The world of work is becoming more and more dynamic, with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) on the rise. Question marks hang over tried-and-trusted business models and traditional leadership structures. So what types of organisation are likely to succeed in a VUCA world?
No trend is currently being discussed as widely and with such indiscriminate enthusiasm as artificial intelligence (AI) but what a lot of people don’t know is that a large proportion of AI development is open and accessible to everyone. Michael Schröder and Wilhelm Kleiminger describe how companies can make an agile and scalable start to their AI journey with the right approach and data science in the cloud.
Robo-advisors are booming in the USA, although they have yet to establish themselves properly in Switzerland. Daniel Peter, the co-founder and CEO of Viac, tells us why such automated advisory services could flourish in this country as well.
Robo-advisors are not really catching on in Switzerland. Market penetration is apparently minimal and the share of total assets under robo-management is vanishingly small. Success stories are few and far between, though not unknown, and the central question remains: what does a robo-advisor need to succeed?
Once a niche solution, cloud computing has developed into an IT standard for modern companies. Cloud computing opens up a multitude of opportunities but it comes with challenges as well: should the company cloud be private, public, hybrid or even a multi-cloud? Cloud experts Daniel Bacher and Zoltán Majó shine a light on this paradigm shift.
Will the modern bank of tomorrow be purely digital, or will branches and advisors still have a role to play? How can customer retention and loyalty be assured? How have new fintechs offering traditional services, such as account management and payments, managed to create online forums that attract 15,000 user posts in a month? An expert article from Adrian Berger, MD Finance & Telco Solutions.
Rapid technological progress is dramatically expanding our horizons where it comes to the interaction of humans with machines – also known as human-computer interaction, or HCI. Gone are the days when we had to swallow a 200-page manual in order to use a video recorder, on which five buttons had to be held down simultaneously, for three seconds, to enact a single function. HCI experts Dr. Robert Adelmann and Prof. Dr. Markus Stolze outline the latest developments.
The stereotype of a software engineer working – introverted and alone – in a dark, subterranean room could not be further from reality. Today, communication and collaboration, both with clients and other developers, are key. Daniel Koller speaks about his goals at work and in the wider software community.
Daniel Peter is CEO and, along with Christian Mathis and Jonas Gusset, joint owner of VIAC AG. He is also joint initiator of the VIAC pension app – the digital 3a pension solution for everyone.
Production lines are complex machines. Once they are started, they run perfectly but all it takes is a change from one biscuit variety to another and the whole thing can grind to a halt. A technician is called to reset everything and only then can work be resumed. Wouldn’t it be more efficient if staff on site could pull the levers themselves? The ever-popular Blévita cracker gave Ueli Eggenberger, head of IT at Meilen-based Midor, a brilliant idea …
Digitalisation is transforming our economy, sector after sector, accelerating the evolution of web technologies. These developments are affecting security solutions as well – the trend is clearly pointing towards a convergence of application security, API security and access management. The many benefits of such an integrated approach include a shorter time to market for projects and lower total cost of ownership. However, if organisations are to derive maximum value from digitalisation, they must combine management and IT skills in intelligent ways. Security expert Martin Burkhart elaborates why.
Paying your bills without e-banking? These days, it’s unthinkable. The first e-banking system in Switzerland was developed by Ergon over 20 years ago. Thomas Ward was the pioneer and driving force on the team back then. He has since specialised in software solutions for banks and found his true calling.
Eugen Seitz AG, an independent, family-owned company, that has been in business for more than 60 years, has achieved international success with its valve technology. One of the firm’s departments manufactures the stretch blow moulding valves used to produce PET containers. Francesco Fini, Head of Seitz’s PET Business Unit, and Joachim Schmidt, PET Team Leader and Senior Design Engineer, explain how this process works and outline the company’s ambitions for the future.
Open banking is a hot topic in the fintech world. The EU’s Payment Services Directive (PSD2), which regulates security and the opening-up of interfaces in the bloc, has been in force since mid-September. Adrian Berger, Ergon’s Managing Director Finance & Telecom Solutions, discusses the state of play for open banking in Switzerland.
If your GPS, compass, Apple Maps and Google Maps are no use, hat will you need to bring the past to life in the present, using augmented reality (AR)? How is the City of Zurich hoping to explore its own past? And, most importantly, what has it got planned for the future? Christian Hürzeler, Project Manager at the GIS Centre of Competence within the City of Zurich’s City Planning Office, takes us behind the scenes.
In rolling out PSD2, the Payment Services Directive, EU legislators have compelled banks to open up customer interfaces, thereby making their services available to third-party providers, such as fintech companies. But how is Switzerland’s financial sector, which is not bound by these regulations, dealing with this situation?
How do you win over a new client? What must be right for a business relationship to work? How do you build lasting collaborations that often grow into friendships? Ruedi Hugelshofer has been involved in selling for decades but would never describe himself as someone who works in "sales". He sees his role in quite a different light.
