Late last year, Shelter Insurance Companies selected Workday to move our finance operations off legacy technology and into the cloud. We are nearly halfway through and expect to have Workday Financial Management fully deployed in September. Workday invited me to contribute to the Workday Blog, and I’ve taken them up on the opportunity to share our experience with others.
With every Workday update, we ask ourselves the same question: How can we meet the requirements of large enterprise customers in a way that's simpler, faster, and smarter? Below I highlight several new features in Workday 22, announced today, that demonstrate how we're delivering on that promise. It's just a sample of all the new functionality we've added to Workday Financial Management in this update—including more than 25 major new features—and as always, our customers have the flexibility to "turn on" any feature at their convenience.
On March 13, Workday announced that JDA Software had selected Workday Financial Management with plans to migrate off its legacy ERP system and unify its HR and finance in the Workday cloud. It’s yet another example of a company that realizes the value of this move and where it can lead.
We talk a lot in our industry about how consumer technologies drive innovation in enterprise technologies. My own favorite example of this is Worktags, just one of our inspirations from the consumer world. Worktags play a supporting role in how our customers will leverage innovations we announced today for Financial Management in Workday 18, as they did in many of the 17 updates that came before it. That's why Worktags deserve their very own blog post as to what they are and why they’re special.
As our chief accounting officer (CAO), Robynne Sisco manages day-to-day finances at Workday. We asked Robynne to share a bit about her role at the Workday Blog, as well as her unique perspective as a user of Workday's financial management system. Robynne told us that being a CAO isn't all about numbers and accounting regulations—at least not when you're at a company that's redefining finance for the enterprise.
When building something, what you don’t see matters as much, if not more, than what’s visible. The same concept applies to finance systems. In this interactive infographic, we make it easy to understand the core foundational elements of Workday Financial Management.
Jim O’Connor, who leads the Global Business Advisory Practice at The Hackett Group, shares why enterprise leaders who engage with their finance teams early on in the strategic planning process have far better outcomes.
“Every leader knows that success is no accident—you have to plan for it,” writes Adaptive Insights CEO Tom Bogan. In addition to a great product, the Adaptive Insights crew brings to Workday extensive planning experience and insights from working with more than 4,000 organizations. Learn from Adaptive Insights, a Workday Company, how active planning drives the business forward and enables the finance organization to become a strategic partner.
In a prospect meeting a while ago we were explaining that with our HR system you could finally get a good answer to the question “Who works here?” The prospect smiled and said, “You know, that’s the wrong question. It’s not who works here, it’s who here works?”
CFOs operate in an increasingly volatile business environment, exacerbated by the rapid rate of change in the world today. Learn about the top seven risks that weigh most heavily on the minds of finance leaders, based on findings from our "Finance Redefined: Workday Global Finance Leader Survey"
In this episode of In Good Company, Naved Qureshi, associate partner at IBM, talks about what’s top of mind for finance leaders and how they are preparing for change and disruption within their industries.
Remember the 1980s? "Top Gun," Culture Club, and traditional financial accounting software. Mark Nittler explains why finance teams must move beyond the past in order to manage change and drive growth for their companies.
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.
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.
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.