Workday Unveils New User Experience
Design and Functionality in New Desktop Experience Inspired by Mobile
Apps, Consumer Web; Company Also Announces Feature-Rich Release of
PLEASANTON, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/23/14 -- Workday, Inc. (NYSE:
WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for global human
resources and finance, today unveiled a completely new desktop
experience for its millions of users around the world. Designed in
partnership with customers, including some of the world's most
popular consumer and social brands, the new user experience combines
a redesigned visual interface built on HTML5, along with dozens of
rich, intuitive features to enhance the usability customers already
recognize with Workday.
Workday also announced immediate availability of its latest update,
Workday 21, which includes more than 240 new HR and finance features,
approximately 65 of which were customer suggestions. Workday 21 is
the first update to be released leveraging the company's shift to a
single code line for both development and production environments --
a transition that simultaneously increases the frequency of
innovation delivered to customers, while minimizing disruption.
Simplifying the User Experience for Employees, Managers, and Power
Since Workday is a single system, the design and functionality
of the new user experience touches every screen of Workday Financial
Management and Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) for a cohesive
look and feel regardless of where a user is in the application.
As a result, employees, managers, and power users across finance and
human resources all benefit from an experience that is:
-- Consumer-Driven: Familiar visual cues and patterns influenced by
popular email services, social sites, search engines, and web commerce
make it simple for new users to login and use Workday without
-- Clean: Increased whitespace, subtle iconography, and simple fonts are
just starting points of a more approachable visual interface for users
to discover priority information and actions at a glance.
-- Consolidated: An overall shift to a single-page application view along
with several new features reduces the clicks for a user to navigate
through a business process.
-- Contextual: More intelligent and predictive features personalize the
relevancy and security of information based on a user's unique needs
and previous behavior in Workday.
Workday 21 Streamlines Complex Financial Business Processes for Large
As large organizations face greater complexity and
increased regulations of global operations, Workday continues to
deliver more sophisticated functionality in Workday Financial
Management to help customers simplify business processes and uncover
efficiencies in the cloud.
With new features in Workday 21, customers can:
-- Better manage assets with enhanced capabilities that automatically
group similar items into one pooled asset. Additionally, customers can
more easily track the financial lifecycle of multiple, diverse assets
that form one composite item.
-- Ease international trade accounting by providing full visibility into
deferred revenue recognition in multiple foreign currencies as well as
multi-currency support for cash, customer, and vendor accounts.
Workday 21 Extends Mobility for Seamless Talent and Performance
With Workday 21, the company continues to advance the
industry's broadest cloud application for human resources, Workday
HCM, with enhanced speed and convenience for talent and performance
management. Among several new features, Workday 21 marks the
availability of performance reviews on mobile, which enables
employees and managers to start, continue, or complete the review
process as they move between desktop and mobile devices without any
With performance reviews now accessible on Workday for iPad(R) and
Workday for iPhone(R), customers can:
-- Accelerate and improve completion of performance management
initiatives considering users can take action anytime, anywhere.
-- Minimize the materials and time spent training workers on the review
process with an interface designed for immediate user engagement.
-- Equip on-the-go managers to quickly check progress of their entire
team and complete approvals for individual employees.
Comments on the News
"Organizations are rapidly replacing the outdated
and complex enterprise applications that were built for programmers
and highly skilled individuals. Today, user experience is the key
deciding factor on why companies and organizations purchase
enterprise applications. User experience is not only about colors,
fonts, and shapes, but also about simplifying how applications are
built around users and how users can quickly accelerate time to
value," said R "Ray" Wang, founder and chairman, Constellation
Research. "Having applications run on a single code line can improve
how organizations manage application enhancements and preserve a
consistent and engaging user experience."
"At Intuit, we've learned a lot about what it takes to create a
simple and automated experience for customers, and we've shared our
lessons learned as a design partner on Workday's new user
experience," said Michael McCreary, director of HR services
operations, Intuit. "Workday has delivered a completely new interface
to help our HR team, employees, and managers more easily uncover the
information they need."
"The combination of our new user experience and Workday 21 delivers
the visual aesthetic and usability customers are asking for today
with the technology underpinnings to ensure they can quickly adapt to
the user expectations and business demands of tomorrow," said Joe
Korngiebel, vice president, user experience, Workday. "Our users
around the world benefit from a more intuitive experience to navigate
their HR and financial decisions from the point they land on
Workday's brand new homepage."
Please visit the Workday blog for additional
perspective on the news, including:
-- Introducing Our New User Experience, from Joe Korngiebel, vice
president, user experience, Workday
-- My Five Favorite Features in Workday 21, from Leighanne Levensaler,
vice president, HCM products, Workday
-- A Busy Year for Workday Financial Management, from Raphael Bres, vice
president, product strategy, financial management, Workday
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud
applications for human resources and finance. Founded in 2005,
Workday delivers human capital management, financial management, and
analytics applications designed for the world's largest
organizations. Hundreds of companies, ranging from medium-sized
businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.
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