“I’m a humanist that dreams of 8-bit sheep.”
That's how Sami Kallinen, the co-founder of 8-bit-sheep, introduced himself on Twitter for many years. The company name refers to Philip K. Dick's classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the necessary combination of arts and technology.
Digital and Data Strategy Boutique
This sheep means business
AI. Architecting systems. Auditing business needs. Auditing ecosystems. Building teams. Buyer side consulting. Coaching. Community building. Coordinating complex multi-stakeholder initiatives. Customer analytics. Customer Data Platform design. Customer experience measurement. Customer insight collection. Customer insights and analytics. CX analysis. CX optimization. Data Engineering. Data Science. Data visualisation. Digital analytics system evaluations. Digital analytics system implementation. Digital development. Digital experience optimization. Digital experience personalization. Digital strategy creation. Facilitation. Identity solutions. Internal capability development. Keynote speakers. Leadership. Machine Learning. Management. Marketing Technology & Digital Data. Mentoring. Product and project management. Reporting technologies. Research. Roadmap design. Software Engineering. Sparring. Technical management mentoring. Tender preparation. Training and coaching. User research. Vendor selection. Workshop design.
We do consulting for strong brands
We help with problems regarding the digital in general and data in particular
User experience, data and analytics
These clever little lambs…
…all senior and acclaimed in their fields, work on the most difficult problems in the space
We help clients make sense of all the buzzwords
Data science, machine learning, AI, vim, emacs or blockchains
We've seen things few people would've believed
The media industry was just the start, you're probably next
We can help you dream of 8-bit-sheep
The Flock (in order of appearance)
Sami Kallinen // @sakalli
The company Bellwether
Sami is a humanist who founded his first professional online media service 25 years ago and has experience in data and AI, visionary leadership, and media. He has held positions as CDO and CTO at various companies, including the Finnish Broadcasting Company and KSF Media, where he implemented radical transformation programs in product development and leadership. He is also a Lisp coder and writes Clojure code daily. He is currently active in 8-bit-sheep, a consultancy that helps companies with digital transformation and putting data and AI into practice.
Leevi Kokko // @leevikokko
Leevi has been online for the past 20 years, always driving change, whether on the client side or as a consultant. Leevi likes to help brands understand customers on all levels, utilizing methods from market intelligence, surveys and focus groups to analysis of digital data in all its forms.
During the past couple of years, Leevi has been one of the driving forces behind the national identity project, orchestrated by the Suomen Tunnistautumisosuuskunta co-operative. Additionally Leevi is currently leading the national online media measurement (FIAM) operations, and engaged in multiple cross-channel audience measurement initiatives within the media industry.
Leevi began his career at Sonera, moved on to Satama Interactive and from there to start Finland's first service design agency Ego Beta. He joined e-commerce startup Fruugo as business analytics manager and later Fonecta as the marketing manager for digital services. At Yle Leevi built digital analytics practice from ground up, and started Yle Tunnus. Before joining 8-bit-sheep as a partner Leevi spent two years at DNA where he lead the B2C commercial operations team within the Online unit.
Jaakko Ojalehto // @zeikko
Full Stack Baad-ass
Jaakko is a full stack developer who enjoys making the world a better place by creating the tools that enable people to level up their lives. This has included web analytics tools for journalists, visually stunning news websites for young adults and a news mobile application where you can converse and vote for things that matter. Jaakko goes nuts over test automation, code coverage, code linting, code reviews, continuous integration, infrastructure as code and other ways to build high performance quality apps that are easy to maintain and develop further.
Henri Kinnunen // @hkinnunen
Front and Bääkend Ram
Henri has a long history in tech. He's been working in the field for over 10 years mostly as a software engineer. He's fanatic about building quality software that just works. It includes delivering state-of-the art continuous delivery and well tested software as well as polishing the processes of how software is build.
Henri has experienced how it is to work as a consultant as well as a team member of a fast growing startup. He's a full-stack software engineer who is able to help customers in every step of the process of creating software. Henri has devops mentality and hands-on software development experience from wide-variety of business domains including but not limited to: banking, telecommunications, social marketing, online gaming and media.
Henri's currently interested in Golang and Kubernetes, but he has also worked with technologies like Node.js, Python and Clojure. Henri is also fluent with front-end such as React.
Simo Ahava // @SimoAhava
Sheep Analytics Officer
Simo Ahava is a recognized expert on customizing web analytics and tag management solutions to improve the entire “life cycle” of data collection, processing, and reporting. His main areas of expertise lie with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager, and Google has appointed him as a Google Developer Expert in these fields. He is especially interested in communication structures within organizations, as he firmly believes that communication breakdowns are the underlying cause to practically all data-related problems.
Simo is particularly invested in demystifying analytics development work, and his main focus is on increasing awareness, skills, and critical thinking around data and development.
Simo is also co-founder of Simmer
, an online learning platform for technical marketers.
