Next generation project planning solution at enterprise scale

Global automotive supplier, partner to all automakers and new mobility players, Valeo was reliant on a legacy project planning solution, serving 3,000 employees. Rappit swiftly developed a Google Cloud-based solution with new functionality leveraging Rappit Developer high productivity coding. The new SaaS solution allows for a seamless migration, resulting in an ROI in 1 year and better collaboration amongst teams.

3000+
enterprise wide users
15000
hours saved annually by users due to modern & performant application
>1
Year to realize return on investment

Their challenges

  • A key application: Valeo has been using a standard of the shelf” project planning solution for +10 years for its project planning processes. The solution handles around +8,000 projects globally and has 3,000 users.
  • Productivity of R&D teams impacted: due to lack of collaboration features. R&D is key for Valeo, which spends 2.6 billion euros in 2023 on R&D and is the leading French patent filer in the world.
  • Cumbersome to manage: Local installations needed on each laptop.

 

  • Step change needed: The solution would need to scale for 5,000 users and for projects that will handle up to 2,000-4,000 tasks in single project. While creating and editing plannings within < 3 seconds. The application would also need to integrate with other Valeo internal apps and be easy to use with an intuitive user interface.
  • Evaluating SaaS alternatives and a build solution with performance and functionality beyond the existing project planning solution.

Our solutions

  • Rappit rapidly developed the first version of the cloud-based application within 5 months, using Rappit Developer high productivity coding.
  • The new, scalable project planning solution includes interactive Gantt charts and real-time collaborative team editing.
  • Has the ability to import MS Project files and export as XML so they can be used in other project planning tools.
  • The new solution is used amongst others in the R&D, business unit & finance domains.

 

  • It is integrated as a module in Valeo’s cloud native (Rappit initiated) R&D Project Management Suite. This suite is used for project management, planning and tracking, and is integrated into SAP. All R&D projects across 55 R&D centers and +22,000 users globally use this suite, catering to Valeo’s advanced business processes.
  • The solution is designed as a microservices architecture, so customizations & integrations can easily be added as required.

Results

  • ROI < 1 year: due to savings on licenses.
  • More effective teams: Better collaboration in teams enabled by performance and collaborative editing features. Resulting in more productive teams.
  • Boosting efficiency. Estimated time savings of +15,000 hours yearly due to better performance of the application. Time now spent on value-added activities.
  • Seamless migration & roll-out: Due to the intuitive & user-friendly interface, users can be trained and brought up to speed in a single one-hour session.
  • Used at scale: 3,000 users across the company, with over +8,000 project plans. These include crucial R&D projects spanning mostly 3 years, up to 10 years.

Valeo

As a technology company and partner to all automakers and new mobility players, Valeo is innovating to make mobility cleaner, safer and smarter. Valeo enjoys technological and industrial leadership in electrification, driving assistance systems, reinvention of the interior experience and lighting everywhere. These four areas, vital to the transformation of mobility, are the Group’s growth drivers.

Valeo in figures: 22 billion euros in sales in 2023 | 112,700 employees at December 31, 2023 | 29 countries, 175 plants, 66 research and development centers and 20 distribution platforms. Valeo is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

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