French National Railways Improves Efficiency for Tracking 160,000 Employees Using WebFOCUS Business Intelligence
SNCF Tracks and Analyzes Human Resources Data in Real Time
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 19, 2008) - Information Builders, the leader in pervasive
business intelligence (BI) systems,
today announced that the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français
(SNCF) selected Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform to help it manage
its more than 160,000 employees spread out all around France.
A French public enterprise, the SNCF is responsible for the operation of
rail services for passengers and freight, signaling, and maintenance of
rail infrastructure owned by RFF (Réseau Ferré de France). Structured both vertically by branch and
horizontally by operational unit, SNCF has a human resources (HR) division
that includes 4,400 people. It is organized into six departments or
dedicated units: executives; employment and pay; organizational management;
social welfare; industrial relations; and HR and general services. The
WebFOCUS rollout has enabled SNCF to create a decentralized HR control
network, thereby simplifying access to information and dramatically
enhancing social reporting.
The project's key goal was to enable branches and operational units to
access the information required for HR control easily and in real time.
With this in mind, the SNCF chose WebFOCUS because it enabled it to analyze
data collected automatically from the Infocentre within SNCF, which is fed
by both the accounts and HR systems.
An original team of approximately thirty HR controllers immediately
embraced the WebFOCUS platform. Ultimately, the application will reach
around 200 target users.
"As one of France's largest public sector employers," said Gerald Cohen,
founder and CEO of Information Builders, "SNCF's ability to manage large
data sets through advanced reporting and analysis ultimately keeps the
organization running smoothly. WebFOCUS is flexible enough to meet the
unique needs of three distinct levels of management whether it be for
in-depth analysis or organization-wide performance against goals."
The company conducts data analysis using key indicators it sets and creates
automated reports that include information on training, pay, holidays, and
working conditions for 160,000 SNCF employees. The reports are designed to
support three distinct levels of management: an expert level which gives
access to individuals' information for in-depth analyses; a management
control level for statistical analyses; and a review level that allows for
the examination of achievements and goals.
The reports are used to monitor staff members precisely, record actions
taken, measure the changes that have taken place over the last year, and
assess company performance. The platform is easily accessible in just a
few clicks via a user-friendly Web interface and does not require any
specific user training.
"WebFOCUS by Information Builders has enabled us to take control of our HR
control network in just a few months," said Arnaud Kohler, HR control
manager for SNCF. "The key elements that led us to choose this solution
were the option of creating queries very easily using new indicators, of
extending the project to new functionalities, and of rapidly rolling the
system out to a large number of users."
About Information Builders
As a leading independent business intelligence (BI) company for the past 30
years, Information Builders has provided innovative solutions to more than
12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and numerous U.S.
federal government agencies. The company's flagship WebFOCUS product is the
world's most widely used BI platform. Superior architecture and intuitive
nature enables WebFOCUS to address the needs of everyone in the extended
global enterprise -- executive, analytical, operational, and beyond. It
provides the agility to adapt to changing business conditions with the
security, scalability, and flexibility to support dozens to millions of
Unique to the company is the integration expertise it brings to the BI
market. Information Builders iWay Software suite solves complex integration
problems with pre-built components that require minimal custom programming.
The award-winning combination of WebFOCUS and iWay gives Information
Builders customers the ability to embrace the company motto: "Because
Everyone Makes Decisions."
Information Builders is committed to customer service excellence with a
Professional Services division that specializes in building custom
applications using WebFOCUS and iWay Software. Headquartered in New York
City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has
more than 350 business partners. Visit http://www.informationbuilders.com.