Workday Podcast: Enabling Business Agility Through Cloud Technology

Matt Grippo, vice president of cloud platform at Workday, discusses the importance of using cloud technology to enable businesses to adapt, innovate, and thrive.

Audio also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

We all know the world has changed, and businesses need flexibility and interoperability to successfully respond to those changes. More specifically, IT leaders need to be able to empower their developers to quickly build apps to help organizations adapt, innovate, and thrive. That’s where cloud technology comes in. 

In this episode of the Workday Podcast, I talk with Matt Grippo, vice president of cloud platform at Workday, about building business agility through technology.

Here are a few highlights of our conversation, edited for clarity. You can also find our other podcast episodes here

  • “In the Marvel movies, you’ve got all the people who take care of stuff when it’s within the bounds of normal parameters, like the police and the military. That’s what I think is the basis of Workday—you have the ability to hold things together for typical business needs. But sometimes you have to bring the Avengers in because stuff gets really crazy. So, to me, the developers are the Avengers of the Workday world. They’re the ones on the frontier saying, ‘Now we’re going to do something really special that stretches the boundaries of possibility.’ That’s how developers fit into the equation of agility and adaptation.”

  • “When we talk about the developer experience, the brain will always go to the tech first. The developer experience is bigger than the tech, it’s the community and learning from each other. That’s everything from in-person events like Workday DevCon to a dev site with forums where folks can interact with each other and watch tutorials. The last part of the developer experience is what I call the authoring experience. From a product standpoint, I’m really excited about some of the stuff we’re doing there. One of the things we’ve done recently is we’ve started to move all of our authoring into a pure web environment. So any developer can build without having to download a plug-in, or an integrated development environment (IDE), or full web experience. That’s going to open up all kinds of possibilities for the developer experience because we have the ability to tailor that experience and bring more convenience and simplicity into it.”

  • “Right now, we’re working on this idea of empowering non-developers to be able to quickly build simple apps with lots of utility. Think of this as a left and right thing. On the left is simplicity and on the right is complexity. The right-hand side consists of very sophisticated development teams, and the left-hand side consists of those who are not technical but can still build a simple app quickly and publish it without a developer anywhere nearby. These nontechnical roles can even use this as a way to build the very beginnings of the app and then say, ‘Let me give it to a developer now, and they can take it and make it more complex.’”

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