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Interview: Robert Kaup, CEO TietoEVRY

– The Corporation has recently changed its name to TietoEVRY. How did this come about? What will be different?

Tieto and EVRY are long-established digital services companies, both of which have their origins in the Nordic countries – Tieto in Finland, EVRY in Norway. Both companies share a similar corporate culture and values such as openness, diversity, sustainability and innovation. They also overlapped strongly in terms of content – but hardly in terms of regional presence, especially outside the Nordic countries. This is precisely where a great potential was identified, as customers now benefit both from bundled know-how, synergy effects and a larger number of experts, as well as from a geographically denser and more solid network of local presences. An example of this is the increased capacity provided by nearshore centres, which now enable our customers to realise even large and complex projects more economically and efficiently than before.  

– How important is the company in Austria? How is the customer segment divided up? Where is there future potential?

The Austrian branch has been making a solid, economic contribution to the overall performance of the corporation for 15 years, and the three Austrian locations in Vienna, Linz and Graz are attracting more and more employees – this year we will probably break the 200-person mark. In addition, we have top-class experts in the Austria team who are valued in the cross-border development of digitalization innovations. This gives us a high reputation within the Group. 

In Austria we serve a number of customer segments – in terms of industries, we provide digitalization expertise at the highest level, especially in the manufacturing and process industries, the public sector, the telecommunications and financial services sector and the energy industry. In these areas, we maintain long-term partnerships with renowned customers such as A1, ASFINAG, BAWAG P.S.K. and Mondi.

We recognize a number of potentials in the field of digitalization. This includes the outsourcing of application management, including trend movements such as DevOps and automation. Data management and transformation to cloud solutions is a massive topic that will leave practically no one untouched. Usability and successful customer experience also holds great potential for practically all players in the market – if only because of the constantly increasing demands of users and users, also in the B2B environment.

– What specific products and solutions does TietoEVRY offer? Special recent highlights? 

As a  SAP consulting company that adapts flexibly to individual customer needs and situations, we see the great need for professional support in this area for numerous companies; not least because of the next generation, SAP S/4HANA. Our Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches accompany companies on their way to the actual establishment of agile organizations. As an (integration) partner of major manufacturer brands, TietoEVRY makes the successful roll-out of solutions possible – I can mention Microsoft Azure as well as Office 365, Salesforce and major customer experience providers such as Genesys as examples. Last but not least, we supply dedicated solutions for industrial customers, sometimes in the IoT and mixed reality sectors.

– Keyword digital transformation: What trends and developments do you see in general? What are the short-term and medium-term corporate strategies? 

One particularly challenging development comes to mind spontaneously: the shortage of skilled IT personnel. It will continue to make it necessary for employers to go the extra mile and stand out from the crowd. This can be achieved by means of a modern, agile organizational form that is actually lived, such as the one we have at TietoEVRY. It implies autonomy, meaning and purpose in the daily activities of each member of the company and the creation of an environment that fosters personal growth. What are the companies’ strategies here? I think that many have already recognized the need to become better in this area. Sooner rather than later, time will tell who will win the race for the best professionals.

– You are often in Finland for professional reasons: What positive aspects do you see in the economic relations and cooperation opportunities with Austria? 

Especially regarding the Finnish mentality, I notice various similarities that make the cooperation very uncomplicated and efficient. Like most Austrians, the Finns are very friendly, but not inordinately cordial – authentic, which is something I appreciate very much as an Austrian. In a business sense, I experience the Finns as determined, result-oriented, quality-conscious and service-oriented and – not only for this reason – I enjoy working with them. TietoEVRY is proud of its Nordic roots, among other things because this has allowed us to anchor a natural understanding of innovation in our corporate DNA. Finland is often a pioneer and role model when it comes to technology and digitalization. In my eyes, this is more than just image. 

 About the company

TietoEVRY Austria

As the Austrian subsidiary of the largest Northern European IT service provider TietoEVRY, TietoEVRY Austria combines global resources – consisting of 24,000 employees worldwide – with a local presence through some 200 experts. In addition to its expertise in digitalization, TietoEVRY Austria, itself living an agile organization model, stands out from other IT service providers through its high level of expertise in consulting on organizational development in the course of digital transformation processes. The digitalization expert’s vision is a world in which organizations and their stakeholders make meaningful use of the benefits of digitalization. TietoEVRY’s customers are private and public sector organizations that provide valuable services to a wide range of businesses, consumers and citizens.

About us – Robert Kaup

Robert Kaup, born in Vienna, took over the management of TietoEVRY Austria in May 2019. The experienced digitalization professional has been working in international functions for the IT service provider for 14 years, until he took over the role of Managing Director of the Austria branch after the role of Head of SAP Enterprise Applications at TietoEVRY. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry. 

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Networking Evening „Bestes Bier im Februar“

Our popular networking events aim to provide our members and guests a possibility to network and get to know interesting local and international companies.

The first networking event of the year 2020 was all about the Austrian art of brewing. This time, we had the opportunity to visit the brand new restaurant brewery Stöckl im Park, the sister location of the famous Viennese brewery Salmbräu. Our host was Anne Nikulainen Welledits, the Finnish authorized signatory of both locations.

