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This is how Elywhere gained Control over their value chain

The turnover of the Norwegian charging company Elywhere increased from 50,000 in 2021 to over 28 million in its first year of operation, 2022. This immense growth meant the company had to streamline project management and collaboration. With the help of a new workflow solution and consulting from Computas, Elywhere gained full control of the entire value chain.

Elywhere develops mobile charging stations for electric vehicles. The stations are built as modular units with batteries and can be set up even where there is low power capacity in the grid. This allows the charging stations to be relocated as needed, for example, to mountain cabin areas in winter and to seaside and festival locations in summer.

The demand for more charging stations is enormous, leading to the company’s tremendous growth in recent years and expansion abroad. Elywhere’s IT manager, Malin Erdal, realized that the company did not have the time or resources to continue using cumbersome and inefficient systems that isolated information in silos. To ensure better collaboration and project management and to prepare for further growth, Elywhere needed a new workflow solution. They ultimately chose a cloud-based workflow and productivity application for efficient project management and collaboration. The solution would also be integrated with Jira Service Management, and Elywhere selected Computas as the implementation partner. Computas has extensive experience in helping companies leverage technology for better collaboration and efficiency.

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“We realized early on that the solution would be crucial for us and that it offered many opportunities. Therefore, we also understood that we needed an advisory partner to ensure we could maximize its benefits and have a well-functioning setup from the start,” says Erdal, adding:

“The transition to the new system and the integration of Jira Service Management have gone smoothly thanks to close follow-up and guidance from Computas. Now, everyone gets the information they need to perform their tasks without hundreds of unnecessary emails and phone calls back and forth.”

Tailored and Efficient Setup

When Elywhere sought better insight of the company’s activities and production, they evaluated various project management tools. However, they found most solutions to be both expensive and not user-friendly. In the end, a recommendation from a partner was crucial in selecting the tool.

“With this solution, we have a very efficient and adaptable tool, where we have also integrated other critical systems for our operations. These integrations provide us with a good overview of our marketing efforts, all gathered on one platform,” says Erdal, adding:

“Having a supporter like Computas, who knows the system inside and out, has been an enormous help for us. It has also helped us see further possibilities for using the tools, allowing us to use them for much more than we initially thought when we started”.

Ideal for organizations experiencing growth

Jo Inge Stubbe, a consultant at Computas, has helped numerous Norwegian companies implement similar solutions. He has been responsible for giving Elywhere a solid foundation and utilizing the opportunities the solution offers:

“These tools are well-suited for growing companies like Elywhere. To continue growing, it’s important to build a functional foundation while also adjusting and adapting the solution as needs evolve,” he says, adding:

“Silostructures and departments that do not collaborate create manual processes. Workflow solutions make collaboration easy, and feedback from customers using the solution is very positive. In addition to the solution being user-friendly, customers quickly see clear efficiency gains”.

Mobile charging stations require mobile solutions

With the new system, Elywhere has control from the moment the sales department receives a lead to the accounting department invoices an order. Before the customer receives the invoice, the charging stations also need to be manufactured and installed.If deviations occur along the way, they can be registered and followed up in are many stages and departments involved, making the company dependent on efficient collaboration to deliver the charging stations to the customer as quickly as possible.

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“It’s also a great advantage for us to have access to the app on mobile, tablet, and PC, which is very convenient when we’re on the go. We have employees working from various locations, so it’s a significant benefit that, for example, the sales department and production can collaborate seamlessly regardless of where they are working from,” says Erdal, adding:

“As we have become more familiar with the tools, we continuously find new ways to further streamline our work. We work closely with Computas to ensure that the daily routines for our employees are as efficient as possible,” she concludes.

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