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Sep 18, 2017Technology & Innovation

Getting Ready for the New Workday Cloud Platform

The Workday 29 Enhancements You Should Review

SaaS has beat out ERP in a multitude of ways, not the least of which is the ability to deliver consistent updates and upgrades that benefit the customer without the utter pain of a complete system rip out and reinstall. Every Workday customer is on the same version, and that allows access to innovation across the board. It also means every customer is on the same schedule for the latest Workday update.

How Customers Help Determine Workday Enhancements

Community is a place where Workday customers and Workday partners come together, share ideas and get help. It’s also a place where Workday is keen to listen. Customers use Brainstorms to pitch ideas for features, functionality and Workday enhancements. Other customers can vote their favorites up in hopes they will be developed and become part of the next feature release. It’s an incredible process to watch unfold, as customers literally change the HCM, Payroll and Financial Management suite of applications.

The much-anticipated, feature-rich Workday updates come twice a year in March and September. We recently talked about the importance of keeping up-to-date with Workday enhancements by making sure you’ve got a release management program. If you haven’t taken advantage of what Workday 28 has to offer, you’ll want to be sure you’ve gotten up to speed. 

We talked to our resident Application Management Services experts for the chance to peek under the hood. You’ll want to be sure and take a look at these features in the Workday 29 release:

Workday Application: HCM and Financial Management
Feature: Workday Prism Analytics

Workday Prism Analytics marries BI performance with enterprise application capabilities, bringing together speed of thought, self-service, real-time collaboration with reliable data that is contextual and actionably, and easily distributed. Perhaps best of all, the functionality is flexibly governed. It includes Workday and non-Workday data to support the decision pipeline through reports, scorecards and dashboards. Customers will have the ability to answer cross-enterprise and strategic financial questions; better understand long-term trends; provide leadership with a complete picture of workforce data; glean rich insights from Workday and other acquisitions; talent, engagement and payroll solutions, and align people, financial and operational information to optimize productivity and drive planning.

Workday Application: HCM
Feature: configure Optional Fields

Workday customers wanted a simplified UI that provided better visual cues and more configuration options. It’s something that’s coming with Workday 29 and the Configure Optional Fields task. Users will be able to configure which optional fields to hide or require by task, including initiating actions, review, approve, correct and view event. This functionality is optional, and is designed to benefit customers by eliminating confusion and making sure data is complete so that downstream systems aren’t impacted by missing information.

Workday Application: HCM
Feature: Guided Tours

An enhancement of current functionality in Workday 28, customers can opt into the Guided Tours enhancement in Workday 29. Guided Tours offers field-level help text to guide users through processes and help customers reduce the overhead associated with supporting Workday end-users. Configuration is available for Accounting Adjustments, Create Payroll Accounting Adjustments, Costing Allocation, Payment Elections, Probation and Prospects tasks.

Workday Application: Recruiting
Feature: Candidate Listing Inbox Access

Earlier Workday versions required users to navigate away from the candidate list and to inbox tasks when taking action on items in the Awaiting Action field.  Workday 29 adds a new Awaiting Me field that allows users to easily identify when there is an action to take, and clicking on the advanced field will directly open action items. Fewer clicks, simpler task location and a better user experience through improved recruitment workflow are a few of the benefits associated with the new Candidate Listing Inbox Access.

Updating from Workday 28 to Workday 29

Need extra help going from Workday 28 to Workday 29? A Workday AMS partner with deep domain expertise can help organizations that want or need guidance around new features and functionality. It also helps to have good governance model in place providing structure and checks and balances when it’s time review new Workday enhancements.


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This document contains forward-looking statements for which there are risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, Workday’s business results and directions could differ materially from results implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include any statements regarding strategies or plans for future operations; any statements concerning new features, enhancements, or upgrades to our existing applications or plans for future applications; and any statements of belief. Further information on risks that could affect Workday’s results is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Workday investor relations web page: workday.com/company/investor_relations.php

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Any unreleased services, features, functionality, or enhancements referenced in any Workday document, roadmap, blog, our website, press release, or public statement that are not currently available are subject to change at Workday’s discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Workday, Inc. services should make their purchase decisions upon services, features, and functions that are currently available.