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Up-to-date definition of performance and targets

Target and performance management is more of a burden than a boon to many employees: Targets, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and concrete goals are set at the beginning of the fiscal year only to be discarded by both employees and managers amid the turbulence of day-to-day operations. “It’s a completely obsolete process that no longer reflects how companies work today,” says Johannes Müller, one of the founders and CEO of the start-up Workpath. “Many firms noticed there was a problem a long time ago, but they didn’t have an alternative.”The solution from Workpath: A cloud platform making target and performance management more attractive to employees. “We didn’t want a purely monitoring tool for achieving goals, but rather a solution putting the focus on user experience and collaboration. A toolbox to make companies more digital and more agile,” says Müller.

The solution from Workpath: A cloud platform making target and performance management more attractive to employees. “We didn’t want a purely monitoring tool for achieving goals, but rather a solution putting the focus on user experience and collaboration. A toolbox to make companies more digital and more agile,” says Müller.

Johannes Müller, founder and CEO of Workpath Johannes Müller, Co-Founder & CEO of Start-up Workpath

Crucial Criteria: Data security and data protection

They wanted their new solution to be as modern, agile and flexible as possible. So it was clear from the start that their new target and performance management system called “Workpath” would be based in the cloud. And since Workpath processes personal data, it had to adhere to the highest standards of data security and data protection. “Especially German business clients want a cloud solution providing the highest security standards. And we realized fulfilling this criterion could accelerate our business considerably.” Which is why the start-up decided to use IT resources from the Open Telekom Cloud.

“The combination of data protection, security, OpenStack and Deutsche Telekom’s strong reputation was decisive for us,” says Müller. This means Workpath has used certified German data centers from its first day of operations. Despite being a new provider, Workpath has already gained the trust of thousands of users, including the employees of the travel portal Trivago. Users simply log into the system via a web browser and get going.

The flexibility and scalability of the cloud solution could soon become even more important for the young entrepreneurs: That’s because Deutsche Telekom isn’t just providing the start-up’s cloud infrastructure, it’s also considering closer cooperation with Workpath. “We are currently exploring the possibility of a sales partnership,” says Dirk Holger Heidemann from Deutsche Telekom. “We’re convinced that Workpath would be interesting to many of our small and midsized clients.”


At a glance: Workpath and the Open Telekom Cloud

  • Company: Workpath GmbH
  • Headquarters: Munich
  • Founded: 2016
  • Industry: Software (SaaS)

The company:
Traditional performance management tools are too cumbersome for modern companies. Workpath provides target and performance management from the cloud with an entirely new approach: Employees use it like a collaboration tool to facilitate cooperation, make goals more transparent, as well as boost efficiency and motivation. The solution is based on the Open Telekom Cloud. 

The challenge:
The Workpath founders sought a cloud-based solution for their target and performance management toolkit. Since their system processes personal data, potential customers expect the highest standards of data security and protection. This precluded US cloud providers for Workpath. 

The solution:
The Open Telekom Cloud uses already certified, highly secure data centers operating according to strict German data protection laws. Flexible and scalable, the IT resources based on OpenStack can be tailored at any time to business developments. 

The result:
Customers trust Workpath’s secure cloud infrastructure. The user base continues to grow and thanks to the flexibility of the Open Telekom Cloud Workpath can safely make plans for the future – for example, the start-up’s potential expansion into other European markets.


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