Iarnród Éireann Partners with Version 1 on Oracle Cloud HCM Implementation

Iarnród Éireann, the operator of the national railway network of Ireland, has selected Oracle Modern OPN Partner Version 1 as its specialist partner for a large-scale full Oracle Cloud HCM implementation due to demonstrable proven specialisation, accreditation, industry awards and experience relating to transformational HCM transformation projects.

Driver for Change

Version 1 will deliver this implementation of Oracle Cloud HCM (which streamlines HR processes for payroll, diversity, and workforce management) through a close strategic partnership which will enable Iarnród Éireann to put modern, reliable, and user-friendly systems in place as part of its forward-thinking People Strategy for 2027.

The modernisation, automation and streamlined User Experience associated with this solution will have a significant impact on areas such and Learning and Development in Iarnród Éireann, with a focus on automating procedures in the rail service’s highly regulated safety-critical environment to ensure compliance in a setting with 600 courses, 200 competencies, 100 external course suppliers, and 100 course trainers/assessors.

With the vast majority of people-focused processes and procedures automated, Iarnród Éireann will be able to focus on what matters most; attracting, recruiting, and retaining top talent, developing the workforce to meet the rail industry’s growing demands for new skills, proactively monitoring and managing regulatory compliance and reducing the administrative burden and associated overheads and bottlenecks causing frustration to staff, removing the headache of manual tasks for staff with easy-to-use self-service capability.

John Kennedy, Head of HR Organisational Development Iarnród Éireann commented on the impact of this transformation programme for Iarnród Éireann:

Iarnród Éireann are excited to be partnering with Version 1 on the implementation of the Oracle Cloud HCM.  This is a very exciting time for Iarnród Éireann as we continue to redevelop the rail system in Ireland.  Iarnród Éireann will play a key role in delivering high-capacity sustainable public transport solutions and our colleagues will be at the heart of this transformation. To support this we have developed a “People Strategy” that supports the organisation along with the achievement of our ambitious future development plans.  As part of this journey, we need to build a ‘collaborative ethos’ and continue to be flexible in our approach towards full delivery of all our important commitments.  An open and safe use of technology is essential to improve our internal services whilst being consistent with best practice in railway operations. We look forward to our continuing journey with Version 1 towards allowing our colleagues experience as much of Iarnród Éireann as possible, beyond-the-job training, self-service tools and improving the ‘people experience’ with the Oracle Cloud HCM.

Colm Gillard, Head of Oracle Cloud Applications at Version 1 commented on the partnership:

“We are delighted to be selected as Iarnród Éireann’s Oracle Cloud partner of choice for such an impactful implementation that will see over 4000 employees benefit from a modern, reliable and user-friendly platform such as Oracle Cloud HCM. People are the heartbeat of any organisation, and our customers are operating in increasingly challenging and competitive people, talent and workforce management context, particularly having been through a global pandemic such as COVID-19.”

Colm Gillard added: “Key to this implementation is Maximise; our game-changing methodology to accelerate Iarnród Éireann’s Oracle Cloud HCM implementation and ongoing management in the Cloud in a low-risk, predictable and outcome-focused manner. Not only will our Maximise methodology help Iarnród Éireann to transition smoothly to its new HCM solution, but it will also ensure the business maximises its investment by getting the most out of the solution’s expansive capabilities. Many businesses don’t realise the number of opportunities they are missing out on by not leveraging the full potential of their Oracle Cloud HCM. We will ensure Iarnród Éireann’s implementation reaches its full potential for its people managers, employees, HR, recruitment and more with Maximise.”

The Fast Track to People Success

Natively built for the cloud, Oracle Cloud Human Capital Management is a complete solution by Version 1’s strategic technology partner Oracle that is designed to connect every human resource process from hire to retire. It’s also designed to provide employees with a consistent experience across devices, enabling one source of truth for HR data to improve decision-making, and empowering business decision-makers with market-leading innovation to address the organisation’s needs today and into the future.

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Getting Under the Hood

Version 1 will implement the following Oracle Cloud HCM modules for Iarnród Éireann as part of this strategic partnership: Human Resources, Absence Management, Benefits, Recruiting, Learning, Talent Management, Goals and Performance Management, HR Helpdesk, Health and Safety.

Technical integrations to support the implementation will include:

  • 3rd Party Payroll Integration (Resource Link)
  • Active Directory
  • GL Interface for Financials (SAP)
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Single Sign-On
  • Accident Management
  • Patient Management
  • Enterprise Hub

Version 1 is an experienced Oracle Cloud solution provider and typically engages a broad range of its specialist services to ensure this implementation runs smoothly including:

  • Technical Build and Unit Test
  • Solution validation
  • System, Unit and System Integration Testing
  • Report Development
  • Data Migration
  • Key User Training
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Cutover rehearsal
  • Cutover
  • Hypercare
  • Transition to BAU (business as usual)

About Version 1

Version 1 is a market-leader in the arena of Digital Transformation specialising in Cloud, Data and Application Modernisation and ERP Transformation. With over 25 years application experience, major public sector organisations and enterprises across the UK and Ireland partner with Version 1 to transform, migrate, run, and optimise mission-critical applications in the Cloud, utilising SaaS, and on-premise.

About Iarnród Éireann

Iarnród Éireann or Irish Rail, is the operator of the national railway network of Ireland. Established on 2 February 1987, it is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). It operates all internal InterCity, Commuter, DART, and freight railway services in the Republic of Ireland, and, jointly with Northern Ireland Railways, the Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast. In 2019, IÉ carried 50 million passengers, up from 48 million in 2018, and a record peak.