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Polish IT Market Grows
August 1, 2013   
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Despite a difficult economy, Poland’s information technology companies are doing well.

According to the Top 200 league table by Computerworld magazine, IT hardware and software distributors fared the best on the information and communications technology market last year. ABC Data is number one among Poland’s largest IT companies, with revenue of zl.3.63 billion, followed by Action with zl.3.49 billion.

Last year again saw strong revenue growth for Poland’s IT hardware and software distributors: ABC Data’s revenue grew by 23 percent and Action’s by 27 percent. As a result, both companies outperformed HP Poland (a 7-percent increase in revenue), which was previously number one among the biggest companies on the Polish market each year from 1997 onward.

Despite the crisis, Poland’s IT companies are doing well, according to Tomasz Bitner, editor in chief of Computerworld magazine. Last year the revenues of the country’s largest IT companies increased by 8.9 percent over the previous year to zl.43.3 billion, Bitner said. The Computerworld league table comprises 271 companies, including 40 listed there for the first time. The optimistic picture of the IT market is confirmed by the opinions of industry professionals: 60 percent of surveyed companies said they recorded an increase in orders in 2012, and only 13 percent said they had fewer orders.

According to the report, small and medium-sized enterprises are the biggest buyers of information and communications technology hardware and software, accounting for 19 percent of IT companies’ total sales.

The surveyed companies also sell many products to the government sector and banks, 16 percent and 15 percent respectively.

In terms of IT services, integration services account for 44 percent of total sales. A growing number of companies say they also offer enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

IT hardware distributors have also recorded major increases in sales revenue. Nearly a third of the revenue in this market segment comes from exports.

Among the trends that are expected to determine the future of the IT market, the companies surveyed mentioned cloud computing (32 percent of responses), mobile technology (29 percent), Big Data (16 percent), security systems (15 percent), and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)—the policy of permitting employees to bring their own mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to their workplace and use those devices to access privileged company information and applications—(8 percent).

The Computerworld Top 200 report has been compiled since 1992 in an effort to provide a comprehensive picture of Poland’s IT market.
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