Anja Graf, Group CEO and Chairwoman of VISIONAPARTMENTS, had already founded her own modelling agency by the age of 16 before discovering a gap in the market at 18: nobody seemed to be offering short-term, furnished rental accommodation, which could be rented by models and business travellers. The first principal at her commercial high school encouraged her, her father advised caution and her second school principal accused her of being “out of her mind”. She knew right away which route to take.
Rolf Olmesdahl, Head of IT Department and Services (COO) at Raiffeisen Switzerland, welcomes us into his office in the company’s headquarters in St. Gallen for a chat – an uncluttered space with no flash or ostentation. There’s a laptop on the desk but precious little else. His office is known within the firm as “the clean room” but this description could equally be applied to his approach to work, which is efficient, electronic and no-nonsense: clean, precise but always with a human touch.
Martin Michel, CIO of Axon Lab AG, discusses the requirements that modern-practice software must fulfil and the hurdles to be overcome when introducing such a system.
Digital transformation is bringing new perspectives and opportunities for hospitals to out-manoeuvre the competition in the race to attract individual flat-rate payments. Only those who actively engage with risk and seek out opportunities will derive sustainable benefits from digitalisation. The aim is to convery those patients referred to their GPs and attending physicians into satisfied customers and ensure success over the long term.
An expert article by Michael Doujak, Product Manager Airlock Secure Access Hub.
Ergon recognised the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) at an early stage – not least to help Switzerland’s many excellent SMEs achieve substantial competitive advantage. What has been the secret of Ergon’s success in helping companies plug in to a networked future? Benedikt Ostermaier and Gert Brettlecker take us behind the scenes.
Healthcare costs are rising, unchecked, for Swiss households. How can this trend be countered without compromising the quality or range of services on offer in the healthcare sector? Digitalisation is opening up a host of promising opportunities for medical practices to enhance their internal efficiency and improve treatment quality.
An expert article for "Netzwoche" by Marco Dubacher, Project Manager E-Health at Ergon.
Peter Ohnemus is the founder and CEO of dacadoo. His new health app is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” which is considered a symbol of symmetry, beauty and body-consciousness all round the world. What can the app do? How does it work? And, most importantly, what goes on in the mind and work diary of an entrepreneur who has founded more than 20 companies and floated three firms on the stock exchange; who is constantly buying and selling, and coming up with new ideas and projects?
From initial idea to successful product. Not only must software be future-proof, it must also be secure and fit the precise needs of the client. Marc Bütikofer, creator of the Airlock identity and access management (IAM) component, describes the birth and growth of the product – and what it takes to outfox a hacker.
Whether toothbrushes, central heating, cars or industrial facilities, more and more of the technologies that surround us in our day-to-day lives are being networked, either locally or via the Internet. Not only do they communicate with each other, they can also talk to smartphone apps, cloud applications and (value-added) services provided by manufacturers or third parties, making it possible to deploy new applications, shape processes more efficiently and devise new business models. Consider the notion of networking through to its logical conclusion and the end result is the genesis of entire Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems where the added value is a function of the interplay of all the myriad components. Such interconnected systems generate powerful synergies at both a technological and organisational level. IoT professional Benedikt Ostermaier and security expert Urs Zurbuchen explain.
With some 35,000 staff and more than 1.5 million customers, Zurich’s cantonal administration is the biggest local authority in Switzerland and a leading employer. It has a wide range of duties to fulfil and a huge variety of requirements to meet – and here, efficiency and cost awareness are two considerations in particular that require constant vigilance. As Lukas Weibel and Peppino Giarritta from the Canton of Zurich’s State Chancellery explain, digitalisation is being deployed to mobilise potential that was otherwise lying fallow.
Digital change is certainly ubiquitous, but does it present a threat or an opportunity? Crypto Finance AG is seizing the opportunities. Launched only eighteen months ago, FINMA has already granted the company a licence to operate as an asset manager. They anticipate imminent change in global banking under the motto “collaboration, not competition”. Jan Brzezek, CEO of Crypto Finance AG, explains how this works.
Peter Schmidlin is Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at the Swiss SME Belimo, which is headquartered in Hinwil. The company is the global market leader in the development, production and marketing of actuator solutions for controlling heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Belimo has a global footprint and operates in 80 countries across every inhabited continent. Founded in 1975, it now employs more than 1,700 staff.
Virtually every service provider claims they are committed to delivering an optimal solution but, regrettably, such promises often turn out to be no more than empty words. What lies at the heart of a successful customer relationship? At Ergon, everyone agrees that the company’s culture is not only fertile ground for fruitful cooperation with clients, it is the bedrock of the firm’s success as a whole. Gabriela Keller, Ergon Informatik AG’s CEO, explains why personal responsibility, flexibility, trust and partnership are key to the company’s success.
Ergon has developed an AR app for the University of Zurich’s Zoological Museum that uses virtual objects in the real world to enable flexible planning of exhibitions and support speedy decision-making.
