A Technology Hub for Central and - The Polish Club

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Krakow, Poland:

A Technology Hub for
Central & Eastern
Europe

Ramon Tancinco

Chairman, High Tech Committee: American Chamber of
Commerce Poland

Head of Strategy Central and Eastern Europe: Cisco
Systems

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Agenda

Speaker Intro

Krakow Primer

Krakow by the Numbers

Krakow
Trends

Who is in Krakow?

Multinational R&D:
Google, IBM, Motorola, ABB, SABRE, Delphi,
Fujitsu

Offshore BPO:
CapGemini, IBM, Motorola, Shell, ACS, Fortis Bank,
UBS, Comarch, Unicredito Bank, Tesco, International Paper, HSBC,
Lufthansa, State Street, HCL, Philip Morris, Hewitt, Alexander Mann,
Hitachi, Accounting Plaza, EDF Energy, UPM
-
Kymenne

IT Services:
concentrations in video game design and development,
web design and development, mobile applications, bioinformatics, and
other areas

Startups
such as iLoopMobile, Volantis, Synkia, X
-
Formation,
Test4Load, PipeJump, and
many others

R&D Headquarters for Small and Medium
-
Sized Companies
from
Ireland, Israel, UK, Denmark, Norway, and US

Why Krakow?

Large technical/engineering talent pool

Low cost + stability of European Union

Multilingual, educated work force

Great place to live: Beauty, culture, and recreation

Krakow Multinational
Employment

Kraków


employment in Major IT
Companies and SSC (ITO)


IT Company

Approx. no. of employees

Comarch

1000

Motorola

800

Sabre

800

Capgemini IT

500

IBM IT

450

Ericpol

400

Dreamlab (Onet IT)

200

Quantum Int.

150

HCL IT

250

TP S.A. IT

60

Google

80

Electrolux IT

40

Total

4730

Student numbers


Kraków and Katowice
-

(one labour region)



Katowice, located very close to Krakow, create one labour makro region with the highest no. of
students in Poland, with min. 2,5 times higher students potential compared to Poznań

Source: National Statistics Office

Growing population
in Kraków


Positive net migration by region


Krakow on
2
nd position in
Poland (number per
1000
inhabitants)


Krakow’s Transformation into
an R&D Center

IBM Launches
their Software
R&D Laboratory
in Krakow

Poland emerges
from
Communism

2000
:Sabre

purchases
Gradient


2002
: IBM Buys
PwC’s Finance
BPO

Operations


Sabre

reaches
340 Engineers

Motorola Office
Opened in
Krakow at
Jagiellonian

Campus Tower

Rafal

Styczen

sets up
IIF
, the
first Venture
Capital fund in
Krakow


Poland joins the
European Union


Sabre

reaches
100 Engineers

Google Opens their
first and only Central
and Eastern European
R&D Center in Krakow

Sabre

reached
600
Engineers

1998

2004

2007

2002

2006

2005

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1994

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1998

2000

2002

2004

2005

2006

2007

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Trend Snapshot: The Krakow Mobile
Cluster

Motorola

EricPol

Google (Android)

Volantis

iLoop Mobile

Trend Snapshot: International Start
-
up Back
-
Office R&D (last 2 years)


Synkia (Norway)

X
-
Formation (Denmark)

iLoop Mobile (USA)

Test4Load (Israel)

PipeJump (USA)

Krakow success stories


Google


“For years, Western technology firms have come to Eastern Europe to lure away talented computer
-
science graduates...but now, the

region's universities are producing so many top programmers that many firms are changing tack


and setting up shop at the sourc
e. IBM,
Motorola, and Google have all opened research labs here in Krakow in recent years.


Eastern Europeans have dominated international programming competitions in recent years, attracting the attention of tech fir
ms.

"When we
saw these trends, of people from Eastern Europe winning these contests, we decided to take a closer look," says
Kannan

Pashupathy
,
Google's head of international engineering operations. "
People have a huge interest in software, and there's a much deeper grounding
in mathematics in the curriculum in these countries"...Cultural, geographic, and economic proximity to Western Europe has giv
en
the region an advantage over global competitors like India
.”


(
Christian Science Monitor
, “
Why Google put a research lab in Poland
”,
3
/
13
/
07
)



IBM



For Big Blue and other IT services companies, Poland's skilled workforce makes up for rising wages with skills that offset
Bangalore's low costs
. Krakow, Poland, is a nice place to live and work, with a charming old quarter and a lively club scene driven by the
city's population of more than
150
,
000
students. In fact, Krakow seems almost too nice to compete with the raucous, traffic
-
jammed cities of
India as a location for outsourcing...


Since
2002
, IBM has boosted staff in Krakow tenfold
...Part of the reason Krakow makes sense for IBM, as well as for Cap Gemini,
Motorola, KPMG, and other multinationals is that the university town churns out a steady supply of well
-
qualified graduates.”


(
Spiegel Online
, “
As Good as Bangalore: Why Krakow Still Works for IBM
”,
9
/
26
/
07
)



CapGemini


Provides support in
25
different languages
. “Krakow has a rich history, but today’s city has a modern face with the kind of infrastructure
you’d expect from any European commercial hub...Importantly, it gives us access to the skills we need


180
,
000
graduates (
30
,
000
from
Krakow) leave Poland’s universities every year.”


(“
Krakow Centre of Excellence

,
CapGemini
)

Krakow, a university city

200
,
000
+ students in higher education

400
,
000
+ students within
100
km

Over
30
,
000
new graduates each year.

~
8
,
000
IT sciences students; ~
5
,
000
mechanical engineers currently
enrolled

Leading universities in the country

Jagiellonian

University,
AGH

University of Science and
Technology, Krakow University of Technology, Krakow University
of Economics, and others.

8
universities in Krakow with IT degrees

SOURCE: TESTHR.PL,
CAPGEMINI

Krakow culture and lifestyle

“Eastern Europe’s new bohemian capital”

(
New York Times
)

EU Capital of Culture 2000; “
considered by many the
cultural capital of Poland
”.

Entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With 7 million+ visitors per year, convenient
transportation links and infrastructure.

7 national parks within 200 km; world
-
class skiing 100
km away.

Support for investments

EU subsidies for service sector job creation

Polish government support

Direct aid for R&D and
BPO

job creation

Corporate and real estate tax exemptions

Poland has a large and growing economy:

ranked #21 in global GDP, low inflation.

Krakow/San Francisco

SISTER CITIES, AS OF JULY 2009