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June 18, Minsk, Belarus. IBA participated in the 4th Russian Outsourcing and Software Summit (ROSS) that was held in St. Petersburg from June 9 to June 12. The Summit was organized by Fort–Ross, the Russian IT association that unites major IT service providers from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
The program of ROSS 2004 included an exhibition, a conference, and a media club, as well as press conferences, roundtable discussions, and matchmaking events. This year, the summit coincided with the LISA Forum Europe (Conference of the Localization Industry Standards Association — http://www.lisa.org), and ROSS 2004 participants had access to all LISA events. Roughly 500 representatives of IT companies from 26 countries and 44 media representatives participated in the event. About half of summit participants were foreign guests, including the recognized IT experts Joseph Feiman, Vice President of Gartner Group; Stan Lepeak, Vice President of META Group; and Phiroz Vandrevala, a member of the NASSCOM Board.
The IBA delegation was probably the most numerous at the summit. This year, it included a team of the Belarusian State University that won gold medals in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. They were the heroes of the media club where the need to support gifted young people was highlighted time and time again.
Issued related to quality assurance were the focus of the round table discussion “QA Certification — New Russian Revolution”. Vitaliy Nikulenko, Director of the IBA Internet Technologies Division, shared with the attendees the company's experience in CMMI.
The exhibition of companies dealing with software outsourcing was a prominent event at ROSS 2004. As the largest exhibitor, IBA was invited to participate in the opening ceremony, and Valentin Kazan, IBA Deputy Director, greeted journalists and participants in the exhibition.
The two Russian IT associations, Fort–Ross and Russoft, announced about their unification at the summit. In addition, representatives of software associations from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus made a decision to form a CIS Union of IT Associations. This process will undoubtedly foster the growth of IT industries in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
The summit became a major event in the area of software outsourcing and contributed to the promotion of CIS companies in the international market. As a result, IBA and other participants expect to receive new projects and establish business relationships with customers from across the globe.