Valery Budny: There is no strategy and legislation in Russia enabling the full cycle processing of precious raw materials within the country

Valery Budny, Head of the Jewelry Russia program and CEO of the JUNWEX media holding, told Rough&Polished about the results of the meeting and pressing issues in the precious metals and precious stones (PMPS) and the jewelry sectors.

11 april 2024

Paul Zimnisky: Natural diamonds face the risk of eroding their appeal if constantly discounted

New York-based independent diamond and jewellery analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the industry should do away with discounts. He said the industry should treat natural diamonds...

01 april 2024

Edahn Golan: Lab-grown diamond prices to continue declining

In an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa, Edahn Golan, proprietor of the eponymous Edahn Golan Diamond Research and Data, predicted that the prices of lab-grown diamonds would continue to decline, especially at the retail and...

25 march 2024

ADPA’s Ellah Muchemwa: G7 restrictions to bring extra costs from diamond mining to retail

The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which has openly registered its disdain for the G7’s rough diamond trade restrictions, is of the opinion that the move will bring extra costs on all stages, from mining to retail. ADPA executive...

18 march 2024

Eduard Gorodetsky: Currently we see high demand for synthetic diamonds for use in technology segment rather than in jewelry

Director General of the Advanced Synthetic Research Center Eduard Gorodetsky told Rough&Polished about the current situation at the company, new exclusive technologies in the synthesis and production of lab-grown crystals, as well as the Research Center’s...

11 march 2024

Nornickel signs cooperation agreements with two Russian software developers

09 february 2024

Nornickel has signed cooperation agreements with two Russian software developers — RED SOFT and Bazalt SPO. Partnership with IT companies will help Nornickel gain access to modern and reliable information technologies, in particular, Linux-based operating systems, but also foster a direct dialog with developers and join efforts to achieve technological sovereignty of its IT infrastructure.

Nornickel held a series of demo days in Moscow and Norilsk, at which Russian suppliers presented modern local solutions capable of replacing the services of foreign companies that have left the Russian market. These included replacement of workstation operating systems, server operating systems, Active Directory and other services. Nornickel’s demo days also serve as a platform for signing partnership agreements.

The parties agreed to cooperate in the development, implementation and promotion of Russian digital products, to create and develop joint solutions for managing corporate network infrastructure, to jointly develop operating systems with built-in security features, and to improve practical experience in the application of Russian solutions.

Liana Ermishina, Vice President for Information Technology at Nornickel, commented: “The transition of Nornickel’s IT infrastructure to locally procured software is a task of strategic importance. Participation of our specialists at all stages, from testing, piloting to commissioning, will allow us to increase efficiency and minimize risks during the implementation of the import substitution project. ”

Partnership with RED SOFT is aimed at joining efforts and identifying best practices to achieve technological sovereignty. The cooperation agreement with Bazalt SPO will allow it to work more closely together in future when adapting vendor’s solutions to meet the IT requirements of Nornickel.

RED SOFT is a Russian IT solutions and services provider. The company creates and implements complex projects in the field of data storage and management based on its own industrial application software. Bazalt SPO is a developer of the Alt line of Russian operating systems for workstations, servers and virtual infrastructure.

Theodor Lisovoy, Editor in Chief of the European bureau, Rough&Polished