On creates solid IT foundation for further growth

The sports brand On has systematically created a strong basis for international cooperation and its further growth with Google Cloud products and StackWorks. As part of a permanent further development of the IT landscape, the company benefits from the latest innovations.

Initial situation

As a fast-growing company, On AG's focus was on product development, sales, marketing and expansion. Although Google Workspace was already in use, as Google demonstrates forward thinking and innovation with its cloud-based solutions with an open approach, the IT foundation for further growth was expandable.

"For example, there was a lack of links to other applications," reported Ian Hampton, Global IT Operations and Services Manager at On. He added, "So we wanted to rethink the processes and automate them where possible." For example, the plan was to integrate the HR system Workday. In addition, single sign-on was to be implemented as an authentication method, and management and security were to be improved.

"The technical changes happened in the background, the employees don't notice a big difference. Working with StackWorks is like changing a tire in a Formula 1 race."

Ian Hampton, Global IT Operations and Services Manager, On AG


StackWorks performed a Google Workspace Security Audit and identified the necessary tasks. Subsequently, the cloud specialists implemented various security features. They revised the organizational structures such as the authorization concept and groups for secure central administration. Numerous third-party applications and the single sign-on procedure were integrated. This means: Users log in to their Google account and can use all other linked applications via one interface.

"As a next step, we set up the automated transfer of attributes from Workday so that information relevant to employee management is available in Google Workspace," revealed Liam Ormond, Cloud Consultant at StackWorks. There, they form the basis for creating dynamic groups and automating processes.

At the same time, StackWorks accompanied the roll-out of the Google Meet hardware on the software side, took care of the integration of the printers and took over the 3rd level support. Within the scope of two meetings per week, the Google Cloud Service Provider and On continue to expand the IT landscape together.

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On has stronger and more secure processes and solid foundations for further growth. These enable simple administration and the automation of processes, for example as part of the planned Zero Touch Deployment, which will additionally reduce the workload of IT employees. At the same time, IT is being systematically further developed so that On can permanently take advantage of new innovations.

Ian Hampton sums up: "We benefit from a very strong collaboration with StackWorks and especially our contact Liam Ormond. He brings a wealth of experience, excels at innovative thinking and is a driving force as part of our team."

About On:

Since its birth in the Swiss Alps, On has pursued a clear goal: revolutionizing the running experience for everyone. Twelve years after launch, the premium On brand continues to make a splash in the industry with innovation in running shoes, apparel and accessories for high-performance sports, outdoor and active living. On's award-winning CloudTec® technology, thoughtful design and the sports brand's rapid advancements in sustainability have attracted a rapidly growing global fan base. On inspires people to explore and follow big dreams and is present in more than 60 countries. For more information: https://www.on-running.com/de-ch

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