Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 10 - Page 13

Scania and Stockholm School of Economics in new partnership Infosys to acquire largest Salesforce consulting partner in Nordic region S cania, a leader in commercial automobile manufacturing, will contribute to a new research centre at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) over the next 10 years. The collaboration will focus on business models for the future transport ecosystem. “Scania is a technology-driven company and as such, we are very successful. Both the industry and the transport sector are facing big changes and future technology will create totally new business models within the ecosystem that Scania, its customers and partners operate. That perspective will be the focus of our partnership with Stockholm School of Economics,” said Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania. The research centre, which will be named Scania Center of Innovation and Operational Excellence, will be run by Associate Professor, Martin Sköld. Along with other researchers, Sköld will work with matters connected to the ecosystem of the transport and logistics business. “The new centre will provide a considerable addition to our research and education in innovation. Scania’s engagement and its insightful approach regarding innovation in manufacturing and industrial ecosystems make it an ideal partner for us,” said Lars Strannegård, President at Stockholm School of Economics. The new research centre will be part of SSE’s institution for innovation, which also encompasses other research centres that focus on entrepreneurship, innovative and sustainable management control and digital innovation. Scania will also be represented in the institution’s advisory board. I nfosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fluido, a leading Salesforce adviser and consulting partner in the Nordic region and a recognised leader in cloud consulting, implementation and training services. Executing on its strategy to help clients navigate the next step in their Digital Transformation journey, this acquisition strengthens Infosys’ position as a leading Salesforce enterprise cloud services provider and enhances its ability to provide clients an unparalleled cloud-first transformation. Fluido, is one of the largest and longest tenured independent Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partners in Europe and an Authorized Salesforce Training Delivery partner in the Nordics. Fluido brings to Infosys globally recognised Salesforce expertise, alongside a world-class agile delivery process that simultaneously simplifies and scales digital efforts across channels and touchpoints. With offices in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Slovakia, Fluido elevates Infosys’ presence across the Nordic region with developed assets and deep client relationships. Ravi Kumar, President and Deputy COO, Infosys, said: “Fluido will be an important addition to the Infosys family, bringing a unique combination of market presence, deep salesforce expertise, agile delivery and training that, combined with our existing capabilities, will help companies re-imagine and transform their businesses.” Fluido Founder and CEO, Kai Mäkelä, added: “Over the past eight years, Fluido customers have seen tremendous success as the scope of our Salesforce deliveries have grown. With Infosys, we will now be able to provide truly global scalable services while maintaining the close relationship with our customers.” “Both Fluido and Infosys are important partners in the Salesforce ecosystem that are each driving outstanding customer experiences by utilising the world’s leading CRM platform,” said Tyler Prince, EVP, Industries and Partners, Salesforce. “Together, their combined expertise will further drive our customer’s Digital Transformations across industries in the Nordics and European market.” INTELLIGENTCIO 13