Grothbolagen takes the next step in the digitalization journey with WeSafe

Grothbolagen is a group of companies active in land contracting, health, real estate and development, all of which work to contribute to the benefit of society in various ways. In connection with a company acquisition, Grothbolagen came into contact with WeSafe, which is now an important cog in the work towards increased digitization throughout the company group.

Grothbolagen

Former IT partner lost momentum after buyout

Carl Groth and his wife Lillemor Groth are the founders of Grothbolagen. After selling a previous company, they decided to do more of what they are really passionate about - helping companies develop and modernize. Carl explains:

- We acquire companies in mature industries where expertise is high and they are good at what they do, but where there is a need for modernization. Here we can contribute with our knowledge of development and leadership, while at the same time the companies can continue to run their core business under their own management. The companies retain their names and they run the operations, but we provide support in those areas that may be a little neglected - IT and communications, for example.

For a long time, the Groth companies had a well-functioning collaboration with an IT partner. But since they were acquired by a much larger IT company, Carl felt that much of what they previously thought was so positive disappeared.

Everything became so complicated, big and also expensive. It went from being a group that we actually knew and had worked with for many years, to new contacts and contact routes being added all the time. Many people we had appreciated having contact with also chose to leave the company. The service was negatively affected and at the same time prices rose.

"WeSafe is available in a way that makes us feel confident that there is always someone to help us if something goes wrong - they act quickly when something unforeseen happens."

- Carl Groth, founder of the Groth companies

More effective communication creates the right conditions for shared values

When Grothbolagen acquired the company Park & Vatten, Carl was recommended to contact WeSafe. Park & Vatten had used WeSafe for a long time and were very satisfied with the cooperation. A dialog was initiated and after initial discussions, Grothbolagen chose WeSafe as a supplier for the implementation of Azure Virtual Desktop for access to the company group's various business systems. However, they quickly realized that this was just the beginning and a collaboration for increased coordination of the companies' communication was initiated. For this work, Microsoft Teams is the starting point. Carl explains:

- Our companies are very production-oriented and softer values are therefore overlooked; how you appear as a company, what you stand for and which customers you want to work with, for example. For us at Grothbolagen, however, it is important that our values, which are largely characterized by contributing to social improvement in various ways, permeate our activities. To convey this message, we must find ways to make all companies feel part of the family we have created. Teams will be a central point from which we can do this.

Common structure for cross-company cooperation

Together with WeSafe, a common internal communication structure in Teams has been built for all companies. This helps to ensure that information can be easily communicated in the various operations and that communication and administration are coordinated and become more efficient. Carl again:

- Within each company, the different departments have their own communication channels - one for finance, one for communication, one for business development and so on. This allows us to use the same structure for all companies and makes it easier to take part in ongoing discussions. Although the companies do very different things in their respective areas of activity, they still face the same challenges - personnel issues, customer issues, coordination, market presence, contact with the authorities, etc. The exchange is therefore very rewarding. In addition, the work in Teams becomes more efficient and creates synergies. Instead of each company having its own resources for finance and administration, a few employees can handle the work for all operations. It also makes it easier to collaborate and exchange knowledge with each other across company boundaries, in roles that could previously be quite lonely.

 

"Some IT suppliers you meet are so technical in their approach and the distance to the staff in our companies is so great that they end up speaking completely different languages. WeSafe puts the conversation at the right level and is at the same time friendly, humble, forward and knowledgeable."

- Carl Groth, Founder of Grothbolagen

 

Towards digitalization - step by step

Although the cooperation with WeSafe is based on the work with IT solutions, Carl wants to highlight the spirit that WeSafe brings to the table:

- WeSafe is available in a way that makes us feel confident that there is always someone who can help us if something goes wrong - they act quickly when something unforeseen happens. I also feel that they are very professional in their dealings with our companies and that they thus become an extended arm of the Groth companies. They reinforce what we want to stand for and in the meeting with newly acquired companies, where they explain how we work with digitization, they help to create a positive image of us in general. Some IT suppliers you meet are so technical in their approach and the distance to the staff in our companies is so great that they end up speaking completely different languages. WeSafe puts the conversation at the right level and is at the same time friendly, humble, forward and knowledgeable.

Carl sees the implementation of Teams as one of many steps on the journey towards digitalization and points out that this is just the beginning. He concludes:

- There is so much functionality included in the Microsoft licenses you already have and it is a very small part of what you use. Being able to participate in the webinars that WeSafe holds to learn more is a good starting point to then discuss further what would be suitable for us to do next. Step by step, this is how we move forward on our digitalization journey. An ongoing work that never really ends and that allows us to constantly develop and improve.

Written by:

Sofia Hägerklint

Marketing Manager

040 - 626 75 08 sofia.hagerklint@upheads.se
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