Although SuccessFactors is now owned by SAP - the acquisition was announced in December 2011 - integration is still taking place between the two software providers. The lack of integration had some impact on Renault's connection of the SuccessFactors solution to its existing SAP data repository.
"The main problem we had was to adapt the data model of SAP to the one of SuccessFactors," said Gay.
Furthermore, Renault found that developing the interface between the two systems was time-consuming.
However, SuccessFactors told ComputerworldUK that it has since has solved such interfacing problems.
"[Renault] purchased SuccessFactors before the SAP acquisition. It will be easier now to interface between on-premise SAP," said Paul Roberts, country manager for UK and Ireland at SuccessFactors.
Glenfiddich whisky maker William Grant and Sons shared Renault's view of standardisation, believing that adapting the business to an IT system would be more cost-effective than developing a bespoke IT system to fit the business.
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