“It was important for us that the programme helped the rest of the company and the IT unit to understand one another better, because Vapo’s business is becoming increasingly technology-driven,” says Holm.
The two-year programme included six two-day coaching sessions. In addition, the BT Academy boosted participants’ skills between coaching sessions, with coaches reviewing and, when necessary, workshopping individual goals. After each training day, participants were asked to reflect on their progress and fill out a self-assessment form.
It was important for Vapo that everyone be able to participate in the development of the IT function. In addition to Vapo’s own IT experts, the programme included development staff from its business side, as well as key individuals from partner organisations. In all, there were around 30 participants.
“We have been extremely pleased with the ICT JOE programme. In Finland, Sofigate is one of the best and only organisations that provides comprehensive IT governance development and that can coach IT management development,”says Holm.
IT IS A BIG HIT WITHIN VAPO
The two-year development programme will end in the spring of 2020. The increased level of staff competence is already noticeable.
As a result of the programme, Vapo now has coherent IT management, common processes and practices, as well as actionable goals.
“We redid the maturity analysis and the business team now reports that it benefits greatly from the IT unit. The situation, therefore, has turned around entirely. As a team, we are now ready to bring about the transformation that the company needs, ” says Holm.