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AGCO: Unifying the HR experience with one source of truth for employee data

Explore AGCO’s journey with SAP

A leader in farmer-centric agricultural solutions, AGCO Corporation completed 45 acquisitions in 30 years. After decades of growth, the company needed to streamline a complicated network of disparate HR systems. AGCO chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to unify HR data and processes and create better employee experiences that encourage learning.


source of truth for HR data.


employees and dealers using an on-demand learner experience.

Using SAP SuccessFactors solutions, we are capturing the entire employee lifecycle in one place. It’s helping us transform human resource management across more than 35 countries and supporting us to find, train, and reward the right people.

Lauri Lipka
Vice President, Human Resources – Asia Pacific/Africa Region and Global Centers of Excellence
AGCO Corporation

The Challenge

Tapping the full potential of a global workforce

Focused on delivering smart, efficient, and sustainable agricultural equipment, AGCO Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of agricultural solutions. With operations in more than 35 countries, the business solves practical farming challenges with its intelligent, transformative, and farmer-centric solutions primed at meeting the needs and demands of an ever-changing world.


To deliver agricultural solutions to farmers worldwide, AGCO offers a full line of tractors, combine harvesters, hay and forage equipment, seeding and tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as replacement parts. Its well-known brands include Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson, and Valtra. AGCO also works tirelessly to innovate digital solutions that help optimize and connect its customers’ farming operations throughout all stages of the crop cycle.


Having completed 45 acquisitions over a 30-year period, the organization was operating multiple disparate HR systems that ranged from basic to sophisticated. Intent on consolidating HR data and standardizing processes across its global operations, AGCO embarked on an HR transformation journey. The goal: achieve consistency, heighten compliance, improve employee experiences, and gain efficiencies from centralized HR data.

The Solution

Transforming hire-to-retire processes with HR in the cloud

To create a single, centralized HR platform and establish flexible and consistent HR processes across the business, AGCO chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions. To enable cloud-based HR information management, training, recruitment, and talent development, the business implemented the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, SAP SuccessFactors Learning, SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting, SAP SuccessFactors Performance & Goals, and SAP SuccessFactors Compensation solutions.


Having a unified foundation for HR allows AGCO to empower its workforce with employee and manager self-services. With access to their profiles, users can update personal information, such as their address or bank account details. Employees can also initiate HR processes without the need to involve the HR team, which improves productivity along with the quality of employee data.


SAP SuccessFactors solutions also help AGCO meet global compliance requirements with localized best-practice processes, which are determined and enforced by SAP experts in each country.


Making the most of fast, paperless workflows using SAP SuccessFactors Performance & Goals, the organization can develop an approval flow for its goal-setting process to help boost transparency. Keeping managers in the loop helps enhance employee performance management, which underpins employee growth and future development.


In addition, to accommodate the shift to a work-from-home strategy and mass mobile hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic, AGCO uses e-signature offers in SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting to speed recruitment in a digital world. SAP Signature Management by DocuSign enables faster, paperless recruiting, improving both recruiter efficiency and the candidate experience.

The Result

Empowering 40,000 employees and dealers with a modern learner experience

AGCO used a single platform to connect HR management, talent development, and planning, which has simplified talent management processes from hire to retire. With one source of master data, the company increased efficiency in its HR operations and heightened data handling compliance while meeting various workforce regulations in all countries of operation.


Using SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central as the foundation of its people management strategy, AGCO is now focused on continuous improvement and enhancement. With SAP SuccessFactors Compensation, AGCO has streamlined total compensation planning, optimizing this critical retention tool while reducing the effort required to make and verify complex calculations.


To conduct training, AGCO uses SAP SuccessFactors Learning, giving employees access to a significant volume of training content. AGCO has further enhanced the learning experience by integrating SAP Content Stream applications by Skillsoft. Delivering an immersive learning experience, this integration allows employees to take advantage of a modern and engaging learner experience available anytime, anywhere. This approach came into its own during COVID-19, when employees enjoyed unfettered access to formal training while working at home. It has also simplified training content management for administrators.


Having deployed SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting, AGCO can globally market positions that are flexible in location. The organization is also vetting third-party apps and using API capabilities to extend its recruiting prowess to popular job boards and social media platforms.

Using SAP SuccessFactors solutions, we have modernized our HR operations, establishing one source of HR truth and standardizing HR processes across the enterprise.

Leanna Petrovic
Director, Global HR Operations, Systems and Global Mobility
AGCO Corporation

Future Plans

Gaining a total view of the workforce while listening to each worker

AGCO intends to establish a simple and consistent approach for all employee movements and work will soon begin to define and deploy SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding. The company wants to fast-track the new-hire process, as well as offboarding and internal hire cross-boarding, by eliminating manual processes.


To gain a holistic view of the workforce, AGCO plans to integrate the SAP Fieldglass Contingent Workforce Management application and the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central solution. With combined data, AGCO will be able to make more-informed decisions about how to complete work and maintain compliance with labor regulations, which vary across the globe. Being able to quickly identify the most cost-effective resourcing channel for each task has the potential to deliver significant cost savings to the business and will help the company engage talent with the right skills at the right time.


The organization is also looking to capture real-time insights into its employees’ and candidates’ experiences to better support them. For example, with successful candidates, AGCO wants to evaluate the recruitment experience so it can be improved. For this, the company intends to use the SAP Qualtrics Employee Engagement solution to conduct employee surveys. This will empower AGCO to develop and launch an enterprise-wide employee survey to gather valuable employee sentiment.

SAP helps AGCO run better

Key business outcomes and benefits

  • Unified HR management and created a single source of truth for employee data
  • Established efficient and intuitive HR processes, with consistent and streamlined workflows for core processes
  • Empowered employees and managers with self-service tools to speed HR transactions
  • Enabled native third-party integrations with applications from Skillsoft and DocuSign

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About AGCO

AGCO Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of intelligent, transformative, and farmer-centric solutions. In 35 countries around the world, AGCO’s solutions for sustainable agriculture help farms become more productive and more profitable while feeding the world.

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