LAVA revises Schréder’s IT Strategy

Schréder is a global prime provider of cost-effective lighting solutions for safe, comfortable and sustainable environments. With its Belgian roots, Schréder is a group of 48 companies worldwide, with over 2,600 people, all passionate about light and innovation. With its expertise in design and development of outdoor lighting solutions, Schréder wants to contribute to the well-being of communities anywhere in the world.

Today, Schréder is taking up the tremendous challenge to shift from a product based company to a solutions partner. Products evolve: Schréder now provides energy efficiency and markets evolve towards smart lighting.

This change in strategic positioning has impact on just any fiber in the company. One of these fibers is IT. IT should even be more aligned with Business, or be part of the Business. The internal application landscape needs to be made future proof. As well as the IT architecture. To name just a few aspects.

In order to design the future global IT strategy to fully support Schréder’s changing business model, Schréder asked LAVA to revise its ICT Strategy.

From the start a team of business and IT senior representatives was set up of for going through an IT strategy review and approval process.

LAVA started off with interviewing C-level management to get a helicopter view of Schréder’s business drivers and future market challenges. LAVA got insights on how Schréder will adapt its business model to face these challenges. This was the basis to draft a new target IT Strategy, aligned with business.

LAVA assessed the capabilities of the current application landscape and IT infrastructure and designed a target landscape and architecture, with the right priorities and associated roadmap for implementation, in agreement with C-level management.

The required IT governance and Business/IT organizational interaction has been worked out.

The team got approval from the Board to implement the target IT strategy.

Carine Couls – Chief Transformation Officer at Schréder commented “It was a real pleasure working with the team of LAVA. The LAVA team was really interested in our company, our sector, our challenges and our opportunities. In a very short timeframe they were able to understand our business drivers. This ability especially together with their strong expertise has led to a good IT strategic plan. Very professional!”

Working jointly with Schréder has been very enriching and rewarding for LAVA. The project was challenging, with a global scope and impact, and right in the context of smart lighting and energy. A crossroads where we like to be challenged.

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