Business case

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The Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF, "French National Railway Company") is France's national state-owned railway company. Founded in 1938, it operates the country's national rail traffic along with Monaco, including the TGV, on france's high-speed rail network. Its functions include operation of railway services for passengers and freight, and maintenance and signalling of rail infrastructure. The railway network consists of about 32,000 km (20,000 mi) of route, of which 1,800 km (1,100 mi) are high-speed lines and 14,500 km (9,000 mi) electrified. About 14,000 trains are operated daily.
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Globally Shared Low Code Platform

Context and Challenge

SNCF was already developing mobile applications for multiple usages within the company but was unhappy with time to market & agility processes. Also, they noticed that 80% of the projects were sharing the same constraints such as security, authentication, offline data and access to back end services.

A global decision was made to streamline app development by using a platform. A RFI and RFP were published where several platform vendors were involved.

Mission and Solution

The RFP was won by Convertigo against competitors for several reasons:

• Open Source & Standard technology strategy
• Offline Data features
• Openness to Native or Low Code front ends
• Quality of developer support

Benefits obtained

Convertigo technologies are now spread in major SNCF business units (Railways Network BU, Rail station BU & Trains BU) serving more than 15 000 B2E users.

Applications are built for maintenance, HR, train traffic display and many more other small business processes requiring agility.

One of the major application is the offline data train Maintenance application connected to IBM Maximo Asset management software.