10 th Prohoc Stakeholder Magazine Summer 2019 prohoc.fi
SEE THE WORLD LIKE A PROHOCIAN
UPFRONT COMMUNICATOR AND CHALLENGE SOLVER
SETTING THE STAGE FOR TALENTS
How to balance the vast demand and scarce supply?
20 4 8
Dynamic duo stays in touch
Gaining visibility to projects with visualized data
How to: Recruiting the talents
Life on a plate
WOIMA: Waste in numbers
Sleeping is winning
Millenial power house
From digitalization to digital transformation
SCOPE is a stakeholder magazine giving insight to the daily business and development of Prohoc
Oy and its personnel. PUBLISHER: Prohoc Oy EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Matti Manner ART DIRECTOR: Jonne-Pekka Stenroos/Staart COVER PHOTO: Mikko LehtimĂ¤ki PRINTED BY: Brand ID Oy, Pori, Finland. Papers and inks used are eco-friendly and produced responsibly.
WHERE THERE IS A WILL, there’s a way Us Finns had a very recent and pleasant reminder of the old saying as we witnessed the second miracle on ice, or “mörököl on ice” as it was twisted
In PwC’s 2019 CEO survey, 85% of CEO’s say AI will
ingeniously after our third World Championship title
significantly change the way they do business in 5
in ice hockey. This time with more Sisu and will to
yrs time and two thirds claim the change will be
win than ever with a team that was set to go home
bigger than that of the internet.
after quarterfinals. Every business, whether a small subcontractor or a blue-chip company can learn a
What this means for a project professional is that
lot from this performance.
we better start equipping ourselves with more tech and software skills or be caught by the tech fluent
“Yet despite all the talk, project performance isn’t
youngsters and new ventures entering the business.
getting any better”. That’s pretty much the main
For us at Prohoc this means both challenges and op-
finding from the annual global study on project
portunities. Inline with our mission and strategy, we
management. 12% average increase on investment
will first focus on training our people to be more tech
costs driven by unexpected scope creeps and
oriented and as a company we are developing data
delays. Lack of transparency on information and
analytics and project information services to support
requirements, poor change management, conflict-
our customers on their digital transformation.
ing objectives between project stakeholders. Most of the reasons can be linked to insufficient manage-
In our 10th SCOPE magazine, you’ll be introduced
ment of project data.
to both experienced prohocians working with construction management projects and newcomers
I think we just need to put our money where our
working with our project information services. You’ll
mouths are and start moving forward on this topic,
learn that we are investing in data analytics and
step by step. As in every development or change
how we seek for those talents that we have had the
project, executive sponsorship is of paramount
privilege to welcome as new prohocians. Enjoy your
importance, but you also need motion, meaning
read, the coming summertime and reach out to us
decisions to accept a certain fail-fast ideology and
to share your thoughts!
learn on the way.
Matti Manner CEO
Sport enthusiast, yachtsman and all-around business engineer Matti is the chief executive officer of Prohoc. After traveling around the globe trying to find world class suppliers he is now navigating Prohoc to become one. • TWITTER: @MattiManner
JARMO TUOHIMAA Jarmo Tuohimaa has been interested in electrical engineering since his childhood. Nowadays, he has a vast experience of different working environments such as steel mills and nuclear plants.
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urrently, Jarmo works as an Electrical Supervisor/Commissioning Engineer for Prohoc. He has also had other positions such as an Installation Advisor and Electrical Supervisor in other projects. His goals are ensuring the site develops as planned and work gets done in a secure way.
Jarmo graduated as an Electrician in 1993 at Oulu Vocational College. He went to a technical side of the army, to Riihimäki NCO School (Non-Commissioned Officer School), and he serviced at Oulu depot. He has also studied even further. “In 2011, I studied a degree in Electrical Safety and Electrical qualification 2 (S2)”, Jarmo replies. Jarmo gained over 15 years of experience in industrial electrical installations all over Finland before joining Prohoc. He has a passion for the industry and enjoys developing himself. “My interest in engineering continues, nevertheless, I have been in the industry over 20 years. Recently I got a chance to deepen my knowledge about instrumentation. It has been a pleasant variation after operating all these years mainly with stiff electricity systems”, he tells. Jarmo’s hometown is Raahe in North Ostrobothnia, Finland and he still resides there with his wife and their dog. In his spare time, he likes to travel and spend time at his cottage. “Especially after a long work stint, it is excellent to relax in the peace of the cottage. My sports activities include going to the gym and walking the dog”, Jarmo informs.
there was around a brand-new copper concentrator located near the Black Sea. Jarmo’s duties were related to commissioning but he also had a new role. “This project was a bit different than previous ones. I received a broader responsibility and the workday didn’t end when you left the site”, Jarmo describes.
