The real value comes with the cultural transformation
King Arthur was wise enough to take his best knights along on his search for the Holy Grail. So was Skanska. “If we had been on our own, the results would look quite different. The cooperation has been seamless, and it has brought us real value. Without Sofigate, we would not be where we are now”, Kantanen declares.
In three quarters of a year, Skanska and Sofigate have been able to define and implement a new data governance model for 11 business processes. “This must be a record in Finland. The success was built by a diverse team of experts on business, data, project management, and facilitation – some of them from Skanska, others from Sofigate. We can both be proud of the result.”
Despite the success, the greatest benefits are yet to come. “This is not a sprint, and not even a marathon, it’s an ultra-distance. When the culture of a company becomes data-driven, the benefits are massive”, Sipilä states.
Skanska’s long-term target is to build a culture where each business unit is aware of the possibilities of high-quality data and can drive their data-related development forward with just some support from the data function. The target is reached when all 11 business processes are able to do this.
“Technology is the easy part, but the real value comes from cultural transformation: learning new ways of thinking and changing the modes of operation. That is our Holy Grail”, Kantanen concludes.