7.05.2019 / News Team

Helsingistä lähtöisin oleva digitalisaation pioneeri Bilot Consulting Oy kasvaa monella rintamalla. Vuoden alussa yhtiö ennusti kasvukseen noin 20-25% vuonna 2019, mikä tarkoittaa merkittävää rekrytointitarvetta yhtiön tarjoaman kaikille alueille ja kaikissa toimipisteissä Helsingissä, Jyväskylässä, Varsovassa, Poznanissa ja Tukholmassa.

Kasvuvauhti on ollut ennustetta reippaampaa. Bilotin ensimmäisen kvartaalin kasvu verrattuna vuoden takaiseen on 37%. Puolan liiketoiminta on tukevassa 90% kasvussa. Aiempi ennuste koko vuoden kasvutavoitteesta on pitämässä. Yhtiö kasvaa toiminnan kaikilla osa-alueilla, ja erityisen voimakkaasti myynnin johtamisen ja verkkokaupparatkaisujen toimitusten osalta.

Bilotin toimitusjohtaja Mika Tanner uskoo kasvun olevan merkki siitä, että asiakkaat valmistautuvat hitaamman kasvun aikaan investoimalla myynnin digitalisaatioon ja entistä kehittyneempään tiedolla johtamiseen.

”Bilotilla nämä alueet ovat olleet jo pitkään voimakkaassa kasvussa ja laajan asiakaskunnan nojalla tästä voi päätellä, että kyse on laajemmasta pitkäaikaisesta trendistä. Lisäksi asiakkaat ovat alkaneet omaksua, miten koneoppimisen ratkaisut voivat tuoda kiinnostavia uusia kyvykkyyksiä kohtuullisen pienin investoinnein.”

Bilotin ja Louhian viimevuotinen fuusio vankisti yhtiön asemaa tiedolla johtamisen konsultoinnin sekä koneoppimisen mahdollistaman preskriptiivisen analytiikan alueilla. Viimekeväinen BilotGO.ai -käänteinen tekoälyhackathon saa tänä vuonna myös jatkoa. Viime vuonna kisassa oli mukana KONE, Altia, Raisio ja Reima, ja lopputuloksina oli käyttönottovalmiita ratkaisuja mm. hintajouston ennustamiseen ja teollisen konenäön käyttämiseen.

Kuluneen 12 kuukauden aikana Bilotilla on aloittanut 35 uutta työntekijää ja tämän vuoden tähtäimessä on palkata yhteensä kolmisenkymmentä lisää. Tannerin mukaan kasvun suurin hidaste on hyvien huippuosaajien löytäminen.

”Tehtävä ei ole helppo, ottaen huomioon kovat osaamisvaatimuksemme, toivotun yhteensopivuuden organisaatiokulttuurin kanssa, korkea työmoraalinormit ja oletuksen iloisen röyhkeästä ’can-do’ asenteesta. Junioriohjelma auttaa jonkin verran, kuin myös se, että meillä on erinomainen rekrytiimi ja vähäinen vaihtuvuus.”

Bilot avasi vuoden vaihteessa toimiston Tukholmaan ja keskittyy Ruotsissa tällä hetkellä rakentamaan ydintiimiä ja käynnistämään ensimmäisiä paikallisia asiakasprojekteja. Kesäkuun alkuun mennessä Suomen molemmat toimipisteet ovat muuttaneet isompiin tiloihin ja Puolassa toiminta on laajentunut Poznanin lisäksi Varsovaan.

 

Yhteystiedot:

Bilot Consulting Oy
Mika Tanner, Toimitusjohtaja, 040 544 0477
mika.tanner@bilot.fi

Bilot on itsenäinen, luova ja aidosti asiakaskeskeinen ohjelmistoasiantuntijapalveluyhtiö Suomesta. Vuonna 2005 perustettu työntekijöidensä omistama kasvuyritys toteuttaa asiakkailleen liiketoimintakriittisiä digitaalisia myynnin johtamisen, verkkokauppaliiketoiminnan ja markkinoinnin kokonaisratkaisuja sekä näihin liittyvää tiedolla johtamista, analytiikkaa ja koneoppimis-/tekoälyratkaisuja. Bilot tunnetaan kyvystään tunnistaa toimialan merkittävimmät innovaatiot sekä kyvystään jalkauttaa ne käytännön liiketoimintaan laadusta tinkimättä. Yrityksen toimipisteet sijaitsevat Helsingissä, Jyväskylässä, Tukholmassa sekä Puolan Poznanissa ja Varsovassa. Yrityksen liikevaihto on noin 17 miljoonaa euroa ja yhtiössä työskentelee reilut 150 alansa huippuammattilaista.


