How Momentum Energy has transformed its entire business to be customer-led

Managing director and GM of marketing and sales for the Tasmanian-owned energy provider share the massive technology-led transformation program that's paying big customer dividends


Skills and training

It’s a big skills shift, too. In advance, Childs recruited professionals with Salesforce experience, and existing staff were given training.  But the most important decision was to put staff knee deep into the transformation program itself, she said.

“We made big sacrifices in our day jobs for six months,” she said. “But it paid dividends because once we went live, people knew what to do. You can’t go and learn this in a classroom in a week.”  

Momentum Energy also introduced an initiative recognising Salesforce experts, ensuring these people were spread across divisions. These individuals wear caps, run workshops and help staff around any issues.

But Geason agreed there is a higher level issue all organisations going through significant transformation program must confront around structure. A big skills gap is arguably around data and insight.

“We don’t have all the right skills and capability either technical or leadership level of getting the Ferrari out of first gear and that’s very confronting,” he said. “If we were to test the forward compatibility of our leadership in being truly capable of optimising and leveraging this technology, it’d be challenged. It’s not because we need them to be deep technologists, but because they’re now the critical link between the potential and reconciling it with what customers actually want. We are challenging historically norms.”

For Geason, the only limitation on Momentum Energy realising its ambitions is an inability to be creative and innovative when using the new platforms.

“The thing that stifles that is fear and people not feeling comfortable about challenging the way we do things,” he said. “You always have to believe there is a better way of doing something and constantly challenging yourself. 

“Hopefully, people are seeing a deep and extensive focus on sharing and facilitating knowledge in and across the business around customer insight. We’re also ferocious in our curiosity and insight around what our competitors are up to. For us, it’s about understanding the external environment and combining that in a customer-led design manner so we can have a series of initiatives, actions and investments that are all aligned and that make things better for our customers.”

- Nadia Cameron travelled to Dreamforce in San Francisco as a guest of Salesforce.

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