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WI Pro of the Season: Anne Koskinen-Kannisto, Chief of Systems Development 23.1.2012

This is a new series of Work Informatics Professionals at business and academia: person, skills, heart and motivation of an ICT expert.
Other WIPro's: Matti Toivonen, Pekka Tetri, Jani Koskinen, Olga Moiseeva, Katriina Korenius, Jonni Henttinen, Erkki Kallio, Adil Umer, Sari Ahonen, Henry Sandell, Henrik Lintunen, Zulfiqar Ali Raffad, Jennifer Ståhlberg, Bahadir Gürkan, and Janne Pitkänen.
See also titles of WI Pros and Pro's at WI-LinkedIn.

How do I see IT in everyday life?

I see IT as inseparable part of our society. Technology has become more and more
dominant in every aspect of our lives: cell phones and laptops are basic products that
we use continuously. These tools have become a normality, which they were not when
I grew up.  We use IT tools as a part of our everyday activities related to everything from
work to free time. Technical solutions have always fascinated me and I see the
technological innovations as enablers in multiple areas in our society.

What my current work is about?

During my studies and after graduation from the WI-program, I was doing research at the University of Turku. IT and Health Care was my research focus during my time at the University. Those interesting cases provided the insights of the possibilities of technological solutions that can support the nature of work in different contexts. Gaining the needed level of situational awareness from the tasks you are doing, can be supported by information systems designed to support the functionalities essential to your work. Today, five years from graduation, I am working as a Chief of Systems Development. One important quality needed in my field, is the ability to see the bigger picture but to also understand the context and the social element in technical development. Systems should be designed to support the users work and their attempt to achieve the goals.

I have tried to follow the ideology of first identifying individuals’ needs and requirements to perform their duties. Then continue with identifying how should the working practises and processes be created to support the actual working. After these steps comes IT, in what parts can the possible tools support the individuals and organization in achieving their goals? Developing IT solutions for multinational, complex environments, also highlights the importance of understanding the working context: IT cannot be developed separate from the surrounding environment.

What WI at Work means to me?

I was so inspired by the WI courses: The combination of theories and practicality provided me the tools I needed to succeed in becoming an IT professional in working life. Seeing all the theoretical aspects in action and being able to provide clients the best practises learned in the WI-programme, encouraged me to proceed with the knowledge that I gained and to develop my skills further. I had the honour of being the first to graduate from the WI Masters Degree Programme. I hope you will join me by graduating from the best possible programme that provided me all the key elements for a successfull IT-career.

Me and my future

By being inspired and motivated by the content of the WI-programme courses, I wanted to continue studying and developing my knowledge in this field of research. Now I am at the point where I am finalizing my dissertation related to WI-issues. There is a true need for IT professionals who are able to adapt the WI-methodologies and ways of seeing IT problems and solutions in the actual working context. I would like to encourage you to join the amazing journey in the field of IT. More WI-professionals are needed to support our society in understanding the relevance and potential of information systems if systems are designed and implemented in the respect to the user and environment where the system is being used to support the actual work.

Sincerely,

Anne Koskinen-Kannisto, Chief of Systems Development

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