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Tech Sanctions Press Russia to 'Reinvent' Ways to Work

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The growing list of sanctions imposed on Russia is limiting the country's access to certain kinds of technology. IT leaders in Russia say they expect the sanctions will lead to widespread shortages of hardware and will introduce difficulties while they replace Western software with open source or locally developed alternatives.

Foreign companies are no longer supplying parts to Russian hardware companies, and the weakened ruble also will make imported hardware more expensive, said Robert Farish, regional managing director for IDC.

"We need to reinvent ways to work," said Konstantin Grachev, deputy CIO of a 611-store grocery chain in Russia, had to scrap plans to switch to Microsoft 365. Grachev said his company is transferring its data from Google Cloud to Russian cloud providers such as Yandex NV and VK Cloud Solutions.

"Definitely this is crisis time," said Ivan Kozlov, vice president of the St. Petersburg CIO Club, "[but] when someone leaves the market, there is always someone else who will take that place."

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