Collaboration with Capgemini helps DONG expand outside Denmark to Germany and beyond
Capgemini has put considerable effort into delivering a model that can be implemented in practice and has addressed the operational level in the implementation proposal. This makes it highly usable. We know exactly who is supposed to do what and when. Ole Vestergaard,, Head of Products and Partnerships, DONG Handel (Trade)
In the wake of the liberalization of the energy market, several foreign energy providers have entered the Danish market, resulting in increased competition. As a consequence of this new situation, DONG (one of the largest energy providers in the Nordics) wants to defend its current market share in its home market, and improve its position in foreign markets such as Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden. This should be achieved through closer cooperation and partnership with energy providers abroad. DONG has therefore asked Capgemini to develop a partnership strategy to achieve market share growth, primarily in the German market.
The transport of energy – in particular gas – is difficult over longer distances, and potential growth opportunities should therefore be found in the areas close to the supply sources in the North Sea. DONG has already established cooperation with the Municipal providers (Stadtwerke) in Germany, who are responsible for the sale and distribution of energy. There are approximately 800 Stadtwerke in Germany and the aim of the partnership strategy is to establish a close connection between a number of Stadtwerke and DONG. Providers in Germany are facing liberalization and a more competitive energy market, and the partnership with DONG will strengthen their local market position and give them access to competitive delivery of energy. In cooperation with the local Stadtwerke, DONG will get access to the German energy market and can gain a competitive advantage.
DONG has established a sales office in Germany as part of its strategy of market expansion to the south. The sales representatives in this office will make energy sales deals with Stadtwerke that will later develop into formalized partnerships between the companies.
The partnership model is also going to be the foundation for DONG’s further expansion into markets like The Netherlands and Sweden.
“Capgemini’s strategy is thoroughly prepared and clearly articulated, with a number of sharp points and specific guide-lines. Contrary to most other strategic proposals, this one includes more than just analyses, visions and statements. Capgemini has put considerable effort into delivering a model that can be implemented in practice and has addressed the operational level in the implementation proposal. This makes it highly usable. We know exactly who is supposed to do what and when,” says Ole Vestergaard, Head of Products and Partnerships at DONG Handel (Trade).
“The ASE-workshop was indispensable. Partnerships cannot be measured with numbers and curves – what counts is less quantifiable. It is therefore crucial that the partnership concept is broadly accepted throughout the organization and that all the people involved have a clear understanding of the implementation of the model and the importance of our way of cooperating. That is how you gain commitment to the project,” stresses Ole Vestergaard.