Bang & Olufsen (B&O) case study | Omnidocs

How B&O found a solution that reflected their corporate brand identity and values.

Bang & Olufsen X Omnidocs

In this short case story, you’ll see how Bang & Olufsen (B&O) successfully used Omnidocs’ user-friendly document software solution to improve their corporate reporting, embed and enhance design competencies, and optimize efficiency.

 

 

Creating and managing the corporate reporting process in-house
Bang & Olufsen, a renowned company known for its craftsmanship, design, and sound, understands the importance of effective communication with stakeholders and investors.

With high expectations surrounding B&O’s corporate reporting, finding a solution that reflected their corporate brand identity and values while streamlining the reporting processes was crucial.

About Bang & Olufsen (B&O)

Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is a design-driven company celebrated for its exceptional products and captivating user experiences. Their commitment to design excellence permeates every aspect of their brand. From iconic speakers to sleek televisions, B&O seamlessly blends artistry and technology. Their products engage the senses, delivering unrivaled sound quality and intuitive interfaces. B&O extends their design prowess to their corporate reporting, creating visually stunning reports that convey financial performance and embody their brand essence.

Employees: 1,100
Markets: 70
Revenue 2012/22: $420 MM (approx.)

"There are high expectations to what Bang & Olufsen stands for, and that has to be reflected in our corporate reporting."

Jesper Hejselbæk, Senior Director, Bang & Olufsen

Challenges

Working with Omnidocs proved a significant step for B&O, allowing seamless integration with familiar tools such as Word and Excel. Using Omnidocs’ software and templates, B&O can consolidate its annual and quarterly reports, ensuring that the visual expression and the company’s DNA are accurately reflected. The user-friendly nature of the software and document templates, driven by Word and Excel, facilitated a smooth transition for employees already familiar with these platforms.

Reports didn't reflect the B&O brand

B&O is a brand known for its craftsmanship, design, and sound. They wanted their corporate reports to reflect this unique identity. The ambition was to create visually stunning reports that captured the essence of their brand while maintaining a professional touch.

Unconnected data and processes

B&O wanted to streamline their reporting processes and templates. They needed a solution that made reporting a breeze and eliminated unnecessary steps. By seamlessly integrating templates, they aimed to create a consistent and efficient workflow, saving time and effort.

Need to combine design, functionality and user-experience

B&O sought to up their design game and create reports that wowed stakeholders and investors. They wanted to go beyond the ordinary, infusing their reports with eye-catching design elements. Finding a user-friendly solution that offered design expertise became essential to achieve this goal.

Tedious and time consuming process

B&O understands the importance of user experience. They wanted to make the reporting process more enjoyable for their internal team. No more frustrating and time-consuming tasks. The goal was to simplify the process, boost team morale, and empower employees to focus on creating exceptional reports.

Taking corporate reports to the next level

Senior Director Jesper Hejselbæk about his experience working with Omnidocs, how Bang & Olufsen has incorporated Omnidocs’ software and design, and the effects this has had on the corporate reporting process.

Bang & Olufsen corporate report examples

All reports are created using Microsoft 365 and purpose-built Omnidocs software and templates. All the reports are made using the same document template and tools. Each report has its own look and feel with changing use of pictures, icons, tables, charts, and infographics.

The reports remain distinctively Bang & Olufsen in their design, but the template’s flexibility offers the opportunity to differentiate between the look and feel.

 

Return on investment

B&O witnessed a notable return on investment through the collaboration and implementation of their purpose-built template and document software.

First and foremost, the company achieved cost savings by eliminating the need to engage external partners for document production. Taking control of the process and the documents significantly reduced expenses and kept the core competencies in-house.

Secondly, B&O experienced substantial time savings, cutting down on the duration of the quarterly and annual reporting processes. The company accomplished tasks more swiftly by maintaining control and efficiency, saving valuable time. B&O also experience more design flexibility and has been able to update and use new design elements and assets in their templates.

Lastly, by introducing a more intuitive template and document creation process, B&O improved employee satisfaction and well-being. The once cumbersome and frustrating reporting process became more enjoyable, boosting overall morale within the organization.

Better management of the process

Taking control of the process and the documents significantly reduced expenses and kept the core competencies in-house.

Reduced time spend

B&O experienced substantial time savings, cutting down on the duration of the quarterly and annual reporting processes. The company accomplished tasks more swiftly by maintaining control and efficiency, saving valuable time.

Increased design flexibility

B&O also experience more design flexibility and has been able to update and use new design elements and assets in their templates.

Better employee satisfaction and well-being

B&O improved employee satisfaction and well-being. The once cumbersome and frustrating reporting process became more enjoyable, boosting overall morale within the organization.

"Now it's much more fun to prepare the annual report and work with the documents."

Jesper Hejselbæk, Senior Director, Bang & Olufsen

Recognizing the benefits, B&O has chosen to expand its usage beyond annual and quarterly reports.

Their tailored document design solution has proven instrumental in producing other essential documents such as remuneration, corporate governance, and CSR reports.

Encouraged by the success, B&O has begun to use their solution for their local financial statements, aiming to create a standardized template that seamlessly integrates Word documents with Excel tables.

In addition to streamlining reporting processes, Omnidocs’ services also contributed to enhancing B&O’s in-house design competencies.

Leveraging the flexibility of the software, B&O collaborated with Omnidocs experts to ensure that the visual expression of their corporate reporting aligned with their brand identity.

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