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Competitive Environment in the State IT

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One of the goals of the Program Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic, which recently ended its activities, was: "The Government of the Slovak Republic will introduce innovative forms of procurement in IT (agile procurement, open framework agreements - the so-called digital marketplace) in order to support competition, following the example of countries that are leaders in informatization .” From today's perspective, it is clear that the number of competitions has increased, but the number of companies that win them has decreased. We are witnessing a growing lack of interest of IT companies in public contracts. The reason is a combination of phenomena - procurement methods, the practice of setting preliminary contract values, irremovable or even growing bureaucracy. It was not possible to attract a large number of new companies to the public sector. It was not even possible to increase the competences of the customer state by fundamentally increasing the number of computer scientists on the state side. New phenomena are emerging here, such as predatory offers that aim far below the preliminary value of the order. The state is a high-risk customer, and IT companies that can establish themselves in other markets are increasingly doing so. The way out of this condition will not be easy. The first prerequisite for embarking on it is to stop transforming the relationship between the IT sector and public administration into politics, admit reality and start behaving in a managerial and professional manner.

Emil Fitoš

After studies and business, Emil Fitoš spent more than 20 years of his working life at Siemens and later at Atos. In 2014, he became CEO of Atos Slovakia and Czech Republic. Under his leadership, Atos was one of the leading companies on the market with a significant innovative contribution. On 21 June 2017, he was elected President of the IT Association of Slovakia and will defend the position in 2019, 2021 and 2023. He serves as an advisor to the Slovak Government and Deputy Chairman of the Slovak Government Council for the Digitization of the Public Sector and the Digital Single Market. He also influences the digitalisation of Slovakia through his involvement in the activities of the Digital Coalition and the Centre for Artificial Inte…
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