At Workday Rising 2014 a number of customers took the stage to share stories about the business benefits they're seeing with Workday Financial Management, underscoring the community's growth and momentum. But what really stood out for me were the stories about letting go of the familiar—legacy systems and processes—and coming out on the other side with something that delivers far more value.
Are your ready for Workday Rising 2015, taking place Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas? To get an idea of what's to come, check out highlights from last year's event in San Francisco.
Today is Veterans Day, a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have served in the armed forces to protect the freedoms so precious to us. As a country, we must do all we can to support returning veterans’ efforts to find challenging and rewarding employment. It’s a fight that needs fighting: 188,000 veterans that served after 9/11 are currently unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The good news is that technology and data can be used to help address this problem—an effort that we at Workday are passionate about.
This week Workday presented Allied Global with our first Workday Inspire Award. This award recognizes outstanding customers that are doing an amazing job of leveraging business insights from Workday to deliver quantifiable results for their organizations.
This week we’re hosting our Workday Rising customer conference, one of our favorite events of the year. It provides us the opportunity to get together with customers and partners to announce new products, share our future vision, and to hear more about what’s on their minds. It’s also the time when we reveal the results of our annual customer satisfaction survey.
Today at Workday Rising 2014, we introduced a new mobile experience as part of our commitment to deliver continuous and relevant innovations to our customers. In the design and development of our new mobile experience, we continue to explore the latest trends and technology advances among leading consumer applications and listened to customers about their needs. Mobile usage has spiked tremendously within our customer base over the past year—we’ve seen a 400% increase in transaction volume coming from mobile devices. To support this rapid growth, we looked for new ways to engage our on-the-go customers.
Workday today announced Workday Insight Applications, a brand new approach to business analytics. Workday's Dan Beck, vice president of technology products and Adeyemi "Ade" Ajao, vice president of technology strategy, answer five questions about how the applications work─and the talent and technology behind them.
This week, more than 4,500 customers, prospective customers, partners, and employees will come together for Workday Rising 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. We often celebrate milestones each year at Workday Rising, and this year we have a lot to celebrate with our Workday Financial Management customers. We’ll have a lot to discuss this week, but I think there are two key themes that are top-of-mind for most customers and prospective customers as we continue to welcome more corporate finance teams to the cloud.
Last March I wrote about how quickly the deployment took off after selecting Workday—we had converted a full year of historical data and were testing transactions within the first 10 weeks. In my second post, halfway through the deployment, I shared how we were using Worktags to tag keywords and events in our data so we could later report and analyze it in different ways and from different views. In this third installment, I want to share some immediate benefits and changes that we're already seeing or expect to see in the near future.
Tomorrow, many of us will gather in Amsterdam for HR Tech Europe. The theme of the conference is “Game-Changing HR.” I’m thrilled for our customers, who will be out in force to share how they are changing the game at their organizations. Here’s a look at some of the places where you can learn from Workday customers about HR transformations across their global organizations.
Workday just received some incredible recognition in "The Forrester Wave™: SaaS HR Management Systems, Q4 2014," published by Forrester Research, Inc. We are very honored by this recognition of our commitment to developing great products and our passion for creating delightful customer experiences. Yet here’s the thing: With leadership, you’re never resting. You have a huge responsibility to keep innovating and finding new ways to deliver value in the marketplace.
Next week, thousands of HR professionals will descend upon Las Vegas for the annual HR Technology Conference & Expo. As a long-time attendee, I find the event to be a familiar constant in a sea of endless change in our business environments—an opportunity for us to bond as a community and share great new technologies and best practices.
Today we announced Workday Student Recruiting, following a year of close collaboration with nine customer design partners from a variety of colleges and universities. It is so important for higher-education institutions to get recruiting right. In this video, I talk a little bit about why it's critical, and what happens when they get it wrong. I wrap that up with a tour of the application.
Last March, David Clarke penned an outstanding blog on Workday’s move to single codeline development, meaning we now use just one line of code for both our current release of Workday and features we’re developing for our next release. Most importantly, this move has transformed our development organization to one focused on continuous development. Having recently completed our delivery of Workday 23, we have a full year of experience with this model, and I want to complement David’s blog with my perspective on why it is so fantastic for our customer community.
Anyone who works in finance knows the binder. Many operational managers know it too. It's the binder you take to quarterly business reviews and send up to the CFO. The one stuffed with printouts of spreadsheets and documents that took tens of hours to compile and reconcile. It's the binder that may have you—and the auditors—nervous that it's being passed around with a lot of important information in it, or sweating that within those print-outs there could be inaccuracies. What if you could burn that binder? What if you could replace it with something containing data that is always current, is multi-dimensional and interactive, lives on your mobile device or desktop, and is protected by security and access controls?
While most of my time is spent with the Workday Financial Management development team, in recent months I’ve also spent a good amount of time outside the office. At events we hosted or participated in, I had great conversations with customers, partners, and prospective customers, many of whom are CFOs. I listened to CFOs talk about the complexity of managing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as the ongoing challenges of the everyday task of reporting.
We continue this Naomi Bloom four-part video series with a discussion about multi-tenancy. Does multi-tenancy matter for SaaS, and should customers care? It’s a debate that’s been waging for years. Naomi has strong views on this topic and describes the benefits of aggregation and inheritance, adding that, “I don’t see how these can be done without multi-tenancy. I’m waiting for someone to tell me.”