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Jul 28, 2016Consulting & Deployment

Who Should Deploy Your Workday Solution? Collaborator or Partner?

Who Should Deploy Your Workday Solution?

With a cloud-based application like Workday, you finally have an alternative to complicated spreadsheets or a cumbersome on-premise solution. Whether you're a growing midsize company or an established large enterprise organization, a unified solution is what you need today.

Before you can take advantage of your new Workday application, you'll need to find an experienced Workday deployment team who can help you get off the ground. The deployment process takes time, and your internal resources already have enough to do. Nevertheless, they’ll need to be a part of the deployment process. They know what they want the Workday application to do. But working with an outside Workday deployment team who can interpret these requirements leaves your employees with more time to focus on the tasks you hired them to do in the first place.

The question is, what kind of deployment team is right for you?

Broadly speaking, deployment teams fall into one of two categories: collaborators and partners. Collaborators focus on helping your company go live with Workday. They set you up and walk away. Partners help you go live with Workday, then continue to provide services and support as your company uses the application and learns it capabilities. They set you up and stick around.

A deployment team focused solely on getting your company on its feet with Workday may be able to quote a lower price or predict that they can complete initial phases of the project in less time. But despite this, there's one very compelling reason for choosing a deployment partner over a launch-it-and-leave-it collaborator. Partners deploy your Workday solution with the future in mind.

A collaborator hired to help you go-live on Workday is focused primarily on getting you live. From there, you're either working on your own or with a separate service partner who didn't participate in the initial deployment. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it in the long run you’re spending more money and more time getting a second-party service provider up to speed.

A deployment partner, on the other hand, has more in mind than simply getting you live with Workday. In a sense, they're building the very system they'll be working within provide to support and services. As a result, they're not only thinking about what you need right now, they're thinking about what you might need down the road. Keeping those considerations in mind not only helps you as their customer, it will help them as the service provider.

Another thing to consider is experience. Deployment collaborators typically have experience launching a number of different applications, each with their own sets of challenges and limitations. A dedicated deployment partner such as OneSource Virtual is dedicated to deploying Workday in a multitude of environments for different industries. This advantage allows us to focus on the nuances of your business needs.

Are you preparing to transition to Workday from your current system? To learn more about the benefits of partnering with a Workday service partner, read more about our Deployment services and learn how partnering with a dedicated Workday deployment team can help increase the return on your Workday investment.