Rensa Family leadership started by engaging another solution and implementation partner but found that both companies didn’t meet their expectations. Rensa worked with SQLI with another PIM vendor and was impressed with how they operated in the past, so leadership asked if we would partner with the implementation.
Leadership already knew that SQLI was a cultural fit for them and appreciated their approach, which included an in-depth discovery phase and implementation and scrum team. Plus, SQLI has Dutch-speaking consultants, which made the implementation process much easier for their teams.
They also decided to engage with Stibo Systems for their Enterprise Platform (STEP) as data management solution. Rensa Family reached out to SQLI to lead the project's first phase, including designing the blueprint and implementing it for their first subsidiary, Libra Energy.
In the first phase, SQLI supported onboarding Rensa’ developers in the scrum team. Because the project started shortly before the COVID pandemic, everyone involved had to find new ways of working together than they had in the past. The discovery workshop happened before the pandemic and was on site with SQLI, but the implementation happened online through Microsoft Teams.
All the teams learned how to manage the situation well and still align on both collaboration and expectations. As each company adjusted to a new form of work, SQLI and Rensa Family built a strong partnership.
SQLI kept regular, weekly communication with Stibo Systems so that Rensa Family did not have to go back and forth between two separate teams. Instead, they could keep their contact with SQLI, ensuring a smooth process with fewer meetings and less chance of miscommunication.
With collaboration between leadership in the eCommerce and Data Management departments at Rensa Family and the consultants at SQLI, STEP successfully went live in March 2021. Even with successful implementation, SQLI provides support to ensure that the Rensa Family experiences continued success with its data management. SQLI continues to provide consultancy and three days of developer support to implement STEP at Rensa Netherlands.