Prohoc has had experts working in more than 100 countries around the world. Jarmo Tuohimaa (on the left) and Tuomo Lekkerimäki (see next page) are great example of experienced project pro-
TAKING CARE OF THE TASKS AND PERSONNEL
Experiences at various sites around the world have coached Jarmo on how to face different challenges and how to solve them. “Many of the sites are in exotic areas, where the workforce’s experience and skills can diverge from the western world. You must keep a closer look on the work process and that plans are understood appropriately. You also need to know how to direct people properly”, Jarmo declares. Smooth communication with stakeholders plays one of the key parts in advisory and supervisory duties. A variety of stakeholders also maintains things interesting. “In my duties, it is crucial to be in contact with diverse stakeholders. In projects, you are typically in constant contact with the client’s project organization and with the final customer’s project organization”, Jarmo states.
fessionals and seasoned travellers what comes delivering projects around the globe.
It can be frustrating when the site develops slowly and you cannot do anything about it. Jarmo’s motivation emerges from varying Prohoc puts people first tasks and when work safety is under control. in the company strategy, “It inspires me when a job is suitably that’s why keeping up challenging, and dynamic. You can say the with everyone no matter JOINING PROHOC day has been successful if the site develops the location is extremely well and at the end of the day everyone can important. In May 2012 Jarmo traveled to Vaasa seekgo home safely.” Jarmo thinks his following job is also ing to experience something new. There he CONTINUES ≥ met Prohoc’s Juhani Huhta and the meeting likely to be in Europe, but in a place other turned out to be a significant turning point. than Turkey. “I came there to find out what kind of projects they have “I think I will head to Denmark next where I’m going to and how I would suit Prohoc’s needs. Well, here I am, still on work on a Valmet worksite. I'm going to keep on going, in the that journey”, he says. same way, I’m used to. If it works, don’t change it!” Earlier on Jarmo had worked at Wärtsilä and Neste Jacobs’ He would also like to send a greeting to the readers. sites. His latest site was Outotec’s site in Turkey. The project “Stay interested and curious both at work and on free time!”
uomo was born and raised in Tikkakoski, Finland, and he do assignments abroad in Prohoc and it was a tremendous lived on the shore of Luonetjärvi until he was 20 years old. benefit, Tuomo describes. Tuomo was already interested in technical matters as a young Most recently he worked in pulp mill expansion project boy. He graduated as an engineer at the Jyväskylä Technical in South Africa. Valmet delivered a new chipping line that included the installation and extensive equipment delivery School in 1983 in machine automation studies. - Engineering is intriguing because it combines both office to the chip processing area. His job as a site manager and an work and practical duty, for example when installing and installation supervisor started in August 2018 and finished commissioning machines. in March 2019. At his free-time, this sports spectator - My supervising duties were primarily JARMO TUOHIMAA and enthusiast rides a bicycle and does about installing a chipping line. My manager ONLINE cross-country skiing. He spends his spare duties included both managing the Valmet time on worksites by reading, at the gym, site organization and communicating with and visiting nearby tourist sites. the final customer’s project organization, Tuomo informs. - I have lived at the municipality of Hollola for the last 25 years. I’m living there with my partner Pirjo and our two Shetland VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS AND Sheepdogs, Viima and Sansa, he says.
CHALLENGES FROM WELDING TO MINING
The starting point of Tuomo’s career in the 1980s was on automation of welding machines and other related tasks. He was a design manager at Nastola Sunds Defibrator (now Dieffenbacher) in the 1990s. In the 2000s and 2010s, he moved towards consultancy duties with engineering companies under contractors like Metso, Sandvik, and Wärtsilä. These jobs took him around the world. - The most extensive periods abroad were in mining projects in the Northern Sweden ore fields, in Kiruna, Gällivare and Pajala, but I also had a chance to work in China, Ireland and Russia, Tuomo recalls.
NEAR AND FAR WITH PROHOC
Prohoc keeps contact to all employees regularly, thanks to modern communication tools. Having a video chat to other side of the world is usually not a problem. Experts have many ways to communicate with each other, whether asking solution to a work related challenge, or just to say hello. Back in the 80’s it was not
Tuomo had to keep in touch with stakeholders as a site manager and an installation supervisor. Various stakeholders also came in at separate stages of the project. - Stakeholders included e.g. the monitoring consultants and the project manager, operators and maintenance managers. In the commissioning phase there was, in addition, a separate organization with representation from almost all the pulp mills diverse functions, Tuomo tells. About work-related challenges, he explains that technical difficulties are ordinarily the easiest to solve. However, he raises some of the challenges that he faces on sites. - Schedule-related challenges are often difficult because they almost consistently are related to the coordination of work by other contractors. These can be solved by co-operation.
easy to keep contact to The long and varied career has offered him the opportunity to experience different job communities. Now his career has led him to Prohoc. His journey at Prohoc started not so far away from Finland. - In the fall of 2014, I started as a site manager with an assignment in Neste Jacobs, in Gothenburg/Piteå, Sweden, Tuomo mentions. Sweden is also part of the story about how he originally came to join our company. - I had met Prohoc personnel at the Swedish mining site. They and the company itself gave me a good impression. I was offered to
home. Story tells that one site manager got to send one telegram message to home in every two weeks. Most of the time it stated: “Everything is ok here. The weather is good and I miss you guys.” One can say that the change in this way of working has been quite positive.