25.01.2019 / Mikko Koljonen

“O’boy” – the feeling I had when we finally made the decision at Bilot to take our next step on the path of international growth and set up a subsidiary in Sweden. During 2018, I was lucky to be involved in the team laying the foundation for the expansion, including countless trips to Sweden and finally the decision about the expansion last autumn. Growth being part of our DNA I, had been very much awaiting the next chapter in our growth story, after the first international experiences from Poland.

Our decision to start building our own presence in Sweden was merely a thing just waiting to happen, as Sweden was seen as an obvious target country already some years back when we made our first assessments about international growth. However, Poland was chosen as the location of our very first international subsidiary, and Sweden’s turn was to be later. During 2018, we saw that the momentum for our Swedish market entry was “now or never”, as there was clearly a blank space in the market for a company like Bilot. Hence it was time to repeat our previous success in Finland and in Poland.

It has been great to see in Finland and Poland how being part of the ramp-up of a new subsidiary in a new market enables you to influence how things will shape up. During the ramp-up, you see the concrete results of your work on a daily basis, which I must say is very rewarding and energizing.

So here we go again! Now it is time to repeat our success in Sweden. Having been welcomed by customers and partners alike I believe that Mathias Hjelt – our newly appointed Country Manager – and his team Sverige (supported closely by our amazing teams in Finland and Poland) are on a path to resounding success.

Heja Sverige!

PS: Being part of such a growth story is an amazing privilege that many can only dream of. Would you like to join our journey? We are currently hiring a Business Developer, Technical Architect, Presales/Lead Consultants, and Developers in Stockholm.

Or, if Sweden isn’t in your neighborhood, check out our open positions in Finland and Poland.


19.10.2018 / Heini Karjala

Olen Bilotilla Energy and Wellbeing Specialist. Monesti kun esittelen itseni, kuulen vastauksena: “Vau mikä titteli”. Kun sitten kerron että mitä työkseni teen, niin usein kommentti on: “Mekin tarvittais tollanen.”

Ihmiset ovat IT-alalla toiminnan ytimessä. Uskon, että tyytyväiset työntekijät ovat tyytyväisten asiakkaiden elinehto. Sitten se haastavampi kysymys: Miten pitää työntekijät tyytyväisenä? Ja mistä tietää, ollaanko meillä Bilotilla tyytyväisiä?

Tänä syksynä järjestimme Bilotilla kyselyn, jossa kartoitimme organisaatiomme toimintatapoja ja mahdollisuuksia itseohjautuvuuden suhteen. Näitä tarkasteltiin yksilön, ryhmän ja koko organisaation tasolla. Kyselyn lopussa oli kysymys: “What should we cherish?” eli “Mitä meidän pitäisi vaalia?” Vastauksina oli muun muassa:

”Positiivinen, kannustava, hyväksyvä, kollegoja arvostava ja rento ilmapiiri”

”HR kuuntelee ja auttaa aktiivisesti”

”Ihmiset ja kulttuuri on parasta ja vietämme myös vapaa-aikaa yhdessä”

Kyselyn perusteella meillä nousivat vahvuuksiksi kulttuuri, joustavuus ja ketteryys, autonomia ja itseohjautuvuus, luottamus ja arvostus, asiakaslähtöisyys ja suorituskyky, ammattimaisuus ja kehittymismahdollisuudet sekä työtyytyväisyys. Siinä se tuli! Työtyyväisyys.
Miten säilytetään työtyytyväisyys? Vastaukseni on: Lisätään onnellisuutta.