Digitization is putting pressure on established device manufacturers in many industries. A paradigm shift is needed: from static products to dynamic, networked system solutions.
This year's international robotics competition took place from 16-18 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Six Swiss students competed against teams from around 60 countries and proved their skills. Ergon again supported the senior team as sponsor.
It is virtually undisputed that the future of IT in business lies in the cloud. But there are big differences in the ways it can be implemented.
Identity and access management (IAM) solutions can offer companies a wealth of benefits. But how do they find a system that is right for them? And what are the things to look out for when choosing a system and planning its implementation?
With the first fully digital pillar 3a app in Switzerland, the start-up VIAC was able to convince the jury of the Best of Swiss Apps Awards and received four awards at the Award Night on 7 November 2018 at the Aura in Zurich. VIAC won gold in the "Business Impact" category, silver in the "Design" and "Functionality" categories and bronze in the "Innovation" category.
Why protect an insecure web application with an additional security product such as a web application firewall (WAF)? Wouldn’t it make more sense to invest these resources in developing secure applications or in identifying and eliminating vulnerabilities? I am often asked this question when talking to application developers. With the way that today’s web applications are developed, configured and deployed, it is unfortunately virtually impossible to eradicate all security flaws. Even if the program code you have written yourself meets the applicable quality standards, it may depend on other components that do not.
The Best Workplace Award 2018 was presented today at the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne. We are delighted to be awarded first place in the "Large Companies" category and would like to thank all those who submitted their assessments.
The Industry Association Office and Work Environment e.V. (IBA) and kununu asked users of Europe's largest employer assessment platform how satisfied they are with their workplace. Among other things, the survey dealt with the topic of working conditions with questions on the four components room & furnishings, light/acoustics/climate, technology and design & atmosphere. More than 10,000 employees took part in the survey and voted for the Best Workplaces 2018 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The winners of the Readers' Choice Awards 2018 of the seven insider portals were chosen at a festive evening gala on 11 October 2018 in Augsburg. We are happy about the platin award and thank everyone who voted.
From 16 April to 31 August, all readers had the opportunity to vote for their favourites. Each insider portal had named up to ten major IT providers or manufacturers in an editorial preselection per category.
The first VIScon took place from 5 - 7 October. Organized by the Association of Computer Science Students (VIS) of the ETH, VIScon offered all interested students a 3-day hackathon and a 1-day symposium. Ergon acted as one of the main sponsors and was on site with several employees.
By adding networking capabilities to their devices, manufacturers expose themselves to a wealth of new challenges that often exceed the limits of their usual expertise. Ensuring reliable communication with hundreds of thousands of devices or supporting use by all manner of applications are by no means trivial demands. IoT cloud platforms can however promise support.
Celebrations are in order for the Zurich-based software company Ergon Informatik AG, who scooped first place at the ‘Swiss Arbeitgeber Award’, an award which commends employers in Switzerland. For the first time, the company entered the category for firms with 250 to 999 employees.
Computers have long been better chess players. Nowadays they also steer cars and make clinical diagnoses. Is human intelligence about to be replaced by «artificial» machine intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is a mega-trend. In this interview, Dominik Moser, a senior manager at Ergon Informatik, talks about how Swiss companies can employ AI solutions right now and what we can expect over the next few years.
As part of the national Future Day on November 8, 2018, interested girls can get a taste of the world of computer science at Ergon. In addition to information about computer science and the profession, the participants will program their own computer program with Scratch.
We welcome registrations via the website of the national Future Day (under the project Mädchen-Informatik-Los!).
Augmented and Mixed Reality have a lot of potential. The three experts who talked about the subject at Ergon's "Beer, Bytes and Beats" event were all of the opinion that it is worth getting to grips with the subject early on.
The company generated sales of CHF 25 million francs and created 9 new jobs. As a proven digitization partner, Ergon has made significant investments in the areas of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, which have been further expanded with new or strengthened teams.
A report from Computerworld on the Ergon summer party: On July 4, the software company celebrated its annual beer, bytes and beats festival with customers and partners. 350 guests accepted the invitation to Lake Side. The focus of this year's event was Augmented Reality with presentations by Ergon expert Robert Adelmann, a practical example by David Froidevaux, Opo Oeschger, and a presentation by Prof. Markus Stolze from HSR Rapperswil.
We congratulate our two apprentices Erwin Tran and Sven Höpfner on their successful apprenticeship degrees as application developers. Both will remain with us until the beginning of August and will then begin their studies in computer science, Erwin at the ZHAW and Sven at the HSR. We wish them all the best for the future and good luck in their studies.
On 21 and 22 June, 23 people took part in the company's internal hackathon. In five different groups, the participants dealt with very different topics. The spectrum ranged from two mixed reality groups and smart contracts to mobile expense recording and considerations for a WebApp for the "Ergon-Schoggi cabinet".
