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Tema: OCEANTECH

#0979: OCEANTECH: Digitization and innovation in Norwegian aquaculture

Gjest: Trond Kathenes & Jørn Torsvik

Chief Digital Officer & CEO

AquaCloud AS


Med Vert Silvija Seres

In this #LØRN case Silvija talks to Trond Kathenes who is the Chief Digital Officer in Grieg Seafood ASA and Jørn Torsvik who Is the CEO in AquaCloud. They will be talking about digitalization in the maritin sector with a specific focus on the aqua cloud. AquaCloud is an industry collaboration for digitization and standardization in aquaculture that was established by NCE Seafood Innovation. AquaCloud works for data sharing and better data quality through standardization in sensors, fish health and environmental measurements

Name?
Trond Kathenes

Title and place of work?  
Chief Digital Officer, Grieg Seafood ASA

Who are you, personally and professionally?  
Easy going and caring, 59 years, married, kids, focusing on both my private and work kohort, enjoying working in a company/industry with instant growing motivation and focus on getting up to speed within digitalization.

Education and hobby?
Graduated from Royal Norwegian Naval Academy Operational / Technical branch 1985, working in the IT industry (IBM, Capgemini ++) from 1997 and in Grieg Seafood since 2010. Hobbies are family, friends, hiking, training and fishing.

What does your organization do, and why do people buy from you/work with you?
Among the largest salmon producers in the world, supplying the growing market demands for our products.
My internal organization supports the business processes with infrastructure and applications for data acquisitions and data analytics for insight in critical production / supply chain processes.
This to facilitate new knowledge and changes in operational procedures enabling sustainable growth and fish welfare as well as cost efficient operations.

What does digital transformation mean to you?
To get an organization to adapt to the use of data, digital platforms and fact-based insight to develop the business through enhancing people, processes and technology.

Your own most important job projects in the last year?
Build global data carrier capabilities, build integrated operation center for seawater production, and deliver data analysis on fish performance and fish welfare to the business.

Who inspires you?
Curious and competent colleagues within the whole value chain, people with strategic perspectives on the digital trends both industrial and social. My family and friends.

What is relevant knowledge for the future?
Big question! Understanding how people interact in the hybrid workspace (digital and physical), how to create workspace that thrives creativity and productivity in a frame of stability and continuity, statistics and mathematics(!)

Recommended reading / viewing?
Podcasts; Tekfisk, InnovateTeams, Gartner ThinkCast

Main new perspectives from Covid?
The threshold for utilizing digital tools are lower than anticipated.
Working distributed (home office) will be a part of the new working schedules and demands more empathic skills from leaders
Increased focus on the value of physical meetings..

Your 3 best management tips?
- Set clear goals for your team and ensure that everyone understands them and their individual contribution.
- Ensure that your colleagues have the right tools and skills – encourage them to build skills and strengthen their capabilities by introducing external expertise where necessary
- Care for, and show that you care for, your colleagues

Any important sustainability perspectives?
Our industry must focus on documenting that our footprint throughout the whole value chain is as less as possible! This can only be done by acquiring data from our own production processes, as well as from all suppliers and their sub-suppliers. These data can only be stored in block-chain type of structure and be presented on demand from whoever requires them.

A favorite quote or life motto?
Do to others that you want them to do to you!

What motivates your work?
By achieving sustainable results on our projects and deliverables. Curious and competent colleagues!

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Name?
Jørn Torsvik

Title and place of work?
CEO, AquaCloud AS

Who are you, personally and professionally?

Professionally a strategist, technologist and leader.

Education and hobby?

Law, Informatics, Innovation and Transformation, Executive Coaching, MBA in Strategic Management.

Walking in nature, learning Spanish, used to travel….

What does your organization do, and why do people buy from you/work with you?

AquaCloud is industry standardization and data sharing for sustainable growth.

What does digital transformation mean to you?

New customer experiences, business models, and revenue streams.

Your own most important job projects in the last year?

AquaCloud

Who inspires you?

People with courage and strong values.

What is relevant knowledge for the future?

Curiosity is more relevant than specific knowledge. What you need to know, will change rapidly over time.

Recommended reading / viewing?

The last book I read was “Jegerånden” by General Eirik Kristoffersen. Some principles and values are universal and timeless.

Main new perspectives from Covid?

The importance of social relations.

Your 3 best management tips?

Maintain core values like trust, integrity, responsibility and courage.

Take care of your team and your people.

Don’t interfere when great people are doing their job.

A favorite quote or life motto?

Anything is possible, the impossible just takes a bit longer.

What motivates your work?

To have an impact.

 

Cluster

This is what you will learn:

What is AquaCloud
Sustainable growth
Fish Welfare
Data plattforms
Innovation in the maritim sector 

Set clear goals for your team and ensure that everyone understands them and their individual contribution 

- Trond Kathenes & Jørn Torsvik

Recommended literature:

The last book I read was “Jegerånden” by General Eirik Kristoffersen. Some principles and values are universal and timeless

This is AquaCloud AS

AquaCloud was established in 2017 and is a big data project anchored in the aquaculture industry’s need to solve common challenges in order to create sustainable growth.

The project is part of NCE Seafood Innovation and began together with cluster members Lerøy Seafood Group ASA, Grieg Seafood ASA, Mowi ASA, Bremnes Seashore AS, Lingalaks AS, Eide Fjordbruk, and Bolaks AS. The project has developed substantially since 2017, and today the project involve a even broader group of leading aquaculture companies.