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4 mars 2016

The future was here yesterday


I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that our digital world is spinning faster and faster. For me working in the education industry this might be closer to heart than for most of you, when everything I do is trying to find solutions for helping our clients with their struggles.

When I started at Informator back in 2004 it still was pretty simple. Microsoft (Oracle, IBM etc) released a new version of an old technology that everyone needed to update sooner or later and there we were with a fast solution to help integrating new skills. And if we didn’t help, one of our colleagues in the training industry would because we pretty much offered the same courses. The years went by and not much changed until some 3-4 years ago when everyone suddenly started talking about disruption, new thinking and the software industry suddenly started sprinting instead of enduring the endless marathon to the supposed finish line.
The time to start was yesterday,
adopt or die
 was suddenly not just an expression...
All industries were struck by fast moving newcomers and all of a sudden (almost) everyone realized the need for change rather than pressing harder in the same tracks you’ve been successful with before. The time to start was yesterday, adopt or die was suddenly not just an expression as we clearly can see when international giants who all of a sudden started reducing to zero market share. For us at Informator we had to decide quickly, would we settle with being one of the best in what we do or would we have to look at new ways of delivering training!? We chose the latter and then the really hard work began. Change isn’t easy, change isn’t for everyone but change is however necessary to always be the preferred choice and that is where we were heading!!

Where does change begin? 

I and many with me would say that the mental part is the number one place you have to start and also an agile way of working and a transparent chain of command or rather self-governing teams and continuous improvement. When our journey started with a real mission, a true set of values (in actual use every day) and a company united in these ideas, that was the re-birth of our company! Instead of trying to deliver what we assumed was an industry standard, we started evolving with our customers and delivering training in a format they requested.

We looked close on what our core values were and realized that Informator always had been the training supplier for the entire software industry. These days however IT is everywhere and there are so many roles that require so many different new skills that we have to see the bigger picture and team up with other great companies that help us deliver an even more fulfilling menu of courses. We chose to think outside the traditional box and teamed up with companies like Promote that give us the opportunity to deliver training in a more efficient way and other creative ideas as reaching harder into the technology box and starting delivering live courses via Remote Cloud Accessin a way never seen before. I have even more news in my back pocket, but I'll keep them for later this year :)


Innovation & Digitalization

This spring we teamed up with international business academy IMD in Lausanne for their programs in Innovation and Digitalization and I myself will soon attend their global leadership in the cloud program “Being Innovative” together with peers from all over the world. I wouldn’t go so far to say that I have to force myself to be creative, but I’m 100% sure that we have to stop looking at what our competitors are up to and look harder at where the costumers are heading. I must admit that I haven’t even looked at other close branch colleagues lately because my inspiration comes from completely different areas! I surely hope that you or your employer will take this possibility to embrace disruption also, otherwise you might have to start looking for another company that does!

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