Workday Platform - Image by Fang_Y_M from PixabayWorkday has announced a new “Built on Workday” program. It is the next step in the evolution of its strategy to develop its platform. The program was announced at the Workday DevCon 2024, the company’s annual developer conference. It is a new way for partners to build, distribute and centrally manage apps on the Workday platform.

Once built, organisations can then distribute and monetise them using the Workday Marketplace. The goal is to help partners deliver purpose-built apps faster while empowering customers to gain even greater value from their Workday investment. This program is still growing and scaling.

The program will enable partners to build applications using the tools to ensure that they align with the Workday platform requirements and can sell them via the marketplace to scale revenue.

Matthew Brandt, Senior Vice President Global Partners, Workday (image credit - LinkedIn/Matthew Brandt)
Matthew Brandt, Senior Vice President Global Partners, Workday

Matthew Brandt, Senior Vice President Global Partners, Workday, commented, “Today’s rapidly evolving business climate requires us to remain a step ahead of our customers. That takes more than just innovating at Workday – it takes enabling innovation for our partners as well. Built on Workday is the latest example of our efforts to extend the power of the Workday platform by working with our partners to continue meeting the evolving needs of our customers.”

Extending the marketplace

Partners are already building apps for the marketplace, with nearly four hundred apps already listed. The apps integrate and work with a range of Workday solutions, enabling organisations to better manage their people and money.

The applications cover a range of Workday products and industries. Product compatibility includes:

  • Analytics and Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Human Capital Management
  • Payroll
  • Platform and Product Extensions
  • Spend Management
  • Student
  • Talent Management
  • Workday Adaptive Planning
  • Workday Peakon Employee Voice
  • Workday VNDLY
  • Workforce Management

Industries supported include:

  • Agriculture & Fisheries
  • Construction
  • Cross-Industry
  • Education
  • Energy & Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Ultimately bringing more applications onto the marketplace will benefit customers, with a wider range of solutions to solve their challenges.

Partners with solutions already listed include PwC, that have thirteen applications already available. Claudio Valera, Workday Alliance Leader, PwC US, “Our collaboration with Workday is a testament to our shared commitment to innovation and customer value. Tools like Built on Workday, combined with our deep industry expertise, will help us create tailored solutions to meet our clients’ unique needs and help them realize their potential.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

There was a distinct lack of details within the press release and on the Workday site about the Built on Workday program. However, interested ISVs are able to request more information on this landing page. Workday has been slowly opening up its program over the last few years. It has taken a measured approach to this, which has ensured that the solutions present on the marketplace are right for customers and do not disrupt the wider Workday platform.

This latest moniker says little about the technology, nor whether and how the ISVs need to certify their applications, or even if some applications will now be able to attain a certification badge. No doubt, Workday will make things clearer in time.

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