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Information technologies in Sberbank

Article is devoted to issues of digital transformation and development of information systems of Sberbank and also influence of technologies on business of the largest financial institution of Russia.


Development of IT in Sberbank


Participation in preparation of the development plan for the legislation for pilotless transport

Sberbank and "Yandex" together with GAZ Group and PJSC KAMAZ prepared the plan of improvement of a regulatory framework in the field of development of the automated vehicles. The plan includes carrying out about 30 technology and normative actions for phased transition from testing to full operation highly - and completely automated vehicles. On April 30, 2020 Sberbank reported about it. Read more here.

Expansion of the offer of currency liquidity through the Integral OCX platform

On April 28, 2020 Sberbank announced expansion of a possibility of gaining access to the currency liquidity thanks to cooperation with the international company Integral. Now large foreign banks, broker and management companies will be able to use currency quotations from Sberbank on a trade platform of Integral OCX. Read more here.

Connection to the System of fast payments

On April 1, 2020 Sberbank was connected to the System of fast payments, but at first this service became available to a limited number of clients. Read more here.

Sberbank avoided employment of nearly 1000 new employees thanks to robotization of processes

At the expense of the platform Robotic Process Automation (RPA), allowing to create on the virtual machine of independent program robots for accomplishment of routine work, Sberbank automated 103 processes and received 2.8 million robo-hours of labor costs of effect, said in the annual report of bank published in March, 2020. By estimates of Sberbank, it is equivalent to not hiring of 930 people.

The number of the processes executed by program robots in Sberbank in a year grew almost twice: for the end of 2018 of like those was 53, according to the previous annual report.

In retail business of Sberbank, for example, now 100% of solutions on requests for credit cards are accepted online without participation of underwriters, the chat-bot resolves 40% of issues of clients automatically, it is specified in the annual report. The voice robot based on neural network prolongs insurance of the mortgage real estate by phone.

Sberbank increased number of processes where participation of people less is required (a photo - Kirill Kukhmar / TASS)

In corporate business of Sberbank robots create and register agreements, make decisions on issue of bank guarantees.

After online signing by the client of one document for banking services program robots independently process agreements on 11 products: settlement and cash services, a service package, the business card, SBBOL, self-collection, trade acquiring, pay QR, Smartpos, Evotor +, the salary project, foreign trade activities rubles.

In 2019 "robot assistant" on Robotic Desktop Automation technology was implemented in trial operation. Robots help the employee to perform routine work on the personal computer, thanks to them 12 pilot processes are automated. The increase in productivity of employees in pilot processes was 27%.

And the robot for the analysis of auctions for eurobonds increased quality of information environment of trading thanks to collecting, the analysis and structuring data, is told in the annual report of Sberbank. In the near future focus will be directed to implementation of more difficult behavioral models.

Also in 2019 the cloud platform for robotization of processes of RPA PaaS (Robotic Process Automation Platform as a Service) through SberCloud was started. It allows to provide to external clients a full stroke of development and maintenance of algorithms of RPA. The client does not need preliminary investments into the equipment and the software — all necessary is provided by provider.

In addition, in 2019 in Sberbank carried out 4 pilot projects with the "reading robot" tool on Auto Named Entity Recognition technology. This tool allows to take necessary information from scans of the semi-structured and unstructured documents.

Sberbank starts a uniform workplace of operators of own development

On February 26, 2020 Sberbank announced TAdviser start of circulation of own development — the uniform workplace (UW) of operators of the first lines servicing corporate clients. Start of ERM is planned for March 1, 2020. Trial operation of development showed that thanks to it 17–20 seconds (about 6%) of the average time of processing of contact are saved. In a month it is 2900 hours. Read more here.


In ATMs of Sberbank function of return of the forgotten money appeared

At the end of December, 2019 in ATMs of Sberbank function of return of the forgotten money appeared. Thanks to it as the credit institution claims, it could reduce number of cases when people lost money by 30%, having forgotten to take away them after cash withdrawal.

As explained RIA Novosti in the press service of Sberbank if the client requested issue in the ATM of a certain amount, however, then distracted and left, without having taken money, then the machine will take away them practically at once back. At the same time money will be automatically credited back to the customer account.

ATMs of Sberbank for scattered will allow to reduce loss by clients of money

If the client forgot to take the card or money given by the normal ATM long investigation of bank, as a rule, begins meaning that it is necessary to watch control tapes of the ATM, to watch videos, etc. According to the results of check the decision which not always appears for benefit of the card holder is made. Sberbank solved this problem.

Also in bank reminded that implemented function of informing the client who  forgot the card in the ATM, with the help the Sms. It led to the fact that clients began to forget the cards in ATMs twice more rare, declared in Sberbank.

By the end of 2019 Sberbank replaced 40% of ATMs for recirculation, new with function, which allows to use the money placed by clients for cash disbursement. Such equipment works for 15% in comparison with devices without such technology. It is expected that all network will be updated in 2021. In total at bank of 77 thousand ATMs.

The ATM with function allows to enter and receive a cache-resayklinga to 300 notes for time. Such devices work in the system of a closed loop of the address of cash: i.e. the ATM can give the money placed by one client to another — without collection from bank.[1]

Sberbank received an award of TAdviser IT PRIZE in the Digital Ecosystem nomination

On November 27, 2019 within the TAdviser SummIT conference rewarding of winners of the award TAdviser IT Prize took place. Sberbank received an award in the Digital Ecosystem nomination. Read more here.

Representation of service for service in WhatsApp for entrepreneurs

On November 19, 2019 Sberbank announced service — service of century WhatsApp. Now entrepreneurs can exchange with bank messages for fast and convenient receiving consultations on a design of products and services in internet-messenger WhatsApp.

The most widespread subjects of addresses are a design of the credit for business and also opening of a checking account and selection of a suitable service package on settlement and cash services.

Since launch the number of appeals to channel grew to 200 daily, and the digit continues to grow that testifies to interest of entrepreneurs and owners of business in use of WhatsApp for interaction with bank.

It is possible to address to bank on this channel using a label on pages of mobile version of the website or having written to WhatsApp.

Sberbank aims to use everything the channels of interaction, most convenient and available to clients. It is important to us to understand that our clients obtain all necessary information and answers to the questions qualitatively and quickly. Thanks to this channel of communication in the WhatsApp messenger our cooperation with clients became even more effective,


Transition to electronic mortgages at a design of a mortgage

Sberbank announced on October 30, 2019 transition to execution of electronic mortgages at registration of mortgage transactions.

As noted, transition took place within the federal Mortgage project which is a part of the national project "Housing and the urban environment. The federal project is directed to transfer of mortgage market to an electronic form. In particular, transition to service of the borrower online – from issuance of credit before registration of the rights to the real estate is supposed.

Sberbank supported the initiative Rosreestr in development of digital technologies and among banks Russia passed with the first to execution of mortgages in electronic form. Already more than 3 thousand mortgages on mortgage loans of Sberbank are registered in electronic form. The project acts in the territory of all Russia upon purchase in a mortgage of apartments on secondary market of the real estate (except the Military Mortgage program).

Electronic interaction with credit institutions allows to reduce terms of a design of a mortgage and to increase security of the carried-out real estate transactions. It, undoubtedly, important stage of digitalization of public services — Victoria Abramchenko, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation — the head of Rosreestr noted.

The accepted changes according to mortgage transactions are intended to simplify process of issue, maintenance of a mortgage loan and state registration of pledge of the real estate without additional actions from the borrower. Until the end of 2019 Sberbank is going to issue more than 25 thousand electronic mortgages, in 2020 — more than 200 thousand — German Gref, the President, the Chairman of the board of Sberbank said.

Thanks to IT Sberbank reduced consumption of paper by 292 million sheets

On October 24, 2019 Sberbank announced TAdviser decrease in a consumption of paper in business processes — only in nine months 2019 the bank used 27% less paper in comparison with the same period of 2018. Economy made more than 292 million sheets. In recalculation on trees — nearly 25 thousand pieces (or 60.7 hectares of the wood).


It is active Sberbank began to bring paper out of the processes in 2013. Implementation of the electronic digital signature for clients became one of the first projects in this direction. Such function is performed by the bank card. It is possible to sign documents on transactions, for example, using the code from the SMS.

One more completion of bank is intended to reduce paper use. In the summer of 2018 in Sberbank Online appeared the section "Statements and references". Here it is possible to receive six document types: the debit card statement, on the credit card, a deposit; details for transfer; the certificate of an available balance and data for government employees.

Users of Android overtake owners of IOS by the number of the issued statements and references. For example, only the debit card statement in mobile application "Sberbank Online" in September was issued by 944.5 thousand owners of Android and 444 thousand owners of IOS. The peak of an execution of the statement and certificate of an available balance fell on March, these months Russians actively prepare for a holiday and make out visas. Activity according to the reference for government employees fall on April — time of submission of income statements.

