Want More?
Sign Up to Be Notified About OneSource Virtual Updates and Communications.
Sep 09, 2019Technology & Innovation

3 Best Practices for Workday Release Management

3 Best Practices for Workday Release Management

Each year, Workday releases two huge software updates introducing a slew of new enhancements and features designed to make life easier for customers, and this month sees the arrival of the next update—Workday 33.

Among the many features available in Workday 33 are the ability to ask for time off through Workday’s mobile app, a completely redesigned open enrollment experience and a new drag-and-drop tool for drafting and proposing structural reorganizations.

But before customers can start using many of these features, varying amounts of configuration and testing are required.

With that in mind, organizations need to have a defined strategy for release management if they want to effectively take advantage of these features.

Here are three best practices to help your organization identify and implement the most beneficial features with each new Workday release.

1. Stay Informed With Workday Community

Workday Community is a critical resource for anyone who uses Workday on a daily basis, and this is especially true when it comes to preparing for a new Workday release. If you haven’t already, we recommend bookmarking the Workday 33 Release Preparation Center. This page provides users with a centralized location for educational materials, known issues, answers to common questions and more.

2. Know What You Need

To get the most from any Workday update, you need to know what enhancements are available, but you also need know which ones you will be more likely to leverage. Whether you’re configuring all new enhancements internally or working with a service partner, updating your tenant is a process. Know what you really need before you do anything else.

In addition to this, you should be aware of any problems with your tenant that could slow the configuration process down. Humans aren’t the only ones who benefit from routine checkups. Having a partner who can perform a health check for your Workday tenant is critical for maximizing your investment.

3. Find an Application Management Partner You Trust

As we’ve already mentioned, configuring new enhancements is a process. Even if your organization has all of the expertise it needs to do this work internally, your team may still face hurdles. People change jobs, their kids get sick or other tasks become a priority. In any of these situations, and others like them, having an experienced application management partner to lead you through the process is the best way to ensure that your enhancements are configured correctly when you need them.

Partners have the benefit of configuring the same enhancements over and over for customers just like you. As a result, they can often operate more expertly and efficiently than organizations that are working alone.

Get More From Each New Workday Release

Workday, like a fine wine, gets better with age. That’s because each year brings new enhancements and features designed to dramatically improve the user experience.

But if you don’t have a plan for implementing these improvements, you’re not fully leveraging everything your Workday investment has to offer.

Keeping these tips top of mind and following them will equip your organization to be successful with each new Workday release to come.