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Google Cloud and Workday form strategic partnership
Wed, 11th Aug 2021
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Google Cloud and Workday have today announced a strategic partnership that will aim to provide customers with greater choice to fulfil their business needs.

As part of the partnership, Google Cloud will help businesses run Workday enterprise applications for finance, HR, and planning in a public cloud environment, with a focus on ease-of-management and low network latency.

Customers will now have the ability to deploy Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), and Workday Adaptive Planning — all on Google Cloud's infrastructure.

“The combination of Workday and Google Cloud provides customers with an exceptional public cloud experience where they can take advantage of leading innovation services from both companies, helping to drive greater value from their enterprise investments,” says Workday co-CEO Chano Fernandez.

“Together, we're uniquely positioned to deliver industry-leading cloud capabilities so organisations can enhance workforce productivity and accelerate their digital transformations.”

As the way people work continues to evolve with hybrid and remote models, businesses must adopt digital strategies that help improve employee productivity and operational resiliency. This includes providing cloud solutions that give employees secure access to applications and data, according to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian.

“More than ever, businesses are looking for increased flexibility, openness, and choice when it comes to where their data is stored, accessed, and managed,” says Kurian.

“By running Workday on Google Cloud, organisations can adhere to commercial data requirements, while maintaining the enterprise-grade security, scalability, and performance they expect from a trusted cloud leader like Google.

The two companies plan on building strategic go-to-market programs that include co-marketing activities and establishing co-selling programs. This is aimed to increase awareness among customers and prospects across the US.

Additionally, the two companies will explore opportunities for co-innovation, bringing even more innovative and transformative technologies to business in industries such as retail, healthcare, and financial services.

News of the partnership comes only a few days after a similar announcement from SAP SE, which partnered with Google Cloud earlier this month. The partnership aims to help customers execute business transformations, migrate critical business systems to the cloud, and augment existing business systems with Google Cloud capabilities in AI and machine learning.

“Google Cloud and SAP share a commitment to supporting customer success and growth,” says Google Cloud president Rob Enslin.

“We're delighted to partner with SAP to accelerate digital business transformations with SAP on Google Cloud and with next-generation cloud capabilities.

“Through support for RISE with SAP and in-depth integrations between SAP and Google Cloud, the new partnership will enable customers to seamlessly bring their most critical business systems and applications to a future-proof, secure, and low-latency environment.