Microsoft Office 365, Workday Integrations Arrive in 2017
The companies embark on a partnership that will ultimately connect Workday's HR and finance applications with Office 365.Microsoft Ignite 2016 isn't the only technology conference taking place this week although the sheer number of new announcements coming out of Atlanta, the site of the event, suggests otherwise. In Chicago, where Ignite was held last year, Workday Rising is currently gathering users of the Workday's finance and human resources (HR) applications and partner companies. Pleasanton, Calif.-based Workday specializes in cloud-delivered human capital management (HCM) and financial management software. This summer, in an expansion of its current alliance with IBM, the company inked a new multi-year partnership deal with the IT giant, making the IBM Cloud the new home of Workday's development and test environment. On Tuesday, Workday revealed it had lined up another major partner: Microsoft. In a rare non-Ignite announcement involving Microsoft, the companies said they are working to integrate Workday's HR and finance applications with Microsoft's productivity software and services suite, Office 365. The first Office 365 and Workday integrations are scheduled to appear in the second quarter of 2017. The firms also pledged to continue the collaboration and deliver "deeper connections between their solutions" going forward.
Specifically, the companies are working on connecting Office 365 Groups with Workday. Once linked, changes in Workday will be automatically reflected in the Office group collaboration feature. Using Workday's dynamic business process framework and Flow, Microsoft's workflow automation technology, the companies claim they can help joint customers eliminate manual processes involved with bringing third-party software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications into the mix.