Embracing the future through digtalisation

Digital work methods and tools have been gaining ground for decades. But the growing complexity of digital solutions requires skills and resources, and a digital strategy is vital for ensuring a sustainable business. That is why digitalisation is a key strategic area for Axel Johnson International – an area where we work proactively to support, challenge and inspire our companies as an owner.

As a global group, our companies need to rely on technology to maintain effective communication and collaboration between each other, employees and teams, regardless of where they are located. As such, our central IT department plays a crucial role in ensuring that our 200 companies around the world can operate smoothly and efficiently .

We have a complete digital offering, including:

→ A comprehensive IT platform with services to support and accelerate our companies’ digital journeys
→ A large cyber security team in place seven days a week, keeping our IT environments and companies safe
→ Digital solutions that can easily be scaled up and quickly rolled out

Our digitalisation work and focus differ between organisational levels. At group level, we focus on creating awareness, inspiration and challenging the strategic initiatives that will take our companies to the forefront of their industries. We purposely limit group-wide strategic initiatives to matters relevant to the entire group. Examples include our common platform for cooperation and knowledge sharing, as well as cyber security, which affects all our businesses.

At business group level, we have a wider set of initiatives, ranging from internal process solutions to customer-oriented digital solutions. Examples include marketing, websites, operations support processes and digital customer offerings. Most initiatives come from a bottom-up process driven by our companies’ needs. No matter where the initiative is taken, the group companies always own it, even in cases where actions are executed with group support.

Digitalisation is about making use of technology to work smarter, make processes more efficient, and help people collaborate and communicate better.

Mårten Steen, CIO, Axel Johnson International

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