“It is good to have a bit of patience with you.” Tuomo keeps that on his mind while he is on site. - It is satisfying when you see that installation personnel have succeeded at their duty and I have been able positively influence it, he explains. Tuomo still has a passion for going abroad, and he already has a dream place on his mind. He hopes that the next destination would be in Southeast Asia.
TUOMO LEKKERIMÄKI Tuomo Lekkerimäki is a seasoned project professional who has worked with Prohoc on different roles around the globe. Most recently he was a site manager and an installation supervisor on a pulp mill project in South-Africa.
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SEEING BEYOND HORIZON
EMPOWERING PROJECTS with VISUAL REPORTING and ANALYSIS 8
In 1945, Vannevar Bush stated in his famous essay "As We may think", that the mankind has reached the point where the amount of information is uncontrollable by a human. Technical aids are needed to control and understand the information.
fter two generations later, we could not agree more: There are approximately 160 million emails sent, more than 3 million GB of internet traffic - and yes - almost 7.000 Tinder matches being made - every minute. These are monstrous global figures, but we do see the trend in our business and project level too. Projects are overwhelmed by information flow. Aberdeen Group states that 85% of project manager’s time is spent on communication and gathering data. Project team, partners, customers, and authorities require and push information via email, various project systems and standards. For a project professional, it is not an easy task to cope with the huge amount of project information and to be able filter the underlying trends and risks from data. While waiting for the AI project manager or controller, project leaders should have a serious look at analytics and business intelligence platforms. These suppliers and their offering on data visualisation and analytics have "THE HARD PART IS TO improved a lot. Tableau, PICTURE A COMMON Qlik, Microsoft PowerBI and other Gartner-rated SEMANTIC LAYER FOR forerunners seem to do PROJECTS – A MODEL – good and supply first hints of usability too. Especially THAT CAN SURVIVE IN in diversified information JUNGLE OF PROJECTS landscapes, where data is stored and flowing in/to WHERE EACH “ANIMAL” silos and in various forms IS A BIT DIFFERENT." and rhythms. Like in our projects. And there is more to come. Gartner does not yet invoke AI project managers but estimates that by 2020 systems with augmented analytics features will dominate the new BI investments. Furthermore, Gartner states that the number of data and analytical professionals will increase three times the rate of IT experts. This pushes us to reconsider what type of organisations, partners, competencies and skills are needed in projects. Something different than what we have today. Prohoc started using visual BI tools in combining management system data into visual reports. Today we can access business metrics, employee wellbeing indicators, trends and details in QMS dashboard. That has simplified the control, analysis and decision making a lot. Qualities that surely help the projects too. “Our early project control dashboards combine project risks, project information indicators, time data and financials from various sources. The hard part is to picture a common semantic layer for projects – a model – that can survive in jungle of projects where each “animal” is a bit different.”, says ILKKA PALOLA, Chief Operating Office of Prohoc. “It is a captivating challenge and we think it empowers our project customers to next level.” Ilkka continues.
AI as a Project Manager? Humans are not great at decision-making when there is large amount of data. Project data is often distributed in silos, which makes it hard to analyse and conclude. These could be areas where artificial intelligence systems could help managing projects? It is a core feature of AI systems, that their predictions are only as good as their data and training. How good the data and how mature the project model must be to be able to benefit from learning and calculation power of algorithms and AI? And finally, is there a chance that the problem we are trying to solve doesn’t really require an AI solution?
Stay tuned, in next issue of Scope we’ll discuss with project and AI professionals about the possibilities of AI in project world!
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LEANING FORWARD for the TALENTS Looking from recruiter’s perspective engineering job market in Finland has “tightened up” in the last few years. Most capable people are already employed and the willingness to relocate can (understandably) be low. In 2019 Prohoc’s customers are asking an increasing number of experts from the growing company. How to handle the vast demand and scarce supply situation of skilled engineers? CONTINUES ≥
Juho Veteläinen and Juhani Huhta are not asking when to jump — but how high.
