Russia to offer MyOffice to the Government of Burundi

The first contract between Russia and Africa in which a Russian company will supply a productivity suite to Africa.

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At the ongoing Russia-Africa Summit and Economy Forum 2019 in Sochi, Russian Federation, Dmitry Komissarov, Member of the board of Russian Software Products Association “Russian Software” and CEO of New Cloud Technologies made public their intention to start offering MyOffice® solutions to the Republic of Burundi, with the integration of the solution to be carried out by the Burundian IT company, INGO Tech s.a.r.l.

Initiated by the Presidents of Russia and Egypt, the Summit brought together more than 50 Heads of State and Government of the African continent.

“We carefully selected from the available solutions on the worldwide market. As a result, we made the decision to acquire 300 licenses of the New Cloud Technologies office suite MyOffice®, which is more than capable of meeting our needs,” said Willy Nyamitwe, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Burundi. Adding; “This is a modern, functional product with a high level of security, which allows deployment from a protected, private, cloud infrastructure for documents and e-mail, integrating with the existing government information systems.”

As a part of the state strategy for cooperative trade and economic development between Russia and African countries, Russian IT companies have started working with Africa following this collaboration.

As per the agreement, the Government of Burundi is buying 300 MyOffice® Professional licenses from New Cloud Technologies and creating a private cloud infrastructure for the collaborative workflow with documents inside the state information system. For the Russian software developer this international contract was the first in its history, it is now in the implementation stage.

“The Government of the Republic of Burundi is following worldwide digitalization trends and has become the first African country to take a step towards implementing secure office software. The contract not only confirms the high interest in the Russian MyOffice® product on the international market, but also lays the foundation for cooperation on educational initiatives,” says Dmitry Komissarov, CEO of New Cloud Technologies.

He further alluded to the Independent Analytical Agencies report that estimated the number of personal computers in Africa to exceed 200 million by 2025,  assuring citizens of the positive experience of cooperation with Burundi and further, the  growth of the economies of the countries of the African region. He predicted an increase in the share of the Russian software market in the world following the collaboration.

Due to the country’s dynamic development and the need for switching to electronic workflows, the Presidential Administration together with the government of the Republic of Burundi were looking for a solution that would provide three key functional criteria:

  • collaboration
  • secured cloud infrastructure and data control
  • mobility and cross-platform integration.

The solution integration will take a few months. African partners have explored the product functionality and made advanced testing. In addition to the high security standards of the software, the representatives of the Presidential Administration of Burundi appreciated the convenience of collaborative functionality in the cloud. They also assessed the localized MyOffice® suite interface.

The software is also translated into several foreign languages, including French, English and Spanish.

 

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