Mikä luo onnellisuuden?

Omalta tontiltani katsottuna autan ihmisiä onnistumaan ja kehittymään. Haluankin haastaa ihmisiä miettimään, mikä tekee heistä onnellisia. Onnellisen ihmisen elämään kuuluu muutakin kun vain työtä. Balanssia työn ja vapaa-ajan välille pitää joskus miettiä yhdessä, silloin kun työ imaisee mukaansa liiaksi asti. Onnelliset ihmiset ovat innostuneita toteuttamaan asioita ja halukkaita kehittämään organisaatiota. Tämä on jatkuvuuden ja onnistumisen kannalta ratkaiseva asia. Onnellisuus on sekä järkiperäistä tyytyväisyyttä elämään, että positiivinen tunnetila. Onnellisuuden lisääminen edellyttää, että muuttaa elämäänsä ja sitoutuu päämääriinsä. Onnelliset ihmiset nauttivat työstään ja yhteistyö toisten kanssa sujuu.

Onnellisuus:

  • Lisää innostuneisuutta, energisyyttä ja luovuutta
  • Parantaa yhteistyökykyä ja motivaatiota auttaa muita
  • Vähentää stressiä
  • Lisää sitoutumista päämääriin

Onnellinen ihminen:

  • On muiden mielestä osaava ja ystävällinen
  • Nauttii tekemisestään ja saa paljon aikaan
  • Saa enemmän ystäviä ja kykenee luomaan verkostoja

Hyvinvointia käytännön tasolla

Tärkeä osa työtyyväisyyttä on myös, että ihmisten pyyntöihin reagoidaan. Toteutankin Bilotilla erilaisia työntekijöiden palvelupyyntöjä ja toimin sanansaattajana. Pyrimme PeopleOps-tiimimme kanssa paperin pyörityksen sijasta auttamaan, tukemaan ja reagoimaan.

Tehtäviini kuuluu myös hoitaa työsuhteen elinkaareen liittyviä asioita, kuten lounas- ja virike-etuja. Toimin myös yhteyshenkilönä työterveyshuoltoomme ja työeläkeyhtiöön ja olen Bilotin työsuojeluvaltuutettu. Organisoin myös erilaisia tapahtumia ja hoidan lisäksi toimiston juoksevia asioita. Ja, koska fyysinen hyvinvointi on tärkeä osa kokonaisvaltaista hyvinvointia ja koska olen koulutukseltani myös Personal Trainer, järjestän meillä säännöllisesti aamutreenejä, venyttelyhetkiä ja hengähdystaukoja. Nämä nousivatkin toimintatapoja koskevassa kyselyssämme myös yhdeksi tärkeäksi asiaksi, jota meidän pitäisi vaalia.

Tänä vuonna osallistuimme Tough Viking-tapahtumaan, jonka innoittamana aloimme jo miettimään seuraavaa tapahtumaa. Kilpailuhenkisyydestä kun meillä ei ole pulaa 😉

Koen, että työni on merkityksellistä, ja olen onnellisempi työelämässä kuin koskaan ennen. Saan olla rakentamassa uutta kulttuuria ja vaikuttaa siihen, mitä meillä tehdään HR-vinkkelistä katsottuna. Välittäminen ja empattisuus on minulle sisäsyntyistä, ja nämä auttavatkin havainnoimaan tilanteita toisten ihmisten näkökulmasta. Koen olevani etuoikeutettu auttamaan ihmisiä huomaamaan, että “nyt sulla menee vähän liian lujaa”, tai kysymään vain: “Mitä sulle kuuluu?”

Kovien tavoitteiden saavuttamiseen vaaditaan myös pehmeää puolta.

Bongasin Talouselämän sivuilta 10 ohjetta onnellisuuteen. Lue lisää täältä!


24.09.2018 / Kalle Anttila

I’ve worked part-time for some time now. Helps tremendously when you want to spend some time with your children so they can start easy with daycare. It is easy to mark the days you are out of office to your MS Office calendar. However, using the calendar “out of office” events does not activate the autoreply feature.

