Wednesday Jan 23, 2013

WebCenter Customer Spotlight: LocalTapiola Group

Author: Peter Reiser - Social Business Evangelist, Oracle WebCenter

 Solution Summary

LocalTapiola Group, formed through the merger of Tapiola Group and Local Insurance, offers insurance, banking, savings, and investment services to businesses and consumers in Finland.

LocalTapiola Group had two customer magazines, published in print format, several online magazines, as well as many different publishing systems and third-party publishing solutions. It wanted to reduce communication and marketing costs, accelerate delivery of important news using the online channel, and adopt an integrated external communications model by using a single, common Web experience management platform. 

LocalTapiola Group implemented Oracle WebCenter Sites to manage their online Web experience.

Since deploying the solution, LocalTapiola has expanded its Web presence and improved its ability to engage customers with timely and compelling online content. By discontinuing printing magazines on paper and using only online communication, LocalTapiola achieved considerable savings and reduced its environmental footprint by saving 90 tons of paper, annually.



Company Overview

LocalTapiola Group, formed through the merger of Tapiola Group and Local Insurance, offers insurance, banking, savings, and investment services to businesses and consumers in Finland.

Business Challenges

LocalTapiola Group had two customer magazines, published in print format, several online magazines, as well as many different publishing systems and third-party publishing solutions. It wanted to reduce communication and marketing costs, accelerate delivery of important news using the online channel, and adopt an integrated external communications model by using a single, common Web experience management platform. 

Their main business objectives were:

  • Improve ability to engage customers online and share digital information about the company’s financial-services offerings, as well as banking news with customers and the public
  • Reduce communications and marketing costs and promote sustainable development by discontinuing two, printed, customer magazines, Oma Talous (Your Own Finance) and Sijoitustalous (Investment Finance)
  • Standardize and consolidate the group’s IT environment and internet service applications to cut management costs and ensure a path forward
  • Save costs with one common and device-independent Web experience management platform that LocalTapiola Group can use for publishing through multiple channels
Solution Deployed

LocalTapiola Group chose Oracle WebCenter Sites to manage their online customer experience. They conducted the implementation in two phases.
The first phase delivered a unified publishing model, including common assets and templates, and the first Web site called Sijoitustalous.fi.


In the second phase, they established a second Web site, Omatalous.fi, using the existing publishing model.

This approach enabled the company to reuse almost 70% of its assets, templates, and components in the second phase of the implementation project―a percentage that may grow in the future.

Business Results

Since deploying the solution, LocalTapiola has expanded its Web presence and improved its ability to engage customers with timely and compelling online content. By discontinuing printing magazines on paper and using only online communication, LocalTapiola achieved considerable savings and reduced its environmental footprint by saving 90 tons of paper, annually.

  • Discontinued printing the company’s customer magazines, eliminating printing and mailing costs associated with them, as well as the use of 90 tons of paper annually, in line with the group’s sustainability goals
  • Used the company’s expanded ability to communicate quickly with the customer base to deliver breaking news and publish information about the merger between Tapiola Group and Local Insurance
  • Improved LocalTapiola Group’s Web presence and will later start using WebCenter capabilities to also engage customers with timely and compelling content via social media channels
  • Saved labor costs by discontinuing production of print-magazine-like content for iPads, replacing this with content that can be utilized across various Web channels

The internet is our preferred method of communicating with the general public and our customers. Oracle WebCenter, which our implementation partner Tieto Finland deployed, allows us to use the internet to dynamically communicate with customers and the public while eliminating significant costs and environmental issues associated with print magazines.

Jyrki Antikainen, Communications Director, LocalTapiola Group


Additional Information

New Worlds of Customer & Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement goes far beyond the existence of technology and tools – it is something that needs to be well baked into the culture of the organization. I stumbled upon a wonderful paper on a great site I found that was chock full of interesting articles on employee engagement and the psychology of work and employment and living life to the fullest being personally satisfied and rewarded. The article entitled, “A call for the HIGH PERFORMANCE HUMAN WORKPLACE” by Dominique Giulini, General Manager Novartis Healthcare, Canada talks about the shift in thinking that is required now to promote full employee engagement. Companies are increasingly challenged to create opportunities to fully engage their employees to increase both retention as well as quality of work. I’m sure that many won’t like his approach or suggestions as they do challenge the historic sacred cow of corporate culture – Profit. His premise is quite simple yet presents a significant challenge for today’s leaders:

“This shift is from seeing profit as the goal to profit as the result of meaningful things done in fulfilling ways.”

