How IT changes business

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Scanning plants and the end of paper prescriptions. How IT is changing business

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Diagnosis of sleep disorders with an application, identification of crop disease based on a photograph, and intelligent domestic appliances are only a few among the solutions that are changing the face of today's business. Information technologies are the motor of development in many industries. Companies investing in qualified IT specialists are the ones that win more and more frequently in a competitive market.

Programmers are among the most sought-after professionals in Poland. Many sources estimate that the labour market needs 30 to 50 thousand more specialists. Experts estimate that these numbers are likely to increase and new competencies will be required from the candidates.

The ability to design, build, develop and care for computer systems is going to be of key importance for employees in this sector. To do that you need a good theoretical background (discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, modelling of systems) as well as practical background in developing system and utility software. Additionally, you need to understand human-IT system communication processes, also from the user's perspective. Non-technical competences are very important, in particular the ability to work and experience in working as part of a team, the ability to present the results of one's work, knowledge of intellectual property rights and professional ethics. You also need to stay up-to-date on developments in the field and keep enhancing your knowledge.

Robert Nowak

Head of the Artificial Intelligence Department of the Warsaw University of Technology

Polish companies are still learning how to use the new technologies and are in need of individuals who can indicate the direction for development. What are the industries where developers will be most sought after in the coming years?

Banking

Technology has always been important in banking services, but today it is changing them radically. Banking institutions are looking for better, more modern ways to adapt their products to the requirements of modern customers.  

The use of advanced analytics based on artificial intelligence gives banks valuable information on users and their needs. It allows them to offer appropriate products at the appropriate time, for instance, to offer a credit when a customer is browsing real estate offers.

Marcin Niczyporuk

Director, Cognitive Services

By using artificial intelligence algorithms, a bank can also provide guidance to its customers on how to save money - for instance, by finding better offers for them or warning them when household bills increase.

The British Tandem Bank might serve as an example. It concentrates on providing a faster, more personalised experience based entirely on technologies. It offers a broad range of mobile banking services that make finance management easier and more personalised. This is the so-called "lifestyle banking" trend, which makes using financial services an element of lifestyle. Examples include a mobile application that replaces a bank outlet, provided that it is user-friendly and intuitive.

Automotive

The car market is currently facing great changes that can be compared to the invention of the first combustion engine vehicle in 1885 by Carl Benz. A new era of electric vehicles is coming. The major automotive manufacturers, as well as technological concerns such as Apple or Google, are investing in such vehicles. No one wants to follow in the footsteps of the Finnish brand Nokia, which refused to adapt to the changing reality and the touch screen telephone era, resulting in its painful collapse. According to Bain&Company, the value of the global B2B market in 2025 for technologies supporting safe driving is going to reach 22-26 billion dollars and its annual increase is estimated to reach 12-14%. If the systems are to operate correctly, it is necessary to employ software developers to build them.

Systems such as connected cars, which allow users to connect mobile devices with a vehicle and use various applications while driving, open up entirely new opportunities for drivers and passengers. Intelligent navigation systems, ongoing monitoring of the driver's stress level, or systems reacting to obstacles on the road increase the safety of the driver and passengers and are expected to make driving even more comfortable. And speaking of health and safety, on to the next sector.

Healthcare

Computerisation of healthcare in Poland began several years ago. However, it is the current year, 2018, that might turn out to be key to the digital reform. The first e-prescriptions will be issued at the beginning of May in Siedlce and Skierniewice. E-prescriptions will be available from January 1st 2019 at every physician's office all over the country. Each patient will be able to access the history of issued e-prescriptions via their personal account on a website which is already being developed.

This is just the beginning of the medical revolution. The healthcare sector is the fastest growing among all of the sectors. It is expected to grow by approx. 5.5% annually by 2019. The concept of "telemedicine" is also becoming increasingly popular. This means precise diagnostics and remote control of a patient's health. The market already offers services such as online glucose meters, remote ECG monitors and sleep disorder diagnostic equipment. Ultimately, the modern systems are expected to reduce the queues and the waiting time for visits to healthcare specialists, which is currently one of the major problems of the Polish healthcare system.

Agriculture

According to a UN report on "Nutrition and Agriculture", an at least 50% increase in production of food and other agricultural products by 2050 is necessary to feed the world. This is of major importance to farmers, who need to become more productive and deal with climate change and limited natural resources at the same time. This is where technology and developers can help.

For instance, a project implemented by our company has helped farmers around the world in harvesting crops more effectively and optimising the potential of their croplands. An application was developed to identify within a few seconds, based on a photograph taken by a farmer, whether the plants are healthy and developing correctly. Moreover, the application users can use data entered by other farmers and be informed in advance about any disease of cereal crops spreading in the neighbourhood.

Marcin Niczyporuk

Construction and smart homes

A refrigerator that can do shopping based on the contents of its shelves? This is no longer a vision of the future, but a product made by Samsung. The device remembers the contents of its shelves, orders groceries online and displays a message about the best before dates of the stored products.

Appliances with internet connections in Polish homes are rapidly becoming partners in housekeeping. Intelligent heating and lighting systems, floor cleaning robots - these are only a few of the modern solutions available on the market today.

Not only do intelligent home systems make everyday life easier, they also allow for savings. Examples include smartphone-controlled heating that automatically sets and controls the temperature at home, which reduces heating bills over time.

Currently, as much as 76% of IT specialists and business decision-makers see artificial intelligence as a key component of an organisation's success. Advanced algorithms streamline business management, create the space for additional revenues and allow costs to be reduced.

Marcin Niczyporuk

The increasingly common use of new technologies in many sectors means that drawing up digitisation strategies and employing experienced IT specialists is a necessary part of business processes. Even companies that have been on the market for a long time have no chance of competing with ones that invest in automation and artificial intelligence. It is therefore the time to draw up a good plan for the nearest future.

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