The full story behind the award: Cargotec saves 2m by going to the Cloud


Cargo handling equipment manufacturer Cargotec reduces the cost of managing its 11,000 employees by moving HR systems to the cloud. Cargotec, a multinational cargo handling company, look to saved over €2m since rolling out a next generation cloud HR solution based on SAP SuccessFactors, to serve its 11,000 employees.
The Helsinki-based company, which makes high-tech cargo handling equipment used in shipping, heavy industry and road transport, employs people in more than 100 countries.
The €3.7bn company is replacing hundreds of human resources (HR) systems, spreadsheets and paper filing systems with a single, cloud-based HR service that will give managers their first clear picture of skills and salaries across the organisation.
The project has cut the time managers spend on performance management and appraisals by half, and has boosted the efficiency of the company's HR operations by 10%, says Heini Kämi, director, for human resources, roadmaps, processes and tools at Cargotec.
Cargotec took the decision to move its HR processes to the cloud around three years earlier, after it appointed a new CEO, Mika Vehviläinen, who deemed it a business priority.
The project, christened Zone, was Cargotec's first foray into cloud services. Managers were keen to use it as a benchmark for future cloud projects, so that meant delivering results quickly and making a real business impact, says Kämi.

Cargotec won the prestigeous SAP Gold Quality Award for EMEA in 2016. Director Heini Kämi tells the full story in an interview in Computer Weekly. Read the full story here.