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In this News Desk interview, Acceleration Economy VP and Principal Analyst Aaron Back welcomes Workday Chief Technology Officer North America Dan Wesley for a discussion on public sector cloud solutions.
00:01 — Aaron introduces Dan Wesley, Workday’s North American Chief Technology Officer. Wesley details specific areas he supports as the CTO.
01:45 — Purpose-built solutions and functionalities still face challenges when it comes to widespread adoption.
02:41 — Most state and government agencies are running on infrastructure pieced together over a long period of time without planning to adapt to how new technology might evolve over 20-30 years.
03:56 — Customer expectations shifted pre- and mid-pandemic to a mobile-first world.
05:04 — Market, data, and analytic requirements have advanced rapidly. Monolithic systems have “difficulty bringing it all together” over time.
06:10 — New technological expectations include sustainability goals. Sustainability revolves around data: how data is measured, where it is stored, and how easily it can be accessed and distributed.
08:14 — Workday’s architecture is built for efficient data management, and to illustrate the big picture “as quickly as possible” to drive sustainable decision-making.
09:36 — Government entities have a firm grasp on data privacy regulations and cloud security needs.
10:30 — “It’s all about trust.” Wesley emphasizes the importance of architecture and data sovereignty. Where does private user data live? Aaron raises the issue of GDPR regulations.
13:22 — Wesley addresses why security now includes “data auditability,” the ability to prove data infrastructure is secure from outside access or has been truly “forgotten” by systems where appropriate.
15:23 — The co-creation efforts between Workday and its customers are “part of its DNA.”
17:03 — Wesley references Workday’s implementation of Covid-19 vaccine regulatory management systems in a single weekend.
18:56 — Effectively implementing solutions includes being able to quickly iterate these solutions according to customer feedback and changing needs.
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