Oulun Energia is a large energy group which provides all services related to the value chain of energy and heat production. Products for households include electricity, district heating and solar energy solutions. Corporate customers are serviced via intelligent energy solutions, including heating and lighting solutions. Oulun Energia Group’s annual revenue is roughly 235 million euros.
The starting point for development was a collection of three independent websites, all of which were outdated both technically and from a sales perspective and did not fulfill the needs of modern usage routines by end users. The customer had also identified a need for a more effective sales channel and for easier maintenance and content creation.
The development work was started on the client side with an internal research project to discover customer and business needs for the new website. This was identified as one of the key criteria for the projects success during the implementation phase. The client also appointed a dedicated product owner for the development project, which ensured work progressed smoothly and requirements were communicated efficiently.
Exove was responsible for the technical implementation of the website. Drupal 7 was chosen as the content management system because of its flexibility and capability to handle complex and changing customer requirements in larger web projects. The site was impelmented based on the designs of, and in close cooperation with, the design agency Ambientia.
Post-project feedback praised Exove’s ability to effectively plan development sprints so that development work was strictly controlled at all times. Despite the ambitious schedule, the new site was launched in a controlled manner without need for major fixes afterwards.
Oulun Energia now has a very good responsive website which fulfills the requirements set before the project. Initial statistics also show that end users have found the new site, and their feedback indicates that a majority of them were able to easily find the information they were looking for.