The can seamers and centrifuges from Ferrum AG serve as the basis for numerous products in various sectors such as the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The machine manufacturer is present around the globe and employs over 800 people in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, USA, India, China and Brazil.
The Swiss family company founded in 1917 stands for flexibility and reliability. To write the next chapter of the global success story, the seamless cooperation between the company’s own branches, sales representatives and subsidiaries plays a central role.
The choice of the right IT infrastructure and tools is key to enable the targeted collaboration culture. Through an evaluation Ferrum opted for Google Workspace (G Mail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.), the collaboration solution from Google Cloud. Wabion, the leading Google Cloud Premier Partner in the DACH region, supported Ferrum in deploying Google Workspace simultaneously in different countries, mastering challenges such as:
Google Workspace increases through “real-time collaboration” – users can edit documents at the same time and all changes are traceable at any time – productivity and stands out from other solutions. The collaboration solution from Google Cloud provides all areas of an office suite from note management to data backup:
Wabion has successfully guided demanding Google Workspace migrations for various customers (including Allianz, Kaeser Kompressoren, Tx Group). In order to prepare more than 500 Ferrum employees in Switzerland and in foreign subsidiaries for the change, Ferrum followed Wabion’s advice to proceed in two stages: the deployment of G Mail and Google Calendar as Google Workspace “flagship apps” was the focus of the first stage, data storage with Google Drive and the implementation of Google Docs, Google Sheets etc. followed in the second part. In both stages, a central team took over the coordination in order to complete the cross-country deployment as smoothly as possible.
Based on Google Best Practices and its own expertise, Google Cloud Premier Partner Wabion always develops a deployment strategy that is tailored to customer needs. The simultaneous migration of over 500 Ferrum employees in several countries followed a proven project methodology:
Wabion’s tailor-made method for Google Workspace migration: The right mix of project management competence, technical expertise and change management know-how is crucial for a successful Google Workspace migration. With this set of skills, Wabion guides its customers to the next levels in their digital transformation. In doing so, Wabion brings in its comprehensive Google Cloud Platform (GCP) expertise for the seamless integration of Google Workspace with other GCP offers such as Firebase, or BigQuery.
The proven approach set the pace for both stages (first G Mail / Google Calendar, then Google Drive). Wabion took over the lead not only for the “work streams” project management and advice / support in the technical area, but also for Change Management and training. The motivation (“excite”), information (“enable”) and instruction (“expand / embed”) of the employees plays a major role in every IT transformation project.
Local presence is equally important during a simultaneous migration in several countries. Therefore, Google Workspace partner Buenacloud was mandated for the training in Poland during the phases “Early Adopters” and “Go Live”.
Shortly before the lockdowns due to the corona virus across Europe, Ferrum’s cross-country Google Workspace implementation was completed. Over 500 employees were ready for working from home just in time. The expertise of Wabion and the smooth collaboration with Ferrum made this precise landing possible:
The punctual implementation is the result of a mixture of technical expertise and a tailor-made approach; Wabion did not simply implement Google Best Practices, but tailored them to the specific needs of Ferrum. In addition to the locations in Switzerland and Poland, Ferrum employees in India and the USA are now also using Google Workspace.
Through close cooperation with Wabion, Ferrum discovered additional digitization potential and had Wabion develop two web applications for employees and suppliers based on Google Cloud Firebase.
Make it fast, make it smart, make it together. The Google Workspace motto applies to the entire Google Cloud. Together with an experienced partner, international market leaders like Ferrum can put their digital transformation on the right track.