AUTHOR: Frieda Strøm, Digital Marketing Manager Technology Nordics, Oracle Norway
“I focus one hundred per cent on cloud solutions, which makes it important to choose a supplier that can help you with almost everything. Previously, we worked with several suppliers, but the best approach is to use one supplier as much as possible, as we have done with Oracle,” says Conny Björling, Head of Enterprise Architecture at Skanska AB.
The man in charge of global architectural solutions at Skanska AB explains that the company was already using Oracle solutions when he joined the firm almost seven years ago but that they have started working more strategically with the supplier than before.
“It’s more like a partnership, and we have simply become increasingly dependent on each other. You could say we have a good symbiosis,” he explains.
Today, the company has even more cloud-based solutions from Oracle, such as their HR system, various integration products and Analytics, as well as several databases and merger applications.
Skanska AB, one of the world’s largest project development and construction groups, with primary focus on the Nordic region, Europe and the United States, was founded in Sweden 131 years ago – in 1887. They have been working internationally for over 120 of these years and currently have over 40,000 employees.
“Oracle cloud solutions have clearly made our workday easier. We were their first customer on the Analytics platform in 2014, and now we are on generation two. We have a number of other solutions from Oracle as well. It is a great advantage that they develop their own hardware and software, in addition to administering the entire cloud service. For us, it means less risk in terms of security and operation. They also have the broadest portfolio of cloud-based business solutions,” he says.
When asked how Skanska works with innovation, Björling answers:
“We work extensively with innovation at our local offices. We work with technical innovation, engineering know-how and the development of new solutions. At Skanska, we always have somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 ongoing projects worldwide,” he says.
Before joining the construction industry, he gained experience in the retail industry and the banking and finance sector.
“In many ways, we are in a traditional industry. So, we are still quite far down the ladder in terms of innovation. Improving information management is innovation in itself,” he says.
If Björling were to give advice to other big companies that are concerned with integration and digitalisation, it would be to stop being afraid of cloud solutions.
“Modern cloud solutions have better security than you have at your own data centre. More companies should move everything up into the cloud,” he asserts.
Regarding other benefits of cloud solutions, he points out that you do not have to think about updates because everyone automatically has the latest version available at all times. In addition, you reduce your IT operating costs. Furthermore, it is far easier to make changes to a cloud service.