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Workday Unveils Plans for German Market; Continues European Expansion

PLEASANTON, CA and MUNICH, GERMANY–(Marketwired – Jan 21, 2015) – Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today unveiled its plans to provide German customers with a modern cloud alternative to legacy enterprise software. Workday has more than 700 customers based around the world and of those, more than 170 are using Workday in Germany today.

“Over the years, traditional enterprise software companies have grown by acquisition requiring them and their customers to stitch together multiple applications simply to make them work. The result is software that requires customers to navigate various user interfaces and security models. Legacy software has become extremely complicated over time and the model does not lend itself to customer success,” said Mike Stankey, president and chief operating officer, Workday. “When we founded Workday, we started with a clean sheet of paper and built using the most modern technologies available to deliver a completely unified application. Our customers benefit from what we call the power of one — one version of software, one user interface to navigate, just one security model, and best of all, one community of customers, partners and employees all working together towards the same common goal of achieving customer success.” 

Workday was founded in 2005 to bring customer focus back to enterprise software. For each of the last three years, Workday has earned a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating in its annual satisfaction survey, and the company continues to redefine the customer experience as it expands globally. Workday now has a total of seven offices across Europe including Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Belfast, UK; Munich, Germany; Dublin, Ireland (headquarters); London, UK; Paris, France; and Stockholm, Sweden as well as regional data centers in Dublin and Amsterdam. In total, the company has approximately 500 employees based in Europe.

Workday’s Munich office opened in 2008 as a product and technology development center and now includes product management, sales, marketing, alliances, and services. Workday invested significant resources to engineer its suite of applications to meet the needs of the German business market, including the various aspects of collaborating with the German works councils and local data protection and privacy directives, as well as the important functional aspects of dealing with German vacation plans, overtime regulations, tariffs, and collective bargaining agreements.

As a critical part of its strategy to support German customers, Workday also announced today that services partners including Accenture, DayNine Consulting, Deloitte, HP, IBM, Promerit/ realright and PwC have established Workday deployment practices in Germany. Workday Services Partners are a key driver of customer success and therefore, consultants are required to be re-certified for each Workday feature release, which are delivered two times each year.

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