John Janek joins cBrain North America as CEO

John Janek joins cBrain North America as CEO

Over on LinkedIn John Janek wrote about joining cBrain North America as CEO:

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the best experience you ever had with the government?  Chances are you were getting exactly what you needed, when you needed it.  How did you feel in that interaction?  Happy?  Relieved?  That’s the point of the government.

That’s government at its best.  Services for the people, by the people.

Now, how often have you had a less than stellar experience?  Phone calls with different representatives, multiple times at an office, the dreaded “red tape”!  Did you feel like your needs were being heard?  Was the government responsive?  How did the interaction leave you feeling?

Most importantly - do you more frequently have positive interactions or negative interactions?

I’ve spent the last fifteen years in government solving tough problems to make the government bureaucracy work better.  It is an uphill struggle: government processes are entrenched, they are reinforced by intricate webs of self-justification, and they are often obscured by intentionally opaque communications across a broad swath of offices, bureaus, and departments.  

The task of fixing government is something that consumes entire careers.  I thought for sure that’s where I would spend the length of my service: fixing small problems, taking the wins where I could.

Along the way, I saw that cBrain offered a different way of looking at how government works. It wasn’t just a theory, it wasn’t a proposal.  They had been doing it, partnering with the Danish government to co-design a way for more effective teams, communication, process, and ultimately service delivery.  I knew immediately that it offered exactly what I had spent the better part of fifteen years looking for.  cBrain had spent the better part of fifteen years perfecting it inside Danish ministries in one of the happiest places on earth, partnering with one of the most digital governments on earth.  It is no coincidence that good government and happy people go hand in hand!

As the new CEO for cBrain North America, helping governments solve tough problems by getting their teams to work better together isn’t just a mission - it’s a passion.  And now I get to help governments at every level: local, city, state, and federal.  

For me, it’s a dream job with the easiest opening line ever created.  Every citizen deserves good government.  With cBrain there is an easy and proven way to make a difference where it counts and improve where it matters most: delivery to the citizen.

 

cBrain to deliver F2 for the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs

cBrain to deliver F2 for the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs

cBrain has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs to deliver case and document management for 600 internal users and almost 1000 external committee members. 

cBrain will deliver F2 to the Ministry and the associated Deanery and dioceses.

This means that 12 ministerial departments in Denmark are now using the F2 model and software.

Dynamic Purchasing in Scotland

Dynamic Purchasing in Scotland

cBrain A/S has successfully applied to join the Scottish Government's Dynamic Purchasing System and will now be added to Lot 1 - Digital Projects.

This means that cBrain A/S will be invited to tender for all contract opportunities within Lot 1. Contracts are awarded via call offs, issued by Scottish public sector organisations through the DPS, inviting suppliers to tender for in scope services.

The DPS is intended to support the Scottish Government's Digital Strategy

Thinking Digital Bureaucracy

Thinking Digital Bureaucracy

cBrain CEO, Per Tejs Knudsen took time out to talk to Gary Flood from Think Digital about his experiences working with government ahead of the Think Digital Government conference in London next week.

What is the value proposition of your company, Per?

Simply put, we’re a Danish technology company that helps public sector organisations to solve process problems.  We do this using what we call ‘the Danish model’ for digital bureaucracy – it’s a way of addressing the public accountability requirements found in government while taking advantage of the opportunities for new models and practices brought by the internet age.

What are cBrain’s roots?

We believe that computers challenge traditional paper based bureaucracy – and that all government organisations over time will transform into digital working environments using a refined business model and production system.

To that end, we started working with Danish ministries over 10 years ago, learning about the user needs of civil servants and trying to come up with a model and some software to support them.  Right now we have more than 50 government organisations, including more than half of Danish ministries, successfully using the model and supporting software.

The Danish State Administration has been using cBrain for end to end process management and supports over 200,000 cases every year. It’s seen cost savings of £1.5m as a result of automating tasks with our technology, even managing to reduce one task from taking 5 days to complete to 5 minutes.

You seem to specialise in the public sector? Are you active in any other countries than Denmark?

We do. Our model and software are designed and built specifically for government, although we do have some private sector organisations and unions adopting the same approach.
From what we’ve seen, government organisations in the western world fundamentally work the same way, and that’s based on a model which has been developed over several thousand years, formulated and named the “bureaucracy” by the sociologist Max Weber.

But every country is looking to adapt to the opportunities brought by digital working, so we have been able to re-use our experience to help customers in the UK, Germany and the USA.
We also have the Danish Foreign Ministry as a customer – so in fact we are active in 109 countries around the world!

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What’s the story about Denmark and its success in e-government?
Both the EU and OECD rank Denmark as the number one nation for digital public services. There are a few factors behind this – the first is that Danes have high expectations of being able to work digitally with government, and have a high level of trust in government. This means that we have a very high uptake of digital services; everyone in Denmark gets a secure digital ID, and some services can only be accessed digitally. Business can only communicate electronically with government.

The second is that we have had consistency of strategy and vision for a long time – you can trace it back to 1995, so we have passed the stage where we are focused on infrastructure and front-end digitisation and really spend time now on mission IT.

How would you rate the UK versus this scoreboard?

It’s clear there has been progress since the creation of GDS, and there are parts of the focus on user research that Denmark could learn from. From the outside, though, it sometimes seems there is a bit too much focus on technology and which project management method to use – and maybe not enough on addressing the basics of getting services working and joining up information to help the user.

Why have you decided to sponsor the Think Digital Government 2017 conference later this month?

We think now is a critical time for the UK in so many ways, and without wanting to sound arrogant, maybe there are some things that we have done ‘on the continent’ that are not so bad and could help!

Finally, if we come back to speak to you in six months, what would you like to have achieved?

We would like to see more UK public sector organisations learning from the Danish model, and working with cBrain to achieve the significant time and cost savings seen by their Danish counterparts.

 

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cBrain first half results released

cBrain first half results released

First-half results show continued good growth for cBrain, both in Denmark and internationally.

In Denmark cBrain has seen a good order intake, including the first agreement with the Danish regions and a contract with the Ministry of Finance, meaning that more than half of Danish ministerial departments are now using cBrain’s F2 product.
At the same time the Danish State Administration won an annual digitisation award for their solution based on F2, the second time an authority has won the digitisation award using an F2 solution.

On the international side cBrain has announced a win in Germany for delivery of a case system to an authority in the central administration. This is the second tender cBrain has won in in the authority, and means that cBrain will now be increasing efforts in the german market.

cBrain has made good progress in changing the business model from sales of software licences to sales of software subscriptions through cloud services. The new business model is a central element in cBrain’s growth strategy, and gives cBrain a number of competitive advantages both in Denmark and internationally.

Revenue in the first half 2017 grew to 39.7 million DKr,  and earnings before tax (EBT) were 5.9 million DKr.  This equates to EBT of 15%, which is somewhat higher than full year expectations previously announced.

Full results can be found (in Danish) on our Danish site.
 

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