RECRUITMENT: LEANING FORWARD FOR THE TALENTS
“WE TEND TO LEAN FORWARD WHEN SOURCING TALENT. WE ARE CONTINUOUSLY DISCUSSING UPCOMING PROJECTS WITH OUR CUSTOMERS AND WE NEED TO HAVE A FEELING OF
WHAT KIND OF EXPERTISE IS NEEDED, EVEN BEFORE OUR CUSTOMERS DO SO.”
what Prohoc ultimately offers to the customers. “That is our greatest asset and it needs to be valued high and be taken care of.” Juhani adds. The recruitment process starts online 90 % of the time. Prohoc sources people with ads in recruitment portals and social media through company’s career-site. Prohoc also contacts people with suitable background directly in social media. “We also have a referral program in which we reward existing employees whenever they give us a hint about a potential new employee.” Juhani says. The process and tools for processing vast amount of applications are also important. “People need to be contacted in suitable time and be informed about the progress.” Juhani explains. Prohoc has several people working with recruitment, Iiro and Juhani who are responsible for the customer accounts have the ultimate responsibility about the decisions. “We tend to lean forward when sourcing talent. We are continuously discussing upcoming projects with our customers and we need to have a feeling of what kind of expertise is needed, even before our customers do so.” Iiro states. “The customer need for engineers can reach us as late as few weeks (or even few days) before mobilization and that is why we need to have people sourced and ready-to-go in advance.” Juhani Huhta says.
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“We need to be a desirable employer and outperform the competition” says IIRO WESSLIN, Director of Sales and Recruitment. Some of the points that allure applicants are Prohoc’s culture, low and clear organizational structure, access to many different locations and interesting customer projects among others. “We think Prohoc has succeeded in this because the vast amount of engineers are interested in our company and the customer projects.” JUHANI HUHTA, Director of KAM Sales and Recruitment, continues. Prohoc recruitment works a bit differently compared to traditional one. “We don’t always have a certain job or project lined up when we go through our applicants and interview them.” Iiro explains. The core is to get in contact with many suitable candidates and plan the next location, project and schedule according to specs and terms together. “We always discuss about future career possibilities and professional development goals, and then try to aim the next project assignments according to them.” Iiro says. Prohoc’s mission is to enable our people to shine in the world of projects. “We take job well-being very seriously and employee NPS (Net Promoter Score) is our most important KPI (Key Performance Indicator) in the long run.” says Iiro. The employees’ expertise is
Iiro Wesslin knows how to keep the troops efficient and sated. "At our house, 'wear your game-face' means be frank. If you can be Frank Sinatra, that's even better."
Acquiring the best engineering talent 1
HAVE INTERESTING ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS AVAILABLE
Location and industries may and should vary 2
FIT THE RIGHT PERSON TO THE RIGHT POSITION
Ambitious, yet suitable to experience and substance 3
TAKE GOOD CARE OF THE CREW
Well-being, onboarding, culture, benefits etc. 4
PLAN WELL AHEAD IN COOPERATION WITH THE CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES
Have an idea about the next assignment before the current one comes to end 5
ENABLE EMPLOYEES TO BE STARS OF THE SHOW
As our customer you will always have the right expertise available. Find your contact: prohoc.fi
TRUTH IN A BIN
WASTE IN NUMBERS Today, waste in its various forms is a key part of our everyday life. We generate it, we throw it away, we see it polluting our environment and we, the humankind, suffer the consequences of it. But seldom do we stop to think about the magnitude of the problem. Here are a few facts.
Regional waste generation tonnes m
369 342 334
SOURCE: WORLD BANK
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & North Africa
Europe & Central Asia
East Asia & the Pacific
n 2016 the world generated close to 2.5 billion tons (= a million million kilograms) of municipal solid waste (household and commercial rubbish). That equals to 740 grams each day for every grown up and child on Earth. Spread evenly, it would cover all of England with a ten-centimeter-thick waste mattress. As people grow richer, they consume and discard more. Advanced economies make up 6% of the world's population but produce 34% of its rubbish. Unfortunately, the developing world is catching up fast. On current trends, the World Bank projects that by mid-century Europeans and North Americans will produce a quarter more waste than they do today. In the same period, volumes will grow 50% in East Asia, they will double in South Asia and triple in sub-Saharan Africa. The annual global total will approach 4 billion tons. And then there is the biggest waste management problem of all: 40 billion tons of invisible but dangerous carbon dioxide dumped into the atmosphere every year. Greenhouse gases from the waste industry, mainly emitted by a cacophony of chemical reactions in landfills, accounts for 8-10% of all climate-cooking emissions. In the developing world, only half of all municipal waste is collected. In low-income countries as much as 90% ends up in open dumps further escalating the problem. Currently 37% of solid waste goes to managed landfills and 33% to unsanitary open dumps worldÂwide. This landfilled and dumped waste quantity is enough to fill the famous Wembley Stadium in London eleven thousand times over, every single year. Roughly 11% of the waste is incinerated and some goes to compost heaps. ALL-IN-ALL, ONLY 13% OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE IS RECYCLED GLOBALLY.
