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Digital bridge builders: 6 examples of digital change that focus on business rather than technology

NNIT Digital Together has helped six widely different organizations to tackle the rapid advances in technological development by incorporating new technologies such as IoT and artificial intelligence.  

As new formidable technologies emerge at an ever-increasing pace, tensions have appeared in the way companies and organizations implement digital tools and services. Previously, it was the IT department that took the initiative to introduce new technology, but knowledge of new digital options has become far more widespread, and decisions are now also taken in other parts of the business. Today, the use of digital services has been extended across the entire value chain, and there is a huge pressure to take advantage of new opportunities before competitors do. 

Digital engineer troops

This development has created a new demand for an alternative approach to digital change; an approach where different players work together quickly and flexibly to try out new opportunities based on specific business needs. This led NNIT to set up Digital Together. 

Digital Together has the task of functioning as digital engineer troops, who can quickly move in and build bridges between all the necessary competencies – both internally and externally – on behalf of the organization.

– NNIT Digital Together is both a business unit and an ecosystem that brings together our customers, business partners and NNIT. We establish connections between business consultancy, technology development and user experience so our customers can move ahead quickly in digital change and evaluate how new technologies can support their business, says Thomas Schjødt, Director of NNIT Digital Together.

License to fail

The creation of Digital Together supplements NNIT's traditional focus on reliable and well-proven enterprise solutions. Here, there is greater opportunity to experiment, make mistakes along the way, and head off in new directions if the original idea doesn’t turn out to be viable.

– A large part of NNIT's business is centered around delivering solid and well-documented solutions that are subsequently supported and run on an infrastructure. In Digital Together, however, our task is to identify the customer's needs, develop a proof of concept, and guide the iterative process all the way to a ready-to-use product that can eventually become an enterprise solution. Because of this, we insist that customers are heavily involved from start to finish, Thomas Schjødt says. 

Changing digitally together – 6 strong examples

A variety of organizations already use NNIT Digital Together as a catalyst for their digital change.

When natural disasters or conflicts trigger a need for humanitarian aid, even a few hours can mean the difference between life and death. A European emergency relief organization has asked NNIT Digital Together to help shape a digital strategy that enables them to respond faster and deliver more relief for less money. By incorporating new digital tools, the organization will get a better overview of its available resources and can quickly bring the right combinations of manpower and equipment into play when responding to a crisis. The strategy will also reveal how the organization can use these digital tools to spread awareness of its activities and ensure continuing financial contributions and support. NNIT Digital Together is acting as a partner throughout the entire strategy process; including workshops, interviews, application optimization, and proof of concept development.

Service and maintenance of baggage handling systems, air conditioning and other mechanical systems constitutes a major expense in airport operations. One European airport, in an attempt to reduce such costs, enlisted the help of NNIT Digital Together in experiments with IoT sensors and Machine Learning. Instead of performing all maintenance at scheduled intervals, Machine Learning algorithms now calculate when filters and other components will fail. Sensors on the A/C systems capture and transmit information such as air quality, temperature and vibrations, which are then analyzed in the cloud. This can both prevent unforeseen breakdowns and extend the life of equipment that would otherwise be replaced. NNIT Digital Together was involved in developing the design and producing the necessary prototypes to test the solution.

In the pharmacy industry, the spread of colds, flu and other diseases has literally had a contagious effect on sales. By bringing real-time reporting of sales data from pharmacies into a single app, NNIT Digital Together has provided staff in several European pharmacies with information that can be used to anticipate customer needs and support upselling. If other pharmacies, for example, report increasing sales of cold medication, employees can then order additional supplies or focus on preventive or complementary products when talking to customers. NNIT assisted the client during the innovative process of development, designed a Minimum Viable Product, and took this solution forward to the finished system, which is now up and running.

In order to be able to identify promising investment opportunities more quickly, a European research fund purchased access to a large database of patents. However, it requires numerous man-hours to keep watch of the more than 90,000 different patents and evaluate which of them has the right potential for further investment. As a result, NNIT Digital Together was called in to help develop a data model to evaluate strategically important information for each patent using Machine Learning. The algorithm will be able to carry out basic filtering and more effectively identify the patents that best match the fund's profile. 


A digital development lab in a large European company needed to strengthen cooperation between its different divisions. The lab, which develops different apps and digital tools, was spread across different physical locations in Europe, and there was a need to optimize productivity, collaboration and exchange of new ideas. In particular, there was a need to ensure progress in joint projects and to support the successful marketing and implementation of the finished products throughout the whole organization. Using virtual collaboration tools such as Microsoft Windows 10, Office 365 and the Sway Presentation Tool, NNIT Digital Together created a framework that was able to provide better support for digital collaboration. Digital Together helped with initiatives such as facilitating workshops, setting up of team channels and flows, and rolling out the finished solutions.

The introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) technology has provided researchers with groundbreaking opportunities for the collection of patient data in real-time clinical studies. It is not only quicker and more valid than manual collection, but it is also far less invasive on the daily lives of patients. For example, an elderly woman participating in a clinical study of cardiac medicine may need to have an ECG in the hospital every second day. Instead of having to take these frequent and inconvenient trips, she can instead be equipped with IoT measuring equipment that continuously monitors her heartbeat and generates ongoing ECGs, which are sent via her mobile phone for analysis. However, the regulatory requirements for clinical IoT equipment are currently high. NNIT Digital Together has therefore developed a validated streaming platform that can handle end-to-end data streaming between IoT devices and data management systems. This will ensure that the collection, storage and analysis of this data takes place in a secure and responsible manner, and in a way that complies with the comprehensive legislative requirements.

Should we work together to make your digital ambitions come true?

No matter which part of your business needs digital change, NNIT Digital Together is ready to guide you from the early development of ideas to the ready-to-go solution. 

Please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion about your options



Thomas Schjødttmsc@nnit.comDirector Schjødt



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