June’s live Cloud Wars Expo event featured dozens of industry leaders allowing the Acceleration Economy team access to the inner workings of the greatest growth market the world has ever known. In this News Desk interview, Principal Analyst Aaron Back welcomes two guests from Cloud Wars giant Workday: Eric Washer (VP of Industry and CFO of Product Strategy) and Indy Bains (VP of Industry Solution Marketing).
00:15 — Aaron introduces today’s guests, Eric Washer and Indy Bains from Workday, for a discussion on purpose-built cloud solutions and the changing conversations cloud vendors are having with their customers.
03:10 — Organizations in every industry are looking to evolve and adapt. Modernizing typically takes on two major dimensions: interoperability and innovation. Bains gives examples in the financial services industry.
06:35 — Bains emphasizes innovating “with the industry, for the industry.” Most customers are operating in a hybrid environment, requiring tools and technologies that work well together.
08:40 — Organizations must determine which solutions are interoperable before making their move to the cloud, or risk locking themselves into certain processes in the long term.
10:53 — Washer explains Workday’s focus on being a source of truth for key organizational data and allowing data access, tracking, and reporting as a foundation for sustainability programs.
12:56 — Washer details the company’s VIBE index as part of Workday’s HR solution and how its role has expanded over time.
16:24 — Workday serves half of the Fortune 500, with privacy and security serving as the top priority to maintain the trust of the company’s major partners. Bains covers several of Workday’s data privacy processes to ensure secure data access.
20:03 — Cybersecurity is one of the key drivers pushing businesses to the cloud.
21:31 — Washer describes Workday’s tools available to customers and how they encourage extensive co-innovation in a secure environment.
25:00 — Aaron wraps the discussion with a quick recap of Workday’s recent evolution.
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