There are many hopes associated with a networked world. But a light bulb doesn't simply go on through Internet access alone. Wilhelm Kleiminger and Michael Schröder of Ergon Informatik explain how companies can implement new digital business cases at different levels using interconnection with the physical world and artificial intelligence applications.
How can an ETH student make the leap into the world of work? A good one and a half years ago, Cyril Steimer successfully completed his Master's degree in Computer Science at ETH Zurich. He had already completed a six-month internship at Ergon Informatik AG. The experiences there helped him to decide where to go after his studies.
Ergon Informatik AG welcomes Teddy Graf as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds the former Chairman and long-term Ergon CEO Patrick Burkhalter.
Patrick Burkhalter resigns as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ergon. In an interview with Marcel Gamma from inside-it, he takes stock and takes a stand on outsourcing, wage cuts and the new E-ID.
What skills will computer scientists need in a few years? In the HR Today article we provide insights into our HR policy.
In the course of the new basic EC data protection regulation (GDPR) we have adapted our data protection declaration. You can find it under the following link.
Nine Ergon emplyees took part in yesterday's B2RUN, finishing 23rd out of 273 teams. Congratulations to all involved! Our fastest teammate with rank 57 out of 1303 men was Andreas Hermann.
The article in the NZZ is dedicated to the topic of profit-sharing instead of bonus plans: companies are increasingly decoupling the bonuses from the individual performance of employees. Ergon has renounced performance-related remuneration on the basis of individual targets since its foundation and relies on profit and risk sharing. Read more in the article.
Ergon will also be a Premium Partner at the third edition of the IT Days. From 30 May to 1 June 2018 we offer programming workshops for school classes and teachers. On Saturday, June 2, 2018, you will meet us at the IT-Fest in Albisrieden. At our booth we will inform you about our company, our projects and the daily work of a software engineer. In the afternoon our CEO Gabriela Keller will also give an insight into our company and show why IT is the profession of the future.
Two silvers in the Technology category, one silver in the Innovation category for Ergon customers: Liechtensteinische Landesbank LLB, the Inspectorate of Roads of the Canton of Lucerne and start-up Viac successfully impressed the jury of the Best of Swiss Web Awards with their digital projects. The trio were honoured at yesterday's Award Night in Samsung Hall in Dübendorf. In total, 301 projects in 11 categories were entered in the 18th edition of the prestigious awards. 86 projects made it to the shortlist.
The potential of augmented and mixed reality is recognised. Currently, one of the biggest challenges for companies is to build up enough expertise fast enough to deliver and scale in this exponentially fast-moving area.
How can companies achieve real competitive advantages in the complex environment of constantly changing trends? This article proposes a combined approach of strategy and Design Thinking approaches.
The Cloud-enabled, intelligent Belimo Energy Valve™ impressed the independent jury of the German Industry Prize and is the winner in the "Energy & Environment” category. In total, more than 100 applications were received in this category. The energy valve was co-developed for Belimo by Ergon Informatik AG.
Young, well-trained and capable talents: every employer is looking for them. But the top offspring is choosy. Not every company is equally sought after. For graduates of computer science courses, the Zurich software company Ergon Informatik AG is one of the first addresses for job searches. This has nothing to do with "luck," says CEO Gabriela Keller. In an interview with Persorama, she reveals a number of success criteria for good young talent work.
Internet fraudsters are becoming more and more sophisticated – smart protective measures are required. The fraud detection solution developed by Ergon Informatik AG can detect fraudulent payments more reliably than traditional systems, thanks to artificial intelligence.
Michael Schröder joined our team in March as Head of Consulting. Michael spent the last 12 years at ELCA, where he built up and managed the consulting business in German-speaking Switzerland.
Airlock has won the prestigious Cybersecurity Excellence Award 2018. 400,000 members of the global information security community honored the Airlock Suite with the award. This year, more than 246 applications were submitted for different categories.
On February 20, Ergon organized an "Blockchain Expert Day" as an internal hackathon. Several groups worked on different established blockchain projects.
The job description of a software tester has changed dramatically in recent years. Unfortunately, many training courses do not meet the current requirements of the market. Rapperswil University of Applied Sciences wants to change that.
Airlock, the security product of Swiss software developer Ergon Informatik AG, announces its new technology partner Futurae, a provider of a strong multi-factor authentication suite.
The Zurich-based software company increased its sales to 56 million francs in 2017, up 5.6% yoy, and created 15 new positions for permanent employees.
We rank first in the kununu ranking for the best work-life balance. We are delighted and would like to thank our employees for the good grades.
The sixth AppQuest Treasure Hunt took place on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil on 16 December 2017. Our two apprentices Sven Höpfner and Joel Sauvain participated as Team Ergon and secured victory on points. We congratulate them on their success!
On the AppQuest, learners compete against each other with their self-programmed apps. For three months they are working on five apps for the Treasure Hunt. Of the 48 teams that started, 30 made it to the final.
