Synlait directs HR diversity initiatives with Oracle Fusion HCM Analytics

Synlait maximizes the value of Oracle Cloud HCM data using Fusion Analytics Warehouse for workforce management and talent acquisition.


The biggest thing we’ve learned is to trust the system, to believe the system as best practice. Oracle has brought clarity and transparency to the HR functions, and once put into play, it began to change behaviors.

Andrew DennanHead of HR Shared Services, Synlait

Business challenges

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The company was looking for for data, information, and advice that the HR department simply couldn't provide. A business case showed the advantages of a full human capital management (HCM) system, which was approved about a year ago. Synlait also recognized several biases in the recruiting process that it wanted to change.

Why Synlait Chose Oracle

Synlait’s HR team needed to take a holistic view of diversity, realigning the organization to do the right thing. Oracle Fusion HCM Analytics provided the data and visualizations needed to address gender inequality in compensation, recruitment, and promotions. Oracle Fusion HCM Analytics is part of the Oracle Fusion Analytics Warehouse portfolio of analytical applications for Oracle Cloud applications.


Oracle Cloud HCM gave Synlait the administrative ability to deliver self-service to all employees. It also provided the data and information that Synlait can turn into the strategic advice that its business leaders needed to make decisions going forward.

In addition, with Oracle Fusion HCM Analytics, Synlait could make diversity visible and relevant, giving people across the organization incentives to change. 

The HCM system helps Synlait teams at all levels better understand their diversity. With one quick view, Oracle Fusion HCM Analytics highlights which function or department is light on gender, tenure, and age, enabling a course correction on recruitment, compensation actions, and even succession planning.

“For ten years, we were so busy growing Synlait that we really just had to get things done. This meant that we didn't always start with the right policies and processes. Oracle has given Synlait a clear view of where it’s been and where it should be going with data, visualizations, and actionable insights,” says Andrew Dennan, head of HR shared services.

Published:March 25, 2022