A starting point for a customer-centric transformation
Customer portal wired for the electricity grids of tomorrow
Finland's nationwide electricity grid produces vast amounts of valuable data. Together with Fingrid, we co-created an extranet service that visualizes the data for their customers.
Faced with a rapidly changing regulatory environment and electricity market, Fingrid has chosen customer-centricity as the core of its strategy. The first step in offering the best service to its customers, Finnish power plants, industrial plants and regional electricity distribution networks was to replace the numerous extranets with one user-friendly, scalable customer portal.
Futurice was chosen to make it happen, based on its experience and well-conceptualized offer.
What we did
Our multidisciplinary team of business, service design and tech experts built Oma Fingrid into a customer-centric service portal with a positive impact on its users’ everyday work. The process was started with an intensive service sprint to understand users’ priorities and needs. Next, we created a prototype of the portal, made the iterations and launched it for selected customers. We went into DevOps mode at this point, ensuring continuous development based on data and user feedback.
The old extranets are now replaced one by one, and our team is formed by suitable experts for each phase.
Why it matters
Oma Fingrid takes staggering amounts of data on Finland’s nationwide grid and visualizes them clearly and comprehensively for Fingrid customers. The portal has digitized many manual tasks performed by humans and promotes self-service philosophy in a positive way. Oma Fingrid has been well received by Fingrid`s customers, who have enjoyed the features designed to meet users’ daily needs. It’s also a starting point for internal transformation as Fingrid embraces new ways of working and creates new customer-centric services for the changing market.
Clearly visualized and detailed data to help decision-making and in daily tasks, bringing competitive advantage and results to Fingrid`s customers.
Modern technology and modularity make adding new customer-specific services easy.
Features are what the users really need: for example, quick, user-specific access to the necessary information, be it electricity consumption by trends or by position, billing, contracts, grid distractions or fieldwork notes. Also, no passwords are required, new operators can easily join, and organizations can add or remove users simply.
A starting point for customer-centric transformation, new ways of working and a practical example of creating new services.
Oma Fingrid is an important step towards answering the needs of the dispersed electricity market and a carbon-neutral Finland, as the new operators can join in it easily and the information flow gets close to real-time. Futurice’s co-creative methods helped us to see things from the customers’ perspective right from the start. We understood what our customers really need and how the portal should be designed and implemented. This is a continuous learning process for us that has also given us a lot of ideas on how digital services should be done and how to streamline our processes.”
Product Owner, Fingrid Oyj
Fingrid is a Finnish public limited liability company responsible for electricity transmission in the high-voltage transmission system. Fingrid’s nationwide grid is an integral part of the power system in Finland, offering the third-cheapest transmission grid fees in Europe and world-class security of supply. Fingrid shapes the clean power system of the carbon-neutral future, sustainable technologies and the transformation of the energy business.
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Tuomas Välimaa, VP, Industrial, Logistics and Energy