Workday’s scrums work on different timelines, while one team is working on the next update, a product management team is planning the second update in line and a product strategist is focusing on two updates ahead. “These groups are working well into the future,” says Bhusri, who says he is passionate about new and innovative ideas. “I create sparks within our development and strategy organizations and then let our really talented people go out and do it.”
The cloud-based approach also lifts responsibility for the software’s performance from the customer’s shoulders, Swete says. “With traditional legacy or non-cloud providers, customers must maintain someone else’s software, whether they like it or not,” he says. “We save them the effort, because we have all of their information in our data centers.” This also means that innovation and improvements can be passed on quickly. In fact, Swete says, Workday can roll out three software updates a year, whereas its legacy competitors offer an update every few years. “It’s important because technology moves so fast and companies want to quickly jump on new trends,” he says, citing the end user’s desire to access enterprise information on mobile devices as one example.
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