COLUMBIA, Md., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announced today that Denmark-based Effective-People, a GP Strategies company, received two SAP Quality Awards in partnership with Cargotec Corporation and Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re).

The SAP Quality Awards for Europe, the Middle East and Africa celebrate customers who have excelled in the implementation of their SAP software solutions. These prestigious awards recognize customers who use SAP's quality principles to effectively plan, execute and manage their implementations; simplify business processes and deliver significant business benefits to their organization; and achieve fast, low-cost implementations—and meet today's demand for rapid time to value.

Cargotec, a world leader in cargo handling, earned a Gold award. Cargotec has three distinct business areas—Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor and wanted one consolidated view of all of its employees. With SAP SuccessFactors solutions, it has gained new HR insights that are helping it improve performance. Effective-People helped realize this using their proven methodologies for rapid deployment, implementation and change management services. As a result, Cargotec claims to have saved over €2m ($2.2M) since rolling out a cloud HR service to serve its 11,000 employees.

Swiss Re, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer and based in Zurich, earned a Bronze award. GP Strategies/Effective-People was responsible for the migration of its existing SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) solution to the SAP cloud solution SuccessFactors Employee Central, with localization for 25 countries. Swiss Re also expects significant cost savings through the reduced infrastructure costs resulting from the use of a cloud solution.

"Congratulations to Cargotec and Swiss Re for winning two awards at the SAP EMEA Quality Awards Ceremony, which was held at SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany," stated Mikkel Krogsdal-Wogensen, Managing Director for Effective-People. "Not only did Effective-People deliver the best SuccessFactors projects in 2015/2016 in the largest SAP region in the world, but we also earned two out of three possible awards in this category. Both projects have realized impressive business benefits, and we look forward to supporting their future journey with SuccessFactors"

Bill Finegan, Vice President for GP Strategies, stated, "I am extremely proud of this unique achievement, which emphasizes that our high-quality SuccessFactors delivery model stands out, not just on a regional level, but also on the EMEA-wide level. This business area is very important to GP Strategies, and we will continue to invest in resources to support the growth of our global SuccessFactors practice."

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