Workshop for MBA students “Digital Economy” at IBM

4 March 2020

February 27th, an introductory presentation was held for the students of the “Digital Economy” MBA program, a joint venture of MGIMO and the Moscow Physical Technical Institute. The seminar was organized by experts from IBM, one of the leaders and largest companies in the global information technology industry. During the meeting, the students learned about the latest achievements in the field of artificial intelligence, cloud technology and information security.

Welcoming the meeting participants, Valery Levchenko, the Head of the IBM Press Service of IBM for Russia and CIS countries described to the audience IBM's activities and presented some of the innovative solutions, technologies and projects developed by the company, which took decades and had a direct impact on the formation of the modern IT industry.

Alexander Dmitriev, Industrial Consultant at the IBM Client Center, spoke to the students of Digital Economy program about the activities of his unit and explained how the center’s experts help potential customers implement the latest analytical and infrastructure solutions on demo stands.

Oleg Byakhov, the Director of State Programs and Business Development for IBM in Russia and CIS countries, presented to the participants the results of the study “The advantage of trust: how to create it?”, carried out by the analytical department of IBM Institute for Business Value. The study revealed the financial advantages of data being trustworthy in companies and showed that such trust should be built both with customers and with other members of the ecosystem.

Oleg Bakshinsky, IBM’s Leading Advisor for Information Security underlined the importance of cybersecurity in the modern digital world and spoke about the main cyber threats today and the firm's information security initiatives.

Evgeny Maximov, the Head of the Business Development for the Transfer and Localization of IBM technologies in Russia and CIS countries spoke about the opportunities for Russian participants of the international OpenPOWER consortium.  

Irina Efremova-Garth, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM for Russia and CIS countries gave a talk about the different social responsibility programs at IBM and explained how technologies can help make the world more equitable.

The meeting came to a close with a message from Konstantin Kovalev, an employee of the IBM Ecosystem Partner Development Department in Russia, about the special conditions in IBM Cloud solutions for new partners and the help offered on the basis of the Startup with IBM program.

The event unfolded in Moscow City in the premises of the IBM Client Center in Russia and was organized jointly by MGIMO and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. The educational process is enriched by field trips and visits to the most successful digital enterprises as students get the opportunity to discover real companies from the inside and study modern approaches to the digitalization of the economy.

— See the MGIMO web-site for russian version

Workshop for MBA students “Digital Economy” at IBM