Koneyrittäjät Ry is an employer’s union for earthmoving-, forestry- and bioenergy- entrepreneurs with 2500member organizations. I have been responsible for the IT administration, project management, consulting and programming in my position.
I have built wide variety of different kind of systems that e g. manages flow of membersip data from and to 3rd party organizations, public and internal webservices. I have worked mostly using Python and PHP.
I have also been the overseeing project manager for externally produced IT projects.
Our organizations overall IT infrastructure has been my responsibility.
00420 HELSINKI, FINLAND
CEO Matti Peltola
matti.peltola (att) koneyrittajat.fi
Finnmetko Oy holds exhibitons (of which FinnMETKO is the biggest), publishes a magazine and organizes education events. My responsibilities have been the overall IT administration, IT project management and programming of our internal computer programs.
FinnMETKO is a big outdoor exhibition for Earth moving, Forestry and Logistics industries that is held every other year. Exhibition receives over 35 000 professional visitors and 350 exhibitors from all around the globe (e g. Europe, USA, China, Canada) over 4days.
I have built our exhibition management software that stores and processes all information regarding the exhibition like positions and dimensions of stands, tickets and materials sent to exhibitors and billable services. Management software has publicly, exhibitor and internally accessible modules. During the exhibition I have been responsible for exhibitor services, exhibition building and telecommunication services. I have been able to build solutions that have dropped our billing-cycle time from months to days. My responsibilities also included supervising our exhibition guides and visitor researchers of about 60people.
Finnmetko Oy is 100% owned by Koneyrittäjät Ry. In daily operations we are one and same organization. Reason for two organizations is Finnish Tax legislation.
00420 HELSINKI, FINLAND
CEO Erkki Eilavaara
erkki.eilavaara (att) koneyrittajat.fi
TTS provides research and development services for improving the productivity of your companies. They develop the efficiency of time management, work processes, organization skills and working environments.
My tasks included user support, installation and maintenance of work stations, assisting in network cabling the offices and laboratories, programming web applications and taking part in expo activities.
PL 5 (Kiljavantie 6)
+358 144 6160
I was selected to serve in the Finnish Self Defence Forces Research and Education Center (PVKK) at end of my basic military training. I served my basic training in the Karelia Brigade (KARTR) - Karelia Artillery Regiment. Military service is compulsory for men in Finland.
Some of my tasks included technical support to education platform called KOPO. KOPO had around 11 000 users from all branches of Finnish Self Defence Forces and the Finnish Boarder Guard. Some of the tools used in KOPO were;
The Finnish Self Defence Forces Research and Education Center was combined into the National Defence University in early 2006.
I am unable to talk about other details or tasks of my service due to nature of my service.
Finnish Self Defence Forces
PO BOX 919, 00131 HELSINKI
Fabianinkatu 2, 00131 Helsinki
The Finnish Defence Forces national switch board number +358 299 800
Market research included everything from everyday bread to medication used in breast cancer treatments by Oncology Doctors.
Suomen tuotetieto Oy
Telephone: +35840 5013411
I was responsible for operating the winding station and the re-winding station for the Paper Machines #2 (book printing paper) and #3 (uncoated magazine paper). I also took part in maintenance work for the both wet and dry ends of the paper machine #3 and the winding stations. I was a stand-in for the summer season.Stora Enso Oyj
I have operated my own small business beside my daily job in following fields.
I started by producing network cabling installations but quickly found out that the return on invested time was too small. I continued to provide warranty until end of my contracts (5years). Non of the cabling installations made by me has failed to this date (almost 10years).
I tried to make money on the side with laser engraving. I first started by marketing laser engraved dog pictures to dog owners. As with the cabling installations I found out the return on investments was too low. Main reason was that manufacturing high quality products took a lot of manual labor.
After this I found my gold mine. I produced laser engravings on Finnish wooden cups called “Kuksa”s. I was able to automate the marketing and had it automatically adjust itself to my current backlog. I was able to remove my own warehouse risk by having a starting goods supplier very close to my place of operations. I also automated the production to a very high degree. Unfortunately after two years, EU GDPR legislation made marketing my product financially un viable. I produced around 20 000 pieces of “kuksa” mugs in this two years. I was able to push product cost to customers below 50% of competition in whole nation due to efficient use of automation. I only sold to business with minimum order of 50 pieces.
After this I decided to have another go at consumer markets by making a robot that knit woolen scarves with minimal intervention. These scarves were very popular in Finland at the time, unfortunately I had production difficulties due to mechanical problems and I saw it was more smart move to leave the business at that.
What I learned from all of this
What I have learned from operating my own small business is marketing, time and effort management and fail-fast mentality where appliable to raise a few.
I have always had consent to operate my own small business on my free time from my main employer. I have no interest in returning to running a small business.
High School – Lauttasaaren yhteiskoulu (2001-2004)
Aalto university - Department of Forest Products Technology (fall 2006 – winter 2010 unfinished)
I was accepted to study Forest Products Technology, but I got offer i could not turn down from Koneyrittäjät Ry before I could finish my studies. I have had good skills in programming and me and my current employer met and they made me an offer I could not turn down. My major subject was paper making and secondary was mechanical engineering.