This shift is best described by using the examples from his paper that talk about one major aspect to this shift – based on numerous studies, employees prefer to have a "Noble Purpose."

This is Noble Purpose - Some Examples:

  • Banking sector: Instead of profit only: Giving credit allows entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and contribute to innovation in society.
  • Insurance: Instead of premium increase: Increasing quality of life by allowing people to focus on the possibilities in their live because their big worries are insured.
  • Computer: Instead of “Selling more computers”: Revolutionizing the access to communication and entertainment.
  • Pharmaceutical:  Instead of “more blockbusters”: Increasing access in the world for Cures.”
  • Books: Instead of selling more books: Being the most customer oriented company in the world. (Amazon)

Noble Purpose is not jargon or a slogan. If it is not genuine it doesn’t work. It starts in a leader’s heart and mind. It is always available if you become 100 percent responsible for it in your company culture.”


When one starts doing research on "Employee Engagement", there are a couple of very well known groups that appear frequently having conducted major research on employee or "human capital" patterns of behavior. Both Aon and Towers Watson have provided insightful research on the topic.

From Aon's "Trends in Global Engagement" Report:

"Engaged employees deliver better performance, which is critical for business success. They understand their role in the business strategy, have a strong connection and commitment to the company, are more involved, and strive to go above and beyond in their jobs. The bottom line is that employee engagement matters—now more than ever. And the solutions for maintaining or improving engagement are increasingly complex for companies operating in an environment of instability and varied economic conditions. Striving to maintain a higher level of employee engagement not only contributes toward short-term survival during economic volatility, but is also a key factor for longer-term business performance and better positioning when market conditions become favorable. The companies that get engagement “right” will enjoy a source of competitive advantage in talent strategy and business results that is hard for others to replicate."

Embed engagement into business practices - engaging employees can't be a side thought. It needs to be part of the culture and fabric of the organization. Growing a culture of collaboration that allows employees easy and rapid communication speeds up both internal and external, employee and customer satisfaction.

From the Towers Watson 2012 Global Workforce Study — conducted with 32,000 employees across 30 countries:

“The first gap is effectively enabling workers with internal support, resources and tools, which can take a variety of forms. Think of the helpful supervisor who prioritizes and organizes work, regardless of whether the employee is in front of him or her, or 1,000 miles away working at home or in a remote office. Think of efficient technology that works (and a helpful help desk when it doesn’t). Think of a collegial work team ready to jump in to help. Or of online tools and processes that give remote or contract workers access to information and guidance to make good job-related decisions in real time.”

“When engagement starts to decline, companies become vulnerable not only to a measurable drop in productivity, but also to poorer customer service and greater rates of absenteeism and turnover.” (from Towers Watson 2012 study)

Keeping employees engaged leads to happier employees and ultimately that translates to happier customers. This is outlined clearly in a post on the Harvard Business Review Blog by Tony Schwartz, entitled "How Employee Engagement Hits the Bottom Line". In this post, Tony Schwartz praises the results of the 2012 Towers Watson study that "makes the most powerful, bottom line case yet for the connection between how we feel at work and how we perform." 

He writes further; "For leaders, the key is to begin thinking of themselves as Chief Energy Officers. Energy is contagious, for better and for worse, and disproportionately so for leaders — by virtue of their influence. "The manager is at the heart of what we might think of as a personal employee ecosystem," the Towers Watson study concludes, "shaping individual experience ... day in and day out.""

Side Note: Interestingly enough, Tony Schwartz also has the record for the most read blog post in 2012 on the HBR site with a post that everyone should read to reset their multitasking behavior and expectations for more depth and productivity. "The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time" by Tony Schwartz

Most of the social engagement rhetoric comes down to directing an organization’s focus on building a customer-centric organization starting from the inside out. Without the employee and customer-centric internal health of the organization, the external or customer-facing engagement is doomed for failure. Here’s an interesting video from the 2012 Oracle OpenWorld Customer Experience Summit Keynote with one of our partners, SapientNitro speaking with customer, Vail Resorts, on the importance of building a customer-centric corporate culture.



There has been a lot written about how to better engage with your customers across all of the new and existing or "legacy" channels of communication. Most companies were used to evaluating how well they were doing in retail or other face to face engagement modes. With the rapid growth of online and social engagement venues, today's successful organizations have been forced to align their channels for message consistency, culture, and context. 

For a deeper dive into this subject, not so long ago, we hosted Ray Wang, Principal Analyst & CEO from Constellation Research as part of our Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast Series where he spoke on the 9 C’s of Customer Engagement - How to Engage Your Customers and Employees.


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