Since 2015 Sberbank jointly with the subsidiary company "Corus Consulting CIS" offers transition to paperless document flow to legal entities — corporate clients of bank. For October, 2019 the Dokumentooborot service is integrated into Internet bank for entrepreneurs and Sberbank Business Online is available to all users. Corporate clients can send more than 160 different document types in electronic form through service. Electronic exchange through this service has the same legal weight and value as exchange of documents signed and sealed. One more service — "The reporting in state. bodies" — the reporting in state bodies in electronic form allows entrepreneurs to hand over.

In Sberbank Business Online is also available Designer of Documents service. It stores templates more than 1400 documents. It is enough to fill several fields to receive legally right document which can be signed with the electronic signature and to send on an electronic document management system.

The Electronic Archive service allows to systematize all documentation and to store it in electronic form. It facilitates search of the necessary document and allows to optimize storage of archives.

710 thousand from 2.5 million companies working in Sberbank Business Online, already passed to electronic document management. In nine months 2019 through Document flow to Sberbank Business it was online sent nine million documents.

For 2019 transaction services of Sberbank saved more than 5000 trees. Already more than 80% of key services are available "in digit". So, thanks to remote service "Making Changes in Legal Case" which online without visit to bank allows to make popular changes in the file of the company in nine months 2019 about 2000 trees are saved.

One more service — Electronic Check — allowed to save more than one thousand trees. With its emergence entrepreneurs for cash withdrawal do not need to make out the paper check-book in bank. Instead it is possible to use Electronic Check service — to create the request for cash disbursement in Sberbank Business Online and to receive cash at office of bank.

Microsoft and Sberbank agreed about joint surveys in the field of robotics

On October 15 Sberbank and Microsoft announced start of the program of joint surveys in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics. Microsoft says that the first in the history their research center in Redmond (USA) will open doors for the Russian company. Partners will work together on creation of algorithms of artificial intelligence for control of robots in banking sector. Read more here.

The evangelist of robotization of Sberbank by 5 times reduced personnel of the operational block and leaves

On September 24, 2019 Sberbank reported that the senior vice president, the operating officer Natalya Dirks made the decision to complete career in bank. Read more here.

Implementation of Real-Time Decision Manager in a corporate segment

Sberbank announced on August 29, 2019 implementation of RTDM (Real-Time Decision Manager) in a corporate segment. According to bank representatives, RTDM allows to process data bulks, to analyze them and to develop the solutions, the most significant for the specific client in specific timepoint with the subsequent routing in priority to the client the channel of service.

As noted, possibilities of RTDM are already actively used by Sberbank in service communications with corporate clients. At the appeal to bank the client not only resolves the issue, but also obtains the additional information: RTDM informs the call center operator, for example, on the powers which are coming to an end at the client in Internet bank or on emergence of the new services simplifying work of the client. Also the technology notifies clients on charge of money by it in cases when they are execution creditors, and informs on compensations put by it.

When carrying out payments RTDM gives to the client of "hint", offering more profitable methods of commission of transfers. Also the technology can trace covenants in loan agreements about target use of credit money that allows to react quickly to their violation, and, as a result, to avoid a situation with need of increase in reserves.

In the conditions of the high competition all is already not enough to know about the client — it is important to anticipate his expectations. Using such tools as RTDM, we can understand better clients and offer what is relevant for them at present at emergence of a specific situation — still before they thought of it — Stanislav Kartashov, the vice president, the director of the Corporate Clients 360 division of Sberbank emphasized.

Sberbank performs development of technology by own efforts and relying on own IT. The architecture of RTDM of Sberbank for a corporate segment represents the platform including a large number of components not only commercial (production of SAS and Oracle), but also Open Source (such as Kafka) and also components own Java developments that is distinctive feature of RTDM of Sberbank, emphasized in financial institution. As of August 29 this platform is capable to support 3000 TPS (transactions in a second) with the average speed of processing of one event for 100 ms of Mekhanik of a system supports capacity of Throughput over 10 million events from the system of data source in day. Further the platform is going to be integrated with the adjacent systems and to connect additional channels (such as IVR, mobile application) that will allow to consider new data in the analysis and the choice of the preferable channel of customer interaction.

Personalisation of the menu of ATMs

Sberbank announced on July 26, 2019 personalisation of the menu of the ATMs. Now, as soon as the client will be identified, on the main screen there will be those menu items which he most often used earlier and also personal offers of bank, relevant for it.

In particular, a system itself will offer the client the withdrawal amounts of cash which are regularly made by it transactions most often used by him and will even wish him happy birthday, having offered a gift.

The functionality is already available in 44 thousand ATMs of Sberbank, and until the end of 2019 will be replicated on all network of the devices of self-service of bank having the touch screen.

Demonstration of work of intercorporate quantum network

On June 6, 2019 Sberbank, Gazprombank, PwC and Russian Quantum Center showed work of the first intercorporate quantum network. Read more here.

Sberbank is going to algoritmizirovat 99% of the currency transactions during 2019

Sberbank announced on February 25, 2019 the plans to algoritmizirovat 99% of the currency transactions during 2019.

Automation of conventional processes saves the most valuable resource — time of our clients and employees. It will also allow to find more time for large deals, transactions in illiquid hours, to transactions with rare currencies which will still require manual transactions — Andrey Shemetov, the vice president of Sberbank, the Head of Department of global markets.

As noted in bank, during 2018 the number of client transactions with currency which are processed by robotic algorithms, grew from 50% to 90%. In 2019 it is going to raise this indicator to 99%. At the same time change of number of traders did not happen, but in territorial subdivisions the bank achieved significant optimization of labor costs of the employees who were engaged in starting "manual" transactions.

As of February, 2019 Sberbank also actively uses algorithms in operations with stocks and considers the possibility of development in other assets.

Development and testing of an algorithm of machine learning of Auto ML

Sberbank developed model of machine learning Auto ML. It was said on February 14, 2019 by the vice chairman of the board of Sberbank Anatoly Popov. As he explained, Auto ML represents an algorithm which is able to create other models. And they, in turn, already solve applied problems — for example, predict solvency of the client at issuance of credit or help to separate law-abiding clients from violators. Read more here.

Konstantin Kruglov's appointment director of SberData

In a command of the Technologies block of Sberbank there were staff changes: Konstantin Kruglov is appointed the senior managing director, the director of the department of data management (SberData). On February 11, 2019 reported about it in Sberbank. Read more here.


The new program manager "A single frontal system" - Alexey Poddubny

At the end of 2018 "Single Frontal System" (SFS) Alexey Poddubny became the program manager. According to TAdviser, it was appointed to this position after Sberbank was left by Elena Baturova who directed the EFS project earlier and also Vadim Sharobayev who under her management was responsible for this project in SberTech. Read more here.

Gref became the curator of technology development of Sberbank

On December 10, 2018 Sberbank announced increase in a role of technology and marketing divisions of bank. With respect thereto David Rafalovsky was appointed the executive vice president and began to submit to the president, the chairman of the board of Sberbank German Gref, continuing to perform functions of service station of the Sberbank group.

Participation in creation of Association of participants of the market of Big Data

On October 16, 2018 MegaFon, Mail.Ru Group, oneFactor, Tinkoff Bank, "Yandex" and Sberbank founded Association of participants of the market of Big Data. Anna Serebryanikova, an operational direktor of MegaFon is elected the president of the organization. The board of association was joined by representatives of all founder companies. A main objective of the organization — creation of conditions for development of technologies and products in the field of Big Data in Russia. Read more here.

The first electronic mortgage at a mortgage

Sberbank issued the first electronic mortgage at a mortgage. It is said in the statement of credit institution of July 2, 2018.

Sberbank prepared and sent to Rosreestr the electronic mortgage after since July 1, 2018 became effective corresponding changes in the Federal law of 7/16/1998 No. 102-FZ "About a mortgage (pledge of the real estate)".  According to them, the mortgage can be made out both in paper, and in an electron a format. At the same time the electronic mortgage should be certified by the strengthened qualified electronic signature of the borrower and bank.

Russia began to make out electronic mortgages at a mortgage

Storage, accounting and confirmation of the rights on the electronic mortgage is performed by depositaries of Sberbank. Buyers of housing in a mortgage will be able to fill a form of the electronic mortgage on the Gosuslug portal, on the official site of Rosreestr.

The possibility of an execution of the electronic mortgage allows to accelerate registration of pledge at housing crediting without additional actions from client side. The electronic mortgage is, undoubtedly, an important stage of digitalization of a mortgage — the director of the Domklik division of Sberbank Nikolay Vasev considers.

Earlier the chairman of the board of Sberbank German Gref declared plans to issue 80% of mortgages online by 2020-2021. 

According to the law, the electronic mortgage will have to contain the information about the pledger, the initial pawnbroker and about the debtor on the obligation provided with a mortgage, the name of the loan agreement or other monetary obligation which execution is provided with a mortgage, with indication of date and the place of its conclusion, the amount of the obligation provided with a mortgage and term of its payment, the name and the description of property on which the mortgage and also the money value of property confirmed with the conclusion of the appraiser on which the mortgage is set is set.[2]

Agreement with 1C on integration of products and services

Sberbank and 1C company signed on May 24, 2018 the agreement on cooperation in the field of integration of the products and services for corporate financing, financing of investment and export activities and also other banking activities and services. The agreement was signed by the senior vice president of Sberbank Anatoly Popov and the director of the company of 1C Boris Nuraliyev.

