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A successful start into the digital world Companies and businesses face dramatic challenges coming with the usage of digital technologies. However, even though the company management is usually willing to respond, most companies fail in driving digital transformation. kobaltblau Management Consultants, a young, fast growing firm located in eight European cities, helps companies and businesses to turn a digital challenge into a digital success. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN  |  PHOTOS: MARTIN & FORSTER FOTOGRAFIE

kobaltblau Management Consultants combines long-lasting experience in IT management consulting with profound technological expertise to help its clients to face their biggest challenges. kobaltblau’s service offering includes consulting topics such as IT and digital strategy, IT organisation and HR, enterprise architecture, business process design and business process digitalisation as well as business and IT service sourcing. “Several companies stick to old ways of operations which negatively affects the company’s speed and ability to evolve. In 62  |  Issue 55  |  October 2017

order to stay competitive, companies need to become more agile. For that reason, we focus on driving our clients’ digital transformation and agile transformation,” says Ivan Kovynyov, kobaltblau Management Consultants, Zurich office. Ivan Kovynyov advises senior executives of companies in the finance and insurance, transportation and logistics sectors on leadership, digital strategy, agile methods and digitalisation. According to him, digital transformation is not just about technology, but also about mindsets. Modern employees work in a more collaborative, more open, more creative and much more efficient way than in

the past. But when companies approach digitalisation for the very first time, many managers are afraid of losing power and control. “The top management is aware of benefits coming up, when the company becomes more digital and agile. Nevertheless, they sometimes have issues to initiate changes and start initiatives. This is exactly where we come in,” adds Kovynyov. A young company with an experienced team kobaltblau Management Consultants was established in 2016 by Klaus Eberhardt and Mark Goerke, co-founders of Germany-based IT service provider iteratec, and Hans-Werner Feick. Feick has a long-lasting track record in IT management consulting. Before joining kobaltblau, Hans-Werner Feick had been leading the business technology consulting practice at Kienbaum. His major focus was on the development and implementation of IT strategies, business transformation and