Discharged into seas, rubbish can return to wreak havoc on land. In August 2018 the Arabian Sea spewed 12,000 tons of debris and litter onto the shores of Mumbai in two days, enough to fill 75 large fishing trawlers. Fishermen in the Arabian Sea complain they net four times as much plastic as fish. The "great Pacific garbage patch", an Alaska-sized ocean gyre in the north Pacific Ocean, where currents channel all manner of flotsam, contains
close to 100,000 tons of plastic debris. And and paper, and 38% for glass. According to there are five more gyres just like it gathering Sitra, Finland's state-run innovation fund, debris in other oceans. raising recycling rates for aluminum, steel In 2016 consultants at McKinsey calculatand plastic by 50% would cut European indused that open burning, dumping or discharging trial emissions, which account for one-tenth one ton of rubbish into waterways cost south of the continent's total, by a third. Asian economies $375 through pollution and WOIMA HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO HELP disease, against $50-100 required for basic ENSURE A GREENER AND CLEANER FUTURE FOR systems to dispose of that same ton properly. OUR PLANET. Our WOIMA Ecosystem aims at The best solution is better rubbish colrecycling glass, metals and plastics to save lection in Asia. Just ten countries, eight of virgin raw materials, while recycling the rethem Asian, spew two-thirds of all marine maining solid waste into energy. Municipal plastic litter originating on land. Fully 90% solid waste (MSW), industrial commercial of the stuff discharged by waterways comes in and institutional waste (ICI), construction ten rivers, two in Africa and the rest in Asia. and demolition waste (CDW), agricultural Around 1.5 million tons of plastic flows down waste (AW) and existing landfills are excelthe Yangzi river in China each year, compared lent feedstocks for the Ecosystem. WOIMA with 18 tons from the Thames. The marine applies Best Available Technologies (BAT) to plastic litter is estimated to cause damage each waste stream to extract the maximum worth $13 billion annually. amount of energy out of In 2009-16 the number them. Internal synergies further enhance the power of biogas plants in Europe generation. grew from 6,000 to 17,700, Each WOIMA Ecosystem i.e. four plants were com"TAKE, MAKE, missioned every single day. uses waste from 200,000 And yet, they still produce to 500,000 people and DISPOSE" MUST NOW only 2% of all EU energy. provides power for tens of Fortunately, the share thousands of inhabitants in SHIFT TO "REDUCE, looks set to grow as more the emerging countries. It governments tackle food has been designed to serve REUSE, RECYCLE" medium-sized cities and waste and encourage renewable energy programs. communities as a localized Last year the Internasolution or capital and metional Resource Panel, ga-cities as a decentralized an independent scientific waste management and body under the auspices of the UN Environpower generation solution. The plan is to use locally available fuel (waste) to generate enerment Program, suggested that wiser use of resources could add $2,000 billion, or roughly gy commodities for local consumption using the GDP of Italy, to the global economy by local labor and services. It is a carbon-neutral solution capable of substituting fossil fuels 2050. Limiting food waste alone could conthat simultaneously ensures that waste is tribute $250 billion a year by 2030. Analysis by Circle Economy, a consultancy, found recycled into energy efficiently, supports that, out of the 84 billion tons of materials the local waste management practices and promotes climate action by preventing solid consumed each year by the global economy, including biomass, sand, metals and fossil waste from generating methane, a greenfuels, barely 9% are reused. house gas 25 times worse than CO2. The environment would benefit, with Contact WOIMA, if you see yourself as fewer mines, more trees and less need for a collaboration partner in saving the planlandfills. Recycling aluminum saves 95% of et. Ask more about turning Your waste into wellbeing with WOIMA Circular Economy energy compared with smelting new metal. The savings are 88% for plastic, 60% for steel Solutions.
DCM SPECIALIST SINCE 2019
CURRENTLY ASSIGNED TO
IRENE OLIVER PUERTA PROHOCIAN
"Adapting an existing software coming from Wärtsilä Energy to a different organization’s way of working is A WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE VERY CLOSE WITH THE USER, taking into account the user’s feedback and concerns and implementing them, directly changing the way the software works."