The agreement determines the long-term strategy of the parties by providing to clients technologies of the protected electronic exchange of documents that allows to optimize and develop access for users to bank services of Sberbank directly from accounting and ERP systems of 1C.

The bank considers 1C company as one of strategic partners in providing software solutions for accounting and other types of accounting in which we want to see integrated our bank services and services. Electronic transfer of documents in bank directly from programs of 1C allows to increase convenience of interaction of clients with bank and corresponds to the strategy of bank on transfer of financial statements of corporate borrowers in an electronic form — the senior vice president, the head of "The corporate block" of Sberbank Anatoly Popov commented on an event.

As noted, Sberbank and 1C cooperate in the field of integration of the products and information systems. So, many clients of Sberbank use a possibility of carrying out payments and obtaining statements directly in programs 1C:Enterprise 8 that increases safety of data exchange between programs of 1C and internet- bank "Sberbank Business Online". Also clients of Sberbank have an opportunity to hand over the reporting of borrowers from 1C: Accounting 8 in bank "in one click", automatically creating necessary reports of the accounting system and sending them to bank via secure channels of communication.

Sberbank entered consortium on development of Internet of Things

Sberbank was included into consortium of Competence center of wireless communication and Internet of Things. Among its participants there is the Skolkovo institute of science and technologies (Skoltech), Atomstroyexport, Gazpromneft, the Russian space systems, Phillips and others. The consortium also included about 10 universities and research centers conducting the corresponding developments.

The competence center will initiate researches in the field of Internet of Things, to implement results of scientific developments in business, to promote an output of products and services to international market and also to develop standards of the industry and educational programs. The consortium is going to invest in scientific research 90 million rubles in 2018, and to 200 million rubles — in 2022.

Among potentially interesting to Sberbank following directions of development of technology Internet of Things: "smart building", "smart shop", "smart city" and eHealth. In several bank departments projects of collecting of telemetered informations and remote control are already implemented. Also interests Sberbank development of the concept of Bank of things — automatic payments which can enter different devices without participation of the person.

To provide the market with the personnel, the Center will develop training programs in the field of Internet of Things for bachelors, masters and graduate students. Some programs will be implemented together with foreign universities: the agreement on cooperation was already signed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and the Technical university of Munich (Germany).

Start of School 21 on training of programmers

Sberbank announced on May 24, 2018 start of School 21 — an educational initiative of world-class training of specialists in the field of programming. Training at school is free and lasts from 1.5 to 4 years. The school works 24/7 only in offline format (presence of students is necessary). Read more here.

Agreement with Huawei on cooperation in ICT

The Huawei company and Sberbank signed on April 3, 2018 the agreement on cooperation in the field of development of information and communication technologies based on Huawei OpenLab and their further implementation in the bank industry. The companies intend to develop jointly network solutions using the open source. The agreement was signed within official opening of Huawei OpenLab Moscow. Read more here.

The plan of creation of a cloud platform of SberCloud together with I-Teco

Sberbank and the Russian system integrator "I-Teco" signed on April 2, 2018 the agreement on creation of a joint cloud platform of SberCloud. It is supposed that the company will provide cloud solutions both for Sberbank and its partners, and for external clients. Participation of Sberbank in joint venture will make 60%. Read more here.

Development of a neuronet for assessment of a commercial real estate

As it became known in February, 2018, Sberbank developed service on the basis of algorithms of deep machine learning for mass assessment of the commercial real estate acting as one of the most popular types of pledge. For the choice of the most suitable analogs the neural network processing information on characteristics of an object, its location, pedestrian traffic, price zoning and also proximity more than to 200 categories POI is used (point of interest, interest points).

Service automates routine process of selection of objects analogs, leaving to specialists a bigger stock of time for expert work. As a result terms of evaluating are reduced from several days to minutes at simultaneous increase in its quality. Besides, due to use of a single platform the methodology and approaches to assessment is unified.

As of February 9, service covers 36 largest cities of Russia with the population more than half a million people and is used for assessment of street retail objects. Sberbank plans its expansion for other segments of a commercial real estate.


Digitalization helped Sberbank to lay off the number of workers by 24 thousand people

The number of staff of PJSC Sberbank from 2014 to 2017 decreased by 24 thousand people, up to 251.7 thousand employees, follows from the annual report of bank. It makes 8.7% of initial number of staff in 2014.

An essential role in staff reduction in Sberbank is played by digitalization.

Sberbank consistently implements Strategy 2020 for creation of an ecosystem and digitalization of products and services of bank. We increase performance and quality of the provided services. In bank practice of optimization of number within which vacant positions are reduced works, employees retire and on their place are not accepted new, - explained TAdviser in Sberbank

The bank added that, in addition, employees undergo retraining, employment in the system of Sberbank on other positions is offered to them. Decrease in number has organic character.

Sberbank systematically reduces number of staff (a photo -

At the expense of what personnel first of all there is a decrease in number in Sberbank did not specify. The chairman of the board of Sberbank German Gref specified in the presentation of the annual report of 2017 that Strategy 2020 assumes decrease in personnel of a back office from 8 to 4 thousand people in 2017-2020.

Key problems of strategy - to increase business scale, to increase profitability and efficiency at simultaneous increase in flexibility, speed and customer focus on the basis of implementation of new technologies and development of new skills of people.

Earlier at the World Economic Forum in Davos Gref said that by 2025 the number of employees of Sberbank can be cut by half. Before the chairman of the board of bank also noted that Sberbank intends to move consistently to a digital operation mode and to accelerate closing of network of the departments. According to him, in 5 years to 50% of all offices of Sberbank will be closed from 30%[3]. And in the course of digital transformation the bank expects to offer the employees involved in core business, jobs in divisions of the created digital ecosystem[4].

Against the background of decrease in total number Sberbank continues to update personnel. In 2017 the bank employed 53 thousand people, said in its report.

The new technology platform of Sberbank - is more than DevOps, Big Data and artificial intelligence

In the annual report for 2017 Sberbank reported on development of the new technology platform. The platform which development began in 2015 consists of three principal components: "Single Frontal System" (SFS), "Platform of support of business" (PPRB) and Factory of data. The Technology platform of Sberbank is more detailed.

Software updating brought down the platform of Sberbank Cards

On December 12 the head Sberbank German Gref told about the reasons of failure which occurred chetyremya in the days before. On December 8 in bank difficulties at commission of some transactions at offices were observed and in channels of remote service.

According to Gref, technical failures were connected with installation of a new patch which was finished with a large number of changes[5].

It is about updating of the Smartvista system — a technology platform for processing of plastic cards. It was twice tested in the night mode, transition was made at night. On a peak load at 8 p.m. there was a failure, as a result we lost up to 40% of operations on bank for 50 minutes — Gref according to the results of a meeting of the Supervisory board of Sberbank told.

Gref told about the reasons of failure in Sberbank (a photo -

Gref noted that 40% of losses of transactions — big failure, and 50 minutes — rather long period for such incident. According to him, during failure a system passed into standby mode of functioning.

On December 8 in the evening Sberbank warned that a part of clients could face restrictions when carrying out "some operations" with cards.

Before in performing transactions according to cards Sberbank warned the clients about similar difficulties on November 30. The credit institution then explained the incident with technical reasons.

Sberbank provided new IT strategy on TAdviser SummIT

The senior managing director of the Technologies block of Sberbank Pavel Hodalev at the TAdviser SummIT conference which took place on November 29, 2017 told about a current status of IT in Sberbank and new technology strategy.

In 2017 in Sberbank there was creation of the trimodalny organization. Hodalev explained that Gartner has a concept of the bimodal organization: when the cascade methodology of development and Agile-approaches are combined. In turn, Sberbank selected the Run directions (support of the current processes and transactions), Change (replacement of the current bank processes by more effective) and Disrupt (creation of new processes and products for competitive advantage). For management of all this also the Governance direction was selected.

In the Run direction in Sberbank the big strategic program of increase in availability of critical IT systems comes to the end. For four years the bank invested in that technology windows and windows of idle time of such systems were measured for hours a year, Hodalev noted.

Pavel Hodalev on TAdviser SummIT (a photo - TAdviser)

Development the Agile-expert in Sberbank became the important direction. The purpose of bank – to transfer all Change direction to Agile, and in 2017 there was an important milestone – about 7 thousand people from IT and business jointly work now in the Agile mode, closing retail business, corporate business and what belongs to creation of strategic platforms.

In 2017 Sberbank also began development of platforms in the Disrupt direction: 3 innovation laboratories are constructed.

From other significant things – on the way to that the bank became the technology company, in it the institute of CDO (Chef data officer) and institute of CDS (Chief data scientist) is created. These are the centralized institutes - one works for management of corporate data models and synchronization of how data flow from a system in a system, and the second is responsible for creation of models which then are used in projects on artificial intelligence.

