Implementing Workday: A Lesson Learned

By Michael Hickins  |  Posted 2008-05-19 Print this article Print



The appeal of SAAS is clear: It allows organizations to leverage the native intelligence of its managers to input information into a system, rather than having to employ specialists just to run an HR system. And it allows them to outsource the ongoing maintenance to a company-the service provider-for whom doing those fixes is core to its business, and not just a business-critical cost center. "Working in a SAAS environment allows us to discontinue having to have the cost on our own back for upgrades and maintenance and patches and fixes and all the little things that go along with that. ... We don't have to have the infrastructure in-house to do that ourselves now," Newsome said.

That said, Workday and McKee haven't ironed out all the kinks in their relationship. One lingering issue is what to do with the legacy data from the PeopleSoft environment. Workday will maintain historical data going back as far as law and other regulations require, but McKee wants to maintain even older data.

"We don't know what we'll do with the data they won't take," he said.

Newsome had a few words of advice for companies thinking of moving to a Web-based environment:

"One of the things we did was a thorough search of the technical aspects and its security, because you've got to be very comfortable if you're going into a SAAS environment."



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