Among the insights I can share with my peers is that the Workday customer collaboration process is unique to the enterprise software industry. Today, many of us will be arriving in Las Vegas to attend Workday Rising, which will serve as an introduction for new customers to the Workday community.
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.
Let's face it; tracking time is not the most beloved task in our work lives. Millions of workers do it because our companies require it and so we can get paid. In my prior life as an industry analyst, I entered my time to bill clients and to cost out our research initiatives. While I understood this was essential for business, I dreaded the onerous task.
I just finished my first day at Workday as I write this blog post. Many have asked me why I would move from an analyst job to work for a vendor. A key part of my job as an analyst was to listen to and help clients make critical technology purchasing and deployment decisions. During those discussions, I would hear about the myriad of challenges they faced selecting, implementing, and supporting their applications, and gaining value from their investments.
It was mid-2008 when I sat through my first demonstration of Workday Human Capital Management as an analyst covering the industry. I was curious what was going on with this company, given the pedigree of the leadership team and Workday's purist approach to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for core administrative systems.
I attended Workday Rising last year as a prospect. This year, several of my Time Warner Inc. colleagues and I are in Las Vegas attending as customers. It’s a different perspective, but one thing is consistent: Workday employees’ enthusiasm, which I think goes a long way.
Recently we announced a partnership with salesforce.com to connect Workday with Salesforce Chatter and Force.com. The announcement generated a number of questions, so we thought we'd share more about the rationale and implications of the partnership.
Like all companies, Workday does everything possible to avoid system failures. Unfortunately, they can still happen and when they do, we have a special obligation to our customers to bring systems back online quickly and securely given our status as a leading cloud vendor.
While there are many similarities to integrations that occur strictly within our own data centers, some aspects of SaaS integrations require fresh thinking. Ideally, certain SaaS integration requirements should be checked off as part of a SaaS candidate’s evaluation, and long before any integration begins. These are among the most critical of those requirements:
When vendors begin to sound the same and any one of them can claim a business process is simple, intuitive, or seamless, companies need to ask a few fundamental questions to cut through the marketing talk and see differentiation in action: “Can you show it? How elegant is the experience? And how much of our own time and resources are required to achieve it?” We hope Product Spotlights start to answer these questions. So take a look at a few favorites across HR and finance, and stay tuned as we’ll share more throughout the year!
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.
One of the best things about my job is spending time with our customers—some who have been with Workday since the early days. Mark Newsome, director of corporate human resources at McKee Foods, is one of these folks. I recently asked Mark to share his thoughts on the value of Workday Recruiting—in particular, how he expects it to help McKee “answer the questions” related to candidates in the pipeline, and even predict those most likely to be successful at McKee Foods.
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.
It's been an exciting week for us here at Workday, and for our customers too. In this video, we share highlights from "Workday Elevate" in San Francisco on May 6, where our Chairman, Co-Founder, and Co-CEO Aneel Bhusri introduced Workday Recruiting, an application that redefines recruiting and already has been selected by more than 70 customers.
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 Friday I posted on the Workday Blog about a meeting at the White House about opening up data to address U.S. Veterans’ unemployment. Related to that, a new federal law goes into effect today that requires federal contractors and subcontractors to adopt benchmarks for hiring and employing veterans.
Last month I joined leaders from both the public and private sectors in a discussion at the White House. We met in a room as stately and mahogany-adorned as you might envision, with the talk focused on a common goal: using open data to connect job seekers with employers. Closing the gap between skills employers need and locating people with those skills is key to building a more efficient labor market. It’s especially important to one swath of the workforce that we in the U.S. owe our gratitude, which is returning military veterans.
At Workday, we have always believed in the power of one. We recently made some changes to how we develop Workday that will strengthen that power of one by allowing us to deliver new innovations to our customers more continuously, while at the same time helping them to absorb significant changes to our applications more easily.