Article from the rp.pl: http://www.rp.pl/Wywiady/310099848-Transformacje-cyfrowa–warto-zaczac-od-najprostszych-zmian.html Rz: How do you assess the preparation of Polish companies for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Mariusz Siwek: In Poland, most managers are deeply convinced that their business needs to be changed and, sooner or later, must undergo digital transformation. Industrial plant managers are aware of the limitations of current IT systems that have ceased to meet expectations and are slowing down the decision-making process in the company, also restricting the ability to adapt products to market needs. In many cases, the barrier is not so much a lack of awareness of the fact that it is necessary to put a digital solution on the gap, as the lack of resources for investment in these solutions. This is particularly the case for medium-sized companies, which is easier to adapt to change, but they hold back modest investment funds. Tax incentives on the part of the state, m.in. The Robotization act should, however, ensure that in each industry sector and in companies of all sizes, the realization of changes will soon be realised in the implementation of the latest systems and technological solutions in support of Industry 4.0. Which industries are likely to benefit from the implementation of the 4.0 industry solutions? Our observations show that practically all industries from hospitality to industrial are experiencing changes in digital przełamujących for decades of business models. To make effective transformations in the functioning of digitization has to be more than just a one-off initiative. You have to make it part of the "DNA of the Organization". Note the technological changes that took place over the last decade. The Internet of things has allowed computers and data to play an active role in manufacturing and manufacturing processes. The same happened with big data. These tools are used for powerful analysis on large data sets. Information can be quickly used to optimise production and improve business responsiveness to market demand. Finally, the communication infrastructure on which the exchange of information is based has become so secure that it is possible to entrust it with such a critical aspect of the company's output. Infor provides such solutions for virtually any industry and is a dedicated solution. It is therefore difficult to distinguish either of them. What are the barriers to the implementation of Industry 4.0 in Poland? Often a barrier is a misunderstanding of the role and possibilities of digital transformation. Not every transformation must immediately mean a revolutionary change. You should first consider using technology to transform a process or system to become more efficient. Putting too ambitious targets at the start of the transformation can be a barrier to no transition. Thinking "Let's do a revolution right away, or let us do nothing" is the reason for unnecessary self-limitation of business development. Sometimes you just start with a single project and see where we will change the digital direction. If the company enters this path, it may soon be that it will use digital transformation in more and more ways, and the processes in the company become more interrelated. What else is bothering business? In my opinion, the biggest obstacle on this road is the obsolete ERP solutions adapted to the needs of the plant. That's why we we find our customers to make digital transformation from such obvious changes as the transition to a new industry-leading information system with an open-to-digital ERP world. A System that will ensure the company's production bases and be prepared for the challenges of cyfryzacją, combining the flexibility of the cloud with the deployment of advanced business intelligence. It is worth noting, however, that Poland becomes an industrial base of the EU with the highest growth in industrial employment. We become an important link in the new global economy and digital space. All the time, however, we are in recent positions when it comes to work efficiency. Solutions based on proven practices and open to new action models become a tool in the hands of managers to increase productivity and offer an attractive working environment. This is an important aspect of attracting and sustaining young workers, generations of digital communities. What do you see about the dangers of industry 4.0? The biggest can be to turn right into "deep water" and want to make too big and drastic changes in the business processes already in the company. On the other hand, we have the extreme of a different kind – a misconception that "cyfrowość is not applicable to us". Some entrepreneurs are convinced that digital transformation does not apply to their company. However, every organization and in every industry can use digital communication to help grow your business and increase its value. For example? The company Zahid Group, which deals with the construction services and oil and gas industry, has invested in the ERP solution of our company and has thus improved the efficiency of the information circulation. This is an example of a large corporation, but the digital transformation of the greatest benefit can bring small and midsize businesses, giving them the tools to compete with many larger market players. As in the US, Infor is preparing cloud solutions and systems for industries such as the United States. Automotive or fashion, not a single system for all customers? Of course yes. We run a global policy to offer systems for the world economy. Customers in Poland can also take advantage of specialized solutions for particular industries offered in the cloud, while meeting local legal and business requirements. Who is already working with you? Among the Polish companies who chose Infor is m.in. Dr Irena Eris Cosmetic Laboratory, which at the beginning of the year Zaktualizowało the ERP system Infor M3 to support a reliable information loop. The same solution has been successfully supported for years by the liked table porcelain plant, which in the UB. They decided to extend Infor M3 to other processes. Liked planned also has a large project to implement a loop of improvements, such as advanced production planning and reporting, as well as tools to facilitate the work of the management. Infor applications and systems are an optimal solution for the SME sector as well. An example would be the implementation of Infor CloudSuite Industrial to manage the growing number of orders in SKRAW-MET – the West Pomeranian Company with many years of tradition in the production of hydraulic cylinders.