Comments
Workday Q&A: COO Talks Oracle, SAP
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
David F. Carr
50%
50%
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
8/28/2014 | 5:16:07 PM
A year to deploy a cloud service?
Amazing that cloud deployment could take something simlar to the timeframe of on premises? Doe it cost less, at least?

I wonder whether what takes the time really has much to do with the software, or more to do with getting the organization to adapt to usin the software.
asksqn
100%
0%
asksqn,
User Rank: Ninja
8/28/2014 | 5:18:58 PM
Workday: You're not quite there just yet
Despite Workday's Cinderalla act on the Dow, the fact remains that it doesn't have a snowball's hope when it comes to competing with either Oracle or SAP.  Workday has a market cap of approximately $16 billion, while Oracle stands at approximately $185 billion and SAP AG is valued at approximately $96 billion, not to mention that Oracle & SAP have much better brand recognition, much larger customer bases & gargantuan advertising/research budgets.  Not to mention that both Oracle & SAP can easily absorb smaller competitors to grow even larger. Further, the entire bulk of Workday's target audience is a US subscriber base which means that in order to be even a little bit competitive with Oracle & SAP, it has to grow its foreign markets.  Workday certainly has a very steep, uphill climb on the road to being a serious threat.
D. Henschen
50%
50%
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
8/28/2014 | 10:48:44 PM
Re: A year to deploy a cloud service?
We're talking about the HR and financial systems of record, here. Those don't go in quickly, and at Brown, for one, you have the complication of working in an academic setting where committees and commonplace and command-and-control from on high is not. Small orgs can deploy in a little as three months and larger orgs in six, at a minimum. But HCM and financials are not like salesforce automation, Dropbox, or some other lightweight cloud app.
ukacw
50%
50%
ukacw,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/29/2014 | 4:11:10 AM
Re: Workday: You're not quite there just yet
Spot on asksqn.
ukacw
50%
50%
ukacw,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/29/2014 | 4:15:53 AM
Re: Workday: You're not quite there just yet
This is just the usual bravado that Workday go about. In the field they aren't winning A) because their product whilst being quite cute to look at lacks depth B) because their commerical offering is prohibitive to customers in terms of having to buy the kitchen sink regardless of their needs and C) because their product just isn't that good and as asksqn put so well SAP and Oracle are giants who have used their resource to surpass any lead Workday thought they had.
Jeff Jerome
50%
50%
Jeff Jerome,
User Rank: Ninja
8/31/2014 | 5:39:23 PM
Re: A year to deploy a cloud service?

You can also look at the history of the people involved from the top down.  This is a group that has been there and done that.  When they were PeopleSoft they were innovative and doing well.  It was simply a hostile takeover that put this group on hold.  And now they are back, focused and doing what they have always done well and doing with innovation and new technologies.  Safe to say you will continue to see growth from them!

Li Tan
50%
50%
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
9/2/2014 | 6:15:10 AM
Re: A year to deploy a cloud service?
I think the major factor is the amount of data and complexity. It's not a lightweight cloud app and the data migration will become a major concern of the project.


IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest September 24, 2014
Start improving branch office support by tapping public and private cloud resources to boost performance, increase worker productivity, and cut costs.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.