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Global CIO Meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2024

On June 6, 2024, the professional IT community Global CIO held an annual meeting with IT leaders from Uzbekistan. The meeting named “CIO of Uzbekistan as part of Global IT community” was held at the International Hotel in Tashkent. The event was aimed to exchange best practices, experiences and get to know IT leaders from Central Asia, the working language was Russian.

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At the beginning of the evening, the guests of the meeting were greeted by Katerina Liasko, CEO at the Global CIO community. Shavkat Karimov, head of the IT community of Uzbekistan, also made a welcome speech on IT and economy specifics of the region. The main part of the meeting was devoted to presentations by speakers from the leading companies of Uzbekistan who shared their experience of digital transformation.

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Artem Kalivanov, CIO at Beeline Uzbekistan, spoke on approaches and processes in IT project management. Artem touched on the classic dilemma of finding a middle ground between expectations of “fast”, “cheap” and “quality” and concentrated on the details that are important for successful project management: organizational structure, communications, documentation, risk management, etc.

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Sergey Gotalsky, Business Development Manager at Konica Minolta in the Republic of Uzbekistan, shared the presentation “Optimization of printing infrastructure: modern approaches and benefits for business”. He told how to reduce costs and improve the convenience of the printing infrastructure using optimization and outsourcing of printing (OSP).
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Presentation by Leonid Chernyy, CDO at Uzum, was entitled "Principles of building a client catalog at Uzum: solutions and practice". Using the example of ecosystem of services, which combine retail, financial services and food delivery, Leonid showed what are the challenges in managing knowledge about ecosystem users, how you can work with a client catalog and use data efficiently, not just collecting it.
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At the end of the showcase there was a presentation by Khasan Radjabov, Councillor of the IT and Financial Monitoring Departments, Artel Group. Khasan spoke about how the digital transformation took place in the Artel company, the largest manufacturer of household appliances in Central Asia, focusing not only on successful solutions, but also on difficulties and mistakes that could have been avoided.
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At the end of the meeting, the guests went to a buffet to continue communication and discuss the cases in a relaxed atmosphere. Digitalization leaders in various sectors of the economy highly appreciated the expertise of speakers and the networking opportunities.

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