Bell Peppers Drop Image by Monoar Rahman Rony from PixabayWorkday announced this week that Randstad will deploy both Workday Financial Management and Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) across the 39 markets it operates. The announcement extends the relationship between the two companies, which first started in 2015 when Randstad selected Workday HCM.

The relationship will also see Randstad work with the global ERP provider and create a mutual service to provide organisations worldwide with better access to talent management tools.

Historically, Randstad has used SAP ERP and, as recently as 2021, was talking about updating its SAP ERP on-premises solution. However, it appears that Randstad has now opted to deploy Workday across the organisation.

Carl Eschenbach, CEO of Workday
Carl Eschenbach, CEO of Workday

Carl Eschenbach, Chief Executive Officer, of Workday, commented, “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Randstad to not only support its transformation goals through the Workday platform, but also to join forces on a potential service offering for our joint customers. The combination of Workday’s platform and Randstad’s global talent expertise will empower our customers to unlock the potential of their talent so they can navigate rapid change and thrive.”

At the heart of the decision is that Randstad is looking to place AI at its core to transform the HR and Finance operations. Its intent to become the most equitable and specialised talent company.

More than just a new deal for Workday

The partnership will see Randstad’s managed service provider (MSP) business segment being certified as a Platinum Workday MSP partner. The partnership will also see the two companies explore other collaboration opportunities. These could take the form of implementation services and meeting more specialised talent management challenges, notably for joint customers.

Sander van ’t Noordende, Chief Executive Officer of Randstad, commented, “This extension of our partnership with Workday – both through our platform deployment and upcoming collaboration –  will marry the best of Randstad’s talent capabilities with Workday’s best-in-class technology solutions. In a world of work where talent and skill scarcity are prevalent, we are excited to partner with Workday to identify new ways to help clients solve the challenges they are facing. Through this selection, Randstad can also drive efficiencies and scale across our ecosystem, which is a key pillar of our new partner for talent strategy.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

There is a lot unsaid in this announcement. One interesting element will be to see how Randstad combines its talent services with Workday going forward. It offers a variety of services, including.

The second element is the shift from SAP to Workday. This is not mentioned in the release, but if it has occurred, is a significant blow to SAP. That it was Van ‘t Noordende commenting on the press release shows that it could be a key strategic move for Randstad over the coming years and is much more than a simple customer-win announcement. It will be interesting to see how the relationship grows.

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