It was not in 2017 and without several sad opening:

We understood that automation level in our IT at the level of development, what is called the fashionable word DevOps, is in the Stone Age. And this year we made considerable breakthrough, and now we build basic tools, standard payplayna for DevOps and also actively began to invest in engineering practicians and requirements to our engineers who are engaged in development that they were 100% DevOps-people, - Pavel Hodalev told

Sberbank conducts a strategic cycle the three-year periods, Hodalev noted, and as of the end of 2017 in bank there is an adoption of new strategy till 2020. Development by the Run, Change and Disrupt blocks is also provided in it. In the Run block there is a place of robotization for automation of workflows and to machine learning. These technologies, expect in Sberbank, will give the greatest exhaust both in a back office, and in IT to release people from inappropriate transactions – "martyshkiny work".

In Sberbank centralization of banking systems was carried out about two years ago earlier, and the centralized banking system, but when this project was complete is created, it turned out that it will not be enough under the growing volumes of business and plans for further business development, Hodalev noted.

Then the bank began creation of own bank platform. In the nearest future in Sberbank expect to reach stability of this platform at the level of 99.99% of availability.

Among plans of the Change block – start of own bank platform, implementation of new versions of online bank and mobile application. In plans also – total DevOps and transition from highly specialized work to work of commands.

We consider that in work of commands - that following level of efficiency which we cannot receive now, just giving to people other rules of the game. With it we go to Sbergile, - the representative of Sberbank noted.

In terms of the Disrupt block - piloting of platforms and services of an ecosystem Sber# and creation of 8 laboratories with new focus. Before laboratory were focused on a research of new technologies and if there was something attractive to business, then technologies suggested to give to business for creation of technological solutions. Now the specific objective will be set for each laboratory – to issue industrial result.

Regarding the Governance block there are development plans for data management – development of competences which in bank never were, and reduction of the direction of data to uniform model.

Concerning employee development in Sberbank go the way concepts of "T-Shaped people" - in fact, it is a synonym of "the universal soldier", Pavel Hodalev explained.

We try to leave highly specialized engineers and specialists to more universal soldiers because only such universal soldiers can in a command be effective, - he explained.

Speaking about the near-term outlook, Hodalev noted that for 2018 one of key projects – start of new data center in Skolkovo which will become the key location of infrastructure of Sberbank. Also until the end of 2018 total transfer of development in Sbergile is planned. Development of 8 laboratories which it was mentioned earlier, - among priorities for 2018. With development of the innovation component the bank will approach emergence of a new position at the level of board members – Chief innovation officer.

The TAdviser SummIT conference took place in Moscow on November 29, 2017 and attracted more than 400 participants. Principal themes of an action are IT plans of the largest companies and state departments of Russia for 2018, perspectives of development of digital economy, IT products and services. Within a plenary part and five thematic sections more than 60 reports and public discussions were heard. The action took place in 5 Digital October halls.

Transition to electronic interaction with state agencies

The Government of the Russian Federation supported offers of PJSC Sberbank on transition to electronic interaction of banks with state bodies.

The amendments adopted at the request of the first Deputy Prime Minister I.I. Shuvalov in the Order of Government No. 1471-r open access to banks to 20 new document types and data on physical persons and legal entities using the system of interdepartmental electronic interaction (SIEI). The corresponding doument are published on  the official Internet portal of legal information.

"It is about tax statements, constituent documents from Tax administration, data on the real estate from Rosreestr, accounting records from Rosstat. It will allow clients of bank next year not to request paper documents from state bodies to open the bank account, to obtain the credit. Banks will receive documents directly from state bodies, at the same time the data containing personal data will be provided in bank with the consent of the client. It is a big step to fast  paperless financing of business" — the vice president of Sberbank Andrey Sharov noted

Andrey Hlyzov released Alice Melnikova from the CEO's duty in SberTech

On June 9, 2017 Sberbank announced Andrey Hlyzov's appointment to a position of the senior vice president of Sberbank – the CEO of SberTech company. In this position it replaced Alice Melnikova working in the company since 2013. In more detail about appointment - in Andrey Hlyzov's profile on the TAdviser portal.

Staff of Sberbank received the status of developers in community Apache

The command of the program of creation "Platform of support and business development" of Sberbank received the status of open-source developers of community Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Sberbank reported about it in the annual report for 2016 which appeared in April. They had an opportunity to develop open source components of a technology stack of platforms Apache.

"The platform of support of business development" of Sberbank-Tekhnologii company provides revolutionary transformation of all applications of Sberbank entering Core Banking circuit. In development the newest technologies of distributed computing in memories and operations of applications with large volumes of data in real time –In-Memory Data Grid are applied.

Sberbank told TAdviser that all about 1500 developers are involved in drafts of the platform of support and business development, but not all of them participate in open source projects. How many developers are involved in them, in bank preferred not to specify. In community Apache participants are kontribyyuter, explained TAdviser in bank.

Sberbank is interested in participation in global open source projects - Apache and some other

Sberbank noted that open source projects in general – the direction, rather new to them, therefore so far the bank defines strategy, a format and volume of participation in each specific project.

Among projects of Apache on which Sberbank as of spring of 2017 - Apache Ignite is focused (the universal platform for the distributed in-memory of calculations), Kafka (the distributed platform of stream processing and data transmission).

Also the bank participates in the WildFly project (Java the EE application server) which develops with assistance of Red Hat.

Sberbank considers participation in open source projects Spring Framework, ZeroMq, Akka Hadoop, Ceph, ReactJs, Activiti and some other.

Part from these projects have high degree of a maturity and strong community therefore the issue of formats of participation of Sberbank in them will be surely discussed, added in Sberbank.

Our main contribution to community – reliability, performance, integration with products which are in a technology stack of the company. We consider that in these directions the deposit can be the most powerful in connection with our experience in implementation of requirements of Sberbank to these parameters, - noted in Sberbank.

Saving more than 1 billion rubles at tenders on testing of automated systems

At the end of February - the beginning of March, 2017 Sberbank summed up the results of two tenders on execution of works on functional and stress testing of automated systems. Totally both purchases consisted of 20 lots, and their total initial cost equaled nearly 3.5 billion rubles[1][2].

Sberbank summed up the results of two tenders on testing of automated systems

Participants of tenders became known in November, 2016. Submitted applications for the tender for stress testing of the crucial systems (Mission & Business Critical) to the company Luxoft Professional Aplana, ITs I-Teco "Technoserv of AS" Performance Lab. "Bell Integrator", AT Consulting and Jet Infosystems.

In different lots of this tender (only 9 lots) contractors were offered to check work of core automated systems, systems on the platform BPM, the systems of type CRM and BI, automated systems on management of the credits, risks and investments, processing and so forth. The total ceiling maximum cost on all lots was 1.34 billion rubles.

On functional (manual and automated) submitted testing of systems applications of 13 companies for 11 lots of tender: Aplana, "Technoserv of AS", BFT, ITs "I-Teco" Smart Group "Technologies of quality", Performance Lab EPAM Systems Lanit Auriga, AT Consulting, Diasoft and Bell Integrator.

In this tender contractors were offered to carry out inspections of automated systems of a core, automated systems like FrontEnd, the processing systems, CRM and BI systems, credit automated systems, automated systems on the SAP platform and others. The total ceiling price on all lots was 2.13 billion rubles.

On each lot in documentation the necessary number of staff of specialists in functional or stress testing made a reservation. So, for example, for stress testing of automated systems on management of the credits the contractor had to have not less than 40 relevant employees in the state, and for functional testing of BI systems there were enough four specialists.

At the end of February, 2017 the bank determined winners by the majority of lots of both tenders. The remained lots were played at the beginning of March.

Tender results on stress testing of automated systems
Name of lot Winner ' Final proposal of the winner, million rubles including VAT'
Lot 1: Services in stress testing, core automated systemsJet Infosystems170.990
Lot 2: Services in stress testing of systems on the BPM platformTechnoserv of AS41.15
Lot 3: Services in stress testing of CRM and BI systemsAT Consulting49.20
Lot 4: Services in stress testing of core automated systems on the PPRB platformJet Infosystems30.25
Lot 5: Services in stress testing of Automated systems in management of the creditsPerformance Lab76.54
Lot 6: Services in stress testing of automated systems in risk management and investments of bankPerformance Lab21.02
Lot 7: Services in stress testing of systems remote banking (RBS) (Front End)"ITs I-Teco" and I-Teco167.61
Lot 8: Services in stress testing of systems on the EFS platformTechnoserv of AS158.12
Lot 9: Services in stress testing of automated control systems for processingJet Infosystems82.141
Tender results on functional testing of automated systems
Name of lot Winner Final proposal of the winner, million rubles including VAT
Lot 1: Services in functional testing of automated systems of a corePerformance Lab147.25
Lot 2: Services in functional testing of automated systems like FrontEnd"ITs I-Teco" and I-Teco226.98
Lot 3: Services in functional testing of the processing systems and also systems with integration logic based on the corporate service bus (CSB) and the related systemsBell Integrator93.03
Lot 4: Services in functional testing of CRM systemsPerformance Lab87.93
Lot 5: Services in functional testing of Bussiness Intelligence (BI) systemsBell Integrator8.39
Lot 6: Services in functional testing of credit automated systems"ITs I-Teco" and I-Teco197.62
Lot 7: Services in functional testing of automated systems in risk managementPerformance Lab17.32
Lot 8: Services in functional testing of automated systems in the investment managementPerformance Lab32.97
Lot 9: Services in functional testing of automated systems on the SAP platformAplana75.56
Lot 10: Services in functional testing of automated systems of the BPM platformAplana51.15
Lot 11: Services in functional testing of the automated systems connected with customer service in remote linksAplana493.15

Within two tenders the greatest amount of contracts is recorded at Aplana company - about 620 million rubles. This company managed to win three lots on functional testing of systems. Further I-Teco - 592 million rubles, the amount of three lots follows. On the third place - Performance Lab - 383 million rubles, the amount of six lots.

