What were some early experiences that have informed what you’re working on at Workday?
Chakraborty: There were definitely some surprises along the way in terms of what users expect. For instance, most people understood the concept of tabular data—rows and columns—but they struggle more with the idea of bringing in multiple data sources, refreshing it as needed, and manipulating it within a spreadsheet paradigm.
Olkin: For end users, they love being able to access raw data and do something with it in an ad-hoc manner. They see the spreadsheet format and know they can do something with it, create something usable and meaningful. We’re really excited to apply this kind of experience to benefit the Workday customer community.
You’ve created a really dynamic team in Boulder. What are your plans for continuing to grow?
Chakraborty: The available talent pool here is large, but besides just capability, we also focus on hiring for cultural fit. We’re always looking to maintain a great culture and experience for Workday employees. We have an active intern program and we’re hoping to make many of the people in the program full-time employees.
Olkin: When we started, we were primarily a group of developers, and the whole time operated in a very collaborative way. This is a really experienced team, the best I’ve ever worked with. Boulder has a robust, diverse economy which is good for Workday and we’ve been able to build our team mostly with locals. We’ve just moved into a new office here, and we have plenty of room to grow, so we are excited to bring in more people who can help us continue to build great applications.