Swiss software company Ergon has developed a trading platform for Crypto Finance AG, a company based in Zug, Switzerland, whose aim is to make it easier to invest in new digital currencies – and did this development for this brokering business in record time.
For young people, saving for old age is about as interesting as going to the opera or a philosophy reading. Start-up company VIAC wants to change that. Working together with Ergon Informatik and the WIR Bank, this new company has now launched a 3a pillar app on the market, aimed at making the concept of planning for retirement more palatable to ‘digital natives’.
The "Industry 4.0" Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum, which took place at the GDI in Rüschlikon on 29 November 2017, was all about Smart Factory – Smart Company. Participants discussed topics such as increasing efficiency, productivity and satisfaction thanks to digitization, the work of tomorrow and the advantages and pitfalls of artificial intelligence, networking and the cloud. In addition, Swiss industrial companies provided insight into how they are dealing with the challenge of digitisation.
Also present were our employee Robert Adelmann, Head of Mixed Reality & User Experience, who gave a lecture on Mixed Reality, and Peter Schmidlin, CINO at our customer Belimo, with a presentation on the topic "Innovation Driver IoT - A Pioneer's Experience Report".
Finally after four year the non-profit organization Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) updated their top ten list of the highest security risks for web applications. Read our white paper to learn how the Airlock Suite protects web applications from these security risks and what features are used.
To make the abstract topic of retirement planning palatable to young Swiss people and at the same time offer a simple and reasonably priced 3a pillar solution – that was the vision of the three founders of VIAC, all around 30 years old themselves. This vision led to the first-ever 100% digital solution for retirement planning on a smartphone app in Switzerland, developed by software company Ergon Informatik AG. In the WIR Bank, who have a share in the start-up, VIAC found a partner who could help to fund its project.
On this year's Future Day we welcome 25 boys and girls. With the help of the graphical programming environment Scratch and Computer Science Unplugged exercises, the students gained a playful insight into computer science. The event was organized and carried out at our company by our two software engineers Andrea Zimmermann and Dario Simone together with our apprentices Sven Höpfner, Adrian Büchi, Nino Hauser and Nils Gerber.
At the Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum "Digital Security", participants discussed security in the company, including the areas of human risk factor, user experience vs. security, understanding attackers and recognizing patterns. In addition, companies reported on how they deal with risks from the Internet. The event took place on 5 October 2017 at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Rüschlikon.
Also present was our employee Marc Bütikofer, Director Innovation Airlock. He gave a presentation at the conference on "Security and Usability - a Contradiction?".
The annual Embedded Computing Conference was held at the ZHAW in Winterthur on September 5, 2017. Among others, our employee Gert Brettlecker was present. He gave a lecture on the topic "11 years of pioneering work on the Internet of Things: Retrospective and Outlook".
During times of digitalisation, banks face major challenges. They need to be able to integrate new functions and innovations quickly, their customers need to be able to access their own personalised range of offers at any time, from anywhere, and 100% security is paramount at all times. A digitalisation initiative by the National Bank of Liechtenstein (Liechtensteinische Landesbank) is pointing the way forward when it comes to achieving 'digital agility'.
At the "Health 2.017" Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum, visionaries discussed the possibilities of digitization and decision-makers from hospitals, medical practices and insurance companies discussed their experiences with digitization projects. The event took place on 29 August 2017 at the Careum Auditorium in Zurich.
Together with our client dacadoo we participated in the conference. Peter Ohnemus, CEO of dacadoo, gave a keynote speech on "Digital health insurance in Switzerland - a reality?
This week Isaia Brassel and Ivo Cavelti started their apprenticeship as computer scientists EFZ, specializing in application development. We wish them a good start and much success and joy for the next four years of training. Ten apprentices are currently undergoing training at Ergon.
Zurich software company Ergon Informatik AG managed to continue their growth in the first half of the year. The company, which currently employs 272 staff, generated revenue of 25.3 million Swiss francs (7.5% more than in the first half of 2016) and created nine new jobs. Particularly noticeable was the increased demand in the industry and logistics sector, as well as demand for the Airlock Suite security product.
"Machine Learning" was the theme of the Ergon hackathon on 29 and 30 June 2017, where the Ergon employees Steven Fluck and Andreas Hermann not only programmed and tinkered, but also made this video clip with impressions of the hackathon!
On Saturday, the SOLA relay, Switzerland's largest university sports event, took place. At this sporting event, a 14-strong running team has to cover a total distance of 114.19 km and a difference in altitude of 2645 m. The Ergon team was also present. We congratulate our sporty colleagues to the 258th place (out of 1003).
Our customer Bossard was chosen as a finalist for the Industry Award 2017. In the category "Intralogistics & Production Management" they convinced the jury with their methodology "Smart Factory Logistics". A total of 95 applications were received in this category. Huber Verlag für Neue Medien GmbH awards the Industry Prize to particularly progressive industrial products with high economic, social, technological and ecological benefits.