I remember some things and some things I do not. 90% of the time I forget to activate the autoreply for these individual days (1-2 times a week).

Then I realized this is a task easily automated. Microsoft Flow licences usually come with the Office package and this is the tool to automate your tasks. So let’s get to business and login to flow.microsoft.com, and create our new flow. There are a lot of templates available, but no matches for what I want to do so let’s start from scratch.

Step 1: Start the flow

First I need to select the trigger; how the flow gets started. Let’s use “Schedule –recurrence” type of trigger and configure that to be started once a day, sometime early to be activated early enough. On contrast to logic apps, runs cost nothing, so run as often as you like, but I am fine with once a day.

microsoft flow start the flow

Step 2: Check your existing out-of-office [added 2019-04-05]

If I am away for a longer period (such as summer vacation) I usually do remember to add a well formatted message for everyone as my out-of-office message. And with this flow, we do not wish to overwrite that. This can be easily achieved with two actions:

i) Adding “Get mail tips for a mailbox” action for my own mailbox

ii) use simple condition “@empty(body(‘Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox’)?[‘AutomaticReplies’]?[‘Message’])” to branch the processing into going forward (“yes”) and do nothing (“no”)

Thank you Ivan Dretvic (Australia) for showing me the light on this. Missing this step used to be a known issue with my flow but now it is perfect 🙂

 

Step 3: Check your calendar events

Then I need to check my calendar events. So I add action “Office 365 Outlook – Get Events (V2)”. Note the “events” there is also one for “event” for getting a single action, but I am not interested in the details.

microsoft flow check calendar events

Ok, a lot of options here.

Calendar id:

I’ll just use my default calendar (which shows automatically on the list as I logged in to flow.microsoft.com using my company AD login).

Filter Query:

So I want to have all the all-day events for today. But I need also to consider the type of the event; I want only the ones marked as “Busy” or “Out of office” on my calendar. As I am interested only on events for today I’ll search for ones already started and not yet finished (works fine for all-day events).

It takes a bit of googling to find out the correct variables and values but it only took me 10 minutes to get to this:

(start le @{utcNow()} and end ge  @{utcNow()} and isAllDay eq true and (showAs eq ‘Oof’ or showAs eq ‘Busy’))

We do not need to order the results, we are satisfied to find a single result, so let’s use 1 as top count.

Step 4: Update your out-of office

Then the final step.

Naturally I only want to activate the replies if there there was an event returned from the previous step. I could use a condition here, but I do not actually need the “no” branch at all so, I’ll use “apply to each”. There is also less clicking to do J.

I’ll use the values from previous step as the input for the loop and add action “Office 365 Outlook – Set up automatic replies” within the loop:

microsoft flow update your out-of-office

Again, some things to configure. I’ll use the scheduled option as I want only to use the automatic replies for the current day (the next run tomorrow will take care of that day).

I want to start the out of office immediately so I’ll add expression utcNow().

I’ll just keep this on for the end of day. There are probably many ways to get this but I’m using expression:

formatDateTime(addDays(utcNow(),1),’yyyy-MM-dd’)

After setting up the reply messages (I could create a stylish message using html, but I’m not going there), I can test this with the “Test” button on top right corner. When testing I encourage to keep in mind that this actually does update the behaviour of out-of-office. Do not start testing with external audience before you know it works.

However; with the above I can only send a message that I am unavailable. I cannot tell people when I will be available. I could make a guess based on the event properties, but that would only be a guess.

Improvement: Dynamic reply with the date you will be available

As there is no ready action for getting the next available time we need to be a bit more creative. First, let’s create some variables, I need to use the “Initialize variable” action on the bottom level, so I’ll just initialize these after the trigger.

ReservedDays, integer, set as 1

SlotFound, Boolean, set as false

searchDate, string

Then what I need is a “Do until” loop just before the setting of automatic replies, still within the apply to each.

Basically I need to check the events again, this time for the coming days. But, I need to consider also the weekends, I will not be available then for business.

