August 22, 2010

Workday, Inc. company overview

My main post on Workday’s technology got really long, so I decided to split out a company backgrounder separately. Here goes.

Workday, Inc. was founded by Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, who’d previously worked together at PeopleSoft. It is generally the case that the companies Dave starts: 

All these things seem true of Workday Inc., although the non-profit/higher-ed move is just underway now. Specifically:

Workday prices its services based on metrics for the overall client business, not per-Workday-user. (Actually, the metric is basically headcount, which makes sense given Workday’s application focus.)

Some of these points are covered in more detail in a Workday Inc. slide deck.

This post is part of a three-post series

Edit: Also, there’s a Workday blog with only a few posts, which nonetheless seems to flesh out a few of the ideas in this post series.


4 Responses to “Workday, Inc. company overview”

  1. The Workday architecture — a new kind of OLTP software stack | DBMS 2 -- DataBase Management System Services on August 22nd, 2010 6:26 am

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  3. Jo Johnson on December 7th, 2010 11:28 am

    Interesting article, many thanks.

    You said: –

    Workday Benefits Network, providing connectivity to benefits providers (that’s the only Workday module that isn’t straight software).

    Can you please clarify what you meant by this remark?



  4. Curt Monash on December 9th, 2010 1:02 pm


    It’s more like a communication service.

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