Planning usually happens in spreadsheets, and is often plagued by outdated data and confusion. Are you looking at the most recent version? Is there a string of reviewers’ initials at the end of the version you’re looking at that would take a cryptologist to decode? And, even if you are looking at the most recent spreadsheet, the numbers there most likely reflect a snapshot of the past. Spreadsheets, the time-tested tool for headcount plans, budget forecasts, and other forward-looking activities, just aren’t made for the scope, scale, and globally-connected nature of workforce and financial planning for today’s organizations.
This is why with Workday Planning we’re introducing Worksheets, the first native spreadsheet experience built for collaboration in the enterprise. Engineered for the continuous nature of planning, Workday Planning is the Holy Grail for CFOs as the first system to bring together workforce, financial planning, and transactions all in one place. By using real-time finance and HR data—and an audit trail throughout—outdated spreadsheets are, well, outdated relics of the past.
Student information systems usually force administrators to compile the information students have filled out on clunky green-screen interfaces—and sometimes paper-based forms—required to enroll in college, build and manage their schedules, or check-in on financial aid balances. For too many students, managing their academic career is full of annoyances, #2 pencils, long lines, and endless conversations that are far removed from the end goal of gaining the skills needed to graduate and land a good job.
Workday Student is the first truly modern student information system built fully in the cloud—with many features that simply weren’t around 20 to 30 years ago when existing systems were built. It sets a new bar for student information systems by putting everything faculty, administrators, and students need into one place—creating a mobile, social, and connected experience for everyone involved. More than 40 institutions partnered with us on helping design Workday Student to help bridge the gap from education to occupation. For example, the registrar’s office can extend the college transcript to include experience beyond traditional coursework, allowing students to include projects, multimedia, and other items that showcase the full depth of a college career.