Digital Transformation Leader GFT Prioritizes Data Protection with Own

With nearly four decades of experience and a talent pool of over 12,000 individuals, German-based GFT has no shortage of data. As a digital transformation company, it's at the heart of everything they do. The company realized that in order to continue to grow, data protection would need to be a priority. 

Leading that effort is Stephan Dusold, who has served as GFT's CIO since 2014. He began his career at Accenture as a consultant in their Technical Architecture practice before joining the smart car division of Daimler AG and eventually moving to MOSOLF, one of Europe’s leading automotive logistics companies. At GFT, he is using his breadth of experience to finalize GFT’s cloud journey with the decommissioning of its data centers this year.

As part of that journey, Stephan and GFT adopted Salesforce in 2022 as its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. Recognizing its potential to streamline sales processes, manage pipelines, and provide a stellar customer experience, GFT knew its Salesforce data would be critical to the business. 

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They quickly realized, however, that to protect their data they needed capabilities beyond what native Salesforce tools could provide. Pawel Kozdrowicz, GFT’s SaaS Technical Specialist, understood that when it came to backup and recovery, you can’t have one without the other.

"We were using the standard Salesforce functionality, which provided copies of the data we needed," Pawel explains. But it was going to be hard to use in case we needed to compare or restore our database." The team knew that to continue growing their company, they needed a more reliable solution—one independent of Salesforce. 

"We were looking into several backup and recovery solutions and had demos with solution providers. Own Company was our first choice as it is a robust and reliable solution," says Stephan. “The most valuable part of Own is that it's straightforward to use and configure. We can perform large data comparisons quickly with minimal effort."

GFT says that luckily, they have never had a data loss incident, but they know it is always possible. "We keep our security at the highest level, minimizing the chances that a data loss will occur. However, it's important to us to have a solution in place if anything happens," Stephan Dusold said.

Despite never experiencing a data loss incident, Pawel and team have found that Own has become part of their day-to-day operations at GFT, including:

  • Regularly downloading the latest full version of their full backup
  • Monitoring alerts
  • Scheduled manual backups in preparation for new releases in their organization 
  • Compare functionality to troubleshoot inconsistencies in their data

With a robust data security strategy, GFT can confidently focus on growth and continue delivering exceptional service to its clients. "Own gives peace of mind because we know our data is secure," explains Pawel. "When you add in the ease of use to this, we have a great tool that will help us in our daily work."

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Data is the fuel of modern business, and we are very vigilant to protect it.
Stephan Dusold
Chief Information Officer
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