Jean-Claude Schwarzen joined Ergon's sales team in May. He has many years of experience in the retail, finance and public sector markets.
For 11 years, the Swiss company Belimo has been active as a pioneer in the Internet of Things. Gert Brettlecker, long-serving project manager and software engineer at development partner Ergon Informatik AG, looks back and summarises some key insights.
Augmented Reality has been known for some time as a hype topic. Now the technology is finally ready for the first applications with real added value. A contribution by Dr. Robert Adelmann on the developments of recent years and the long-term potential.
Zürich software company Ergon saw continued growth in 2016. Operating turnover increased by 21% and 25 new permanent positions were created, equating to a 12% rise.
On February 1, 2017, the Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft held a Leadership Meeting with 60 participants in our company. At this event, the Ergon succession process and its potential for management innovation was examined from various perspectives, both from a practical and a research perspective.
A Weltwoche report about our customer Bossard on what the fourth industrial revolution means for a Swiss industrial company and what potential it opens up.
Online fraudsters are getting smarter and smarter – so security measures need to be smarter too. This was the thinking behind a machine learning development project by Ergon, which is now beginning to bear fruit.
Everyone talks about Industry 4.0, but putting it into practice is difficult. An experimental, pragmatic approach is advisable. Much is available, but not yet connected.
The report in the NZZ presents our customer Bossard with his vision of the "Smart Factory".
DevOps is the hot topic on everybody's lips. After all, who wouldn't want their software releases to be quick, straightforward and error-free without the inefficiency that occurs between contractors, development and operations? Urs Breu has been working in line with this approach for three years now and is only too aware of the most common misconceptions.
After barely two years, we outgrew our premises at Merkurstrasse 43. For this reason, we renovated and modified our former premises at Kleinstrasse 15, before then moving back in on 1 September 2016. Our Airlock team is now based at Kleinstrasse. Despite this, Merkurstrasse 43 remains our head office and continues to be our postal address.
Big data, or 'data science', is one of the major trends within information technology and beyond. This explains why the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have joined forces to establish a centre for data science. But what are the implications of the use of data within business for industrial companies in Switzerland? What is their current level of progress and how can they move forward in this regard? We have put together a guide that takes retail firms as an example.
Zürich software company Ergon managed to continue their growth in the first half of the year. The company generated revenue of 23.5 million Swiss francs (15% more than in the first half of 2015) and created 19 jobs. A new management team has now been put in place to lead the company as it heads into the second half of the year.
Once again, we had a great time at the summer party, 'Beer, Bytes & Beats', but this year we were also celebrating something special: the handing over of the executive management baton, from the old to the new. As of 1 July 2016, the new organisation will be officially in place. We are very excited and wish our new leaders all the best in their new roles!
Generation change at Swiss software service provider Ergon Informatik AG; as of 1 July 2016, Gabriela Keller will take over from long-term CEO, Patrick Burkhalter. Burkhalter will become President of Ergon's board of directors. Lukas Ehrensperger will take over the role of Chief Sales Officer from Alois Sauter. The four previous department managers, Adrian Berger, Heiko Faller, Roman Hugelshofer and Dominik Moser will also become part of the new Ergon executive management team.
We were part of CeBIT 2016. Switzerland was this year's trade fair partner country; in addition to our Swiss stand, we also participated in several seminars and panel discussions, sharing our know-how on the topic of application security.
We are pleased that kununu has awarded Ergon as the IT industry winner in Switzerland with a kununu score of 4.83 of the 5 possible points. Employees particularly praise the sense of belonging: "Teams of people who fit together". The very good opportunities for development also score points: "exciting and interesting work, many opportunities for further development, even outside IT".
With Airlock Suite, Ergon has become the first vendor without an anti-malware product in its portfolio to receive the EICAR Minimum Standard Certificate. The certificate was originally intended for manufacturers of anti-malware products, and it was going to include manufacturers of other network security products (e.g. routers, firewalls, intrusion detection systems) at a later date.
The Zurich software firm, Ergon, continues on its course for growth. In 2015, the company generated more revenue, won new customers and created 20 additional jobs.
Together with our client Corris, we are delighted to receive the Bronze Award in the category Enterprise at Best of Swiss Apps 2015. The Corris app helps to collect donations: Instead of a presentation folder on paper, Corris fundraisers now show pictures and films on an iPad.
When installing devices and equipment, countless small parts such as screws, nuts or gaskets are required. These so-called C-parts cost practically nothing. But if a production line comes to a halt because C parts have run out, the resulting costs are significant. Procurement costs are very high compared to the purchase volume – which is where Bossard comes in. The Zug-based company specialises in the logistics of C parts and has developed its own software for the application. In 2013, Ergon was commissioned to revise the solution and replace it with a modern web application.