Without going into every detail, here is the new content for the original “apply to each” loop:

microsoft flow dynamic reply with date you will be available

 

A few tips however

This time I am interested in days where there are no events, so we can use the length of the value list as condition.

length(body('FutureAvailabilitySearch')?['value'])

 

The condition to check if the currently processed date is part of the weekend is

or(equals(dayOfWeek(variables('searchDate')), 6), equals(dayOfWeek(variables('searchDate')), 0))

 

(6=Saturday, 0=Sunday)

Thirdly, the first available date can be set on the final step using (note Finnish date format)

formatDateTime(addDays(utcNow(),variables('ReservedDays')),'dd-MM-yyyy')

 

Note that the “increment variable” action for adding day to search date must be on both “If no” branches (other one not visible on diagram).


26.06.2017 / Eveliina Vauhkonen

When the rest of the Finland is waiting for a heat wave, health wave has approached Bilot City. During the year we have reported mysterious activation among Bilots. First we had just floorball every Tuesday, Autumn Cooper test, running contests and occasional who lose more weight competitions but since it has spread tremendously.

It might have started with planking competition on the halls of Bilot City. Our own Office Coordinator/Personal trainer Heini Karjala started to organize wellbeing mornings every now and then giving tips to the fellow colleagues.

Bilot - We Sport For More. Healthwave is here to stay.

First brave ones took part for Firstbeat measurement to check their health status and getting valuable & personal information from our occupational health psychologist. More and more people have been seen taken stairs all the way up to 8th floor instead of elevator. Additionally, May-June Bilots have directed their nose to Hietsu to do some heavy outdoor training – not once but every week. Cycling and Mountain biking have raised as one of the most popular topics on coffee table discussions.

Not even talking about activities people have on their free time schedules: sailing, canoeing, rowing, swimming, climbing, running, gym, acrobatics, dancing just to name a few.

Bilot Nuts

Mr Ice cream keeps us sweet and cool

The healthy habits isn’t ending for sports activities. Consumption of cookies has decreased and Nutly delivery every two weeks has taken space over the cookie jars. (According to unofficial survey, the Organic Mango is definitely one of the favorites) Though not to go too extreme, we luckily we have our own ice cream delivery guy, Vesa “ice cream” Niininen, who keeps the citizens sweet and cool.

Creative sleepers

For us in HR this is music to ears that people are more and more aware of their health and healthy habits also spread around the organization. Regular daily physical activity has many benefits: It lowers risk of heart diseases (WHO.int: Physical Activity and Adults), diabetes, high blood pressure, controls stress and even improves creativity (Frontiersin.org: The impact of physical exercise on convergent and divergent thinking) and sleep. Our job as an employer is to enable healthy choices to be permanent and easy part of work-life balance for each.

We encourage that with standing tables, multi-space office, lunch vouchers and breaks, flexible working hours and remote work opportunity to name a few. Our next project is “meeting room Gym” to encourage people to exercise during the day too. Let’s see how creative we get then!

Heat wave is very temporary (even very random), health wave is here to stay!


13.06.2017 / Mika Tanner

There is a kinship with purpose and intrinsic motivation which merits looking into if you haven’t already. You might want to check out what e.g. Frank Martela has to say about it: “Intrinsic motivation is needed to genuinely excite the employee of his/her job and to his/her utmost”

Intoxicating intrinsic motivation

Often a night, a fellow bilot is wide awake making sure that a customer’s system go-live runs smoothly. This is common practice in IT, and just recently again, a colleague stepped up and spent an unplanned ‘nuit-blanche’ because the customer’s ‘trusted advisor’ choked. It is not the occupational heroism that turns me on, it is the attitude and professionalism and intrinsic motivation which is so intoxicating.

A perfectly justified modus operando could have been just to let it be and have the accountable party walk into the fan. That would have meant leaving the joint customer out to dry and perhaps waiting for the mayday call and then rescuing the situation and finally getting praised. That would been the demeanor of someone who is extrinsically motivated.

