Together with Solita, Public Housing Sweden (Allmännyttan) has developed a comprehensive business architecture and a number of specific digital tools to help its member companies on their digitalisation journey. This work has paid off – Public Housing Sweden is already actively developing a range of specific aids and tools, like the structure produced by Solita.
The work has been done as part of Public Housing Sweden’s Digitalisation Initiative (DI). DI brings together 100 housing companies that have opted to collaborate on digitalisation issues and relevant business development through a separately financed activity. The aim is to increase the pace of change in their own companies and to work together for long-term sustainable industry change.
“Strong and forward-looking trade associations have an important role to play in the development of the whole industry”, says Terese Skärvagen, DI’s Project Manager. “This initiative is about mobilising business development in housing companies, so strengthening innovation and digital renewal is crucial. Together with Solita, we are developing specific tools and methods to facilitate digitalisation for the entire ecosystem.”
According to Terese Skärvagen, there is great interest and commitment on the part of housing companies when it comes to digital transformation, but there are several difficult prerequisites. Public Housing Sweden helps companies increase their skills and maturity in the field and to acquire effective tools.
“It may sound simple but working strategically with digitalisation is incredibly challenging for individual companies, regardless of industry. Having internal consensus, good reasoning, and bringing in external expertise and facilitator support is important for everyone; it is difficult to make a strategic plan by yourself”, says Maria Hansson, Senior Consultant at Solita and one of those responsible for the work on the business architecture.