CONNECTOR of the WORLDS Irene Oliver Puerta is one of the latest experts in Prohoc’s Information Services business-line. “When we got the specification from our customer, we knew that finding the right expert for the job was not an easy task.” Ilkka Palola, COO says. Luckily Prohoc and Irene found each other, the recruitment process went through rather fast and she has been remarkable help for Prohoc’s customer since. I was born in the North-West of Spain, in a small industrial town called La Bañeza, in the province of León. We moved to Guadalajara when I was a small child, where I lived with my family until I was 18. I completed a bilingual high school education there, studying my subjects in English and Spanish, and learned languages and practiced fencing on my free time. I studied one year of Translation and Interpreting in Madrid’s university, but decided to move abroad to Finland, where I enrolled into International Business studies. I did my major in International Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Haaga-Helia UAS, and then my minor in Finance in Vaasa UAS (VAMK). I have lived in several cities in Finland. My journey here started through different jobs in the restaurant and tourism industry in Rovaniemi, and then my studies took me to Helsinki, where I also tried my hand at opening a start-up venture based on traditional bookbinding. The start-up stalled at its seed stage, and I found myself needing a change of scenario, so I decided to shift my studies to a different city and move to Vaasa, where I learned many valuable skills and found my passion shifting from entrepreneurship to the consulting world, where I believe I could help many varied projects and companies and diversify my career development. I have many hobbies. I have done martial arts (judo, karate and mixed martial arts),
fencing and some dancing, and my main hobbies now are singing, reading books and doing calisthenics workouts. I enjoy going out with friends and love restaurants and good food (which likely comes from my upbringing; my family owns a restaurant). I am a generally easy-going person, most call me an extrovert, and I would say I am friendly and keep a positive outlook at life. At work I am an upfront communicator and enjoy solving challenges and finding the missing information. I would say I am driven by intellectual challenges. My professors used to joke about me having the ‘entrepreneur syndrome’: if a project interests me enough, I will give it my 200%. However, if a project loses my interest, I must really discipline myself to get to complete it. Luckily at my current work there is always new things to learn and fix, so I keep motivated. " What's your working background: "My main business-related job experiences have been as a start-up entrepreneur for about 10 months, as a freelance accountant as a part-time job during my studies, and I have also had one year of work experience for Wärtsilä, where I worked as a Spare Parts Coordinator and as an Accounts Payable Clerk. All these jobs taught me many valuable skills and gave me a very diverse set of projects and tasks but were not exactly the challenge I was seeking for my career. I decided to shift my career towards consulting, and CONTINUES ≥
"MY PROFESSORS USED TO JOKE ABOUT ME HAVING the
IRENE OLIVER PUERTA
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seeking for a job that would provide fresh challenges every year."
and training the users and stakeholders about this platform."
When and why you joined Prohoc? "I joined Prohoc on the 16th of January 2019. I was looking for a career change, seeking a position that would take me closer to consulting/project management. I had worked in the accounting field for the last six months but wanted a job where I could provide value to projects and organizations in a closer way with people, working together with the client organization’s challenges and with varied teams of people. I found the consulting aspect of my position to be the decisive factor: I would get to develop a documentation management platform to the customer’s needs. This would take first a basic learning of the DCM (Document Control Management) platform and how to make websites, as well as networking and investigation on the field about the current ways of working of the Environmental side of Wärtsilä, and then starting to develop the DCM platform to meet the needs of the customer. This project has lead Wärtsilä to develop their DCM platform towards grouping their documentation as datasets instead of as separate files, which is quite a megatrend at the moment, and is a pioneering idea in Wärtsilä’s documentation control world. We are moving one step closer towards an agile and modern documentation control, something not seen so often in large and ‘traditional’ engineering corporations."
What is interesting and why? "Adapting this software to the leaner way of working that Environmental projects have, when compared to Energy Solutions projects, and their faster documentation delivery times has been a very interesting challenge. Whereas a power plant project may take months to years to be completed, a scrubber’s installation and delivery may happen within two weeks. Of course, there is also the implementing of a tool never used before, and the organizational way of working and changes that come from that. Adapting an existing software coming from Wärtsilä Energy to a different organization’s way of working is a work that needs to be done very close with the user, taking into account the user’s feedback and concerns and implementing them, directly changing the way the software works. "
Tell us about your job at Prohoc and Wärtsilä, what is the main task? "At the moment, implementing DCM365, Wärtsilä’s Documentation Control Management platform, and developing and adapting it to the needs and requirements of the Environmental Projects organization within Wärtsilä. This also involves managing the implementation of this software into the Environmental projects sub-division of Wärtsilä,
What kind of schedule is set for the work? "I work following a priority list for the creation of the needed DCM portals together with my own implementation and software development schedules, which come as the need for new updates and fixes arises."
What is hard? "The current situation with technological challenges and the constant strives for digitalization of large organizations make software development a very time-pressing job. Schedules are always ‘due by yesterday’ and the software is to be used immediately. This time pressure makes the developers work on a rush and the users and all stakeholders resistant to change, and requires well-organized sets of trainings, planning and information in order to get anything to work and for the platform to be welcome by the users."
