Text: Avtar S. Jasser
CEO, CatalystOne Solutions
AF Gruppen, a leading contracting and industrial group with 3000 employees in Norway, Sweden, UK and China, has decided to implement Human Capital Management software from CatalystOne to digitise processes for HR Masterdata Management, Competence, Learning and Performance. AF Gruppen has enjoyed fast growth the last few years and digital HR processes are considered as a must-have to continue the positive trend.
Bård Frydenlund, Executive VP for HR, and Karin Engen, HR Manager, lead a rigorous purchase process to select the right vendor. In addition to functionality and ease-of-use, Karin and Bård were careful in selecting the vendor that has the stamina and drive to be a real long-term partner. Based on earlier experience they know that vendor selection requires more than selecting an IT-system.
Their expectations to the sales people from each vendor were high. The vendor representative needed to display deep competence about own products and real interest in AF Gruppen’s needs. In addition, they wanted to know how capable the vendors were for establishing a real partnership. IT organisation was also involved in the process, especially when it comes to handling HR Masterdata. Efficient and quality processes for handling masterdata are vital for managing access to the whole IT infrastructure of the company.
It was a great pleasure for me to sign the contract with Karin and Bård, and I am very thankful for the two pieces of advice they gave me. Firstly, we should keep on growing the organisation with competent employees with the same customer orientation as we have now. Secondly, we should put even more emphasis on marketing our solution for HR Masterdata since it really stands out in competition, especially when it comes to digitizing the processes that generate and update these data. To me, this advice was a confirmation that we have started a real partnership and not just another customer-vendor relationship. Thank you Bård and Karin for giving me advice on growing our business. I can promise you that the CatalystOne team will work hard to serve AF Gruppen for many years to come!