How will Workday help support the company’s growth plans?
One might say we are the world’s largest startup, with plans to build three world-class cruise ships in a short amount of time. We expect a huge ramp up in people all over the world, from Italy to Londonto Germany. Workday will give us a global platform that will make it easy to bring people onboard and enable them to do what they need to do from anywhere, not just sitting at a desk. At the same time, we are going to be running a large number of financial transactions through our system and will need full transparency into our business. It’s critical that we understand things like costs, pricing models, and where the value drivers are in order to make adjustments in real time, so we can deliver the best value for an outstanding cruise experience for our customers.
What is the value in having finance, planning, and HR in one system?
Having one unified system will really simplify IT and make operating the business much easier. We want to put as much power as we can in the hands of the people that use the system—from finance and HR to business management and operations—and not have to insert the IT team to translate data wants and needs. In many organizations today, what ends up happening is that IT goes off and builds reports to bring back, and the user often doesn’t get what they want or it’s stale data, so they can’t react and take action. With Workday, it’s one set of real-time data so users can understand the context behind the data to make decisions and take action faster.
Given our plans for aggressive growth in the next several years, having a unified approach to financial and workforce planning will also help us better plan for our future people and financial needs and determine the impact of those on financial performance.