Who are the stakeholders? "Project Engineers and Project Managers in Environmental projects organization, their
management, project owners, design companies, yards, external stakeholders and other parts of the Wärtsilä organization involved or interested in the DCM platform." What motivates you in work? "The magic of teamwork for me is all about a smooth collaboration with colleagues. The best parts of my job are getting to develop new solutions to existing problems in a fast and precise way, tackling stressful change situations together with the project stakeholders, training people, giving presentations and keeping people informed about the ongoing situation. I would say that any situation can be tackled if there is the right information about it. In a more technical angle, promoting and expanding the use of a software such as DCM, maintaining the quality standards, etc are aspects of the work that also bring their reward. Processes development is where you find all the perfectionists in the end. This type of IT-consulting work, centered around process and software development, has the perfect mix of people challenges and rewards and technical challenges and rewards." What frustrates you? "Sometimes a strongly hierarchical approach to decision making in large organizations is slowing the development of solutions for the client and for the user. For example, when a change needs the approval of three levels of management, the implementation of said change will take a lot longer, and the operating employees in project sites and who manage the project documentation will not benefit of its advantages until management approves said change." Pro’s and con’s in working within a global company such as Wärtsilä? "The variety of colleagues, environments and cultures, and the chance to work in English and use other languages are great perks of
Wärtsilä as an organization, as well as learning new software development and coding skills. On the challenges side, we have the working across different time zones, cultural clashes, different management styles, and a rather team-dependent work environment. Each team here has its own microclimate." What's been your first impression working in Prohoc? "Prohoc provides a flexible and welcoming work environment. My very first contact with whom would become my colleagues was right after signing my employment contract, when MATTI MANNER and ILKKA PALOLA invited me to come along to a hockey game which ended in karaoke and a little bit of a party, and a great welcoming memory for me as a new employee. The company culture is amazing, and everyone is welcome to participate in developing the company and providing new ideas and suggestions. From my first day on to today, I have been able to talk to other colleagues and get feedback, seek advice and mentoring freely, and there is a clear career
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development path perspective for me as an employee here. There are also many employees’ events and happenings, so everyone gets to know each other and socialize as well." How did the recruitment-process, introduction etc. go joining Prohoc? "I found Prohoc via their website and was immediately engaged by the company’s message and vision. I applied for a job in the Information Management team as a documentation engineer and was interviewed via Skype. The interview process had two rounds: the first with Prohoc and the second with my first client organization: Wärtsilä Marine. I was kept very well informed and had a clear vision of what the interviews would be like all throughout the process. It is probably the least stressful interview process I have been through. I was contacted shortly after the second interview with the news: I would be starting in Prohoc next week. I then had a week’s induction at Prohoc, and after that was deployed into the client’s premises." 19
I love how cosy and
Vaasa has a great music
welcoming restaurants and
sphere: there is always
cafés are in this city. My
some live music in the
favorites are Marco Polo,
weekends (in places
Kaavya, Frans & Nicole and
such as Doobop Club,
Juku. I also have a special
Roska, Leipätehdas and
weakness for Aroma’s
WS Areena) and karaoke
cardamom buns and
and open stage nights can
Astor’s Saturday brunch.
also be found for those of us who like singing. There is also cozier singer-song-
writer performances at
I really like the Ostroboth-
cafeterias in town, such as
nia Museum, the Tikanoja
museum (especially its library: you can read his book collection there) and the Black Wall Gallery.
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IS ABOUT US — PEOPLE!
Digital transformation has become nearly an obsession during the latest years and every company would like to become digital – also in the manufacturing industry. But what we mean when we talk about digital transformation? Here is our short definition, and an explanation of what actually is changing.
DIGITIZATION AND DIGITALIZATION
Companies in the manufacturing industry took their first digital steps about 30 years ago when personal computers became a regular tool for white-collar workers. Companies started to digitize their paper records into digital documents and store them into their computers. This was an early stage of digital transformation. It only transformed the information records from analog to digital but did not change any processes or ways of working. This progress is often called digitization. The next stage towards digital transformation was to adopt digital solutions to full-fill easy tasks in different phases of the process that were done manually by humans before. Actually, the process didn’t change at all but it simplified the work during the process and made it faster, and increased productivity and effectiveness. This progress is often called digitalization.
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Digital transformation is something more than digitization or digitalization. It’s not only changing files from analog to digital, or solving traditional tasks with the use of digital solutions. The significant shift between
humans and machines executing the existing work tasks opens an opportunity for digital transformation. By digitalizing the manual processes digital transformation enables companies to redirect their human knowledge capital from non-value added activities (NVAA) into value creation. Research by World Economic Forum indicates that 75 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines across the industries in the time period up to 2022. At the same time, 133 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new divisions of labour between humans, machines and algorithms. We need to understand the fact that digital transformation is about us – people. It’s about people and culture change. The technology is available there already. To succeed in this journey, the leaders must concentrate to facilitate and encourage the transition of the workforce to the new world of work. After all, in digital transformation, the enabling technologies are driving the workforce transformation. It will open a huge opportunity for companies to create disruptive ways of working, clever business models, innovations and new kind of added value for the customers. That is what we mean with digital transformation.
You’ve probably already heard it many times, but meat consumption has a big impact on the environment. Meat and other foods of animal origin have a big carbon footprint, meaning that their production causes a lot of greenhouse gas, and that causes climate change. The biggest badass is the red meat and especially
LIFE ON A PLATE
beef, since cows produce a lot of methane.
What’s in common with climate change and your health?
