Currently, I am working on stabilization of the post Gränges Europe implementation and parallelly we are working on to establish the business-IT collaboration model, which is Center of Excellence.
As change management process owner, I am also working together with our Group and IT regional teams to establish an end-to-end change management process that shall be supported by a tool that Gränges has implemented. We are also preparing for go live of new HR solutions.
What do you like most about your job? What’s best about working at Gränges?
I like to work closely with the stakeholders. Business & IT teams play a very important role in my area and scope of work. I like to contribute by assisting the business to deliver best possible IT solutions by taking part in end-to-end delivery process, starting from initiating requirement work, making appropriate decisions and up until solutions are realized. I also like to work on taking up new challenges, address large, complex business topics, where IT can play key constructive role delivering best in class solutions. With the introduction of common business platform program, IT is getting more and more integrated within the business. Therefore, from application standpoint, we remain always accessible and committed to support our business to achieve our desired goals and strategy.
Are there any trends within your field you can tell us about?
Yes, Digitalization. The work that we are doing in the application area, are the building blocks for digitalization. Simultaneously, focus has also been on automation. The application strategy is changing due to the changing nature of IT landscape. In our case, we have hybrid eco-system where IT systems are spread across in cloud, on-premise, off-premise etc. which requires change in application strategy, thereby change in application portfolio as to how we deliver our solution in agile way, how fast we react to growing business need.
Some of the key trends in the application area are as follows.
• Application modernization & product centric delivery, rather than highly customized solutions.
• More and more API oriented architecture, which enables more dynamic application architecture.
• Contribution to innovation by increasing business and IT collaboration.
• Adaptive and flexible teams to respond to digitalization needs.
And not to forget the response to COVID-19 where we are working most of the time virtually. Therefore, constant engagement with the application teams as well the keep the motivation up, is important. Running workshops digitally is interesting.
If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?
As I mentioned about business-IT collaboration, I would like to emphasis on the fact that we are working towards that goal and I would also like to secure more cross-team, cross-functional, cross-site collaborations.