The evening was opened by the speech of the Ambassador of Finland Pirkko Hämäläinen. Thereafter, the guests got to taste freshly poured beers accompanied by a selection of delicious starters, followed by an exclusive tour in the brewery’s facilities led personally by the CEO Albert Welledits. The brewing equipment is the most modern and ecological of its kind and really fascinating to look at. Mr. Welledits blew the guests away with his high level of expertise and conveyed his knowledge of modern beer production with wit and charm.

The evening was very successful, and around 35 guests participated in the event. The evening was rounded off with a few more Austrian beers: Märzen, Pils, Lager, Zwickl

By |2020-02-28T12:08:56+00:0028.02.2020|0 Comments

EcoTalk Roundtable Discussion 15. October 2019

5G, Digitalisation – the Global Networks

EcoTalk is a shared event format of the Embassy of Finland, FINNCHAM Austria and the Sylvi Kekkonen Foundation.

The evenings are a mixture of discussions over the newest economic trends, musical performances of young Finnish artists, and informal networking.

This time we focused on how 5G and digitalisation are transforming our economic and working environments. The event took place at the residence of the Embassy of Finland.

The evening was opened by the speech of the Ambassador of Finland, Pirkko Hämäläinen. Thereafter, there was a musical performance by the Sylvi Kekkonen foundation scholarship awardees pianist Johannes Piirto and violin player Juho Valtonen.

The panelists of the roundtable discussion were Peter Wukowits (CEO Nokia Österreich), Manfred Immitzer (CEO Porsche Informatik), and Martin Resel (Chief Customer Officer Enterprise, A1 Telekom Austria AG). All three companies have a leading position in the development and implementation of the 5G technology. The moderator was Honorary Consul Ferdinand Auersberg. The discussion was lively, and there was also numerous questions from the audience.

The second part of the musical performance was powerful, yet at the same time emotional.

The evening was rounded up with typical Finnish dishes and drinks, whereby the guests continued with further in-depth discussions.

By |2019-10-23T09:32:16+00:0022.10.2019|0 Comments

Business Update 12.September 2019

On the 12th of September 2019, FINNCHAM Austria opened the autumn season by a Business Update that was organised together with the Embassy of Finland and Business Finland. The event offered the participants a comprehensive overview of the coming events of all three organisations. Around 30 guests and FINNCHAM network members participated in the event.

At the beginning of the evening, the President of FINNCHAM Austria, Johannes Axnix, welcomed the guests and handed the word to Outi Saarikoski, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland. After official greetings, Mrs. Saarikoski gave an informative talk on the activities and responsibilities of the Finnish Embassy in Vienna as well as on the Finnish EU Presidency.

The second presentation was held by Trade Commissioner Werner Merzeder (Business Finland), who presented interesting facts and current statistics on trade between Finland and Austria.

Subsequently, Sanna Sipilä-Axnix, advisor at Business Finland, informed the participants about the events organized by Business Finland in the fall of 2019. Particularly noteworthy: the Vienna Design Week, with Finland as a guest country.

FINNCHAM Austria President Johannes Axnix also provided a compact overview of the forthcoming activities, such as the next economic roundtable “EcoTalk”.

After the presentations, it was time to continue the evening with networking and lively discussions. The guests enjoyed the excellent wines of the Dürnberg vineyard, accompanied by delicious Italian snacks and sweets.

FINNCHAM Austria is looking forward to seeing you soon at one of our next events!

By |2019-09-24T23:42:39+00:0022.09.2019|0 Comments

50 Years of Economic Relations between Finland and Austria


Through the ages

50 Years of Economic Relations between Finland and Austria

Over 100 guests participated in our big anniversary party on the 6th of June 2019. The event took place in the beautiful Weingut am Reisenberg in Grinzing, high above the hills of Vienna.

The event was officially opened by the Ambassador H.E. Pirkko Hämäläinen. Thereafter followed an exciting speech „Finland’s economy in the change of time“. The speech was given by none other than the Chairman of the Board of Business Finland, Pertti Korhonen.

The next highlight of the evening was the panel discussion. The panel was led by KURIER editor-in-chief Helmut Brandstätter, as leaders from Finnish companies in Austria passionately discussed the following themes: Technology & Innovation, Education, general trends, as well as differences in mentality in the daily business.

The performance of soprano Emilia Vesalainen-Pellas (piano: Esa Ylönen) was very emotional. She captured her audience with a combination of her light appearance and the unbelievable strength of her voice and its precision. The performance of Vesalainen-Pellas and Ylönen culminated in the Finnish national anthem — during which none of the guests could sit still.

Also the musicians of Duo Sattuma should definitely be mentioned. Duo Sattuma provided the guests an interesting repertoire, which was a mixture folk and classical music, throughout the evening.

After midnight there was also an after party in the cocktail bar “The Sign”.



