Workday's Web services-based architecture will help road warriors file expenses and other reports using mobile devices.
In a nod to the growing need for businesses to deploy applications that go
wherever their work forces go, Workday will roll out a version of its human
capital management software for PDAs and other mobile devices sometime in 2009.
During a visit to Workday's offices in Walnut Creek,
Calif., Aneel Bhusri, the president of the
company, told me that the most likely feature sets to be included in mobile
deployments would be expense reports and hiring and termination of employees.
Workday will be able to accomplish this thanks to its underlying
Web-services-based architecture, which separates application logic from user
interface, and provides yet another example of the benefits of on-demand
software over on-premises systems.
Click here to read about Workday's launch of ERP as a service.
Bhusri and Workday co-founder Dave Duffield, the founder and former CEO
of PeopleSoft, also told me that they are actively working on plans to
integrate social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn in certain pages of the HCM
Bhusri said customers see potential value in these tools, but he doesn't
think Workday should build them. "The best thing we can do is integrate
with them," he told me.
"Trying to replicate that in a system is a bad idea," Bhusri
But what about a company like IBM, which
is re-creating those tools for use behind the firewall?
"IBM will fail," Bhusri said.
Why? Because social networks are something people adopt on their own, not
because of management fiat, both Duffield and Bhusri explained.