Chano Fernandez

Chano Fernandez is president, EMEA at Workday, where he is responsible for leading the company’s EMEA business including sales, operations, and services.

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Workday Rising Europe: Welcoming New Citizens to the Cloud

March 31, 2014 by Chano Fernandez on Corporate

Today we are hosting the first Workday Rising Europe in London, designed specifically for our customers in Europe.  This event will also benefit others wanting to learn more about Workday from our team members and customers.

It's also my first Workday Rising! Having heard about these legendary customer events in the U.S., I know our London gathering will be a great one. The interest in Workday Rising Europe among customers and prospective customers has exceeded our expectations, and all of us at Workday are incredibly honoured by such enthusiasm.

Workday Rising EuropeYet I'm not surprised. I joined Workday earlier this year as president, EMEA, attracted by the company's culture, strategy, and market opportunity. Two months later, what I find most inspiring about Workday is our customers. I've met with many of them since January, and I'm amazed by their excitement and willingness to share how they're using and benefitting from Workday. It's clear that the Workday real cloud and our power of one play an important part in their desire to share experiences as citizens of the cloud. I have no doubt the customer panels at Workday Rising Europe will be the highlight of the event!

I also think our European customers realise they're helping drive significant change across their regions and industries. Companies throughout Europe are focused on business transformation, and know that's only possible with the right processes, systems, and people. Business transformation also requires becoming more efficient while reducing costs--more simply put, doing more with less. A modern approach to enterprise technology, from the core architecture to the user experience, is required for all of those things.

You may have  read in recent months about these transformations underway at European companies, with news articles on Grant Thornton, Diageo, Sanofi, and others. We'll hear from customers at Workday Rising Europe over the next few days on transformations taking place within their organisations, and several sessions in the programme are designed to help customers network with one another and share best practices in person.

We'll have exciting things to talk to attendees about, too, such as Workday Big Data Analytics and updates on Workday Payroll for UK, Workday Payroll for France, Workday Recruiting, and our next update, Workday 22.  And of course, we'll have plenty of discussions around using Workday Human Capital Management and Financial Management to improve processes, work more efficiently, and gain more insights within customer organisations.

I'm looking forward to a fantastic Workday Rising Europe, and to a year of strong growth in the European region for our company. We have a huge opportunity before us, and the best is yet to come. Day by day, we are welcoming new citizens to the cloud. 

--Chano


About Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers human capital management, financial management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest organizations. Hundreds of companies, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.

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