Celebrating Growth and Community at Workday Rising Europe 2016

As Workday Rising Europe comes to a close in Barcelona, Chano Fernandez shares his observations about the growth of Workday's customer, partner, and employee community in Europe.

We are wrapping up a fantastic week here in Barcelona at Workday Rising Europe 2016. Having the opportunity to sit down with our customers to understand their experiences and challenges, and bring them up to date with what’s coming next from Workday, is one of the highlights of my year.

If I could capture the feeling of this event in one word it would be growth, as Workday continues to move forward in Europe on many levels.

If you have been here with us, or able to watch the executive keynote, you learned of the incredible growth of our European-headquartered community, with new customers including Airbus Group, BlaBlaCar, Dentsu Aegis Network, Hotelbeds, and Roquette.

Yet our definition of growth is not simply equated to the number of organisations who choose Workday—it’s about helping our customers quickly and successfully deploy Workday and use our applications to grow their companies and organisations. Across the globe more than 70 percent of our customers are live on Workday. Among organisations based in Europe, Centrica, Global, Hiscox, Northern & Shell, and Randstad France have all gone live in recent months.

Since last year’s Workday Rising Europe in Dublin we’ve also grown our suite of product offerings to include Workday LearningWorkday Planning, and Workday Worksheets, all of which help organisations get even more value out of Workday. Our European headquarters in Dublin continues to grow, where we develop innovative technologies and tools for integrations, deployments, and more.

At this year’s event, perhaps what struck me the most was how we’ve grown closer as a community. With all customers on the same version of Workday, we’re able to share experiences, collaborate, and transfer knowledge in a way that’s only possible through Workday’s Power of One.

As a company, we continue to grow into new markets, and we work hard to understand the regional needs of each country and its culture—one example is the new offices we opened in Madrid this year.

Yet growth is nothing without the true measurement of success: customer satisfaction. I’m hugely proud to say that Workday achieved an industry-leading 97% customer satisfaction rating this year, and has achieved higher than 95% since we started the survey in 2007.

So, as we celebrate and reflect on sharing, collaboration, and learning here at Workday Rising Europe 2016, let’s raise a glass at tonight’s Customer Appreciation Party. As we say here in my home country, Salud!  Here’s to another 12 months of growth for the whole Workday community

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