Validity period of the general agreement on each lot makes 12 months from the date of its conclusion.

The general decrease on all purchases was more than 1.2 billion rubles. About 543 million rubles managed to be saved on tenders on stress testing and nearly 700 million rubles - at tenders on functional testing of systems.

For testing of information systems Sberbank held similar competitions in 2015. Then, the total initial amount was about 1.9 billion rubles.

Nearly a half of this amount was won then by Aplana company - she won eight lots for 940 million rubles. For the total amount of 520 million rubles won against I-Teco five lots. Four lots for 203 million rubles were won by Bell Integrator company. Luxoft won in two lots for 144 million rubles. Jet Infosystems won lot worth 89 million rubles.

Change of heads of the IT block: Nikita Volkov instead of Vadim Kulik

At the beginning of 2017 the Kommersant newspaper with reference to several sources reported[3]that the deputy chairman of board Vadim Kulik leaves Sberbank. According to the edition, it was discharged of coaching of the Risks direction. To it worthy tasks were not in the technology block for which Kulik was also responsible.

The Technologies block after the Kulik's leaving is globally supervised by the first deputy chairman of board of Sberbank Lev Hasis. Instead of Kulik Nikita Volkov before directing development and maintenance of banking information systems in the Technologies block was appointed the head of the Technologies block.

Besides since February, 2017 the vice president of Sberbank Teymur Shternlib was appointed the senior vice president, the head of directorate for development of digital business. It replaced Mikhail Ehrenburg working in Sberbank since 2013.


Results of development of IT in 2016

In the reporting of Sberbank in 1 quarter 2017 it is told about the main results of development of information systems in 2016. The bank successfully executes strategic initiatives which purpose is creation of a technology platform and transformation in the technology company by the end of 2018, is told in the document.

In particular, Sberbank did a great job on ensuring high reliability of the systems. Among important milestones of this work there is an organization of georeservation of services of contact center, creation of a core of a new highly reliable local computer network, work of customer services at performing transactions in online stores, transfers, issuance of credits, service through remote links in the Stand-In mode 24 × 7 during incidents and technology works.

Idle times of critical automated systems of DPC Southern port do not exceed 1.6 hours a year. This DPC is certified according to the program Tier Certification Operational Sustainability, Uptime Institute, the GOLD level.

High-critical services of transportation of data between automated systems of Sberbank are transferred to the functioning mode 99.999%, i.e. idle time of a system makes no more than 5 minutes a year. It provides the continuity of providing the main services to private and corporate clients.

In the Sberbank Online system the pilot block for employees was selected, in which there is a testing of new versions "Sberbank Online" before large-scale replication that minimizes risks and reduces an implementation time.

In Sberbank end-to-end production process and resource planning are implemented thanks to what control of start and project implementation amplified, average project duration from 30 was reduced to 18 months. New implementation process of not project tasks allowed to reduce the term of their implementation by 1.9 times. The satisfaction of internal clients in the field of implementation of an IT component of projects grew by 3.8 times, implementations of not project tasks – three times.

In Sberbank agile-transformation which consists in transition to the agile development method, received the name Sbergile began. Sbergile-commands are provided with basic automation, process of iterative development of services is developed.

In Sberbank uniform management process to operating rooms and IT production, incidents and technology standards is created.

The number of function of maintenance of client transactions is reduced by 13%. The regional centers of maintenance of client operations in Khabarovsk and Voronezh are transformed. Maintenance of IT transactions is provided in all time zones.

Basis of the changing IT landscape of Sberbank should become the technology platform which will act Wednesday, of the ecosystem providing functioning of business and allowing participants to interact and create value. The technology platform will include infrastructure, data and means of their processing and the analysis, the application, a development tool, API, said in the reporting of bank.

Sberbank actively applies the latest technologies to creation of the innovation services and services. In particular, methods of work with Big Data are used in development universal a chat platform for messengers of Telegram the Messenger and Facebook. The pilot of a system of biometric identification on the basis of a retina for self-service devices is carried out.

At a project startup "Payment on biometrics in retail chain stores "Alphabet of taste" the closed testing for the staff of Sberbank on a fingerprint is held. The pilot on development of a mathematical model of management of collection and cash in devices of self-service of Sberbank which is urged to reduce idle time of devices is implemented and to save on optimization of the stored volumes of cash.

The Program of "Automation of risk management systems in financial markets" begun 4.5 years ago is successfully complete. Systems for control of limits of market and credit risks, establishment of limits on financial institutions are created. Control systems of market orientation and independent verification of the prices are implemented. The uniqueness of this IT program for Russia that still there was no positive experience of the solution of similar tasks, is considered in bank. As a result during creation risk infrastructure about 360 million rubles were saved.

Sberbank implemented an automated system of monitoring of credit requests for identification of fraudulent activity from corporate clients. A system processes in memory data bulks that allows to make checks in real time.

The bank automated an underwriting quality control system. The creation of tools of risk analysis planned until the end of 2017 will allow to improve quality of the loan portfolio and to provide maintenance of the high level of examination.

The pilot on deployment of the international card processing center was successfully complete. BPS-Sberbank of Republic of Belarus became the first client.

Sberbank introduced the system automating collecting of arrears at a stage of late collecting including using mobile application of the collector.

"The personal account of the investor" which gave them access to viewing a remaining balance on brokerage accounts, marginal indicators, the register of transactions, information on input / funds withdrawal, the movement of securities between customer accounts was created.

The database of Mobile bank SMS service is translated to a new high-performance resource for keeping of loading in 18 million entering SMS from clients in day.

The portal prototype for external partners of Sberbank is created, service with the open interface (API) is published and will deploy the management tool lifecycle of API for connection of partners Sberbank Messenger and also the publications API of corporate services and involvement of new partners.

The new processing channel of multimedia messages in contact center – Text chat is created that will cut down expenses on payment of telephone traffic and will reduce growth rates of load of operators.

Sberbank implemented at itself technology of "direct calculations" that allowed to register payments in the settlement system of Sberbank in real time. Thus, time of passing of payment between clients of Sberbank was reduced from 45 to 6 minutes.

The simplified diagram of consideration of appeals of corporate clients therefore up to 50% of financial claims decide in one day was entered, addresses on self-collection decide within an hour. The maximum time of consideration of appeals of corporate clients does not exceed two days.

The policy on quality management of data is created, the training program, unique for the Russian market, on work with data which the first there underwent 80 top managers of Sberbank is developed.

In Sberbank new business – monetization of data appeared. The basic product portfolio of Sberbank on the basis of aggregated data is built. The first bargains with external clients on products on creation of model of tendency to purchase and segmentation of the customer base for targeted campaigns are concluded.

The Open Data portal – a unique information product on the basis of Big Data technologies which provides aggregated data to economic activity of the population and business is started.

In Sberbank innovation laboratories which have an average term of development of a prototype of the innovation product no more than five months at the moment are created.

As key development plans for a technology landscape Sberbank planned implementation of all basic technology services of the IT platform and business services for private clients for 2017, development of an ecosystem of technology partnership of Open API, implementation of algorithms of artificial intelligence and machine learning for tasks of Sberbank, connection not less than two businesses of an ecosystem.

Development of factory of data: systems of monetization of data

For November, 2016 Sberbank develops a technology platform of processing and monetization of data on the following directions.

Internal monetization

  • Expense optimization
  • Performance improvement
  • Identification of patterns of a fraud
  • Decrease regulatory [4]

External monetization

  • Enrichment due to processing of external data
  • Modeling and data discovery
  • Info market

As products of monetization of data are created
Sberbank creates and applies different types of models
Pilot "Predictive model of breakdowns of ATMs and terminals"
Why the old platform is not capable to solve problems of monetization of data?
Requirements to the new platform
The place of Factory of data in the general platform of Bank
Architecture of Factory of data
Creation of Factory of data requires new calls and solutions

TAdviser SummIT: Sberbank told about revolutionary transformation of IT systems

The senior managing director of Blok of Technology of SberbankMikhail Hasin, speaking at the TAdviser SummIT conference on May 31, 2016, told about the program of creation of "The platform of support of business development" which is implemented by bank. It provides technology upgrade of all applications entering Core Banking circuit. In development the newest technologies of distributed computing in memories and operations of applications with large volumes of data in real time –In-Memory Data Grid are applied. In more detail - according to the link.