In the first half of 2015, Ergon Informatik achieved solid results, despite the strong Swiss franc. Compared to the first half of 2014, revenue rose by 1.3 million to 20.4 million francs.
At the award ceremony "Best of Corporate Publishing Award" in Munich, one of the coveted cubes went to the promotion of young IT talent: "The Engineer is King", anniversary brochure of Ergon Informatik AG, has won gold among numerous other applications at Europe's largest competition in the field of corporate publishing and content marketing.
Great Place to Work judged 77 companies in Switzerland specifically on their management cultures and awarded five of them. We are pleased that this morning our management team received this award as one of the "Most Trusted Leaders 2014".
True Wealth, an online wealth management company, has won two Swiss Web Awards: Gold in the Business category and Bronze in the Usability category. Gold Interactive was responsible for the design, Ergon was partner for software development. Congratulations!
The new Airlock Suite from Ergon unites the security products Airlock and Medusa. Ergon’s web application firewall Airlock is now called Airlock WAF and the Medusa authentication platform is renamed to Airlock IAM. Moreover, we launch the new product Airlock Login. Airlock Login brings strong upstream authentication and Single Sign-on with great usability for an attractive price.
The Zurich software firm Ergon comes to the end of another year of growth: in 2014, revenue increased again. New customers were won and 19 new jobs created. Ergon will also start to feel the results of the National Bank's decision to lift the euro currency cap.
Swiss Post, the Swiss postal service, doesn’t just deliver letters and packages. It is increasingly reinventing itself as a one-stop service provider, transporting information reliably and sustainably and adding value. From this starting-point, Swiss Post set itself the goal some years ago of developing an e-health system that would allow the various parties involved in the healthcare sector to exchange patient data securely—and to ensure that the integrity of such sensitive information is guaranteed at all times, Swiss Post is turning to Ergon’s Airlock Suite for its vivates e-health system.
Telecommunications providers have been facing major challenges for some time. Representatives of other industries, which are now facing similar developments, can benefit from the experience of the telecommunications industry. Four key elements for successful service providers.
From today, we have a new address: Merkurstrasse 43 in 8032 Zurich. We are pleased that in a few days' time, we will all be able to work under one roof. We would be pleased to welcome you to our new company premises.
The Zurich software firm Ergon Informatik has lots of reasons to celebrate in 2014: Not only are we 30 years old, we have also won the 'Great Place to Work' award and new customers. In the first six months, revenue rose by 12 per cent. Compared to the first six months of 2013, product revenue rose by 33%.
The energy sector in Switzerland is changing rapidly. The liberalisation of the electricity market means that the service concept and thus new services for end customers are playing an increasingly important role. Ergon has taken a pioneering step in this direction with the development of the "Energy Cockpit" for the Swiss energy service provider Swisspower.
We are pleased about the 2nd place in the category medium-sized companies, which we received at the award ceremony of Great Place to Work Switzerland. Two thirds of the evaluation consists of an employee survey and one third of a culture audit conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute. This time 77 companies took part, 24 of which received awards in three categories. The IT sector occupies top positions in all categories.
The Zurich software firm Ergon generated more revenue and profit in 2013. The positive figures are the result of successful projects carried out by Ergon for both long-term and new customers. The company now has more people on board, too: 25 new jobs have been created.
Timetable information, ticket machine and control unit in one: SBB train staff depend on a reliable, fast and handy multifunctional device for their daily work. Since the previous generation of devices is no longer manufactured, Ergon has developed a new solution on behalf of SBB. The result is a success: SBB and its employees are very satisfied with ELAZ, the new electronic assistant for train staff.
Up to 1,200,000 different articles in over 2,000 sales outlets and 530 million goods movements per week: the merchandise management processes of the Swiss retail chain Coop come up with impressive figures. The ERGO product management solution, developed by Ergon especially for Coop, makes everyday life easier for employees and ensures that inventory information in all stores is always up-to-date.
SBB moves around 9000 trains a day. New mobile devices have simplified the processes for scheduling and shunting the compositions. A "remote control" also accelerates various processes such as checking the car brakes or closing barriers. The safety of employees and train traffic is always guaranteed.
With the Migros Ostschweiz cooperative, the fifth of a total of ten Migros cooperatives switched to Ergon Informatik's central time management solution "Zebra" in summer 2013.
Generali Insurance was looking for a new security solution for its broker systems that would give external sales partners easy and secure access to internal applications. At the same time they wanted it to be less complex and to have the broker portals and authentication solutions disentangled. Airlock Suite presented a comprehensive yet at the same time flexible solution for these requirements.
How does an Information & Communication Technology (ICT) service provider manage to meet new customer requirements for modern communication services? Swisscom Corporate Business took up this challenge in partnership with Ergon with the goal of bringing solutions for large companies to the market more quickly and more efficiently than the competition.
