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Societe Generale Self-Service PeopleSoft Absence Implementation

Societe Generale

Societe Generale

London, England


Financial Services


170,000 globally

Oracle Products & Services:

PeopleSoft Enterprise HCM

“We knew it would be a lot of work but we were amazed by what was achieved in such a short space of time! It has been a pleasure working with Cedar on this project.”

Ben Higgins
Human Resources Director,
Societe Generale


Societe Generale Self-Service Absence Implementation

Societe Generale is a global banking and financial services company, headquartered in Paris with offices in London. A long-time PeopleSoft HCM customer, Societe Generale currently use version 8.8.

Until recently, each country managed employee absences using a variety of different solutions, with some countries using PeopleSoft and others using third-party or bespoke solutions.

The goal of this project was to provide a unified absence tool for Societe Generale's European operations, facilitating absence reporting and analysis across multiple countries.


  • Working on an older PeopleSoft version (8.8) (standard Absence Management module and AWE workflow tool were not available until 8.9).
  • The solution needed to be delivered in four different languages, across six different legislative entities/regions.
  • The project had a tight timescale, demanding multiple developers working in parallel and increasing the risk of conflicting changes.
  • The integration of offshore and onshore resources was essential.


  • The standard functionality within Monitor Absence was used as a base, with enhancements made.
  • Areas of common functionality were identified where code could be reused to help reduce build time.
  • The project was required to be completed in 4 months due to the retirement of legacy systems.
  • The solution was built to be configurable, allowing for each entity to adapt it to their specific requirements.
  • Coding techniques such as increased use of Message Catalog and rowsets in PeopleCode were employed which simplified adding translations later in the project.
  • Sequencing the build order allowed the isolation of each developer's work to minimise conflicting changes.


The solution went live on 1st April 2015 with all legacy systems retired on schedule. Over 300 absence requests were processed in the first 3 days after go-live.

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