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Workday Strengths and Weaknesses

Workday’s competitive positioning in the payroll (and wider HR) software market can be summarized by highlighting the following strengths and weaknesses:

Workday Strengths

  • A SaaS solution that is fully integrated and adept at working with business, financial and workforce data.
  • Workday put out three releases per year as standard – every four months new HR software feature sets and capabilities are available.
  • The average deployment period when implementing Workday as the core HR system of record is 4-8 months.
  • At Workday's user conference (Workday Rising) co-CEO Dave Duffield reported that the company's recommendation rate from current customers sits at a huge 96% (well above market average).
  • The deployment of in-memory computing greatly improves transaction processing.
  • Workday leveraging of multi-tenant SaaS architecture and its modern object model stands out in a market that still features much out-of-date technology.
  • Sophisticated mobile and tablet capabilities, such as manager self-service (MSS), are now available.

Workday Weaknesses

  • The flip side of being cloud-exclusive is that Workday has no offline operational capabilities, therefore user access to HR data is not possible unless connected to the internet.
  • Workday does not support on-premises or private cloud payroll/HR software deployments.
  • A fix for Workday’s in-bound integration capabilities is said to be in the pipeline; until then customers cannot receive net payroll data without going the route of getting consolidated payroll reporting direct from the payroll aggregator itself.
  • Workday fails to make the most of its cutting edge architecture in its marketing efforts; emphasizing this feature has potential to increase sales power.
  • Though the partnerships with payroll aggregators Patersons and SGWI are sound, and are in all likelihood able to provide Workday customers with basic functionality, Workday's clients with large, non-U.S. (other than Canada), single-country employee populations may require additional payroll management capabilities. That same logic applies to smaller companies that may have limited numbers of geographically-dispersed employees and see an aggregator relationship as not being cost-effective.
  • The faceted search feature is mostly confined to Workday data, forcing users to look outside of the system for deeper analytic capabilities.
  • For buyers looking for payroll as part of a broader solution, the Workday software is not nearly as broad as Oracle, SAP, Infor and other major ERP software suites, thus necessitating a multi-vendor IT strategy (and increasing IT resources and expenditure in the managing of those multiple vendors, utilizing multiple vendor toolkits, performing system integration, coordinating mixed date vendor upgrades, etc.).
  • Likewise for those seeking a broader HCM solution, Workday does not have recruitment and/or an on-boarding functionality; unlike competitors such as Ultimate Software.

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