14th edition of Open Integrations Day conference brought together Croatian and world experts from the corporate and IT worlds. Through a series of lectures, round tables and workshops hosted by our partners, the Conference delivered a diverse full day programme covering topics of digital infrastructure, digitalisation and automatization of the economy, connecting seemingly unconnectable sectors and security.
The conference was held on March 22, 2019 in Zagreb, with the headline At the Crossroads of Digital Civilization.
Bela Virag, partner in the global consulting company Artur D Little, stated that digitalisation of infrastructure and logistics can reduce operating costs, and the 5G mobile network will make a substantial contribution to that, as it is many times faster than the current fourth generation network. The development of the 5G network will help to automate tasks, digitalise campuses and develop predictive analytics.
Hrvoje Stojic, director of the department for economic research from Addiko Bank Hrvatska warned that the Croatian economy is growing slower than other economies in the east of Europe. He stated that Croatia currently has EUR 300 million for investments and technology available within the European funds for stimulating start-ups, implementing educational reforms, and further loosening of the tax load.
Despite the lack of consensus, there are a series of positive examples in Croatia that indicate the potential for cooperation between different sectors, especially between science and the economy. Professor Dr. Darko Chudy from the Dubrava Clinical Hospital, and Professor Dr. Bojan Jerbic from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb revealed some of the details about their collaboration on the RONNA robot, which is now in its 4th generation. A team of engineers, designers and doctors all worked on building the RONNA robot, and this is a project that proves what this type of synergy can accomplish.
Andro Galinovic, president of the ISACA Croatia Chapter spoke about the one-way nature of digitalisation and the problems that transformation could cause to organisations. He concluded that it is up to each of us to decide whether we are prepared to accept the risks, address them, and implement full digitalisation, or whether we will opt for the status quo.
The round table entitled “Digitalisation of operations – challenges and how to recognise them?” was moderated by Ivan Maglic, director of Gartner Adriatic/Calisto. Participants of the round table were Eugen Paic – Karega – a member of the management board of Zagrebačka Bank, Tihomir Sibalic – director of the company Enna Infosense and Bernard Grsic– State Secretary of the Central State Office for the Development of a Digital Society.
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