Agile-transformation start

In March, 2016 Sberbank selected McKinsey the consultant for the principles bimodal and Agile software development-организации. The company will provide trainings and will prepare the description of possible organizational models, approaches to transformation of management model and structure of bank (is more detailed here).


The main results of informatization in 2015

In the reporting of Sberbank published in May, 2016 it is announced the main results of informatization of bank in 2015.

The bank worked on simplification of an IT landscape, reduction of terms of an output to the market of banking products, reliability assurance and the necessary performance of systems, optimization of project activity of bank. Were added to these tasks: ensuring quality of the implemented programs; IT maintenance reduction in cost; development of the platform of support of business development for ensuring strategic advantage of group in the market of banking services.

The key systems in 2015 worked at constantly growing loading – transaction loading in the systems of bank grew approximately by 1.5-2 times in comparison with previous year that is connected with development of functionality of systems and growth of the customer base. At the same time the purposes on reliability of systems are executed at the expense of the 99.99 program in which reservation is implemented and the emphasis at pro-active work with operational risks is put.

Sberbank managed to provide at least a semi-annual stock on performance of the critical systems that allowed without significant failures to sustain traditional peak load at the end of 2015.

Still high level of DDoS attacks on resources of bank remains. The attacks become more intellectual, their power grows. Thanks to measures of the 99.99 program in 2015 any of the attacks did not achieve the goal; for comparison – in 2014 as a result of DDoS attacks providing customer service in full lasting about an hour was broken. In bank own center for counteraction the Internet to the attacks works.

For the purpose of achievement of technology break as main basis of strategy implementation of development of bank till 2018 at the end of 2015 the Technologies block based on an IT block and the Operational block was created.

In 2015 the unprecedented program of centralization of IT systems on scope "Centralization 2.0" which was implemented four years by a team of 32 thousand people was complete. As a result 15 thousand systems of territorial banks are consolidated, databases are centralized. One of the world's largest the centralized IT platform is created. Due to creation of a common information space terms of an output to the market of new banking products for clients are reduced.

Within the Reliability 99.99 program more than on 60% of systems cumulative idle time made no more than 52 minutes a year. The mode of duplication at which customer service continues in the mode of limited functionality at failure or carrying out technology works that allowed to avoid idle times of the general lasting more than 275 hours in a year works.

In 2015 work on the "Creation of the Platform of Support of Business Development (18+)" program with involvement of world experts in the field of architectural questions was begun. The purpose – to provide strategic advantage of group in the market of banking services, having created the platform which will meet requirements of business on the horizon of 2018-2023, to reduce terms of an output to the market of new products, to reduce the cost of ownership of IT - infrastructure, to increase efficiency of a back office.

Within the Centralization 3.0 program 118 inappropriate systems and one DPC, in plans – an output of 410 more inappropriate systems and replacement of the IT equipment for receiving economy of the estimate are taken out of service. The purpose – to complete centralization of a landscape, significantly having increased cost efficiency of IT assets.

The stage of transformation of an organization structure of divisions of IT maintenance within the Everest program is completed. End-to-end chains of command and supports of services are created. The effect of the held events was 650 million rubles. Plans for process and technology transformation of operational function are successfully implemented that allowed to release 3,708 established posts.

Within work on the Big data direction the Laboratory cluster of supermassives is created, the portfolio from 55 initiatives of monetization of data is built, 4 of them are implemented in the form of prototypes of commercial solutions.

Personnel management of Sberbank is conducted in a single system of SAP HR. It is the world's largest project on SAP implementation of HR which covers all employees of the bank working in 11 time zones in 82 subjects of the country. 89 separate historical systems are taken out of service.

For employees of all regions the possibility of planning of 100% of operating expenses in a single centralized system with significant acceleration of execution of operations is provided.

The complete relevant reference base of clients of Sberbank on all segments of retail business due to connection of the systems of territorial banks to the system of a uniform profile of the client online is created.

SMS informing clients on the status of release and delivery of cards is started. The client can receive the card in any region of presence of Sberbank regardless of the place of maintaining its account now.

Payment of the state and municipal payments for benefit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Federal Bailiff Service, Rosreestr in real time in all territory of the country is unified.

For the purpose of operational identification of the persons involved involved in terrorism and extremism, counteractions to illegal financial transactions, within performance of Federal laws No. 115-FZ, to No. 134-FZ and No. 152-FZ interaction the EXPERT the STOP-LIST with bank AS is transferred to a real-time mode. It will allow to identify quickly unreliable clients at commission of transfers to accounts of deposits and bank cards by them and to stop financing of terrorism and legalization (washing) of income gained in the criminal way.

In all regions the centralized system of "OptiCash/OptiNet" is implemented: on the basis of historical data on a remaining balance and turnovers of cash in cash desks and ATMs optimal recommendations on a reinforcement and delivery of cash are automatically created.

The industrial system of the class fraud-monitoring for channels remote bank to services for individuals is implemented. A system reduces risk of plunder of money of clients and reduces the reputation losses of bank resulting from carrying out fraudulent transactions.

The solution reducing the term of an output to the market of the interest rate realignments on deposits that accelerates reaction of bank to change of economic conditions is implemented.

Interaction from SWIFT which will allow to exchange SWIFT documents with other banks at disconnection of Sberbank from SWIFT Alliance Access is finished.

The technology of issue of the housing credits issued through Credit Factory allowing to change the selected product at any stage before issuance of credit is implemented. Clients submit applications for the housing credits in any VSP without participation of the mortgage manager, at the same time at change by the client of a type of a real estate or type of the transaction there is no need to get approval of bank repeatedly. The number of the clients who refused the transaction will be reduced.

The automated process of assessment of credit history in Credit Pipeline and Credit Factory technologies for client segments "Micro Business" and "Small business" is implemented.

In 6 thousand Sberbank branches through the whole country the Wi-fi network for employees and clients is organized. More than 10 thousand employees of these departments use corporate tablets for customer service and connection by it of products and services of bank.

The new version of a corporate portal integrated all territorial banks on one platform – up to this point there were 15 separate portals.

The technological solution on electronic document management with state bodies which allows employees of the bank to check the fact of issue of the notarial power of attorney via the corporate business portal is implemented.

In MEGADPC of Sberbank the data processing center for SberbankEurope is created. It is the first project in Russia on IT support of European Banks which saved to subsidiary banks about 50 million euros for costs of maintenance of IT.

In subsidiary banks of Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan the solution of the Humming-bird online is implemented that will reduce time of a design of international transfers by 40%.

Sale of products of welfare through Sberbank Online is started. The possibility of acquisition of products of insurance companies of group on the Internet is implemented.

Emphasis on high-quality study of projects regarding IT infrastructure is put. It allowed to satisfy completely projects with IT resources, at the same time having lowered original requirements on resources by 11 billion rubles.

Intermediate results of the Reliability program

The Reliability of Critical AS program of Sberbank was started in 2013. Its purpose is increase in level of availability of the critical systems to 99.99% that means no more than one hour of idle time of each of them a year. The program is strategic and has the first priority in Sberbank. More than 1 thousand employees of the bank are involved in its implementation.

For the end of 2015 Sberbank increased the level of availability of a number of the critical systems to the level of 99.99%, the senior vice president of bank Nikita Volkov in December told. Prior to the beginning of reliability augmentation program implementation as Volkov told TAdviser, each of the critical systems stood idle on average in 7-8 hours a year, including both technology idle times, and incidents. On those systems where the target indicator in 99.99% is not reached yet, a downtime was also reduced from the moment of the beginning of the program.

Sberbank explained TAdviser that the level of availability of systems of 99.99% is reached for the realization account of the StandIn mode – one more circuit of protection of customer services in addition to traditional reservation in the second DPC. StandIn is applied on renewal period of operability of a system in the main or reserve DPC. In this mode only the services, most crucial for clients, are provided and AS works in the mode of limited functionality.

In 2014 the works on implementation of StandIn were completed on such AS of Sberbank as the integration layer connecting all the critical systems of bank, mobile bank according to cards, the retail Internet bank, the part of a processing system which is responsible for service of the cards emitted by Sberbank. On each of these systems interruption of customer services since the beginning of 2015 made less than one hour.

In 2015 works on implementation of the Stand In mode were carried out in the eTsOD systems and Sberbank Branch which are responsible for performing transactions on deposits. Sberbank expects that it will feel effect of implementation of these works in 2016. The same year Sberbank is going to complete implementation of the StandIn mode in all the critical systems.