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Company Presentation Metso Austria am 25.4.2019

Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources. Metso is headquartered in Finland, and the company plays an important role also for the industry in Austria. On the 25th of April, an exciting company presentation evening was hosted by Metso Austria for the FINNCHAM network members and guests in Vienna-Erdberg.

After the welcoming words by Johannes Axnix, President of FINNCHAM Austria, the evening was officially opened by the welcome speech of Pirkko Hämäläinen, the Ambassador of Finland. Ambassador Hämäläinen has been in office since January 2019, and it was a great pleasure for FINNCHAM network members to meet her personally at the event.

Subsequently, there were highly interesting presentations about Metso and its products and services. Maria Panwinkler, Managing Director of Metso Austria, gave a comprehensive overview of the mission and history of the entire Metso Group, including highlights on the company’s strategic focus areas. Thomas Wagner, Regional Sales and Service Manager, presented Metso’s mineral business. Especially fascinating were the video demonstrations of the milling and processing equipment of waste from construction and industry. The last presentation was held by sales manager Max Wandl. The participants learned exciting details about the variety of industrial valves and their different uses.

After the presentations it was time for networking and snacks from a delicious buffet, and the evening continued with intensive discussions.

FINNCHAM Austria would like to thank Metso Austria for this great and informative event!

By |2019-04-29T18:12:59+00:0029.04.2019|0 Comments

Company Presentation – TPA March 20th 2019

On 20.3.2019, FINNCHAM Austria had the pleasure of starting the spring season by organising a company presentation evening at the leading tax advisory and auditing company TPA. The guests were invited to the modern premises of the TPA headquarters in Vienna’s Praterstraße. The content of the program was specifically tailored for the international FINNCHAM network.

The evening started with greetings from Tuula Nidetzky, who has during the years been tightly involved in shaping the development of TPA together with her husband. An introduction to the event was also given by Johannes Axnix, President of FINNCHAM Austria, after which the evening was officially opened by the welcome speech of Outi Saarikoski, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland. Thereafter, the program continued with exciting lectures on tax and economic topics by the TPA experts Dieter Pock, Wolfgang Höfle, Monika Seywald and Monika Schuster-Kivalo.

The topics of the evening were without a doubt relevant to each of the participants, as the program contained useful tips for both business leaders and expats. After the presentations, the guests continued more detailed discussions on tax-relevant questions, and the evening ended with networking by snack and drinks.

FINNCHAM Austria would like to thank TPA for hosting this informative evening!

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EcoTalk Nov 13th 2018

EcoTalk is a joint event format of the Finnish Embassy, FINNCHAM Austria and Sylvi Kekkonen Foundation.

The topic of the second EcoTalk of the year 2018 was “Disruption or Transformation? – how strategic changes accelerate industrial digitalization”. The event was organised on November 13 2018 at the residence of the Finnish Ambassador.

The members of the roundtable discussion represented both Finnish and Austrian companies: Sabine Lutz (Regional Sales Manager Europe, Nokia), Manfred Heger (Innovation & Portfolio Manager, Wienerberger) and Christian Hofmann (Topic Owner Industrie, Manufacturing u. Forstwirtschaft, Tieto). All three leaders not only discussed new trends and technologies, but also presented concrete examples of new, innovative products and business opportunities. As the moderator of the roundtable discussion functioned honorary consul Ferdinand E. Auersperg. The topic raised plenty of interest among the audience, and the panel members got numerous questions and suggestions. The exceptional atmosphere of the evening was accentuated by the lively musical performances of the pianist Johannes Piirto.

The event was closed in the early evening by informal networking and wonderful discussions, enjoying delicious canapes and drinks.

By |2018-11-27T19:22:33+00:0027.11.2018|0 Comments

Company Presentation – Pöyry Austria 17.10.2018

On 17 October 2018 the members of FINNCHAM Austria visited Pöyry Austria, the Austrian subsidiary of the Finnish company Pöyry.

Pöyry provides intelligent and sustainable consulting and engineering solutions for the energy- industry- and infrastructure sectors. The service portfolio of Pöyry covers management consulting, as well as the entire project cycle from project planning and implementation to plant operation support. One of the main focus areas of Pöyry Austria is the international hydro consulting and water management. The services related to digitalisation, adjusting to the climate change as well as resource efficiency have an increasing importance in the field.

The evening began with the welcome speech of Hannu Kyröläinen, Ambassador of Finland. Thereafter Thomas Kriesch, the CEO of Pöyry Austria, gave a highly interesting presentation about the history, mission and current project landscape of the company. Pöyry manages an impressive project portfolio around the globe, and Ernst Zeller (Prokurist, Head of Hydro / Global Head Marketing and Sales Hydropower and Renewables) and Martin Fuchs (Head of Hydro Consulting) gave the guests a deeper insight into the topic in their inspiring presentations. It was particularly interesting for the participants to hear, how Pöyry helps its customers to manage challenges that are caused for example by the climate change.

Afterwards the guests had an opportunity for networking – and so ended the evening with intensive discussions, drinks and a buffet.

By |2018-10-30T11:54:02+00:0029.10.2018|0 Comments
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