Among other things, Simo writes a popular blog on all things Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager development at www.simoahava.com
. An experienced speaker and prolific blogger, Simo can be seen and heard in conferences, product forums, support communities, and developer meet-ups alike.
Teemu Keskitalo // @temeke
Full Stack GraphQL Evangelist
Teemu is a really proactive and experienced technical consultant interested in software architecture trends and new technologies. He thinks that the developer experience is key to successful projects. When tools, culture, and practices are in order, people start to have the feeling of success, and they start to work as an effective team. Teemu always does his best to push the work environment in that direction.
He has over 10 years of developer experience in a variety of technologies and roles. The current stack is TypeScript, AWS, React, Python, and of course GraphQL which he has used in all of his projects during the last five years. Teemu sees GraphQL as much more than just technology, as in some cases it can help solve larger architecture problems, and even help teams work better together, and reuse more of their backend code.
Teemu loves to help others, and he is always eager to learn new things — maybe that's why the role of a GraphQL evangelist has become part of his personality.
Taneli Salonen // @Taneli
Wool Stack Measurement Specialist
Taneli is a seasoned analytics expert and a former professional poker player. He has experience in doing analytics in a wide range within digital marketing & sales as well as product analytics. He's especially enthusiastic about full-funnel marketing measurement - covering the dots between the marketing channels, website and the CRM, and all the tools involved. The skills for this he has gained from having the experience from both digital marketing agency side as well as CRM and marketing automation consultancy side.
Having started his analytics career with web analytics implementations, Taneli has gradually expanded his skillset into data visualization and BI tools, data integrations and cloud computing, and data modeling and warehousing. He has the ability to go deep into technical challenges without getting lost in the details.
Taneli writes an analytics blog at tanelytics.com
focusing on technical analytics solutions and is an active contributor to the digital analytics open source community.
Anders Nylund // @derssii
Full Stack Web Develobaa
Anders is a highly motivated full-stack web developer who strives for the best. He is a team player that wants to take ownership of the things he is working on. He's able to grasp bigger concepts both technically and organisationally. He thinks that all problems have a solution and that they can be found through discussion, understanding, and compassion. Because of this he is often gravitating towards the role of improving the ways of working of the team, and by that, improving effectiveness of the team to reach the common goal.
Anders has deep knowledge in full-stack web development technologies, and the past years he's been digging deep into React, Node, TypeScript and Azure. Quality at all layers of web development, e.g. pixel-tweaking, backend speed optimisation, and cloud security, are all really important to him. Being a jack of all trades is really important to him, as he thinks that this is the way he can be the most valuable to the team and the common goal of the project. Because of this he's constantly out of his comfort zone learning and finding out new things during his daily work and spare time.
Erik Grönroos // @groner
Sheep Analytics & AI Engineer
Erik is an observant analyst and business developer who's passionate about user experience, usability and details that add value to the customer. He gets motivated by intellectual challenges, has strong hands-on attitude and makes things happen. Erik is also an eager advocate of a data-driven experimental culture and one of his mottos is “stop guessing, let's test it and see what the data suggests” (with statistical power of >= 0.80 and p-value < 0.05, naturally).
Erik has founded the Analyst magazine (Analyytikko)
, Finland's first expert magazine in the field of Data Science, Analytics and Machine Learning, where he also serves as Editor in Chief.
Erik built his first website in 1996 (at the age of 13) and has +20 years of experience in Web Development (PHP, JS, SQL, Linux systems), +15 years in Business and Process Development, +15 years in Analytics, Statistics, Data Science, AI/ML and +10 years in Technical SEO. Erik has background of nearly 15 years at Elisa (the largest telecommunications, ICT and online service company in Finland), where he worked in several roles during the years, including Customer Service and Process Development and Leading Web Analyst roles (B2C, B2B). Before joining 8-bit-sheep, Erik worked as a Leading Analyst, AI/ML Lead / Data & AI Architect and Data Protection Officer at Generaxion, one of the leading digital marketing specialist companies in Northern Europe.
Say hi to our shepherds! Say baa to the board of 8-bit-sheep! The board is a wonderful combination of complementing talents and experiences. Together they have a firm command of strategy, digital business development, media and communications as well as ideas and brand building.
Hanne Kettunen // @HanneKettunen
Hanne is an experienced leader in the digital service space with background as a startup founder and working with some of the largest brands in Finland through consultancies such as Avaus and Siili. Currently she works as the COO at Avanto Ventures which works as a bridge between classic brands and the startup space.
Mary Gestrin // @marygestrin
Mary is a seasoned board professional and leader in the media industry. Journalist by trade. Previously she has worked at Yle in many different capacities, amongst others as head of the Areena service. Between 2014-2021 she was head of comms at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen. Currently she is director of communications at Konstsamfundet, a private foundation in Helsinki.
Piëtke Visser // @pietke_works
Piëtke is the celebrated and prize-winning designer and ideas developer as well as a partner at the agency Kuudes in Helsinki. She is also the creative behind the 8-bit-sheep identity.