N4S-Program: Finnish Software Companies Speeding Digital Economy

Need for Speed (N4S) will create the foundation for the Finnish software intensive businesses in the new digital economy. N4S adopts a real-time experimental business model, and provides capability for instant value delivery based upon deep customer insight. The program is executed by the forefront Finnish software companies. The consortia consists of 13 large industrial organisations, 16 SMEs and 11 research institutes and universities. The four-year program of Digile (2014-2017) is partly funded by Tekes.


The internet is the first truly global platform for the digital economy and will create significant new business, economic, and social opportunities. Digital resources are constantly available on-line, and for all to use. Increasingly, products and services are not developed by a single company but rather by a network of collaborating companies. This network of companies contribute to the ecosystem through different elements from both established and newly developed products, forming new, even more compelling offerings.

The long-term plan of N4S is to serve other companies where software plays a dominant role in engineering—for instance, those associated with the automation industry—by making the program’s results, tools, and processes widely available.

n4s-speed

Lean, agile and speedy software from Finland

The program has three major areas of focus:

Delivering Value in Real Time:  The Finnish software-intensive industry has renewed their existing business and organizations towards a value-driven and adaptive real-time business paradigm. Technical infrastructure and required capabilities have been established to support the transformation.

Deep Customer Insight—Better Business Hit-Rate: Software-intensive industries in Finland are utilizing new technical infrastructure and capabilities as well as various sources of data and information to gain and apply deep insight into customer needs and behavior. This knowledge will enable the industry to improve sales and make significant returns on investment in the development of both products and services.

Mercury Business – Find the New Money: This target focuses on how companies and societies can behave like liquid mercury, finding and flowing into new grooves. Mercury Business is the ability to adapt to new business conditions and search aggressively for business opportunities in new markets with minimum effort. This new approach to business growth is enabled by continuous and active strategic focus, a new leadership style.

Contact Persons

Dr. Janne Järvinen, Focus Area Director
janne.jarvinen(at)f-secure.com / +358407544738

Dr. Raija Kuusela, Program Coordinator
raija.kuusela(at)vtt.fi / +358401820853

Prof. Tommi Mikkonen, Academic Coordinator
tommi.mikkonen(at)tut.fi / +358408490749

Ari Turunen, Dissemination Manager
ari.turunen(at)vehra.fi / +358449891960

About Digile

DIGILE gathers the various projects and plans from these spheres into wider research programmes, raises the bar and level of expectations of innovation, gives rise to new study in the least-researched areas and then obtains additional funding from private and public donors in order to still further enhance the quality and success of each and every project.

Read more: www.digile.fi