NPO Saturn Information Technologies Director presents the company’s method of strategic management of corporate IT development at the European summit of IT directors

More than 100 heads of IT departments from European companies and government organisations gathered this spring in Vienna to discuss the hot topics in the development of information technologies and management at a summit organized by IDC, a leading supplier of information and consulting services. Yury Zelenkov, NPO Saturn Information Technologies Director took part in a panel discussion about the role of IT in ensuring business adaptability and flexibility. His presentation highlighted reorganization of IT services in accordance with new needs dictated by the ever-changing business environment.

The growing maturity of Saturn’s corporate information systems, changes in the structure of the IT budget, the shifting accent from building new systems to developing them and to support, as well as the ongoing industry restructuring, have all created new challenges for Saturn’s IT Director. Yury Zelenkov describes them as follows, “We work in close cooperation with representatives from all the functional sections of our company, trying to provide the best services and systems, but we can never precisely forecast tomorrow’s needs, since the situation is constantly in motion and the reasons for change are beyond our scope. In this situation there’s only one solution — to create information systems with a high degree of adaptability that can easily be changed to meet new needs.”

These conclusions were the foundation for the method of strategic management of the development of corporate IT now used at NPO Saturn. In particular, this method concentrates on IT services, and not on applications, a transition to using flexible programming of technological platforms, wide use of flexible development methods, and reorganizing IT services to meet the service model.

“Our ideas about strategic management of the development of corporate IT in uncertain conditions is always of interest to my colleagues in other Russian companies and organizations,” said Yury Zelenkov. “I’ve spoken many times at various professional and academic conferences in Russia, and several publications on the subject have been prepared. It seems that these questions are always of interest to our foreign colleagues as well. In September 2012, I presented a report on our method of strategic IT planning at the CONFENIS 2012 academic conference in Belgium, and afterwards I was invited to take part in the professional forum organized by IDC in Vienna. And at both events, there was quite an interesting discussion about our results, with lots of questions. It is clear that this is a high estimation of our ideas on managing IT infrastructure, IT projects, and IT organizations. It is very pleasant that we can make presentations to foreign companies and share our advanced experience.”

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NPO Saturn runs a corporate information system supporting all the company’s work — design, manufacture, and aftersales service of aviation gas turbine engines and industrial units based on them, with more than 4,000 company employees using the system, working in five Russian cities.

In 2005 and 2008 Saturn launched supercomputers, measuring 1.0 and 14.3 teraflops respectively, each of which was the most productive in Russian industry.

In 2005 the company’s IT directorate changed to matrix management, which significantly increased the quality of projects, and saved money and time. As a result the company created the ‘virtual planning environment’, bringing together 3D modelling of the product and preparation processes, with supercomputer engineering analysis and testing. Significant investments were also made in information systems supporting production planning and accounting, operations of aftersales servicing, and electronic cooperation with partners.

Saturn has twice — in 2006 and 2008 — won the national IT Leader prize, including for its success in developing information infrastructures, creating supercomputers, and equipping its testing facility.

NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation.

United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85 % of the leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UEC’s priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.

Rostechnologies (Rostech) is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether the Corporation encompasses 663 organizations. The corporation includes 12 holdings in the military-industrial complex, and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. It employs over 900,000 people, or about 2 % of Russian labour force. Its 2011 net profit was 45.6 billion rubles, and it paid a total of 100 billion rubles in taxes at all levels.