“Motivation is about how to move oneself and others to act”

Intrinsic motivation is not a rare driver in people, quite the opposite. Intrinsic motivation is also rewarding but the reward is on an internal positive emotional level. As a very elementary and primal reward, any activity which generates a sensation of joy and fulfillment means intrinsic motivation is involved. In a professional context, such rewards are often sense of purpose and meaning, sense of progress and sense of competence.

intoxicating intrinsic motivation Bilot

Intrinsic motivation is nuclear energy

It is important to understand the differences of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and their association with purpose. Based on years of employee satisfaction survey data, we know that working on the latest technologies, cracking the toughest nuts and learning in the coolest projects is what drives our experts’. Being recognized and praised builds into the overall satisfaction, but the intrinsic motivation is the nuclear energy that helps get through the less rewarding patches.

At the helm of a growing expert organization, I often find myself in awe with these demonstrations of intrinsically motivated people. They are the essence of standing for more. There is a lot of bending backwards to getting things done, burning the midnight oil learning new stuff or safeguarding the customer or putting aside ones’ own work to help a fellow bilot out of the rut.

Latest blog posts by Mika Tanner:

On purpose
Transformation or digital transformation?
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8.06.2017 / Jyrki Turunen

Much like Bilbo Baggins at the start of his rather colourful journey to a certain socially-limited landmass in The Hobbit (featured picture a screenshot of the movie), I jumped onboard the Bilot ship at the start of April full of enthusiasm and excitement. I had just graduated from Tampere University of Technology with a fresh Master’s Degree in information technology three days prior, so the transition to “officially being an adult” couldn’t have come at a better time. I had already moved to Helsinki a year before for a job, so I was already (sort of) accustomed to living here, although even today I still sometimes feel like a tourist. Just like mister Baggins, though, I still felt like a new journey was starting for me, one that I would be on for quite some time.

I’m a certified professional and I don’t know jack

Before joining Bilot I already had some prior experience when it came to designing user experiences and building user interfaces so I wasn’t completely turning over a new leaf in my life. User experience, or UX, had been my major subject during my studies and my Master’s thesis was about video game user interfaces, so I felt confident in starting my job as a Junior UX Designer trainee (quite the mouthful, I know). I didn’t have all too much time to wallow in my possible insecurities, however, as my very second day of work consisted of waking up almost at the crack of dawn, commuting to familiar Tampere of all places and doing user research and interviews there all day. You could say I hit the ground running and I rather enjoyed it. To quote a certain video game icon, “I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I was all out of gum.”

Duke quote
Image source

It also immediately gave me an excellent impression of Bilot as a company. I was promised UX work and that promise was definitely kept. It felt good to get to do in practice what I had studied and strived for. These interviews evolved, over time, into data analysis, empathy mapping, persona building and wireframing, all wonderful UX tools that are very underused in many IT companies and with which I had previous experience as well, so it all felt very cozy and comfy to me.

After my rather speedy start things have both settled down and branched out exponentially. I’ve had a variety of tasks assigned to me over the course of these couple of months with an emphasis being on UI and graphic design as well as testing. I spend most of my days at the office trying to divide my attention between some half a dozen projects and tasks, with the occasional day working from home when I just can’t be bothered to be stuck in traffic for 2 hours. Overall, to continue referencing video games, I feel like I’m leveling up nicely and haven’t encountered any game-ending raid bosses yet, just other friendly player characters and a few quest-givers. The beginning of the level is always the hardest, but I’m confident the morning wakeups will become easier over time! Until then there are always condensed packages of liquid boosting agents, also known as energy drinks (or coffee for most people).

Caffeinated
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Being THAT guy

Being the new guy at any office or workplace can be intimidating, especially to a more introverted and socially-awkwardish person such as myself. You don’t know anything about anything and have to constantly wonder how things work in this particular company. Fortunately for me, I haven’t been only one around. Three other trainees started at the same time as I did and while I’ve mostly been working on different projects than them, it’s always been easy to go up to them and curse how nothing works in the particular task I’m doing at the time. They’re developers-to-be, they know that feeling and can empathize.

