At Workday, customers are at the center of everything we do, and our customer all-star awards are just one way we show our appreciation. These award-winning organizations may span a variety of industries, but they all have one thing in common: They use the power of planning to drive transformation, build collaboration, and strengthen performance and agility across the enterprise.
Congratulations to the 2020 winners. We hope their stories inspire you to reach farther and achieve more as your business needs change.
The Workday Adaptive Planning Torchbearer of the Year award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to engage with other Torchbearers within the customer advocacy hub, and has provided best practices and feedback to the Workday Adaptive Planning product team.
Wake Forest University
Parallel budget processes were overly complex and cumbersome, and relied on the use of spreadsheets and a homegrown database budget system. In addition, each educational department was centralized (for example, English, History) while Campus Life departments (Police, Counseling, and others) were not.Result
After building on the foundation of its existing Workday Human Capital Management and Workday Financial Management data models, the university easily transitioned to Workday Adaptive Planning. Educational departments and Campus Life departments are now unified and work from the same system. The FP&A team has deployed and involved over 100 users from throughout the university in the budget cycle. Most report that the interface is easy to use, and that they now look forward to budgeting.Watch Video
Palo Alto, CA
Cloud data management company.
Outdated spreadsheet-based processes couldn’t scale with this new, rapidly growing technology company. Without consistent budget and revenue planning, quarterly business reviews (QBRs) were irregular and closing the quarter took two to three months. As well, organizing sales regions and territories, quotas, and revenue reporting became nearly impossible, and forecasting demand for the substantial inventory of hardware parts remained difficult.Result
By using Workday Adaptive Planning for financial, workforce, sales, and demand planning, Rubrik increased QBR consistency and reduced time-to-close by 75 percent. Now, Sales uses Workday Adaptive Planning to create territories that align with planned capacity and assigned quotas. And newly automated inventory management is more in line with customer demand.Watch Video
New York, NY
Professional services company that helps organizations build remote engineering teams quickly.
Complex spreadsheets shared among different countries and time zones resulted in long queues as managers had to take turns entering numbers. The process of pulling in actuals took one week, with an error-prone and cumbersome reconciliation.Result
Multiple team members across the world can now make updates concurrently—reducing reporting cycle times—from two weeks to two days—and actual data pulls now taking only 10 minutes. In addition, self-service reporting gives business leaders the data they need to make timely decisions. And in FY20, the planning cycle took three weeks.Watch Video
Tim Bradshaw, Manager FP&A, Infrastructure
"The Workday Torchbearers community and discussion forums are invaluable to me as a way to connect with my peers and access best practice information, tips and tricks. I am so pleased to be recognized as the Torchbearer of the Year for taking part in a community that truly understands how valuable planning is to the success of a project, and to the business."
A prolific and generous resource within the Workday Adaptive Planning Torchbearers community, Tim Bradshaw is actively engaged in discussion forums, answering activity challenges, and working one-on-one with prospective customers to help them along their journey.
Tim shares his on-the-ground experience using Workday Adaptive Planning with the product team, providing invaluable feedback that will help current and future customers.