The greatest total interrupt time of customer services in 2015 is recorded by assorted EKS (A single corporate system) which basic functions are settlement and cash services and payments of corporate clients (11.5 hours since the beginning of year), reported TAdviser in Sberbank. The maximum delay time of client payments made 2 hours 18 minutes at an incident at the beginning of February, 2015. In general, all the time of unavailability of customer services in EKS was the share of the first half of 2015. In the second half of the year work of AS of EKS is completely stabilized, speak in Sberbank.

As the most frequent reasons of idle time of the critical systems Nikita Volkov called TAdviser of a problem with the application software (the mistakes made when programming, but not revealed in testing) and also failures in databases.

Volkov notes that Sberbank always very carefully tests the systems before start in operation: regression, functional, stress testing and acceptance tests is held. When a system turns into commercial operation, it begins to interact with all landscape of systems: "Banking systems now very difficult also arise joints".

"Any application software shows errors all the time, since software for the smartphone and finishing with complex systems. Failures were, is and will be, it is inevitable. Errors arise both in processing, and in core banking, practically in any systems. The question is in that, the client notices them or not, and how fast we can get out of the situation", - Nikita Volkov noted.

Emergence of failures in systems in Sberbank is explained also with the fact that some systems are unique and have no analogs in the world. For example, such configuration of processing as at Sberbank at anybody is not present any more, Volkov notes: "It is the whole consortium Oracle and IBM, a configuration which to us nobody in the world used".

He added that in many cases clients do not notice that an incident occurred, but the bank anyway fixes them.

"Bonuses" for failures for clients

Sberbank considers the possibility of introduction of compensations for the clients feeling discomfort because of failures in systems, Nikita Volkov in December, 2015 told. According to him, the bank works on this idea and, perhaps, will develop the system of compensation processes in 2016.

The bank has yet no preliminary list of options of compensation and cases in which clients will receive them, Volkov notes. As an example for a situation in which compensation could be applied it gave a situation with the dubbed account transactions of the client when money is charged off two times. However, such problem usually arises on the party of a payment system, Nikita Volkov added, having noted that he would not like to outline situations on examples of the systems of Sberbank so far.

Volkov so far could not give specific examples of "bonuses" for failures too, but told that he likes "encouragement" which one of German banks entered for the clients during the FIFA World Cup. The bank announced a special deposit when the deposit interest rate increases on percent shares depending on number of the goals scored by the German command.

To clients for inconveniences because of Sberbank bank borrowed the idea of compensations from world practice. The senior vice president of Sberbank for IT noted that it is not really widespread, but it carries it to discharge of best practices of banks.

The choice of contractors on testing of information systems in 2015 - 2016.

On October 30, 2015 Sberbank defined winners of two tenders (20 lots) on services of functional and stress testing of the automated systems (AS). Their total initial amount was about 1.9 billion rubles.

Nearly a half of this amount was won by Aplana company - she won eight lots for 940 million rubles. Aplana will be engaged in stress testing of a management system for analytical solutions and management systems for the credits and also functional testing of the core systems, processing and the corporate service bus, CRM, risk management systems, intraeconomic activity and personnel, the systems of customer service in remote links.

I-Teco won five lots for the total amount of 520 million rubles. The company will be engaged in stress testing BPM, CRM and RBS (front end) and also functional testing credit and front end of systems.

Four lots for 203 million rubles were won by Bell Integrator company (Bell Integrator). It will test on loading applications for remote banking and a management system for processing. Functionally the company will test BI and the system of government of investments.

Luxoft won in two lots for 144 million rubles. The company will hold stress testing of risk management system and investments and also functional testing of BPM.

Jet Infosystems won lot for 89 million rubles and will be engaged in stress testing of the core systems of Sberbank.

Competitions at the choice of suppliers for testing of the automated systems which are used in Sberbank were announced in June, 2015. Within contracts on the first[5] from them with the maximum price of 1.29 billion rubles was supposed functional testing of systems by 11 functional areas. Within the second[6] of the maximum price contract in 605 million rubles was planned carrying out stress testing of systems by 9 functional areas.

In total lots on both tenders include more than 100 systems which need to be tested. Validity period of the general agreement on each lot – 12 months.

Sberbank will hold large-scale testing of automated systems

On execution of works are specified as the purposes of functional testing of systems in terms of reference: reduction of a share of functional errors in commercial operation, check of AS by compliance to the stated functional requirements, confirmation of preserving of functionality of AS after upgrade and also identification of the maximum share of functional errors on earlier test stages.

Stress testing is held for the purpose of reliability augmentation of systems, determinations of maximum capacity of a system, reduction of probability of emergence of the errors connected with performance in commercial operation and also check of fault tolerance.

Sberbank said TAdviser that these tenders are not connected with the beginning of large-scale works on testing in their bank. Testing of critical (class Mission Critical and Business Critical) and less critical systems (class Business Operation and Office Productivity) takes place in the planned mode according to project deadlines by forces "Sberbank-Technologies" or with involvement of external suppliers. The volumes designated in competitive documentation are indicative and Sberbank reserves the right not to place supplier orders on all designated volume in the specified period.

Bank representatives added that, meanwhile, approach to holding procurement procedures of works and services of testing changed: "Aggregation of volumes and carrying out two tenders on all requirement of bank is connected with transition from a tactical format of carrying out tenders to strategic, with the conclusion of long-term agreements and we build partnership with suppliers".

In addition to the won companies Auriga,S&T,Performance Lab,Cinimex,Epam,Technoserv and "Technologies of quality" took part in tenders for testing.

IT systems of Sberbank are centralized

On September 21, 2015 Sberbank announced program termination of centralization of IT systems.

Main article: "Centralization 2.0": the unprecedented IT project of Sberbank is complete

Migration on PostgreSQL

In September, 2015 the chief architect of IT of Sberbank told TAdviser that its bank very attentively considers a question of use of the open source (OS), including - transfer of a number of systems to PostgreSQL DBMS.

In November, 2015 in Sberbank told TAdviser that the bank conducts PostgreSQL testing to study its opportunities for optimal positioning in the infrastructure.

2014: Start of strategy implementation of technology development till 2018

In 2014 the Bank started implementation of new Strategy of technology development till 2018.

In the reporting of bank as the main focuses of conversions were selected:

  • simplification of an IT landscape;

  • reduction of terms of an output to the market of banking products, completion of works on transfer of 16 territorial banks on centralized systems;

  • ensuring reliability of automated systems and business of a stock of their performance, necessary for growth;

  • optimization of project activity, increase in productivity of projects with an IT component, cardinal improvement of quality of project management.

Within the strategic program "Creation of the Single Centralized IT Platform of Bank" in the Moscow, Central Chernozem and Northern banks in commercial operation the automated system on service of legal entities was implemented.

"It is an important milestone on the way of creation of the effective centralized bank platform which will allow to optimize the cost of ownership of an IT landscape of bank and to increase the speed of implementation of new products and services", - it was said in the reporting of bank.

The Moscow, Central Russian, North Caucasian and Central Chernozem banks were transferred to an automated system of crediting of individuals.

Seven territorial banks were transferred to the "Uniform Center of Processing of Deposits" system. Within service "Zelyonaya Street" clients could make operations on deposits irrespective of a point of opening of a deposit in any territorial bank and also in both territories of the Moscow and Central Russian banks.

Within the program of centralization cost reduction on IT due to economy of equipment costs (servers and storage systems) and on premises of data centers in territorial banks, savings of benefits from implementations of AS and the system application software, development of systems by forces of employees "Sberbank – Technologies", development and support of direct systems – more than 2.5 billion rubles was reached.

Sberbank opened the new strategic program "Creation of the Platform of Support of Business Development (18+)" within which the innovative technologies will increase performance, to reduce total cost of ownership group IT infrastructure, to reduce the term of start of new products.

In 2014 both Sberbank, and group actively worked in these directions, despite influence of the changed external circumstances and some other difficulties, said in the reporting of bank:

  • In 2014 Sberbank did a great job regarding reliability augmentation of automated systems. In comparison with 2013 for 20% idle times of the critical systems are reduced because of incidents, breaks of the critical systems are more than twice reduced because of carrying out technology works, it is provided necessary for growth of business reserved productivities of systems.

  • The key systems worked in the conditions of constantly increasing loading. So, for 2014 the number of transactions in Sberbank Onl@yn increased by 2.5 times that is connected also with development of functionality of systems, and with increase in the customer base. In the conditions of the raised loading the Bank executed the purposes on reliability augmentation of systems thanks to the Reliability 99.99 program: special technologies of reservation and optimization are implemented, focus at pro-active work of IT services with operational risks is made.

  • In the middle of December there was a sharp growth of load of all systems of Bank in connection with an unstable financial situation and an information attack to Sberbank. All systems fulfilled steadily.

  • Significantly the frequency and power of DDoS attacks increased by Internet services of bank (in 2014 42 such attacks are recorded). Thanks to measures within the Reliability 99.99 program of the attack had no significant impact on customer services. Margin of safety of a system of Sberbank many times exceeds the current capacities of the DDoS attacks recorded on the Russian Internet.

