This Megasignals Special Edition has been produced in collaboration with The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, the most important industrial sector in Finland. It contributes 60% of total exports and 80% of total R&D-investments of Finland.
Here is the foreword by Director Jukka Viitasaari:
The world is changing ever faster. The global changes of today can be radical and shocking, and they challenge everyone, everywhere in the world. Those countries which are agile and prepared for discontinuities and changes in the ecosystems of several industrial sectors will win out. Finland has a number of core competencies and advantages which many other nations lack. For Finland, the current global changes can truly be an opportunity.
The Finnish way of life, our organizational structures, and our management processes are lean, open, and agile. In Finland, the top management normally listens to input; it is very much accessible to everyone in the organization, as well as to outsiders. We Finns are creative by nature.
The wealth of nation is derived from innovations – technologies, applications, services, concepts, and process innovations. The main challenge is the capability to think in a new, different, and improved way. We have neither oil nor hardly gold – not even particularly welcoming weather.
Regardless, our base from which to tackle the challenges and changes of today is brilliant: we have an educational system that is cherished as the world’s best. Certainly, we, as Finns, can be content that we have one of the world’s most equal educational systems, in which anybody can become somebody, if he or she so desires.
Corruption is almost nonexistent in Finland, and the country was recently voted the best in which to live. Our government-funded innovation system is well appraised abroad. All of this recognition and these awards are just some of the highlights in a very short time period – only the last couple of years. These aspects are significant core competencies and advantages which we Finns too often take for granted.
Finland is one of the top nations in the world in the IT and telecom sectors. This “world champion”-level of competence and knowledge can also be well utilized in creating value for other sectors of Finnish technology industries, as we create the future’s success stories in products, services, and companies.
Changes naturally challenge us. Even if our starting point is ahead of most other regions and societies, we must continuously strive for a more creative, more efficient, smarter, and more flexible way of working. The Megasignals strategy report will kick off this process. The time to act is now. Let us create the pillars of well-being in Finland for the 21st century.
Director, Jukka Viitasaari
The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
Download the english report here: “Competitiveness of Finland’s IT & Telecom Industries Today and Tomorrow” [PDF]
Download the finnish report here: “Suomen tietoteollisuuden kilpailukyky tänään ja huomenna” [PDF]