YIT is the largest Finnish and a significant North European urban developer and construction company with a 2,9 B€ turnover in 2021, employing 7000 people in ten countries. Its goal is to create functional and attractive cities and living environments by building homes, public and commercial buildings as well as infrastructure in a sustainable manner. YIT has been developing living environments for over a century and is constantly developing its way of working to meet and exceed the current criteria for environmental and economic efficiency.
Data is a strategic asset
The amount of data YIT has on all the aspects of construction business and industry is substantial. Managing and utilizing these data assets is essential for YIT to reach its strategic targets. By building a robust foundation of governance and technological capability for data assets, YIT can leverage advanced analytics and create new digital services to outpace the competition and serve both its own team as well as customers even better.
Extensive co-operation from architecture to implementing technical solutions – always delivering value for business
For the past 6 years Solita has been guiding YIT in their path developing master data management and data governance capabilities. A major leap in these has been taken during the last 18 months, as the processes and technologies have been widely renewed. Solita has been involved in all chapters of the story, from identifying the enterprise requirements, forming the development and governance frameworks, designing the end-to-end processes, architectures, and governance structures all the way to implementing and maintaining the technical solutions in the cloud. Business value has been in the core and delivered from the start, widening the solution domain by domain.
In 2021 Solita was categorised as a strategic partner for YIT.
Involving relevant stakeholders in development early on
In the early stages of the latest development initiative, a comprehensive pre-study was carried out to understand business context and data dependencies of most business-critical data assets. This enabled YIT to involve correct stakeholders – such as Finance Experts, Project Managers, Site Managers, and business management – in future developments while making informed prioritisation in their data management roadmap and ensured a successful implementation phase.
For master data management, YIT selected the modern Semarchy xDM platform. Throughout the project, transparent and collaborative data management processes leveraging workflows built on Semarchy xDM platform have provided great user experiences for various user groups. Unnecessary work and miscommunication all around the organisation have reduced significantly and efficiency improvements have become obvious. Solution ensures availability of accurate, complete, and up-to-date data assets for various operative and analytical use cases.
“Keeping this crucial data e.g. on projects’ planned start, finish and warranty dates up to date is a great way to ensure that unnecessary delays or issues due to erroneous information don’t occur during the project. It also helps on practical level: for example, by making sure the purchase invoices are directed to the correct person on time. Despite the fancy term “master data”, it is not a troublesome task – quite the contrary, as it saves time both from myself and from my colleagues due to the decreasing need of having to ask questions to find out the facts”, states YIT’s Site Manager.