The Zurich software firm Ergon Informatik comes to the end of a successful first half of 2013: the company carried out major projects for Coop and Generali Versicherungen. In addition, compared to the first half of 2012, revenue rose by 10 per cent to 17 million francs.
Where is the perfect weather for long flights today? The new iWeather app for iPhone and iPad is the only one to provide all relevant thermal info across Switzerland. Potential flight distances are clearly displayed for fifteen Swiss regions. Thermal pilots can easily find the best flight destinations for that day and, with another click, see detailed thermal forecasts for their chosen region.
In the last financial year, Ergon Informatik generated profit of 2.7 million francs. Using innovative software projects and products, the software specialists increased their total revenue from 29.6 to 32.5 million francs, which represents growth of 9.6 per cent compared to the previous year.
We are delighted to have won the Swiss Employer Awards 2012, Switzerland's largest employee survey, in which employees assess their own employer. In contrast to other surveys, it is not the opinion of a jury of experts or university graduates outside the company that counts here, but that of employees as internal experts. This is particularly valuable to us!
The German telecommunications provider Versatel has been a TelcoBill customer from the very beginning. Since the acquisition of Tesion, the Bill Presentment, Bill Analysis and Cost Management solution developed by Ergon has continued to expand throughout the Versatel Group. A first project has developed into a long-standing and successful business partnership from which both sides benefit.
Four Migros cooperatives in Switzerland are using a new, modern system for personnel planning, working time recording and payroll accounting. The system was implemented in a "Rapid Prototyping" process and is in exchange with the central SAP system.
At yesterday's "Prix Egalité 2011" awards ceremony at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Ergon was named the winner in the category "Medium-sized companies" by the jury. The prize is awarded by KV Schweiz to companies that excel in the field of equality in professional life.
Community gastronomy is a highly personnel-intensive business and the market is highly competitive. With over 2,100 employees in more than 300 outlets and around 100,000 guests daily, an efficient system for working time planning, recording and accounting is a decisive factor for business success. For this reason, Compass Group (Schweiz) AG has chosen Ergon's time management solution Zebra with the brands Eurest, Scolarest, Medirest and Eurest Services.
With BrokerGate®, a central platform simplifying electronic business communications, the association IG B2B has ushered in a new era in data transfer between brokers and insurers in Switzerland. No less than 13 Swiss insurers and more than 800 brokers have already joined the BrokerGate® identity platform in 2014. As the association’s software partner, Ergon ensures maximum security, using the Airlock web application firewall in conjunction with the Airlock IAM authentication platform; these programs monitor all connection requests and prevent unauthorised access.
Migros has introduced the "Zebra" time management solution in several cooperatives. This modern system, which has been adapted to the specific needs of the retail trade group, is used for the complete planning, recording and invoicing of working hours at the points of sale. Thanks to the flexibility of "Zebra", a fully operational solution was implemented within only six months.
The customers of mobilezone com demand above-average service quality - needs-oriented, reliable and at a good price-performance ratio. With the flexible, automatable and high-performance business support system Taifun from Ergon, the company meets the high expectations of modern telecommunications solutions and thus creates clear competitive advantages.
M-net Telekommunikations GmbH uses the Taifun solution from Ergon to provide its approximately 200,000 customers with future-proof communication technology. The Taifun order management and billing system simplifies M-net's system landscape and reduces operating costs thanks to synergy effects.
Telenet has opted for TelcoBill from Ergon to simplify its billing operation for B2B customers and to increase its own efficiency at the same time. This solution will benefit both sides: Telenet can provide its clients with a suite of new services that offer genuine value added, while cutting the costs of producing its own bills.
With 3.2 million customers and 367 Raiffeisen banks at over 1150 locations, the Raiffeisen Group is the third largest banking group in Switzerland. Since 2009, the Raiffeisen Group has been using a new ATM transaction server. This was developed by IT solution specialist Comit and its technology partner Ergon. The server can be extended and adapted to future needs.
Shortly after being established, Ergon chose to focus completely on Unix, which many people laughed at. This was the first time Ergon showed they had a good nose for future technology. Other similar milestones followed throughout the company's history. In 2008, Ergon won the Swiss ICT Champion Award for this.
Yesterday evening, the SwissICT Awards 2008, an award for first-class ICT services, products or services provided by Swiss companies, were presented in Lucerne. The winner in the Champion category was the Zurich software company Ergon Informatik AG.
Deutsche Telefon Standard AG is the only provider in Germany to specialise exclusively in IP Centrex-based telephone systems for SMEs. The conventional telephone system is replaced by a network service. In order to meet the high demands for efficient and first-class telecommunications services, the company relies on the two Ergon solutions Taifun and TelcoBill for service fulfillment and billing.
With JAZZ, Coop has a modern planning, time recording and access management system based on the latest Web 2.0 technologies that regulates the personnel deployment planning of all 47,000 Coop employees for sales, production, logistics and administration. The result is a fast, powerful and user-friendly web application that can accommodate up to 1,000 users simultaneously.