This week, more than 4,500 customers, prospective customers, partners, and employees will come together for Workday Rising 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. We often celebrate milestones each year at Workday Rising, and this year we have a lot to celebrate with our Workday Financial Management customers.
Our Workday Financial Management community is now more than 100 customers strong, all learning from one another and pushing new boundaries. That number continues to grow globally with today’s announcement about new customer King Digital Entertainment Plc, based in London.
We’ll have a lot to discuss as we gather at Workday Rising, but I think there are two key themes that are top-of-mind for most customers and prospective customers as we continue to welcome more corporate finance teams to the cloud:
Increasing speed, ease, and accuracy. Our customers tell us that in today’s fast-paced business environment, every minute counts. For them speed, ease, and data accuracy were foremost in choosing Workday. Their finance teams don’t want to spend time on manual processes such as combing through data to answer finance questions or reconcile numbers—they want to spend it on strategic business recommendations.
While our customers are making great progress, we also know we must find new ways to keep pace with their needs as their business demands grow. Workday Rising is the perfect venue to learn how our customers have successfully deployed Workday Financial Management and what more we can do to help them succeed. For example:
More insights. Also on the minds of corporate finance teams is the pressure to deliver more: more insights, value, and recommendations back to the business. That’s why we developed Workday Financial Management to be both an accounting system and a modern financial reporting and analytics tool.
We are constantly looking for new ways to help customers in this area by layering new tools onto our technology foundation. In September, for example, we burned the binder with the introduction of Composite Reporting, and we’re excited for our customers to share how they are reducing time to insights as a result. Here are a few examples:
Workday Rising is also a chance for us to talk about what’s next. We’ll discuss our strong focus on usability, global support, and specific industry functionality. We’re committed to creating a financial management solution that goes beyond the traditional to meet the needs of the modern workforce and the modern world.
I look forward to connecting with many of you at Workday Rising. For those who can’t join us, I’ll share what I learn from these customer get-togethers in another blog post. Stay tuned!