Gref and other top executives talked about the new industrial revolution

In Russia for the first time in three years, there was a session of the world economic forum (WEF) Moscow Meeting. As written, the organizers of the WEF (held annually in Davos, Switzerland) in 2014, has suspended the Moscow meeting on the background of worsening relations between Russia and the West. In the regional sessions of the WEF in Russia “there was a hiatus caused by the known circumstances,” said in his welcoming speech, the head of Sberbank German Gref. But Davos forum — “media trends” that turns into “the most important event in the world”, and hardly any international organization can compare with him, said Gref.

Plenary session open to press, was named “leadership Strategy in the fourth industrial revolution”. The world has entered an unprecedented scale and speed phase of the industrial revolution, set the tone for the discussion of VEF Director of business Murat Sönmez. The era when the IT industry “eats for Breakfast” one new industry every week, said Gref, and the only question is when will be the turn of the financial sector. In such a situation, the company can either wait, or be transformed — to change ourselves first, and then the entire industry. The savings can make it, should the words of Gref. “Our influence in the industry is quite significant, and somehow all the players in the market will accept these rules of the game, he said. — Awareness of this disturbing at first, and when you accept this situation, the second stage is interest.”

But there are a few challenges that stand in the way of transformation. “You can’t change anything around, unchanged himself, — said the Gref. — It is impossible to give more than you have.” First, in the savings Bank it is necessary to transform relationships within management and then to pull a new scheme on, he explained. Under the changes, the savings Bank is the last two years, the most difficult transformation from a culture of vertical relations in the culture are horizontal, said Gref.

Another problem, according to him, changing the organizational structure. It is dangerous for Sberbank, as the need to maintain the sustainability of existing business models, not to lose control. And the third challenge is that the Bank managers are not associated with IT. “We need to suddenly learn something that normal young people spent five years training and a couple of years of practice,” said Gref. In digital companies should not have separate IT departments, and their elimination is the biggest challenge, technology, and so “should permeate all processes,” he said. The entire top management of the savings Bank from-for it underwent a series of examinations, said the head of the Bank. He also said that the Bank is creating its own ecosystem which is very hard to do based on the Finance company — because of this the entire company, “there was excitement”.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of economy arrived only in closed session

Initially, the organizers announced two open sessions, the second was planned the speech of the representative of the Russian government (who, exactly, was not specified). The event was waiting for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, said two sources among the organizers, but it has not arrived. In the end, the Cabinet of Ministers (at least in the open part of the session) represented by the Minister of communications Nikolay Nikiforov. Stated among the guests, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and the head of the Ministry Maxim Oreshkin on the debate about the industrial revolution came up with it.

Maxim Oreshkin in the evening arrived at the event, but to talk to refused.

Of the industrial revolution also says the head of “Severstal” Alexey Mordashov and the Chairman of the Board of “SIBUR” Dmitry Konov. “Severstal” — the largest industrial company with a structure from the past, and to provide the speed and flexibility can only people, not machines, explained Mordashov, so for digitalization of the company important issues of corporate culture. Large enterprises in the coming years will not change as much as the same banks, but the transformation will be, has promised laws.

Minister Nikiforov spoke about the development of digital infrastructure in Russia, in particular broadband and mobile Internet. In addition, he tried to shift the thesis of Gref in the state administration. If a modern company should not be the IT Department, whether the government, the Ministry of communications, he asked, not giving, however, a direct answer to this question. He also recalled a recent address by President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly, calling it “the most urban” in history. The head of state, according to Nikiforov, has placed “political emphasis”. The Minister also complained about the relatively low level of spending on digital technology in the budget — about 100 billion rubles. with a total cost of $ 16 trillion In other States this ratio is fundamentally different, said Nikiforov.

WEF session in Moscow completed the closed part, which is not allowed journalists. The reporter did not see Arkady Dvorkovich, however, his representative said that he participated in a closed part of the session.