Evolution or revolution? That was the question addressed by experts from the hi-tech industry during a debate concerning the cloud organized by Executive Club. The topic of the debate, which took place on March 23 at the Regent hotel in Warsaw, was “Business in the Cloud. New technologies and the efficiency of companies”. The Ministry of Digital Affairs and the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunication were the honorary patrons of the event.
The meeting began with speeches by Beata Radomska, CEO of Executive Club, and professor Michał Kleiber, Chairman of the Club Council, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the years 2007-2015, who referred to the beginnings of computerization in Poland and emphasized the importance of technology for entrepreneurs. Kamil Kurowski, Technology Named Country Leader at Oracle Polska, also delivered a presentation about the could.
The first discussion panel focused on intelligent business, data security, mistakes committed during implementation, cloud types, and the risks and opportunities it entails. “Revolution”, said Magdalena Dziewguć, Head of Google for Work CEE, Google Poland, “data is the currency in the contemporary world and changes are occurring at a very fast pace. The question is how long the old and the new system will co-exist”. Piotr Ciski, Country Manager, Sage, said that the changes are perceived as a revolution, but it is only natural that some professions become obsolete as new ones appear. He added that there is no turning back from the cloud and the problem is not access to data but its analysis. Piotr Januszewicz, Director of the Cybersecurity Department at the Ministry of Digital Affairs, also referred to the issue of security and talked about risk assessment in companies and the advantages and disadvantages of investing in new technologies which often take years to yield any return. Kamil Kurowski said that the cloud is an enabler which gives companies competitive advantage and referred to start-ups as an example of market success. Professor Płoszajski summed up the panel by saying that companies go bankrupt not because they are doing something wrong, but because they are doing something right, but this is something they should have stopped doing a long time ago.
The discussion in the second panel, moderated by Mieczysław T. Starkowski, editor-in-chief of IT Reseller, showed how important it is to educate future employees so that they are able to face the challenges of the modern market. Other subjects included digitalization, optimization of infrastructure management, and outlooks for the future.
Piotr Paszczyk, President of the Management Board of APN Promise S.A., talked about the pace at which new technologies are advancing and presented a vision where electric cars replace traditional cars, which is becoming more and more viable in cities. Filip Łapiński, Director at IBM Global Business Services at IBM Polska, said that the cloud is the future; work will be a privilege, not an obligation, because 80 per cent of people perform work which can be automated. “I am concerned with the social consequences of technological development,” he said. Participants of the second discussion panel also referred to the need for adequate education and the future of Polish technological brands. Leszek Maśniak, Chief Data Officer from the Ministry of Digital Affairs, talked about the Ministry’s objective to involve and educate the young and announced the final of the “Polish National Education Network” initiative. “Nowadays teachers are not the only source of information and the world has opened up thanks to digitization”, he said. Roman Szwed, President of the Management Board of Atende, agreed and called for better infrastructure in schools. “A well-equipped school means better education”, he said, but he also defended the traditional approach to education.
“What about the future of Polish companies? There are many Polish companies that we do not know much about, but they are successful abroad”, said Piotr Paszczyk.
Summing up the discussion, Leszek Maśniak said that Poland must find its own way in IT to create business ecosystems. The key aspect of the cloud is whether information technology will connect us and how this will improve the level of innovativeness in Polish companies.
Honorary Patronage: Ministry of Digital Affairs and Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunication
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