Although communication has always accompanied people, the development of technology has made it much easier. Nowadays, we are an information society. It is difficult to find an area of life in which information and communication technologies are not used.
The information resources are constantly growing and, at the same time, they are more and more dispersed. In order to use the collected data efficiently and quickly we need technology. This is where the ICT industry comes in. ICT encompasses all activities related to the production of communication and IT devices as well as the associated services. What is the relationship between this industry and the information society? It is the information society where information processing using ICT creates a significant economic, social and cultural value. ICT fosters the diffusion of information and knowledge, and what is more geographical boundaries do not prevent the flow of information. Małopolska is a region with a high concentration of ICT companies. It is the second region in Poland with the highest employment rate in this industry. Enterprises operating within this specialisation devote high expenditures on R&D. The ICT companies are supported by several business environment institutions: Krakow Technology Park, Center for Intelligent Information Systems (it is a platform for cooperation between the science and the business world including local government institutions; it implements innovative solutions in enterprises) and the Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET AGH (one of the largest supercomputing and network centres in Poland; it has the most powerful computers in Poland).