Innovation

A Deep and Motivated Talent Pool

Poles place a high value on education. In Poland, over 1.2 million students are enrolled in 104 institutions of higher education at the University or Polytechnic level. 300,000 Poles studied engineering disciplines and 250,000 studied economics. That’s more than half a million young people pursuing business, economic and technical studies.

On average, some 328,000 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually. Approximately 82,000 of those degrees are in engineering disciplines, including engineering trades and chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering. An additional 68,000 degrees are conferred in economics and business studies. 35% of working adults have earned a university (or equivalent) degree.

Language skills are also emphasized, and many Poles are bilingual in English and the European languages. Poles are 1st in Central Eastern Europe in the EF English Proficiency Index.

This focus on higher education, including technical subjects, has generated a talented, motivated and skilled work force. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit, combined with a strong work discipline, account in a large measure for Poland’s consistent economic success. A thriving system of higher education is one of the best guarantees for continued development of the Polish economy.

Research & Development

 

For several years, Poland has fostered a climate conducive to investment in innovation and an increase in research and development expenditure with the objective of increasing the competitiveness of the economy. A number of measures have been introduced, including R&D relief of up to 100% of eligible costs or relief for commercialization of the effects of R&D work, the so-called IP Box.

As a result, in 2018, internal expenditure on R&D activities amounted to PLN 25.6 billion, or some $6.7 billion, an increase of almost 25% year-on-year.

Major multinational corporations have established R&D centers, including notably Google ® in Krakow and Warsaw, Intel ® in Gdansk, Samsung ® in Warsaw and Siemens ® in Wroclaw, among a number of others.

The Government has also implemented a country wide digitization initiative to enable high quality public e-services for administrative and registration tasks and other routine interactions with state agencies. A project to provide internet access for all schools is underway with some 60% of Poland’s more than 32,000 primary and secondary schools already connected.

In May 2020, Microsoft ® announced that it will invest $1 billion in Poland as part of a plan to open and develop a data center region dubbed a “Polish Digital Valley”. An agreement between Microsoft ® and domestic cloud provider, Chmura Krajowa ®, will involve opening data centers to provide cloud services with the aim of speeding up the digitization of businesses and public administration. Chmura Krajowa was formed in 2018 by PKO Bank Polski and the Polish Development Fund (PFR).

It is widely recognized that innovation and its commercialization, accompanied by ongoing modernization of country wide infrastructure in all spheres, is key to maintaining solid and consistent economic growth.

Polish Companies Looking To Expand US Presence

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Innovations from the IT Hotspot Poland – Concrete Applications of 5G Edge Computing
PGS Software is one of the largest publicly listed custom software and service providers in Poland and supports customers worldwide with tailor-made IT solutions. They offer expertise and services in cloud development, design and data science – including business analysis, optical and UX/UI design and quality assurance.
More recently, the firm established the PGS Software Innovation Lab, a think tank that develops cutting edge technologies such as 5G MEC and Smart Factory solutions.
As we know, the new era of connectivity was launched in with a lot of fanfare under the sign of 5G – a hot topic since its introduction in 2018. And while the roll-out of 5G has been steady, one key application didn’t get the traction that many expected – 5G Multi-Access Edge Computing (5G MEC).

Edge Computing is a dark horse for a reason: a recent survey from telecoms.com intelligence showed that the primary entry barrier was a lack of knowledge about the technology, followed by a lack of concise direction for the development of 5G MEC solutions.
The PGS Software Innovation Lab has created a number of Proof of Concepts that shed light on 5G MEC applications and their viability – not only in Telecommunications, but also in Logistics, Smart Manufacturing and the Refining Industry.
The interdisciplinary team came up with use cases that illustrate how 5G MEC can provide real, tangible value for businesses.

Notable examples include:

  • Infrared imaging that allow the creation of 3D-models of machinery;
  • Transport trailers that are base stations and provide connection augmentation for connected cars;
  • Remote maintenance on offshore refineries using augmented reality and virtual reality.

A key role in solutions like these is the degree of connectivity between devices – which is where 5G and Edge Computing play together in perfect harmony. The result: faster, more energy efficient devices and increased volumes around one base station.
For the PGS Software Innovation Lab, the words “the future is today” are more than a slogan. The Polish developers and their partners are continuing to explore leading edge technologies and their concrete applications across industries and will be sharing their findings at international IT conferences – so keep your eyes open.
PGS Software has 3 development centers in Poland, as well as offices in London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Chicago. Stop by and say hi anytime!

USA Contact:
William J. O’Connell
woconnell@pgs-soft.com
+1 (773) 677-5132

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Innovation Since 1997

Today, Unity Group ® is a team of nearly 300 experts who continue to deliver game-changing digital commerce transformation projects with impact. In an era of global economic crisis, it’s this results-driven approach that has allowed the company’s partners to operate successfully, whatever the challenge.

Unity Group has always been an enabler in the digital world, offering both e-commerce and wider internet solutions at a time when even the web itself was still in its infancy. From the start, there has been a strong focus on delivering exactly what companies need to evolve and thrive. For Unity Group, innovation means not just relying on trusted technologies, but forging the path ahead for its clients.

One of the best examples of successful innovation implemented this way is with RTV EURO AGD. What started as an experimental task led to the cooperation and development of one of Europe’s largest online stores of electrical goods over a 15 yearlong partnership that’s still ongoing. Rather than changing entire systems, individual components are replaced with more and more technological and functional innovations, ensuring that EURO grows dynamically and maintains its leading edge over competitors.

Due to these and 500+ other successful projects, Unity Group has become a recognized name in digital commerce transformation, bringing both innovative solutions and the wisdom that comes from experience. The company’s team had, among others, a key role in the development of the ONE Platform, a new and impactful SaaS answer for B2B e-commerce operations that now empowers numerous clients behind the scenes.

Of course, these are just two examples. Innovative and committed partnerships continue to serve Unity Group well, almost 25 years after it was founded. Following active expansion in Europe, the organization is now looking towards the US market to do what it’s always done best: help companies navigate their way with technology, open up entire new channels and bring innovation to every corner of their business.

Offices in : Wrocław, Kraków, Zurich & New York.