Workday Podcast: Netflix Drives Business Impact With Workday Extend

For 24 years, Netflix has always been on the cutting edge of innovation. Learn how the streaming service and production company leans on its developers to enable modernization.

Audio also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

There’s no doubt that Netflix is one of the iconic companies of our time. Whether it’s changing the way we spend our free time or changing the way it conducts its business, Netflix keeps on innovating. 

In this episode of the Workday Podcast, I talked to Netflix’s Senior Integration Architect Vinod Mahalingu about the impact that its developers have had on the organization’s innovation. Here are a few highlights from Mahalingu, edited for clarity. You can also find our other podcast episodes here

  • “When it comes to supporting the business, we have a good process in place. I first try to understand the requirements, then I’ll take that information and see if all the business needs will be met by the scripting capabilities that we have in Workday Extend. After that, we’ll come up with an initial design and continue to iterate from there. I know it’s not a one-time thing where you’re just going to come up with a design, and they’re going to approve it right away. It’ll constantly change because once they see an initial design, they’ll want to add more.”

  • “Workday Extend has a lot of resources when it comes to building an app. It offers detailed descriptions and use cases for all of the widgets, as well as an app catalog that has a lot of prebuilt applications with existing functionalities like app components and orchestration. If you’re new to building apps, that’s a great place to start. Workday also has an awesome developer community. The developer forum and the Extend community website are great places to ask questions and get help from other developers.”

  • “I think one of the biggest asks from our end users is how we can customize the Workday screen. For some of the screens, they wanted, for example, a drop-down widget to be on the left and not on the right and have more text editing capabilities on the screen, and that was made possible with Workday Extend. We also used other capabilities like model components to store application-specific data and not be dependent on any Workday-delivered business object. That was a big win for us. Our employees were happy once we started customizing the pages for their specific needs.”

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