Every Workday Rising has a specific focus, and this year was no different. Signs throughout the Mandalay Bay Convention Center proclaimed, “Go Further Together,” and this theme was reinforced again and again, starting on Monday night, when Workday announced a $1 million donation to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ mental health clinic in memory of last year’s horrific mass shooting. The community theme then continued with a conversation between journalist Soledad O’Brien and tennis star and Las Vegas resident Andre Agassi, and each of the following three days introduced a fresh idea of what it means to go further together.
During the Innovation Keynote on Tuesday, leaders from throughout Workday took the stage to discuss an array of new products currently in development. These products will leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to help Workday customers do even more to plan and execute on vital HR and finance business strategies.
Talking about this new focus on predictive technology, Leighanne Levensaler, Workday’s senior vice president of corporate strategy, said, “Workday will take the information you have to generate information you don’t have, with systems that can learn from the data, identify patterns and then inform decisions.”
The new features and functionality discussed include:
- A new talent marketplace (Workday 34)
- Workday Accounting Center (going live in 18 months)
- Workday Query Center (Workday 33)
- Workday Discovery Boards (Workday 33)
- Workday People Analytics (Workday 33)
For a full summary of the Innovation Keynote, and the day’s roundtables and forums, take a look at Workday’s Tuesday recap.
Also on Tuesday, OneSource Virtual threw a customer appreciation party at the Hakkasan Night club. Nearly 1,700 people dropped by for a night of pulse-pounding music and exciting entertainment. You can view photos of this event >customer appreciation party on Facebook.
On the second full day of the conference, the focus shifted from technology to something that centered more on people, with Great Place to Work CEO Michael C. Bush leading a panel discussion with leaders from CarMax and Quicken Loans on the vital role that company culture plays in success.
“Culture is the lifeblood of any organization,” said Mike Malloy, chief people officer at Quicken Loans. “Everyone has something different that drives their culture—do good for the world, our people are number one, and so on. Whatever it is, the culture needs to be non-negotiable.”
Wednesday also featured new business leader forums on machine learning and AI, and privacy. Read Workday’s Wednesday recap to learn more about those events.
Later that afternoon, OneSource Virtual hosted a panel session with customer and innovative streaming giant Hulu, entitled, “More Time for Streaming: How AP Automation for Workday Financial Management Helped Hulu Save Time and Money.” Over the course of an hour, the session’s 160 attendees learned about the following takeaways for any Workday Financials customer considering a service partner:
- There are three choices for accounts payable processes: manual entry, utilize a software, or partner with a service provider.
- An innovative AP automation service can help customers lower the cost per invoice, shorten the AP close cycle, and reduce manual entry and errors.
- Because a dedicated service partner allows your staff to focus on more strategic tasks, look for a service partner whose team of certified Workday experts understands your needs and has outstanding customer service.
The final day of Workday Rising continued the previous day’s theme of company culture but shifted the focus to diversity. Author Erica Keswin used her time on stage to encourage leaders to think about diversity in a more holistic way. “It’s not about checking boxes and filling quotas,” she said.
Then, author and journalist Shane Snow capped the day’s conversation with an inspirational talk about the importance of working together. “When humans work together, we either slow down, break down or break through,” he said. “I think we can all go further together if we understand what differentiates dream teams from teams that break down.”
You can read more about the closing day of the conference at Workday’s blog.
OSV Announces New Digital Workforce Solution with RPaaS
Workday wasn’t the only organization to stress the value of innovation at this year’s conference. On Oct. 1, OneSource Virtual announced the world’s first Robotic Process as a Service (RPaaS) offering, slated for early 2019. This new solution leverages a digital workforce to help Workday customers navigate a variety of HR and finance business issues using RPA. Read our press release to learn more about what we have planned.
Next Year Will Be Here Before You Know It
Another Workday Rising is in the books, but next year’s conference in sunny Orlando, Florida will be here before you know it. Until then, we’re focused on next month’s Workday Rising Europe, and on providing our customers with new solutions that help them be more strategic and innovative.