Burundi buys software from Russian firm to create private cloud infrastructure

Russia’s New Cloud Technologies has announced the start of deliveries of MyOffice solutions to the Burundi government, with the integration of the solution to be carried out by Burundi-based IT company INGO Tech s.a.r.l.

The deal was announced at the Russia-Africa Summit and Economy Forum 2019 held on October 23 – 24, 2019 in Sochi, Russia. Dmitry Komissarov, member of the board of Russian Software Products Association “Russian Software” and CEO of New Cloud Technologies announced the deal.

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. 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. 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”, said Willy Nyamitwe, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Burundi.

According to 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.

“According to independent analytical agencies, the number of personal computers in Africa will exceed 200 million by 2025 year. 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. I am sure that the positive experience of cooperation with Burundi and the further growth of the economies of the countries of the African region will lead to an increase in the share of the Russian software market in the world”, says Dmitry Komissarov, CEO of New Cloud Technologies.

Due to the country’s dynamic development and the need for switching to electronic workflows, the Presidential Administration together with the Burundi government were looking for a solution that would provide three key functional criteria – that is collaboration; secured cloud infrastructure and data control; and 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 languages, including French, English and Spanish.

New Cloud Technologies is a Russian developer of office suite for corporate communications and collaboration. Since 2013, the company has been creating software products and cloud solutions under the MyOffice brand. The MyOffice suite includes several applications: Documents, Text, Table, Presentation, Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Logos messenger.


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