CASE STUDY: Motorola

Motorola needed a solution for tracking performance reviews of over 70,000 global employees. They had designed the specification of the new system in PowerPoint, but needed a solution to distribute it globally. They called on Runner Technologies to design and implement a web based solution using Orbit for the front-end, and Oracle as the database.
Issue
Senior executives at Motorola headquarters in Schaumburg, IL were looking for an easy-to-use system that would collect and present performance evaluation data for their global employees. They had two types of performance evaluations to track: executive management and exempt employees. One more requirement, they had two weeks to bring it on-line!
Technical Solution
Runner Technologies created the database architecture for the system and worked with Motorola developers using Orbit to create a 100% web based solution. As with any large project, requirements change. But with Orbit’s rapid development approach, changes could be implemented in record time without compiling.

Motorola’s Human Resources IT department was able to accomplish the impossible and deliver a web based performance management system in record time that exceeded expectations.

Project Time Frame
The phase one data collection process was completed from concept to production in less than 2 weeks. The remaining system components have been completed and put in production in an equally impressive time frame. Needless to say, the project time frame and final product exceeded Motorola’s expectations.
Ongoing Projects
Motorola has been using the Orbit Web Development Suite to improve its systems for over six years. In addition to the Global Performance Evaluation System, Motorola has used Orbit for:

  1. Learning and Development Tracking
  2. Executive Resume Tracking
  3. Facilities Management
  4. HR Manager Approvals
  5. Expense Tracking for Education
  6. Global HR Reporting System

A Motorola software engineer in the Boynton Beach, Florida facility uses Orbit on a daily basis to create a number of business applications ranging from Human Resources to global reporting. According to this software engineer, there is no other tool on the market that does what Orbit can do.

“Orbit offers truly dynamic web page creation with Oracle…Orbit is a seamless interface with Oracle databases.”

“Orbit enables us to turn around our customer requirements in hours rather than days. Orbit is as solid as a rock.”

Motorola Background
Motorola, Inc. (www.motorola.com, NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1999 were $33.1 billion.

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