Moscow. June 8. INTERFAX.RU – the Head of Microsoft in Russia Pavel Betsis has no plans to renew the contract in August and intends to leave the company, have informed “Interfax” a source familiar with the situation in Microsoft. According to the source, Betsis leaving Microsoft did not intend to move to another company, and intends to implement its own investment projects. A Microsoft spokesman in Russia, Kristina Davydova said that the company does not comment on rumors.
As for the business of Microsoft in Russia during the leadership of Betsis, over the past three years, it is growing faster than the market. So, according to another source, in 2014-2015 (fiscal year Microsoft ends in June – if) amount of company business in Russia (in dollars) showed the zero growth against the backdrop of economic decline in the country. In 2015-2016, the volume of business of Microsoft in Russia increased by 2-5%, and in the current financial year is expected to increase by 10-15%.
According to the forecast socially-economic development of the Russian Federation in 2017 and the planning period of 2018 and 2019, prepared in 2016 the economic development Ministry, the volume of the Russian information technology market in 2015 totaled 740 billion rubles, which is 8.8% below the level in 2014 in comparable prices. The volume of the IT market for the year 2016 were estimated at $ 747,4 billion (a decline of 1.7%).
In turn, the research company IDC last spring predicted the decline of the Russian IT-market in 2016, double-digit pace: “the Current main scenario of the market development envisages an annual reduction of 13%”, – said IDC analysts. The volume of IT-market in Russia in 2015, the company was valued at $17.4 billion, which is 33% lower than in 2014.
According to the source, for the years 2014-2017 business of Microsoft in Russia grew mainly due to two segments – large corporate business, small and medium businesses. Moreover, the main increase was due the first of the above segments. The reasons for this growth are referred to as the natural increase of business needs in IT solutions (including the increasing number of “automated” employees – if), the extension of long-term contracts, the emergence of new IT solutions (including cloud services, means of communication etc.)
At the same time, the share of public sector and segment of custom solutions in the revenue structure of Microsoft fell slightly. Thus, according to the source, the share of public sector in the business structure of the company never was basic and did not exceed 15%, and is below this value. Moreover, the decline in the share of this segment, the company connects not only with the policy of import substitution, implemented in the Russian Federation, but with the advent of legislative prohibitions on the use of cloud services hosted outside the country, requirements on the storage of personal data of Russians in Russia.
According to Davydova, the company does not disclose financial performance in Russia.
According to the source, the import substitution policy in the company is normal, familiar and positive, because it means the focus state on the development of the IT market. That is, the company believes that it is better to have a slightly smaller share of a larger market, the larger share of the small market.