paper statutory acts and such research products are still far from real business and consumer needs. The concept of education in Ukraine’s higher universities is mainly focused on independent work, while in Germany, for instance, breakthrough ideas occur to students working in teams. The example of such approach one may find in Hasso Plattner Institute which invites the students in different subjects from all over the world to generate creative solutions and/or products.

For now, Germany features 750 R&D institutions, 506 000 R&D employees, including 291 000 scientists and students. Such R&D institutions actively use multilateral collaboration with 40 countries of the world. Germany spends EUR 61, 6 billion of Gross Internal Expenses for R&D development per year. In Ukraine there are 1303 organisations, which perform R&D works and 136 045 R&D employees, but not all of them are working for the R&D organisations, and what is the most interesting Ukraine spends about EUR 600 million for R&D.

Importantly, during 2000-2010 in Germany the share of ІТ employees increased from 1,14% to 1,67% of the overall quantity of the employees in Germany. Each year ІТ industry in Germany is increasing by 4%, which is 10 times less than in Ukraine. In 2010 the turnover of ІТ industry in Germany was EUR 147 billion, while Ukraine’s IT industry showed only EUR 2 billion the same year.

All in all, Germany demonstrates useful facts to think over the future of Ukraine and to learn lessons.


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