A virtual simulation of the State Hermitage Museum’s Jupiter Hall, performed by CROC’s Virtual Reality Center, recently won the ’Project of the Year’ prize in the ’Best IT Project for Culture’ category, while CROC’s digital transformation of its internal HR processes achieved third place in the ‘The Best Industry Solution: IT for HR’ category. The competition was organized by the Global CIO portal under the auspices of the Russian Union of IT Directors.
Project of the Year: IT for Culture
The richest Ancient Art collection exhibited in the State Hermitage Museum can now be demonstrated using Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Having put on VR glasses, visitors can walk through the Jupiter virtual hall and, using a joystick, approach any masterpiece, and listen to information about the history of its creation, creator and art style. In this project, CROC employed photogrammetry technology — a technique to visualize physical objects and unite photos into a single 3D image.
The virtual hall model comprises exhibits digitized in 3D. In addition, CROC specialists developed a new photogrammetry data visualization technique for VR environments to ensure a highly realistic experience. Using this technique, CROC reconstructed a total of 46 exhibits, including sculptures, scenery and interiors of the hall. The combination of photogrammetry technology and virtual reality makes it possible to see the finest sculptural details and admire the delicate workmanship of Ancient craftsmen.
“Together with CROC’s VR Center, we have opened a new page in the demonstration of State Hermitage Museum collections using advanced technology. Virtual reality allows visitors to experience a leading Ancient Art collection and one of the museum’s best exhibitions in every detail by immersing themselves into the Jupiter Hall, with the virtualization project being highly appreciated by the museum community both in Russia and abroad. We are delighted that IT industry professionals and the Global CIO expert community have also recognized this project to be the best for culture,” said Alexey Bogdanov, Deputy Director General, the State Hermitage Museum.
“Completing a project for one of the world’s largest museums is both a big responsibility and an opportunity to demonstrate the potential of virtual reality for creating a new museum visitor experience. We managed to revolutionize the entire perception of exhibitions and the display of artworks in a virtual context, extending access to audiences from different cities. CROC’s team, jointly with State Hermitage Museum specialists, worked tirelessly to convert each exhibit into a virtual reality format. During the project, we employed our proprietary photogrammetry data visualization technique for the first time. It is a great honor for us to have our project recognized by Russian IT leaders, and we hope that this competition will encourage the undertaking of more and more such projects in the future,” said Alexander Leus, VR Center Director, CROC.
Best Industry Solution: IT for HR
CROC was one of the winners in the ’Best industry Solution: IT for HR’ category for the design and deployment of a unified system of integrated applications that automates HR processes, including a chatbot and gamification elements with internal cryptocurrency, and is based on the advanced BPM platform by Comindware, a Skolkovo Foundation resident. Initiated by CROC’s HR team, this HR digital transformation project was launched by CROC in March 2017, with 50 workplaces being automated and routine labor costs being reduced by 3,000 man-hours by as early as September 2017.
This unique project is powered by the synergy of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology with machine learning elements, and a low-code platform, which was provided by CROC’s partner, Comindware, and is designed to automate business processes. The combination of these solutions allowed for the creation of a digital platform that helps quickly tackle any business tasks.
With the system now implemented, it takes less time to organize events, formulate internal training member lists, prepare training videos, and control HR processes (certificates, statements, etc.). The project also involved a proof of concept regarding chatbot-enabled onboarding. The new solution deployment now requires the efforts of business analysts with minimum involvement of IT specialists and can be rolled out to other business units within a tight timeframe.
“Despite a small team of only one analyst and two engineers, we managed to demonstrate meaningful results to the internal customer almost every week. Enrolling over 300 of CROC’s employees in English language courses turned out to be a real challenge as the start and end dates of the courses had already been announced without any opportunity to change them. As a result, we had just three weeks to provide a viable deliverable. The customer had been recording all processes in Excel and Outlook for 10 years and hoped to see a major improvement in all procedures,” said Felix Skvortsov, Head of Digital Solutions for Business Practice, CROC.
“An indirect, but still significant, result of the project was the creation of an end-to-end and easy-to-configure HR solution thanks to the joint efforts of CROC and Comindware,” said Maxim Tsyplyaev, Founder and President, Comindware. “The innovative HR solution has proven its viability in real-life conditions, and we would be happy to support CROC’s high-quality services during deployment for third-party customers.”
About the State Hermitage Museum
The collection of the State Hermitage, one of the world’s largest museums, includes over 3 million works of art and cultural artefacts from around the world, containing paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects.
The Hermitage is considered to have been founded in 1764, when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of works from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky, with the museum celebrating the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, St. Catherine’s Day.
In a Decree by the President of the Russian Federation dated 18 December 1991, the State Hermitage Museum was included in a list of national heritage sites belonging to all people of the Russian Federation.
The museum’s website: www.hermitagemuseum.org
Comindware® is a Russian company with offices in the U.S. and Europe and is the developer of the Comindware Business Application Platform, an advanced low-code platform for the creation of enterprise business process management solutions. In addition, the company is also a resident of the IT cluster at the Skolkovo Foundation.
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CROC has been working in the IT market since 1992 and is today one of the top ten IT companies (RIA Rating, Kommersant Dengi, Expert Rating Agency, 2015-2016) and the top three consulting businesses (Kommersant Dengi, Expert Rating Agency, 2016) in Russia.
CROC is the number one IT service provider in Russia (PAC, 2015), a leader in IT outsourcing (TAdviser, 2015), BI (CNews, 2016), ERP (TAdviser, 2016), EDMS, ECM and EDI (CNews, TAdviser, 2016), telecommunications (Expert Rating Agency, 2016) and IaaS (CNews, 2016), and is also one of the largest providers of integrated data center, building and facility infrastructures (CNews, 2016).
CROC regularly ranks among the top three Russian IT service providers to the finance (TAdviser, 2016), healthcare and transportation (CNews, 2016), energy and manufacturing (Manufacturing Management portal, 2016) sectors.
In addition, CROC offers services based on its own commercial data centers and its public cloud, and also creates private and hybrid clouds based on either own or client data centers. Indeed, CROC is the only Russian systems integrator with a data center to have received full Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute.
For more information, please contact CROC PR team via DITmarketing@croc.ru.