Experts, expertise and experience

North Patrol’s industry experts are Perttu Tolvanen, Hanna Korhonen, Kimmo Parkkinen, Sami Kalanen, Virpi Blom, Mikko Jokela and Camilla Heikkilä. We have taken part in hundreds of small and large projects in their various stages, including project planning, defining requirements, selection of technologies, requesting competitive bids, monitoring the vendor’s implementation work and assessing results.

Expertise and experience

Perttu Tolvanen, MSc, Economics

Perttu Tolvanen is a web concept design and content management system expert. Perttu consults with clients on project planning and defining requirements, and supports customers in selecting content management systems and implementation partners. His areas of specialisation include facilitating concept design workshops and selecting content management systems.

Perttu has ten years of experience with web and intranet projects, including serving as a project manager and consultant. Earlier in his career Perttu has worked in procurement and as a project manager at a large media company, a content management system consultant at a large IT company and an independent, neutral consultant at his own firm. He is also a well-known seminar speaker and blogger. Perttu is the editor of Vierityspalkki.fi, a Finnish blog focusing on web issues, and Viides taso, a blog for intranet professionals.

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Sami Kalanen, MSc, Engineering

Sami Kalanen is an expert in project planning, requirements specifications and competitive bidding. Sami consults with customers on project preparation and definition of requirements, and supports customers in competitive bidding and oversight of vendors’ implementation work. His areas of specialisation include broad, technically challenging web projects and competitive bidding in the public sector.

Sami has been working with web projects since the mid-1990s. Earlier in his career Sami worked in IT procurement at a large industrial company, in management roles at software vendor companies, as Managing Director and a partner at an independent consulting firm and as product manager for a telecommunications operator.

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Kimmo Parkkinen, MSc, Computer Science

Kimmo Parkkinen is an expert in requirement specifications and software procurement. Kimmo consults the customers on defining the functional requirements and technical design of web based solutions as well as selecting the best suppliers for the implementation phase. He’s areas of expertise include designing, modelling and documenting complex web based services.

Kimmo has almost 20 years of experience with web and intranet projects, including serving as a software architect, technical project manager and a production manager in software vendor companies and also as an independent consultant.

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Hanna Korhonen, MA, Organisational Communication and PR

Hanna consults on project planning and defining requirements, and supports the customers especially in intranet concept design.

Hanna has ten years of experience with web services e.g. as a buyer, product owner and administrator, as well as leading extensive roll-outs and training users.

Earlier in her career Hanna has been e.g. responsible of a roll-out of an university-wide course portal and an implementation phase of an intranet for a newly merged university, and worked as a product owner of an intranet, as a communications officer, web editor and communication manager at universities, as well as in various roles in communications at large Finnish city organisations. Hanna has been involved with web projects since the mid-1990s.

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Virpi Blom, MA, Cultural Studies

M.A. Virpi Blom is an expert on web concepts, content strategies, user experience and overall planning of web projects. She consults on matters of concept design and strategic roadmaps, as well as on designing and documenting the functional requirements.

Virpi has over 15 years of experience with web sites, intranets and extranets from the viewpoint of their planning, defining, design, copywriting and usability testing. She has specialized in ensuring the positive user experience, regarding both form and function.

Previously, Virpi has been working as a managing consultant, senior consultant and user experience team leader in various software vendor companies.

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Mikko Jokela, MSc, Economics

Mikko Jokela is an expert on web and digital business. Mikko consults the customers on web platform and vendor selections, defining functional requirements, and especially on how digital channels could support business needs more effectively. His areas of expertise include utilizing web and digital channels for better business, and web technology selections.

Mikko has been working for IT vendors in several roles. He has been in charge of a business line, responsible for web business development and a consultant in several web projects. Mikko’s main focus has been in private sector customers but he has also work experience on education and public sector.

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Camilla Heikkilä, M.Soc.Sc

Camilla Heikkilä is a specialist in web communications and web services. Camilla has a broad experience in communications, particularly in web communications.

Camilla has experience in web concept design, project management, usability testing, content strategies and training users. Camilla has specialized in content design and can help organizations crystallize the content into a working web service, where the users’ needs are taken into account.

Camilla has worked over 10 years in communications in different NGOs and with the government. During her career she has had numerous of responsibilities in web project of different sizes.

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Platforms

We are an independent consulting company without ties to system vendors, so we can support our customers in selecting the platform that is truly best suited for their needs.

We have participated in projects using e.g. the following products:
Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft O365, Drupal, WordPress, EPiServer, Sitecore, Sitefinity, Liferay, SDL Tridion, Magento, Hybris, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle WebLogic, Documentum, IBM WebSphere, Lotus Notes/Domino, Atlassian Confluence, Plone, DotNetNuke, Fast ESP.

In addition to platforms which are in use internationally, we also have experience with numerous products from Finnish vendors and with tailored solutions.

Customers

Our experts have wide-ranging experience with different types of customers’ projects, both in private business and in the public sector.

We have taken part in developing digital solutions for organisations including Aalto University, A-Katsastus, Atria, Autoliitto, Cargotec, City of Oulu, City of Turku, Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT, Delta Auto, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Federation of Finnish Financial Services, Finnish 4H Federation, Finnish Association of Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities, Finnish Centre for Pensions, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finnish Nurses Association, Finnish Society on Media Education, Finnish Student Health Service FSHS, Finnish Tax Administration, Finnish Transport Agency, Government ICT Centre Valtori, Helen, Helsinki City Theatre, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Kalevala Jewelry, Kela, Kemppi, Korkeasaari Helsinki Zoo, Kuntien Tiera, Liikenneturva, Lindorff, Luja Corporation, Mainostajien liitto, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Justice, Metso, Metsähallitus, Naisten Linja, National Emergency Supply Agency, National Library of Finland, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Neste Oil, Novita, Pharmaceutical Information Centre Ltd, Päijät-Hämeen sosiaali- ja terveysyhtymä, Raha-automaattiyhdistys RAY, Ruukki, Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, Salpaus Further Education, Save the Children Finland, Savon Voima, Service Union United PAM, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Ltd., Statistics Finland, Tampere University of Technology, Tekla Corporation, Tikkurila, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Union of Health and Social Care Professionals TEHY, University Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, University of Tampere, University of the Arts Helsinki, UPM, Valio, Valmet, Varma, Veho, VVO, and YLE.


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