Will there be enough of us and will we know enough? Will we discover the Higgs boson or have we already discovered it? Will each inhabitant of Earth soon have up to seven various devices, of course, smart devices?
These are randomly, but not accidentally connected questions from a series of presentations at the “Day of Open Integrations” of KING ICT, a business-informatics Conference which was held for the 10th time!
The main topic of the anniversary conference with a symbolic title, “10 days as 10 years”, was the decade of informatisation in Croatia, an overview of the improvement of business and of our way of life in general, as well as the improvement of society thanks to ICT projects.
At the beginning the participants were greeted by KING ICT’s CEO Plamenko Barišić, who talked about the ICT industry in the last ten years. A series of quality IT departments was established, many companies were created and, what is most important, over 30,000 ICT professionals currently work in the ICT and telecommunications sector. On a global scale we proved to be competitive when it comes to knowledge, skills, and abilities of IT professionals. Only in extremely rare cases did ICT systems not fulfil their tasks or cause some more significant damage to business, which is a proof of quality and reliability of an industry which is, after all, declared to be strategic.
But Barišić pointed out the fact that there are fewer and fewer of us every year because fewer children are born and many people move abroad. The evidence of this is advertisements on social networks in which it is seen that programmers are in demand in Western Europe. He also says that it is high time to develop an efficient system of lifelong learning because we have to understand that the education we have received does not mean a lot if we don’t enrich it and if we don’t constantly work on being competent and competitive enough.
In spring 2005 Facebook practically didn’t exist, it would only be registered in the summer of that year. Today the Facebook community is the greatest community of people in the world, larger than the population of any country or members of a religion... In 2005 iPhone was “far away” - it would appear two years later. Today Apple is the world’s largest manufacturer - of watches! Yes, because its watches are smart.
And the moment when we will be able to pay for something in a cafe just by looking doesn’t seem far away, as it was shown in the presentation about trends and new technologies.
At the round table “How much has informatisation changed our lives and business in the last ten years, and what is yet to come”, CEO of OTP bank Croatia Balasz Bekeffy, CEO of APIS IT Hrvoje Somun, Director of the Business Consulting Department of Deloitte Ivica Perica, and Director of SAP Croatia Sonja Popović talked about the challenges in their business at this moment, about competition and informatisation in the next ten years. As a part of the introduction to the round table, Miodrag Šajatović, main editor of the business weekly Lider showed the informatics revolution all around us, as “a regular user”, conservative, but still willing to accept the changes involved.
Dejan Ljuština, Board Member of PwC Croatia talked about the main initiators which change ICT ecosystems, and mobility is definitely in first place. Ljuština presented new players in the market, which come from zero to one million users or dollars of turnover without investing in infrastructure. He also talked about the “big five” that (still) rules the global market and directs trends. Principally, changes take place over night, the divisions to sectors of industry or services, as well as barriers disappear, so almost anyone with an idea mobile and attractive enough can enter the market which is always global. Investments will be made in projects which have mobile solutions, in those which connect different service sectors, and which open new possibilities in the areas of education and healthcare.
The anniversary conference was opened and closed by two university professors - Rector of the University of Zagreb, Professor Dr. Damir Boras, analysed the challenges and dilemmas of Croatian higher education in which only 0.89% of BDP is invested with regard to the needs of the market. He also mentioned a fact from the university reality - there aren’t enough candidates who can pass the exams necessary to enrol into technological programmes. Simply, the University could and would want to “produce” more experts for ICT and similar industries if there would be enough “material”.
At the end of the presentation about a world which has completely changed in only ten years, and which will continue changing every day, Professor Dr. Ivica Puljak from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture in Split went a step forward as a motivational speaker - into space. In an extremely interesting presentation “What do we know about the universe and what don’t we know about the universe?” Professor Puljak talked about research into the formation of the universe (to the general public better known as “the search for the God particle”, although scientists dislike using that expression). Croatia is one of about forty countries, and our professor Puljak is one of 3000 scientists, who take part in this impressive scientific venture.
“Day of Open Integrations” again gathered a few hundred managers and CEOs of respectable private and public companies, influential businessmen and experts, representatives of public and state administration.
This year the traditionally active DEMO room at KING ICT company’s conference “Day of Open Integrations” abounded in technological inventions and exclusive products from the area of technical protection, passive network solutions, systems for the automatisation of smart homes, as well as software development and the development of IT infrastructure and logical safety:
This year’s conference has brought an interesting novelty, business-technological workshops in which registered participants could hear and learn more about certain new technologies and take part in discussions about those technologies.