Slush 2014 in Retrospect

Slush 2014 is over and little by little our lives are going back to normal. This was Cloudriven’s first year in Slush: we learned a lot and we will definitely be back next year. Our team had loads of good meetings with potential investors, who really liked our approach to performance management.

But most importantly, the carrot cake we served at out demo booth was delicious and received lots of compliments from the visitors. The cake was hand-baked by our Head of Customer Service. Thank you, Anu!

Antero and the carrot cakes

Antero and the carrots.

The discussions we had about performance management revolved around a variety of topics:

  • How to bring the management rhythm (internal meetings) and both the qualitative and quantitative goals covered in performance appraisals to a weekly level
  • Social features and transparency
  • How to communicate goals clearly
  • Rewards and recognition

If you want to know more about our Habit approach to these topics, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Jukka doing a demo.

Jukka doing a demo.

Cloudriven Challenges Management Conceptions in Slush – “Forget the Stick. There’s a New Carrot in Town”

Most of the Finnish companies are managing performance from the past instead of looking into the future, claims Cloudriven’s CEO Jukka Koskenkanto. He says that companies should react to changes faster and invest more in employee engagement and motivation. Meaningful work and agility are not the sole privilege of growth companies.

Performance management is described in business literature as a process that aims to improve the performance of an organization, group or single employee systematically and purposefully. Traditionally the most important elements of the process have been performance appraisals, development discussions and daily management practices.

“The mere idea of being able to manage performance apart from the employees themselves is absurd. Success is built in our daily actions. In order to succeed, we need motivated and engaged doers, that is the right people, and the right actions”, says Jukka Koskenkanto.

Money and rewards can motivate the employees to a certain point, but the best motivator is the experience of meaningful work. In order for the work to be meaningful, employee has to commit to the values and strategic goals of the organization and understand the relevance of his own work in achieving the organizational goals.

Management model based on annual or semiannual performance reviews reacts too slowly to changes, and it doesn’t encourage and lead employees to take the right actions at the right time. The idea of development discussions is to get and give feedback, but feedback should be received instantly, not after six months. Instant feedback is the only efficient way of developing your actions, and you should also be able to get work-related feedback from your colleagues, not just your manager.

”Companies have focused on digging the past instead of learning from their own actions and adapting their operations accordingly. What should be done, is to lead the future actions, not just state the past mistakes when it’s already too late to change the course”, tells Business Director Antero Törhönen.

Antero and Jukka will be introducing Cloudriven’s new Habit for Performance Management product in Slush on Tuesday 18th November. Habit makes performance management agile and social and part of every employees’ daily work.

”Agility is not the sole privilege of growth companies. Even enterprises should be able react quickly to changes and inspire their employees for better performance. This was the starting point for the development of Habit”, Jukka tells.

Additional information:

Jukka Koskenkanto, CEO, +358 50 560 4607,, @koskenkanto
Antero Törhönen, Business Director, +358 50 528 1678,, @TorhonenA

Cloudriven Achieved Microsoft Gold Competency Once Again – Habit Now MPR Certified

Gold and Silver PartnerCloudriven has been one of Microsoft’s Gold Partners from the very beginning, and once again Cloudriven has renewed its Gold Competency in Application Development. The competency proves that Cloudriven is one of the best application developers working with Microsoft platforms.

To gain the Gold Competency, Cloudriven had to show its expertise by passing several challenging tests and proving that the company’s products utilize various Microsoft technologies.

As a part of the renewal process, Microsoft granted Cloudriven’s Habit Behavior Engine solution Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) Certification. Habit is powered by Microsoft Azure and it extensively uses the various services Azure has to offer, like cloud services, SQL databases, storages, mobile services and many others.

Furthermore, Cloudriven was awarded with the Silver Cloud Platform Competency. This competency proves that Cloudriven’s expertise in utilizing the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform is outstanding.

Gamification in Action – Talks Worth Sharing, Part 2

In March, we published a collection of gamification talks from YouTube to help you out on the beginning of your gamification journey. Now that you know the basics: how does gamification work in action? Check out the following videos and get inspired!

Jon Guerrera – Gamification as a Tool for Achieving More

Jon Guerrera tells how he gamified his toughest goals, and how you can build your own gamification system from scratch with as little as a pen and paper. You don’t necessarily need a mobile app to increase your personal productivity – just start with post-it notes!

Khan Academy and Gamification: Making Learning Fun

Rishi Desai discusses how the Khan Academy, a free online classroom, is using gamification to engage and motivate learners. A set of simple game mechanics can have big effects if used the right way.

Minute Hacks: The Gamification of Fitness

Tired of feeling inadequate compared to your ripped and toned trainer at the gym? Not self-motivated enough to actually stay on the treadmill longer than three and half minutes? Gamified fitness apps are hugely popular and this Hack College video showcases a couple good ones.

Coke Zero Marketing Campaign: Unlock the 007 in you!

Coke Zero challenged unsuspecting train passengers to unlock the 007 in them for their chance to win exclusive tickets for the James Bond movie SKYFALL in 2012. However, the exclusive tickets weren’t free. People had to go the extra mile and unlock their inner 007 in less than 70 seconds to win.

Anna Cajanus, Expert in Organizational Development, Joined Cloudriven

Anna Cajanus, Master of Science in Work Psychology and Leadership, has joined Cloudriven on October 1st. Anna specializes in organizational development and knowledge and competence management. She will be in charge of Cloudriven’s consulting services relating to organizational development, management and leadership.

Before joining Cloudriven, Anna has worked as a researcher at Aalto University and as a Master Data Management consultant at CGI. Anna has been doing research on how knowledge flows between different expert groups in organizations.

Anna Cajanus, Consultant, Expert in Organizational Development

  • Anna CajanusLives in Leppävaara, Espoo, Finland, but originally from Oulu.
  • Passionate about scouting, developing the education system in El Salvador, Boogie Woogie (Rock ‘n’ Swing dance), cooking and trying out new recipes, and commuting by bike.
  • Favorite color is yellow.
  • Favorite food changes quite often, but at the moment Avocado-Poached Egg-Sriracha Sandwiches are the best.

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