On June 28th-29th, Katowice hosted the most awaited business service sector event in the region. As the emotions have settled, it is now the time for some important messages.
First and foremost, the Conference had gathered nearly 1.000 participants – and we would like to wholeheartedly thank each and every one of you for being a part of this amazing experience. We are honoured that you decided to be with us in Katowice on such important days.
The brightest of bright points of the Conference was definitely the presentation by our Special Guest, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th US Secretary of State 2005-2009. As an expert in the field of politics and Central and Eastern Europe, Dr. Rice complimented Poland’s growth and changes occurring in the country over the course of the years.
We also had the honour to host some of the most influential people of the world of business and politics:
Them, along with many others present at the Conference, shared their thoughts and insights into the newest megatrends and directions the industry should be heading in.
In case you wish to relive some of the best moments of the Conference, below we have prepared a special gallery with a selection of photos, which will be broadened in the next few days.
The topic of this year’s Conference was “Transforming Ourselves. Changing the World”. The presentations revolved around the notion of moving forward via change, and answered questions such as: is robotics necessary? How can we use it? What challenges will we face soon and how to deal with them? We have touched on many important subjects along those two days. In case you want to refresh the ideas we were presented with, below you will be able to find the presentations from our esteemed speakers. They will be coming in the span of a couple of days, so stay tuned.
The report is available both in Polish and in English on our website under Publications.
Here are some highlights from it:
On Day 0, we hosted ABSL Talent Race, organised by ABSL and Absolvent. The event turned to be an amazing success. During the race, 50 talented students and young graduates cooperated with leading representatives of the business world, culture, and public institutions of Poland in advice and development-oriented workshops.
The winner of the competition was Group 6, RatRacers, composed of Adrian Kruk, Greta Wikiera, Damian Podgórski and Dorota Nowaczewska, who delivered a presentation about moving forward to a digital hiring model.
The grand finale of the first edition of ABSL Start-Up Challenge took place on the main stage during Day 2. Nine brilliant young entrepreneurs presented their pitches in front of the audience consisting of over 400 Conference attendees, and the Jury.
The Jury members – Janusz Dziurzyński, Terri Gerosa, Marek Grodziński, Wojciech Popławski and Szymon Sikorski – decided on the projects they believe have the most potential to go global. The task was not easy, but the winners were:
Zapakuj.to was also the winner of the Audience Choice award. With this event, ABSL launches a long-term platform that will connect corporations and start-ups, in order to help each other grow and transform.
Download 2016 speakers’ presentations
President of the Management Board, ABSL Entrepreneur in Residence, Oaktree Capital Management / Cornerstone Partners
Transforming Ourselves. Changing the World.Download
CEO, Capgemini Business Services Member of the Group Executive Committee, Capgemini
Redefining the Business Process Services AgendaDownload
President, Skanska Commercial Development Europe
A pioneer in implementing sustanability standards on Polish real estate market.Download
Managing Director, Accenture Operations Vice President, PR & Business Intelligence, ABSL
President Advisory Services and Research, The Hackett Group
World-class Global Business ServicesDownload
Managing Director, Industry Lead for Consumer Goods & Services for Europe, Africa and Latin America, Accenture Strategy
Operating in a Digital WorldDownload
CEO of Global Services, Siemens AG
Digitalization as a value driver in Business ServicesDownload
Head of Integrated Portfolio Services in EMEA, JLL
How can big corporations keep pace with rapid changeDownload
Director COE EMEA, Randstad Sourceright
Can you fly your plane without a navigation system and critical controls?Download
HR Lead – Accenture Operations Poland, Leadership Team Member
Performance Achievement - Employee JourneyDownload
Managing Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group Poland
Senior Partner, Leadership and Talent Consulting, Korn Ferry
Ambidextrous leader: The leader of the futureDownload
Service Delivery Manager, Business Services, Capgemini Poland
iLogic - Algorythm Driven Decision Making ProcessDownload
Project Manager in Disputes Service Center, Geoban Poland
Dispute Service CenterDownload
Head of Poland GDC, Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Under-one-roof services in Fujitsu / Value CreationDownload
Process Monitoring and Development Director, Accounting Shared Services Centre, Orange Poland
Orange Accounting Shared Services CenterDownload
Center Director, Amway Business Center Europe
I always used to think that lean is...Download
Manager HR Operational Excellence & Training, PMI Service Center Europe
On demand HR Analytics in Philip Morris InternationalDownload
ABSL IT Club Leader Section Manager, Procter & Gamble Global Business Services
Sneak peak to the future – how the IT world is going to look like in the next 3 years?Download
Board Member, Global Delivery Centre, IBM Poland
Cognitive Era and Cloud What will we make of this moment?Download
Head of Threat Intelligence, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Manager, Security & Resilience Lead Poland, Royal Bank of Scotland
Cybersecurity as a service. Beyond threat, into competitive advantageDownload
Welcome and Opening Remarks
ABSL Management Board & City of Katowice
Goodbye BPO, hello Business Services
Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini Business Services Member of the Group Executive Committee, Capgemini
Investors view on Polish competitive advantage by Conference's Diamond Partner – Skanska Part I
Katarzyna Zawodna, President of Skanska Commercial Development Europe
World class performance in world class business services organisations
Sean Kracklauer, President Advisory Services and Research, The Hackett Group
Global sector in 3D Digitalization, Disruption and Delocation
Moderator: Kerry Hallard, CEO, National Outsourcing Association
Innovation as a value driver in Business Services
Hannes Apitzsch, CEO of Global Services, Siemens AG
Foreign investments in the sustainable development plan for Poland
Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Development
ABSL Summary of the Year
Jacek S. Levernes, President, Management Board, ABSL
ABSL Sector Insights - Wojciech Popławski
Wojciech Popławski, Managing Director, Accenture Operations and Vice President, ABSL
Investors view on Polish competitive advantage by Conference's Diamond Partner – Skanska Part II
Moderator: Henry Foy, Central Europe Correspondent, The Financial Times
Operating in a Digital World
Till Dudler, Managing Director, Industry Lead for Consumer Goods & Services for Europe, Africa and Latin America, Accenture Strategy.
How can big corporations keep pace with rapid change
Moderator: Samit Chopra, Head of Integrated Portfolio Services in EMEA, JLL
'Customers rule the world'
Christopher Bates, Site Lead, Uber
ABSL Up Challenge Final
Winners: Grinfy (Analytics & big Data); Hospicare (Customer & Employee experience) and; Zapakuj.to (Robotics & Process Automation)
Summary & Closing Remarks
7th ABSL Conference