Our first club meeting after summer vacation, entitled “Cloud Computing & Digital Transformation”, took place on September 26 at Hotel Bristol in Warsaw. The honorary patron of the event, which revolved around security in the cloud and technological innovations, was the Ministry of Digitization.
The meeting was opened with a speech of Beata Radomska, CEO of Executive Club, who welcomed regular visitors and new club members. “Today, data is the greatest resource determining competitive advantage. One could say that currently we have access to a true cornucopia of information. However, the rapid development and growing popularity of the cloud raises doubts about the security of the data stored within” – said the CEO at the beginning.
The content-oriented part of the event began with a speech of Leszek Maśniak – Chief Data Officer from the Ministry of Digital Affairs. The Minister’s adviser presented the Common State Information Infrastructure (WIP 2.0), which aims to improve the security of infrastructural services in the model of sharing economy for all government institutions and central offices. An important element of the Ministry’s work is the search for rational methods of using existing server rooms in managing institutions. “Consolidating them with government networks and creating common management processes will improve the security of data processing and, ultimately, reduce costs” – explained Leszek Maśniak.
After his speech, there was time for the most important part of the evening – a debate entitled “Effective implementation of new technologies in the era of digitization”. The discussion was moderated by Borys Stokalski, President of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The debate focused on such subjects as digitization, optimization of the infrastructure management process, and visions of the future. The speakers that have taken part in discussion: Marcin Bawor – Account Executive, Poland&Baltics, MicroStrategy, Joanna Bańkowka – CEO, BDO Technology, Mariusz Chudy – Vice President of Management Board Integrated Solutions, Director of Delivering Business Solutions Orange Polska, Tomasz Dymowski – Director of Retail Banking, Raiffeisen Polbank, Szymon Stępczak – Vice President of the Management Board for Sales, Atende and Leszek Maśniak have pointed out that in order to manage a company in an era of transformation, it is necessary to skillfully manage four key elements. These are the following: people, operational models and processes, customers, and the market we need to get to and understand its requirements and technology. The technological change itself, in the form of adaptation to trends, e.g. migration to the cloud, is not a recipe for a successful transformation of an enterprise.
“The fundamental aspect of the transformation is the adaptation of new operational models” – argued Mariusz Chudy. According to the speakers, there are two paths to achieving digital transformation. In the first, the initiative originates from IT organizations, where digital leaders propose specific solutions tailored to specific organizations. The second path is dictated by the emerging gap in organizational structures. The lead is then taken by the CTO or CDO, who cooperates with an IT organization and reports to his company. Szymon Stępczak, stated that it is technology that should serve business, not the other way round. It helps to find a way to competitiveness and to get through the expansion of the operational model. At the end the panelists presented a leadership model effective in the process of transformation. In order for the digital transformation to succeed, the entire management staff of a company should become involved in its development. A coherent vision of the changes to be implemented is also of key importance.
Organizer: Executive Club
Honorary Patronage: Ministry of Digital Affairs, Institute of Telecommunications – National Research Institute, Institute for Information Society Development, Polish Data Center Association, Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Polish Information Processing Society
Partners: Atende S.A., BDO Technology, Cigno Consulting, MicroStrategy Poland, Orange Polska, Raiffeisen Polbank
Media Patrons: IT Reseller, Fundacja E-Państwo, CyfrowyUrząd.pl, Biznesnafali.pl, Business&Prestige, Law Business Quality, Polish Market, CEO.com.pl