Workday Rising to the Occasion

October 16, 2017 Appirio

By Jessica Vogler


Workday Rising 2017 was an overwhelming success! There were amazing speakers, learning sessions, vendors, partners … all of which came together to offer clients and potential clients an exceptional experience. Coming out of Workday Rising there were a few key takeaways that stuck with me.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Peyton Manning was the Kickoff Keynote speaker for Workday Rising 2017. He stressed the importance of teamwork, and how having a team working together, digging in the trenches together, and seeing a game and a season through together was the key to his success. It isn’t one person or a few people that lead a team to victory, it is the entire team working together for that win. It struck me how this translates to a successful Workday deployment. It takes teamwork — working towards a common goal, digging in when things get difficult, and seeing the entire project through to the end in order to secure the victory – a successful go-live.

Culture Fit is key. Over and over I heard customers and potential customers talk about a partner being a good “fit.” Culture matters when making a choice for a deployment partner. It isn’t just about cost and timeline, it is about ensuring your business and the way you work is understood and supported throughout the project. Making sure that your potential partner is a good fit and cultural match who aligns with your vision and goals will lead to a successful deployment and some very happy workers!

Workday listens. Workday is about enabling workers. They are constantly adding new capabilities and improving existing modules because they want their platform to be successful for your business. Workday cares about people. About workers. While trying to make business processes more simple and unified, they also want your workers to thrive. They are excited about what they have to offer and they want to help businesses and their employees perform at their highest potential. After all, happy workers lead to happy customers — all leading to a successful business.

Fun Factor. During Workday Rising, I saw people having fun. Your deployment doesn’t have to be all work and no play, and Workday and their partners showed that throughout the event. Selecting an HCM platform and deployment partner is hard work. There are a lot of things to consider, meetings to be had, research to be done, and business cases to be made to decision makers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while doing it. Workday and their partners did a great job making sure attendees were appreciated and celebrated. There were dinners, concerts, parties, places to relax and be pampered during Rising, and creative services offered such as meditation times, caricature artists, and massages. I was continuously impressed with the event Workday put together and the focus on fun!

I don’t know how Workday and their partners are going to top Rising 2017, but I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us next year!

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