How Finnish telco Moi reshaped the future of mobile operators
Client: Moi Mobiili Oy
Mobile operator startup Moi wanted to completely reshape the way mobile operators work. The core of Moi’s business model is looking at things from the customer’s perspective.
With their business based on the process-centric approach, Moi can tailor and develop their services for selected target audiences in an agile way. Moi is the 100% digital, next-generation mobile operator.
When we started working with Moi, they had a vision to design and build an all-digital operator which had never been done before in this industry.
Existing telco systems are big and heavy, making it difficult – often almost impossible – to launch new services and businesses. Furthermore, the processes are typically built from a production point-of-view into those heavy systems.
Take for example invoicing. If you’re sending a million invoices a month, your process management needs to be very simple in order to create simple invoices. But when processes are built into the IT systems, changing the process requires changing the whole system. Systems are standing in the way of customer-centric service.
In industries like this, process innovations can really set you apart.
Moi’s founders had been in the telco industry for a long time. They knew they had to be able to quickly build processes that could be altered in an agile way to fit ever-evolving customer needs. This would never be achieved using traditional heavy telco systems.
We partnered with Moi and other development parties to find the technologies that would make this possible. Some out-of-the-box thinking, experience and innovative new technologies made it possible to create a process-centric business in an efficient and cost-effective way.
What is the process-centric approach?
Process-centric development (or process-driven development) is a means to align IT systems with business processes in a way that the business processes remain independent of the IT systems and processes guide the systems.
Business processes are captured and modelled using Business Process Model Notation (BPMN). Modeling business processes using BPMN enables us to have visibility over the business-processes, systems, integrations and their effects.
Essentially, the process-centric model enables creating new kinds of business, products and services, as processes are not limited by or tied to existing systems. It is a way to eliminate the problem – “we want to create a new service or product that the customers want, but our IT systems don’t allow it or it’s too complicated”.
In Moi’s business, the customer process is always the leading variable.
The process-centric approach and state-of-the-art components made Moi’s mission to be an all-digital operator real. We helped design and implement a fully digital business model using BPM workflows and micro-service architecture together with Moi and other development parties. We also helped create UI frontends for web and mobile.
One of the innovative ideas of this project is the NoSQL based microservice architecture orchestrated by business process engines. Built with minimal coding and by utilising proven high-level commercial and open-source products, the system is less vulnerable to time and the people working on it.
Components were selected with a best-of-breed approach, without limiting thinking to what had already been done in the Mobile segment. For example, for billing we chose a cloud-based subscription service that is one of the best platforms in subscription-based systems, despite it not having any cases in this particular vertical.
The backbone of the Moi stack, the Business Process Automation Platform, makes all the pieces work together but at the same time, any piece can be replaced. BP-Automation also makes processes visible and measurable. It’s easy to find bottlenecks in process on the fly and react.
The solution scales well to telco loads, is flexible to accommodate innovating new products for customers and easily maintained. It meets the tight regulation requirements of the telco sector, enabling access to data required for regulatory purposes as well as business analysts.
“We built Moi’s BSS, including billing, webshops, self-service apps, marketing tools, process and organisation in less than eight months. I could say the price tag was 10-100 times lower than with most virtual operator projects.“— Kalle Vuoristo, Moi CTO