In 2014, according to the reporting, the huge step was taken in improvement of services Sberbank Onl@yn and Mobile bank for different platforms, possibilities of self-service terminals are expanded.

The bank started the application for social networks "Odnoklassniki" and "Vkontakte" in which clients can do money transfers from the card on Sberbank Card by the phone number, pay mobile communication, without connecting from a personal account to the web.

In reporting year works on the organization and maintenance of payment infrastructure at the Olympic Games in Sochi are carried out.

The CRM platform, largest in Europe, by quantity of products and users is created.

The automated control system for personnel in 11 territorial banks is brought into commercial operation. Thereby the most large-scale implementation of a centralized system in Russia on the SAP platform is complete.

Основная статья: Sberbank of the Russian Federation (SAP ERP)


Vadim Kulik replaces Victor Orlovsky as the curator of the IT block

At the beginning of 2013 in Sberbank the curator of the IT block was replaced. Instead of Victor Orlovsky the head of the Risks block Vadim Kulik became him. At the same time Orlovsky did not leave bank, and saved a post of the senior vice president and as the president of bank German Gref spoke,[7] had to "focus on innovations"[7].

The major result on the IT direction in 2013 the bank called the adoption of strategy of technology development of Sberbank till 2018:

"The mission of IT services for new strategy consists in support of bank as the effective and reliable supplier of traditional banking services and the leader in implementation of the innovation products. The basic principles of new IT strategy are industrial approach to production of IT services, creation of factory of the development and operation of IT services providing the most effective and transparent use of investments into development and support of technologies".

The principles of strategy also included the maximum simplification of an IT landscape, the maximum concentration of financial and human resources for the solution of the most priority tasks for bank, attraction, deduction and development of key IT specialists, it was told in the report of Sberbank.

The program aimed at secured provision of required level of reliability of all key automated systems was open for ensuring reliability of work of automated systems in the conditions of dynamic business development and growth of volumes of transactions in Sberbank. In its framework the reengineering of architecture of IT systems allowing to increase cardinally their scalability was conducted.

Within the program of standardization and integration of IT infrastructure of subsidiary banks the direct automated banking system was selected and uniform standards of target IT architecture Sberbank Europe are defined.

In the report it was also said that for the purpose of increase in investment soundness in IT agreements with key suppliers of IT solutions were reached upon reduction in cost of the equipment and transition to new model of interaction with bank – to direct deliveries of the equipment. Cumulative effect of these actions in the 4th quarter 2013 was economy more than 5 billion rubles.

Among other key results on the direction of informatization gave the beginning of acceptance of the Visa payWave proximity cards allowing clients to pay purchases in seconds in Sberbank: for this purpose it is necessary to bring the card to the terminal equipped with technology of acceptance of contactless payments.

Together with VSK Insurance House, SCCP and Visa companies in 2013 the pilot project on mobile POS acquiring within which insurance agents of SOAO "VSK" in Moscow and the Moscow region had an opportunity to accept payments of clients on bank cards was started, using the smartphone or the tablet.

Besides, since 2013 mobile application "Sberbank Onl@yn" for smartphones became available on three leading mobile platforms:iOS,Android and Windows Phone. Also the list of the online stores supporting payment of purchases using Sberbank Onl@yn Internet bank was expanded.

Strategic partnership with IBM

At the end of October, 2013 the Sberbank of Russia and IBM concluded the memorandum of strategic cooperation which is directed to optimization of supplies of equipment and the software and also search of possible ways of upgrade of IT infrastructure of bank. According to the reached agreements the IBM company made the decision to change an interaction format with Sberbank in 2013 that will allow to pass to direct deliveries of the equipment and the software (S).

In addition to significant optimization of prices for products of IBM, the signed memorandum transfers the relations between two companies to essentially new level. Within the signed agreement IBM intends to authorize the Sberbank-Service company which is subsidiary company of Sberbank on deliveries of a broad spectrum hardware and the software of IBM. Upon termination of authorization process Sberbank will be able to increase considerably efficiency of purchases of products of IBM, performing them through "Sberbank-Service (Sberservice)" directly at logistic partners of IBM.

According to the memorandum, Sberbank also has an opportunity of use of the latest technologies of IBM, and specialists of both companies will participate jointly in the program of upgrade of IT infrastructure of bank.


Bank, according to the reporting:

  • Included in the system of Internet banking new service - personal financial planning, the customer loyalty and to increase sales of banking products allowing to raise.

  • Integrated the channels of remote service with the system of Aeroflot, "what allowed to provide to clients of bank a convenient service on acquisition of air tickets".

  • Implemented a money transfer service via own information payment terminals for repayment of the credits received in other banks.

  • Implemented the self-training system a fraud monitoring controlling financial transactions and authorizations in real time.

  • SMS acquiring became one more new product of bank. It is a payment system which allows sellers to receive payment for the services through SMS messages without presentation by the client of the bank card. "This service is especially popular by the companies of small business as it does not require acquisition of terminal equipment", - consider in Sberbank.

The centralized purchase of components of IT infrastructure considerably cut down expenses of bank, it was told in the reporting: "In territorial banks expenses on services of operators of the international and domestic long distance communication and on 50% are cut down for 36% the cost of purchase of personal computers in regions is reduced".


Creation Sberbank Technologies

In November, 2011 the Sberbank-Tekhnologii company which was engaged in informatization of bank was created.

Agreement with SAP on implementation of ERP

In September, 2011 Sberbank signed the agreement with SAP on delivery of licenses within the ERP system implementation project. Its amount, according to CNews, was about $36 million. "Conclusion of an agreement will allow Sberbank to implement more effectively plans for large-scale implementation of the ERP system", - said in Sberbank.

Основная статья: Sberbank of the Russian Federation (SAP ERP)

In October, 2011 the bank together with three Internet companies - "Профессионалы.ру", Wikivote and Witology - implemented the large-scale crowdsourcing project. It was offered to project participants to state and discuss the ideas of development of bank on the next 10 anniversary. Sberbank intended to implement a part of these ideas, and – to hire the caused a stir participants.

Шаблон:Subject Sberbank

All processes should be rebuilt. We need to turn ourselves inside out, we are not ready to it at all. We need the flexible platform, not such huge as today. If we change any part of the platform now, we need to test two-three months, unclear where and that will get out at the same time, is accident

President of Sberbank German Gref, January, 2016

Financing of IT

Main article: IT budget of Sberbank

List of information systems

Main article: Automated systems of Sberbank


Corporate telephone network

Artificial intelligence

Blockchain projects

Data protection

Main article: Sberbank (information security)

Digital business of Sberbank

Main article: Sberbank (digital business)

In total about the new businesses turning Sberbank into a high tech corporation.

The innovation laboratories

Main article: The innovation laboratories of Sberbank

The IT passport of projects in Sberbank of the Russian Federation

Описание проектаWitte of the Innovation, Inleksys, EPAM SystemsProjects of IT outsourcingIT outsourcing2020
Описание проектаExoAtlant2019
Описание проектаMedical service (DocDoc)2019
Описание проектаNational settlement depositary (NPO of JSC NSD) Non-bank credit organizationNSD E-voting Electronic voting system2019
Описание проектаDialogDialog messengerOffice applications2019
Описание проектаOctavaOctava MKE-series Condenser microphonesAudiovisions2019
Описание проектаSAP CISSAP SuccessFactors HCMHRM, SaaS - Software as service, Systems of distance learning2018
Описание проектаMind (Maynd Labs, Mayndsoft, Intermaynd)Mind of the VIDEOCONFERENCING, Audiovisions (projects)Video conferencing, Audiovisions2018
Описание проектаRecFacesRecFaces Id-MeCybersecurity - Biometric identification2018
Описание проектаEverpointEverGIS, Everpoint: Geomonitoring of the real estateGIS - Geographic information systems, BI, Time recording2017
Описание проектаBell Integrator (Bell Integrator, BIG Group)Projects of IT outsourcingIT outsourcing2015
Описание проектаMICS (Mix, distribution company), Digital MachinesLenovo ThinkCentre Desktop computersOffice equipment---
Описание проектаWithout involvement of the consultant or not dataThe projects of control systems of access based on identification of the person (biometrics)Cybersecurity - Biometric identification, ACS are Control and management systems for access---
Описание проектаWithout involvement of the consultant or not dataProjects of use of UAVs (UAV drones)Robotics---
Описание проектаWithout involvement of the consultant or not dataAvaya Aura Communication Manager, Aurus PhoneUP, OpenScape VoiceCall centers, IP telephony---
Описание проектаWithout involvement of the consultant or not dataZabbix a System for monitoring of networks and applicationsNetwork Health Monitoring - Monitoring of network or management of health performance of IT Infrastructure, Management systems for performance of network applications---


  1. Purchase No. 31604202807
  2. Purchase No. 31604202791
  3. Sberbank redistributes risks
  4. riskoviz presentations "New view on a technology platform of processing and monetization of data of Sberbank", Moscow, on November 10, 2016, CNews FORUM
  5. Functional testing
  6. Stress testing
  7. 7,0 7,1 [ German Gref