”We don’t need a bunch of people doing things perfectly. We need lots of people doing things imperfectly." That’s a great rule of thumb when it comes to a lot of things – and especially a sustainable diet. If the majority of people switched from beef to vegetarian options, fish or even chicken on one meal a day, the impact would be enormous. Reducing red meat consumption also has many benefits on your health. It lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, prostate and colon cancer.
Vegan chocolate chip cookies
You can make a big difference with small actions. Start with these delicious and easy vegetarian recipes!
100 G NON-DAIRY MARGARINE, ROOMTEMPERATURE 1 DL SUGAR 1 DL BROWN SUGAR 1 TSP VANILLA SUGAR 1 3/4 DL WHEAT FLOUR
One pot pasta
1½ DL NON-SWEETENED COCOA POWDER
1 CARTON OF BOILED CHICKPEAS
1 TSP BAKING SODA
2 ½ TBSP OAT MILK, SOY MILK OR OTHER PLANT MILK
4 CLOVES OF GARLIC
1/4 TSP SALT
1 DL DARK KALAMATA OLIVES
1 SMALL WAXY POTATO
100–150 G NON-DAIRY DARK CHOCOLATE
200 G SPAGHETTI OR OTHER PASTA
250–270 G NATURAL TOFU
500 G CRUSHED TOMATOES
1 DL BBQ SAUCE
0,5 L WATER
0,75 DL BREADCRUMB
2 VEGETABLE STOCK CUBES
0,75 DL OATMEAL
2 TSP OREGANO
CANOLA OIL FOR FRYING
Mix the margarine and the sugars in a bowl and whip them even. Add the flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt. Don’t whip them, but mix them with a scoop with the margarine and sugar mixture. Add the plant milk and mix the dough even. Grind the chocolate to pieces and add them to the dough. Put the dough in the fridge for a few hours. Shape the cookies on a baking paper with your hands. Bake them in 180 Celsius degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
0,5 DL SHREDDED SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
PINCH OF CHILI BLACK PEPPER FRESH BASIL FOR SERVING
Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Shred the onion and garlic. Put all the ingredients in a pot and boil under the lid for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is ready. Add water if needed. Serve with fresh basil.
BBQ tofu patties
Peel and grate the potato. Mince the grated potato, tofu and bbq sauce with a blender. Mix all the rest of the ingredients and knead the mixture with your hands to make it even. Shape it into five patties. Fry the patties in canola oil on both sides, until they have a nice color and crispy surface. Serve in a hamburger or with rice and salad.
WALK FARTHER — SLEEP BETTER
n Prohoc we believe that our mission as a company is to be the most wanted project partner in the market, and that to achieve this mission we need the most empowered personnel. Our employees are our focus and we want to encourage our people to become the best versions of themselves. "We have had activity days periodically, but we wanted to do something more. We wanted a long-term campaign which would challenge and engage our employees to achieve long-term well-being results together. We were discussing different possibilities during fall 2018 and we got the idea of starting with the basics: encouraging our employees to walk more and sleep better, and we decided to start the year with it." says SESILIA ALHAINEN, the organizer of Prohoc’s Wellbeing Campaign. The campaign officially kicked off on February 2019. It will last for six months during which Prohocians can challenge each other in different sports and activities and keep track of all their activities via the campaign’s official Teams site. It is also a great opportunity for our people to get to know their colleagues outside work. So far the participants have organized walking tours, badminton and floorball games, and they keep coming up with new activities.
The most inclusive part of this campaign has been the Health 1.0.1. competition, where participants were encouraged to track their daily steps and sleeping hours with the purpose of raising mindfulness on their health habits. The steps and sleeping hours results are tracked every second week. There is over forty people participating at the moment and the speculation of everyone’s steps and sleep hours can be heard all around Prohoc’s coffee room. "This kind of campaign is great, and now that it considers the steps and sleep hours it will work for all of us. This really makes you think about your living habits. And a little competition with your colleagues is never boring!" says PAULIINA MYLLÄRI, one of the leading competitors of the campaign. "After 6 months, when the campaign is over, we will award the three best performers and the best progress with sporty prizes. We are looking forward to getting empowering results from the campaign: to have more energetic and happy people after it!", concludes Sesilia. The main goal of the campaign is to challenge everyone to think about their daily routines. To walk more and sleep better!
RECOMMENDED BY PROHOCIANS:
Life tracker apps Sleep Cycle sleepcycle.com
"Good data about your sleeping habits. You can finally record your own snoring. App wakes you up at the most 'natural time', which actually works."
Way of Life 23 wayoflifeapp.com
"Very simple yet powerful. I changed three major habits this year around drinking alcohol, exercising, and eating sugar. Can't recommend it enough."
Polar Beat polar.com/beat
"Training and fitness app that has is all, really. Tracking, planing, coaching and even sosializing with other action junkies."
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