Why Should Stora Enso Care About Digitalisation & Innovation? What Can We Do About It?

As a global organisation, Stora Enso is currently going through a transformational journey! It is then no surprise that this journey of transforming into a renewables material company requires substantial effort from each individual entity within Stora Enso. From Paper and Packaging Solutions to Legal and Communications, all divisions and group functions must work together, and by themselves, to enable this amazing organisational transformation.

Stora Enso IT has recently formulated its “Digital Strategy”, which serves the purpose of not only enabling the organisational transformation, but also to crucially enable Stora Enso to be at the forefront of Information Technology and maintain its industry competitive advantage. The digital strategy provides Stora Enso’s individual divisions and group functions with the opportunity to explore new technological territories, and incorporate the latest market technologies, solving current business and operational issues, but also discover new operational and growth opportunities.

For some of us sitting at our desks reading this blog, it may be ambiguous or challenging to imagine how an organisation such as Stora Enso might incorporate Digitalisation? In fact, what do we mean by the term “Digitalisation”? And that is a very valid question. I could personally give endless examples of digitalisation around us in our daily life! But here are a few food for thought examples, which I believe are very valid for Stora Enso:

An article on how the agriculture industry is utilising the Internet of Things (IoT) to create “Precision Farming”, by putting sensors on cows: http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/how-the-iot-is-creating-precision-farming--1328440

An article on how General Electric (GE) has created new business revenue streams and operating models by utilising IOT sensors and is providing unique services to their customers: http://www.gereports.com/post/99494485070/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-predix/

Article (in German) on how IKEA is utilising virtual reality to provide unique customer service, and helping customers visualise their products within the customer’s environment, before the customer even buys anything from the store: https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/webwelt/article119525750/Ikea-App-projiziert-Moebel-in-die-eigene-Wohnung.html

But how do we take this knowledge, the vast amounts of technologies out there, and incorporate them in Stora Enso? More importantly, how do we know which ones are suitable and beneficial for us?

Here in the “New Technology Team” (which I am a part of), a part of Stora Enso IT’s Digitalisation & Service Design Team, we have developed our “Prototyping Methodology”, which will allow us to not only focus on the aforementioned Digital Strategy and a few key areas within the said strategy but, more importantly, to deliver and drive “Innovation” and “Digitalisation” in a “Quick Win-Quick Loss” style. Such an operational and delivery style not only allows IT and Business to test new concepts and technologies in a controlled environment without having to commit enormous time and resources, but also provide a platform for instant success and rapid learnings!

One such example is the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) prototype, which is currently ongoing with our Group Finance Delivery and Group Sourcing functions, allowing them to test the concept and technology, and evaluate its potential benefits without the need for vast amounts of resources from either side!

At this point, I would like to implore all my fellow colleagues across the globe to “churn their digital wheels” and contribute to the Stora Enso Digitalisation journey!

Feel free to contact us at New Technologies Team to learn more about our methodology, ongoing projects, or if you have an idea around digitalisation!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

I hope this was insightful and added meaning and value to your day!

Pranav Chandra

Digital Strategist, Stockholm (Headquarter)

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