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Welcome!

So the time has come, I’ve FINALLY launched my own blog again.

I’ve had this domain and blog for several years and it has transformed over the years. Now, it will take the form of a modern workplace blog where I will share my learnings, findings, and hands-on tips on how to solve things!

My idea is to do this my own way and adding a personal touch to it.

So who am I?

You can find this under the About section as well.

I usually describe myself as a millennial since I’m born in that period and I identify a lot with the definition (and I do prefer avocado toast over diamonds).

I’ve worked within IT since 2011 and I’ve always worked with device management in some way or another. It all started back in 2011 when I worked with mobile device management at Sandvik IT Services. In 2013, I joined Microsoft’s MACH program as a consultant within devices, further developing and expanding my knowledge to also the Windows platform and more traditional management.

In 2017, I joined Sandvik IT Services once again, this times as a Service Manager over the client platform. In mid 2019 I switched role to become a Solution Architect in the modern workplace area. During this time, I helped drive the internal digital transformation with switching to modern productivity tools. I was also was involved in several big projects with the goal to modernize IT.

Since late 2019 I work as a Technical Specialist within devices at Advania, within the specialist unit Knowledge Factory.

I realised early on that to catch up with my senior colleges, it was a clever idea to focus Microsoft Intune since it was a new product in the Microsoft echo system where I could dive in and evolve faster. With that said, I do have knowledge of traditional management. I choose to view it as I understand what you have you in your legacy backpack to apply modern methods and helping you on your modernization journey.

My work life drive is quite simple (and you might find where the inspiration come from): I believe that everyone should be able to be as productive as possible with the tools they prefer in an uncomplicated way.

With that said, welcome to my new blog: Ola Ström – My modern workplace.

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My break-up story

(Originally published on LinkedIn)

Sandvik IT Services. It’s not you. It’s me….

I’ve decided it’s time to move on from Sandvik IT Services and do something else.

I started my professional career at Sandvik IT back in 2011. A young kid who didn’t really know what he wanted to do when he got older. I still don’t know, but now I have some sort of idea. I left Sandvik in 2013 and spent 4,5 years at Microsoft as a Windows consultant (or Workplace which it would be called today). In 2017 I decided to come back to Sandvik since some cool challenge was presented to me and an awesome manager was hiring.

During my time at Sandvik IT Services, we have done a ton of cool things.

  • Rolling out Windows 10 in a large global environment
  • Established servicing for Windows 10 and Office365 Pro Plus
  • Changed hardware vendor
  • Changed sourcing partner
  • I got an internal award for Passion to win (first ever to get the award)
  • Put Windows Autopilot in the production environment
  • Put co-management into the production environment (SCCM)
  • Established an awesome relationship with our partners and vendors
  • Been disruptors in enterprise IT, tried making it more punk
  • Established “no one remembers a coward” attitude in the team
  • Evangelized digital transformation
  • Engaged with next-generation information workers to get them to work with IT
  • Talked at conferences
  • Showed up in several of our vendor’s presentations and marketing material

There is even more cool stuff that I can’t think of right now.

I’ve really appreciated that I’ve been let to work towards my personal vision: everyone deserves a good digital workplace. During my time at Sandvik, I’ve really tried to reach this goal. Simple, effective, and smart workplace.

There is still work to be done, we can always improve.

I’ve also grown a lot as a person during my time at Sandvik. I’ve been given the possibility to explore and try new things. Pushing myself outside my comfort zone from time to time. But also realizing what I like doing and what I want to pursue. This is something I’m thankful that I was encouraged to do.

And finally. I’ve had so many awesome colleges. I will miss all off you terribly, not seeing you on a daily basis will leave a mark!

But now the time has come for me to move on and face new challenges. In mid-November, you will find me at Advania – Knowledge Factory as a Technical Specialist within Devices!