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IT strategy and architecture

Digital transformation is hitting traditional industries and creating  unforeseen new business opportunities. Technology is once again on the boardroom agenda, but the digital world moves fast and exploiting available opportunities before they pass is a challenge for many companies.

Our customers’ needs range from innovating completely new services on top of emerging technologies to transforming an existing IT landscape to better support future business. Our IT Strategy & Architecture practice helps our customers cope with change and deliver tangible results.

Technology strategy

For today's companies technology is often a commodity, but understanding the possibilities new technologies offer is a source of competitive advantage. Companies in industries ranging from media and energy to banks and manufacturing are seeing a radical increase in the use of their service via mobile devices. We work with our customers to take full advantage of this ongoing mobile revolution. 

Wearables and other emerging technologies are an opportunity and a threat. We invest in emerging technologies and explore their implications for various industries. We help our customers identify the juiciest opportunities they have to offer.

IT redesign & simplification

The IT landscape of a large corporation is usually an extremely complex web consisting of thousands of applications and integrations. The lifespan of many business-critical systems is counted in decades. The tacit knowledge of staff is crucial for keeping the business running smoothly.

Mergers & acquisitions have a huge impact on the IT landscape of many companies. Thousands of people and hundreds of systems are introduced to different organizations. Full post-merger integration is frequently not even considered an option. Targeted initiatives that take advantage of key synergies are implemented instead.

We believe that complexity can only be tackled with simplicity. Consolidation of overlapping systems is not the only lever to use. Reasoning from first principles is necessary to understand the fundamental structures required to enable efficient operations. We help our customers redesign their IT architecture, application portfolio and operations to support the fast delivery of new digital services.

Multi-channel delivery

Consumers expect a consistent experience across different channels. The problem is different channels are usually managed by different business units or organisations, resulting in poor visibility between channels. Fragmented IT solutions without proper integration between channels is partly to blame, too.

A poor multi-channel experience is essentially a data problem. Traditional approaches to solving the challenge include data replication across various systems and databases. Data and business logic duplication is only a partial solution and creates a set of new challenges in terms of e.g. master data management.

We help our clients create modern service-oriented architectures, where master data management is built-in to the model and data is exposed through well-defined APIs. Different business units, channel organizations are enabled to build digital services on top of a common service-oriented model. Microservice-based layers on top of existing backend systems such as ERPs and CRMs enable fast and flexible development of new digital services without hard dependencies to legacy IT.

Software-defined operations

Software is eating the world and manual processes are being replaced by computer systems that are more efficient and less prone for errors. The trend of automation has been ongoing for decades but recent advances e.g. in cheap computing power has accelerated the transition towards purely software-defined operations.

Software defined operations is a vast topic that ranges from traditional automated financial accounting to the state-of-the-art cloud platforms. Modern software-defined data centers can handle massive workloads with minimal human intervention. Critical business processes can be simplified and defined in software to increase the throughput and quality. Moreover, software defined operations are usually materially less expensive to manage and run.

For more information, contact:

Jouni Kaplas Head of Technology (FI)
Yrjö Kari-Koskinen Senior Consultant