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Benchmarking, PaaS, and analytics - highlights from Workday Rising CEO keynote

11 Oct 17

Cloud human capital and financial management software provider Workday kicked off the second day of its Workday Rising conference in Chicago today with its executive keynote.

CEO Aneel Bhusri, together with his team of executives, looked back on the past year for the company and unveiled new analytics capabilities, among others.

Amazon and Ingram Micro were among the customers Workday acquired in the past year.

The three-day event will see 542 sessions being held before it’s over, with over 8500 customers and partners attending this year’s event.

The company now has over 7400 employees globally and achieved 98% customer satisfaction in the last year, one of the core promises and metrics Workday prides itself on.

Here are some of the reactions to the highlights announced in the keynote: 

Workday opened up its platform on the Workday Cloud Platform.

The platform-as-a-service was soft-launched earlier this year and will allow developers to build applications that behave like Workday apps. 

"What you build will be upgradeable - you will not be left behind," promised Dan Deck, Workday platform technology SVP.

Workday will be building specific capabilities for these nine industries into its services. 

Workday recently acquired analytics company Platfora and has now turned that into its business intelligence offering Prism Analytics.

Integration with Salesforce CRM launched. 

Workday's PaaS approach appears to be leveraging cloud accounting software Xero's expansive ecosystem approach to let it deliver services customers need from providers already perfecting that offering. 

Workday branching out its services into a business strategy area with the addition of its analytics capabilities.  

Consumer tech is a big influence on the user experience of Workday's services. 

Workday's onboarding doubles as a no-fuss How to do your new job with machine learning-picked study materials for freshly promoted employees. 

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