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Insight into the Exciting Architecture Journey at H&M

Mats Rygaard, Head of Architecture at H&M, gives you an insight into the latest digital trends and technology initiatives at H&M.

What’s your view on the importance of architecture for H&M?
H&M is in the middle of a significant digital transformation to meet our continued expansion, and to create a more digital customer experience and efficient supply chain – changes that are all directly dependent upon a completely new generation of architecture. Considering the size of H&M, this promises a very exciting journey for architects – a journey with few equivalents in Sweden.

What trends do you expect in architecture?
The retail industry in general is focusing on the digitalization of stores and a seamless, channel independent customer experience. One of the consequences of digitalization is that technology is now at the top of most companies’ change agendas, which in turn requires an efficient architecture machinery. This is obvious also at H&M, where the need for architects just continues to increase.

What technological initiatives are H&M looking at for 2018?
Before I came to H&M, I didn’t realize how big the group is- or how many new, fantastic investments are being made. On top of the new generation of ERP and online platforms, we’re also expanding our portfolio of brands and investing in advanced analytics and RFID. But it’s difficult to pick only a few among all the stuff that’s happening. The only constant is constant change, which is both exhilarating and challenging for us as architects!

How is H&M working with and utilizing new technologies within IT?
Architects at H&M are key players in driving and facilitating change, both on the business and IT sides. We proactively identify the changes that are necessary and help steer the change in the right direction. The new generation of architecture is emerging is based on the latest technologies, which is a prerequisite when considering for example the unique scalability challenges that a company of our size is facing. In-memory based databases, RFID, API platforms, predictive analysis – the list of new technologies goes on and.

What is the best part about being an architect at H&M?
Before H&M, I worked as an architecture consultant for almost 20 years at some of the largest companies around the world, but few of them could match H&M’s culture of whole-heartedly embracing the importance of architecture. To work in a successful company with a global presence, a growing portfolio of brands, a constant flow of new investments, and an exciting digital ambition ought to be the dream of every aspiring architect!

Interested in working in archiecture at H&M? Send in an open application here!

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