Good communication between the parties took the project over the finish line
It was important to Kuopion Energia that the project would proceed in an agile manner and stay on schedule. After Digia was selected as the company’s partner, work begun in August 2016. The goal was to put the basic financial administration functionalities, such as purchase invoice circulation and basic reports and interfaces, into operation from the beginning of 2017. This was also achieved.
Every company has its own business environment, which poses unique challenges to system replacement projects. In the case of Kuopion Energia, we needed to solve the integration of several sub-programs and systems with financial administration. For example, the completely new fuel and maintenance systems needed to be integrated with the financial administration system as new interfaces.
”We have more than twenty interfaces, also with third parties. It is quite an operation to reconcile the schedules of everyone involved and get them in the same room at the same time. However, we were always able to agree matters flexibly with Digia and bring the project over the finish line despite the tight schedule”, Säntti says.
”This was a huge change for us, but we managed to complete it on a tight schedule. Everything went really well, particularly when you take that into account. Everyone at Digia was highly competent and committed to this project.”
Close cooperation between the various parties played an important role in the successful lead-through of the project. The introduction of the new system increased internal cooperation.
”When connecting different systems to AX, you need cooperation and process development on the part of both parties. This project has increased communication between different departments at Kuopion Energia”, Säntti says.
Now that the project has been completed, Kuopion Energia is ready to take full advantage of the new financial administration system.
”The end users still have things to learn, but they are bravely using the software and compiling a list of things they would like more training on. Right now, we are focusing on putting the system to full use and improving the efficiency of our work”, Säntti concludes.