By far one of the best things about working at Bilot has been that at no point in time have I been left alone with a problem or that I’ve had an issue with nowhere or no one to go to. Be it the ever-helpful HR department ladies, my fellow UX designers or just anybody within earshot, I’ve been able to ask for and get assistance with anything and everything when I’ve required it. Despite what people say, there are some dumb questions in the world and I’m pretty sure I’m pretty far on the list of asking them all and still nobody has yet to facepalm themselves unconscious. Despite pretty much everyone here being just as weird as at my previous workplace (Lunch at 11? Absurd!), everyone has also been extremely helpful and friendly so far (and eager to give me more work, which can be translated any way you want).

Pushing everyone’s buttons, including your own, and claim to be helping

One of the bigger things I’ve realized during these two months is that all the people here at Bilot really seem to know what they are doing. I’m not going to lie, it has been a bit daunting to see everybody’s efficiency whilst I’m doing my best trying to catch up and learn a variety of things in a relatively short amount of time to be able to contribute. People only have so much patience to correct your mistakes. More importantly, you yourself only have so much patience for making those mistakes. At least I do. A cornerstone of agile processes is to fail fast and fail often, but at some point enough is enough. I mean, all of these sticks are all fine and dandy, but I wouldn’t mind the occasional carrot in the mix. Fortunately patience and perseverance can get you far in life and a job in the IT industry is no different.

Not a clue
Image source

Another notion that I have realized as a UX professional is that actual UX work keeps getting underutilized or misunderstood. Despite getting to work with actual end users in terms of conducting interviews and creating personas from them right off the bat here, similar case have not yet risen nor have I participated in the design phases of all too many projects. UX also tends to be way too often used and understood as a synonym to just “building wireframes”, even though that phase is actually quite late in the actual UX process. This is a shame, as investing in UX can return your money multiple times over and understanding your users is key to making a successful product. But that is a topic for another time and a misconception a few of us here are eventually hoping to correct.

All in all, my first few months here have been very educational and I’m starting to get the hang of things. Just in time for everyone to leave for their summer holidays while I stay behind to “enjoy” the summer at the office. Alas, greatness generally has humble beginnings. I realize I’ve rambled on for quite some time, so I’m going to cap this tirade off with one last quote that I feel describes working life, and many other things, quite well…

Gimli quote
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30.05.2017 / News Team

In November 2016, we were looking for an anarchist, heterodox, HR Manager to coach our strong professionals to become a team of diamonds.

“Never mind the bollocks … You have a rebellious and original perspective on HR and leadership,” challenged the job ad.

Sini Sittnikow loved the challenge and started her career as a bilot in March 2017.

Why did you choose Bilot as your new employer?

– The image of a technological pioneer combined with hard-core expertise and high quality execution convinced me. The brisk & brave picture of Bilot as an employer transmitted through the Facebook wall of an ex colleague – posts from the FirmaRock Finnish Championships. Of course, the visible logo, stage center at a rock club, assured the firm’s ability to rock’n’rule.

“You are a Hooligan when it comes to introducing new ways to energize people,” described the ad. Why did you apply to be a pro hooligan?

– The Punk Rock HR role, the rebellious title and the areas the role covered, sounded so fresh and brilliantly different that I felt this is a mission for me. Before my decision, I checked carefully how the company looks online. It was a particularly important to see Bilot’s own employees in the spotlight and in all materials available.

What kind of change you are planning to lead to make sure bilots can better serve their customers and customer’s customers in the future?

– The motivation and well-being of the employees has direct impact to how well we can cater to our customers’ needs. Bilot moved from a traditional organizational model to a self-organized one 1.5 years ago. I have noticed that the model is excellent, but the excellence and creativity of the individuals – the preconditions of our success – do not actually work alone. I want to be involved in leading a change that results in individuals being able to act through their own strengths, creating teams that run independently – not alone and individually.

I want to help everyone to see his or her role in the company’s development.
Sini Sittnikow Bilot

What good thoughts and insights did you bring with you from your previous jobs?

– My most important guideline is very simple: the key is to make individuals become aware and realize their own potential. It is important that everyone understands the purpose of the company and his or her own role in the big picture. The goal as a company should always be how we can make one plus one equal three.

How do you recover from workdays?

