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Highlights From Workday Rising Europe

Nov 17, 2017 News & Events

Highlights From Workday Rising Europe

With this year’s Workday Rising Europe, it was clearer than ever before—Workday is on fire. In the U.S. and across Europe, the Workday application suite is quickly becoming the ERP solution of choice for organizations of every size and across every industry.

If you missed this year’s European conference, you can read about some of the highlights from each day below.


This year’s conference kicked off with a keynote event featuring Gonzalo Benedit, Workday’s president of EMEA and APJ, and the Formula 1 racer David Coulthard. Benedit announced that Workday’s European customers had doubled from the previous year, and that 60 percent of this year’s attendees were attending for their very first time.

Afterwards, Coulthard took center stage to talk about the parallels between the world of business and the world of Formula 1 racing. “Even in success, we’re constantly looking for weak spots,” he said, “because if you don’t, your competition will find them.” He also spoke about the importance of developing next generation talent, and having employees who feel empowered to be the best possible version of themselves.

Tuesday’s keynote was followed by a welcome reception.


The first full day of the conference began with a keynote featuring Workday co-founder and CEO Aneel Bhursi, plus a variety of other Workday executives from the U.S. and EMEA.

During the keynote, Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations Chano Fernandez announced that Workday now has over 1,800 customers in 200 countries, with 150 of those coming from Fortune 500 companies. He also announced that Workday’s customer satisfaction rating is up from 95 percent to 98 percent.

The keynote also included a discussion of Workday’s “power of one” approach, and their dedication to giving customers a superior experience.

“At Workday, we don’t just want you to operate,” said Vice President of Financial Management Products Betsy Bland, “we want you to thrive.”

Speakers at the keynote also discussed upcoming updates, including a next generation people portal, enhanced onboarding, an improved integration between Workday Financial Management and Salesforce, and a new tool for Workday Expenses that will let users take a photo of a receipt and repopulate that information in Workday.

Finally, the morning’s keynote included a look at Workday’s much-anticipated Workday Cloud Platform. “In our ecosystem today, we have over 30 service partners and 80 software partners all actively bringing their innovation to the Workday Cloud Platform,” said Erin Yang of Workday’s Technology Product Management team.

Workday Cloud Platform is scheduled for release next year.

Following the keynote, attendees were free to visit the expo floor or join any number of informative sessions by Workday partners. Among those was OneSource Virtual’s session with Travelex, which specializes in foreign currency exchange. The session, entitled How Travelex Mastered the Art of Possible: The Journey Starts at Go Live, looked at how Travelex was able to leverage the road mapping process to maximize their Workday investment from the very beginning. The speakers detailed what conversations Workday customers should have at every stage of the deployment process, and Travelex revealed that choosing Workday and OneSource Virtual had helped them increase their efficiency by 40 percent.


The last day of Rising Europe was bookended by two inspiring keynotes.

The day began with an address by Leena Nair, Unilever’s chief human resources office, that looked at how individuals can continue thriving in an upside-down world. “The world is changing fast, at an unprecedented rate,” Nair said. But change doesn’t have to be bad. Nair talked about change as an opportunity for growth, and she encouraged leaders to reexamine how they interact their employees. “With the world being turned upside down, leaders now need to serve employees.”

Nair identified three ways individuals can thrive in today’s rapidly changing business landscape—through knowing their purpose, continually learning and being more human.

“Those who really thrive in the upside-down world,” Nair said, “are those who can bring the ‘more human’ to what they do.” For the closing keynote, attendees heard an inspiring message from performance coach Jamil Qureshi, who shared how companies can empower their employees to be successful by helping them cultivate the right attitude.

“All great journeys start with a great question, like ‘I wonder if…’” Qureshi said. “Every decision we make as a human being is an investment.”


We want to congratulate Workday on another engaging European conference. With the growth they’ve experienced since last year, there’s no doubt that next year’s conference will break every new record announced at the start of this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing everyone in Vienna.

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