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Operations no longer feels like finance is a gatekeeper. Workday Adaptive Planning is theirs to use and they own the data they put into it.

Claire Barnish, Assistant Director of Support Services

  • Operations and finance teams gain greater control and flexibility with Workday Adaptive Planning

    The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, attracting students and visitors from around the globe. Its Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE) team offers these stakeholders and staff a wide-range of services, making budgeting, forecasting and reporting complex. Swapping spreadsheets for Workday Adaptive Planning has helped ACE to simplify these processes while helping it make smart decisions faster.


    • Budgeting was a time-consuming process which involved linking together multiple spreadsheets, checking and re-checking numbers
    • It was difficult to model and plan for different scenarios or prepare detailed reports
    • Finance had limited time to analyse or benchmark performance


    • Budgeting and forecasting is easier and more comprehensive, providing more time for analysis and reporting
    • Finance and operations are able to model different scenarios, improving agility
    • Finance has saved more than 900 hours annually on budgeting, forecasting and reporting
  • About:
    Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is a world-leading university that is globally recognised for its teaching, research and innovation. Its Accommodation, Catering and Events team provides a wide range of services, including residential accommodation for around 10,000 students at over 40 different locations. It also provides catering services across the University and year-round conference, event and meeting venues.
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Higher education