– Family life and furry pets (cat personality) restores balance. This summer our daughter’s BMX hobby will take us to Spain, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France and Norway. It is an intense sport. Have not found myself from the starting line yet, but I really like cycling just for fun. Doing “manuals” (balancing on the back wheel) is still work in progress.

How will Bilot look like in three years?

– Bilot will be company that is even more international. It will be a well-known pioneer, where top experts can work in the most interesting projects in the field. We Stand for More!

“If you are the candidate we are looking for, we can provide an environment where every gig is special”,

We promised in our ad. The first 90 days and the legendary Spring Day are now behind. Has Bilot kept its promise?
– A regular workday is fulfilling. The incredible Spring Trip™ and the SAP Innovation Forum event with Steam Punk theme confirmed my expectation: when there is special moment available, we always over perform. We are indeed strong stage divers and straightforward people. I like this.
“You can’t do that,” is clearly not a sentence you hear here.


31.10.2016 / News Team

First snowstorm is about to hit the southern parts of Finland. It is perfect time to talk about cycling! This summer Bilot’s bikers participated Kilometrikisa for the 5th time. The idea of Kilometrikisa is to collect all kilometres spent on cycling to personal page and have a playful contest against other companies, other bilots, and especially: ourselves. The contest time was 1.5- 22.9.2016.

Some historical statistics:

Year 2012 Bilots cycled 14 515 km and saved 1 016 litres of gas! These kilometres would have taken us all the way from Helsinki to Brisbane
Year 2013 We cycled 19 559 kilometres which meant that we cycled across Europe and around Africa. Did not even think the gas – just enoyed the ride!
Year 2014 25 bilots cycled altogether 18 444,6 km
Year 2015 9 996,1 km on a bike. And some memorable moments waiting that the endless rain would move away and let the real summer hit us.
Summer 2016 Bilots worker hard, had serious holiday bliss but it seems that all other moments were spent biking. We broke all our records and biked together 30 734,3 kilometres.

All TOP10 cyclist biked over 1000 kilometres. 29 cyclists recorded their kilometres.
Among all the cheerful bikers there was one clear winner bilot: Juha Leppänen. His bike had well-earned peaceful moment while Bilot News interviewed this tireless biker.

During the summer months you biked amazing 5285 kilometres in only 99 days – average 53 km per biking day. How was this possible? Are the kilometres collected mostly by commuting to the office or did you skip all free time activities just to spend quality time with your bike?
Juha: “In reality I biked almost every day, 20-30 km per day. The additional kilometres came from training rides and from my “Tour de France”, when I biked almost all the way from Spain to Switzerland to Germany (some train as well).”
Pyrenees Photo: Juha Leppänen
Days are getting darker. Are you a bike commuter 365 days in a year or just a summer cruiser?
Juha: “Last winter I took a small break from cycling for January-February. I tend to have an obsession of coming to work by bike, so it’s just good to give yourself a break at some point.”
What are your top 3 tips for the people who are still not sure if they could be bike commuters?
Juha: “Probably some are afraid of cycling inside the city with all the traffic. In this case, maybe you can try some of the group trainings organized by e.g. Helsingin Polkupyöräilijät to learn rules and practices. There are very easy-going rides with normal bikes so you don’t need to be a pro.”
Our slogan is We stand for more. What does this mean for you?
Juha: “Being honest towards our customers.”
Grenoble Alpes Photo: Juha Leppänen

Bay of Biscay Photo: Juha Leppänen

From Monday to Friday you spend a number of hours sitting in the office and then spend some more time in the same position. Do you still think biking is a good balance for office worker?
Juha: “I think mentally it is. Physically, well… currently by right elbow is very sore and I think it’s partly for biking and partly for using mouse. So at least you need to remember to stretch afterwards.”
Top things to keep in mind in bike commuting?
Juha: “Don’t rush, consider other people (pedestrians, cyclists, even cars)”
Tell something non-bikers doesn’t know about bike-commuting:
Juha: “Twice a year (spring and autumn) there is free breakfast in Helsinki for cyclists, organized by Helsingin Polkupyöräilijät.”