Professor Janusz Filipiak, President of Comarch, took part in the French International Business Summit. The meeting was held under the patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and Édard Philippe, French Prime Minister. Professor Filipiak was the only CEO from Central and Eastern Europe.
The international conference, whose watchword was "Choose France!", was intended to show the potential of that country and encourage foreign companies to invest in France. The summit took place on 22 January in Versailles and about 140 top managers from all around the world took part in it. The French International Business Summit is called "mini Davos" because a lot of business leaders stayed there on their way to the summit in the Swiss Alps.
- The Versailles meeting was very useful. The participants had the opportunity to learn about the French government’s plans to create favourable conditions for foreign investments. Both Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and President Emmanuel Macrona stated that the French authorities would make every effort to ensure that the business by the Loire River could be developed even more dynamically. The government programs for improving the quality of human capital deserve special attention. The authorities plan to allocate EUR 15 billion for this purpose, among others for the implementation of bilingual, French and English, projects and new places in multilingual schools. For Comarch, the participation in the conference was the opportunity to present our investments in France and IT systems in the area of e-health and smart city – says Professor Janusz Filipiak, founder of Comarch and president of its Management Board.
Comarch has been operating on the French market since 2006 and currently employs over 80 people there. The team consists of business consultants, project managers, as well as persons responsible for research and development of products. The total value of Comarch's investments in France exceeded EUR 25 million, which is the highest level among all Polish companies operating on the French market. The latest project is a modern data processing centre in Lezennes (near Lille), whose construction costs amounted to over EUR 10 million. The centre will be commissioned in Q1 of 2018 and will serve Comarch's customers from the French market. The company focuses on the sale of IT systems for retail trade companies, offering IT solutions which support loyalty processes and customer relationship management (CRM & Marketing) and systems which comprehensively support multi-channel sales (Omnichannel sales), such as: POS system, mobile solutions and solutions improving enterprise resource planning (ERP systems). Comarch also supports areas related to the IT infrastructure management and provides Data Centre services. In addition, Comarch focuses on the development and sale of the solutions related to smart city, telecommunications and e-health. The Comarch services are used, among others by: Auchan, Kiloutou, Galeries Lafayette, Leroy & Merlin, ERAM and Bureau Vallée.