New edition of 'be top', the Friedhelm Loh Group company magazine, focuses on trust

Mastering the cloud: how companies build up trust.

Cover: be top 2017/1: the new edition of company magazine be top is all about progress and trust.
Cover: be top 2017/1: the new edition of company magazine be top is all about progress and trust.

Public, private or hybrid cloud: using the cloud is increasingly becoming a long-term, economic success factor for companies. However, there is one essential requirement - trust. The new edition of 'be top' explains why technological progress needs a good measure of trust if it is to thrive. In the Friedhelm Loh Group company magazine, four experts reveal the quickest ways that companies can establish that trust.

"New technologies only start to become established when users trust them. No matter how good or beneficial they are, if there is no trust, the technology will only be used by a handful of entrepreneurs," explains Matthias S"ollner, assistant professor of management and business studies at the universities of Kassel and St Gallen.

Prof S"ollner is one of four experts featured in the latest edition of customer magazine 'be top'. Digitalisation is an everyday reality for them. In 'be top', they explain why new technologies such as cloud computing need trust, and reveal the quickest ways that companies can build that confidence. After all, everyone can agree that trust contributes to sustainable and profitable success.

Combining security and courage

Decisions about whether or not to adopt new technologies such as the cloud often centre on a sense of security. That is why, in his interview, Dr Dirk Schlesinger, Chief Digital Officer at T"UV S"UD, talks about effective precautions and the courage to pursue progress.

The Friedhelm Loh Group is in no doubt that this sense of security is essential to building trust. In fact, that proviso is borne out by Europe's largest data centre project in Maloy, Norway. The 120 000-square-metre Lefdal Mine Datacenter is housed in a former olivine mine that has been equipped to the highest security standards. Thanks to support from partners Lefdal Mine and IBM, it is now home to one of Europe's most secure, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly data centres.

Partners as true as steel

Any company that wants to master the challenges of Industry 4.0 needs dependable partners that have experience and stand for quality. High-level shelving manufacturer Dexion agrees. The company uses thin sheet steel to make stable shelving up to 30 metres high designed to carry loads that weigh tons. To offer its customers short delivery times and a broad range of materials, it relies on steel supplier Stahlo as a strong and trustworthy partner.

Valuable commodity

As 'be top' shows, trust is a valuable commodity that is highly prized in all areas of life, but can also be easily lost. Robi Br"omel knows that only too well - after beating his drug addiction, he had to learn all over again to have faith in himself and his abilities. NEUSTART, an organisation that looks after vulnerable young people, helped him on his journey.

The message in the new edition of 'be top' is clear - without trust, there can be no progress or success.

Read more in the latest 'be top' 1/2017, which is available to download at

Read time 2min 50sec

Friedhelm Loh Group

A global player, the Friedhelm Loh Group (FLG) invents, develops, and makes made-to-measure products and integrated solutions for manufacturers, distributors, and other businesses. Member companies of the FLG lead their respective industries in innovation and quality. They include the world's leading provider of modular platforms for enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure (Rittal); Europe's number one supplier of software solutions for plant engineering, general engineering, and manufacturing; and a specialist in integrated manufacturing with state-of-the-art materials - steel, aluminium and plastics.

The family-owned company maintains a worldwide presence, with 18 production sites and 78 subsidiaries. Managed by founder Dr Friedhelm Loh himself, the group employs over 11 500 people and generated revenues of approximately EUR2.2 billion in 2015. It was named one of Germany's Top Employers in 2016, for the eighth year in a row. Within the scope of a Germany-wide survey, Focus Money magazine identified the Friedhelm Loh Group as one of the nation's best providers of vocational training.

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