Focus 24/7 Episode #12 - Workday Transformations - What, Why and When | Featuring Jim Flowers

Welcome to episode 12 of the Focus 24/7 podcast series! We recently sat down with Senior Business Transformation Executive Jim Flowers. Jim is the Vice President of Consulting Services at Navigator Management Partners – so he knows a thing or two about business transformation. During our conversation, we explored where it's best to focus your business transformation efforts, how to implement the process best, and much more!

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #11

Building a global workday team. Joel Kirkland MBIoR is taking the reins for Focus 24/7 this podcast, talking all things Workday with a very special guest. According to Muhammad Samir, Director - Workday Center of Excellence at The Weir Group PLC, you should start by ironing out how Workday will fit in with your existing business processes. He says that getting those end-to-end processes socialised and signed off early on will help with your future configuration plans. It’s a must-listen for any businesses thinking about making the switch to Workday in 2021.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #10

Joel Kirkland MBIoR is taking the reins for Focus 24/7 this podcast, talking all things Workday with a very special guest. Andrew Robertson, Technologist at Alfa Financial Software, talks us through the changes and challenges for internal roles during an implementation. Alfa, Workday went from a finance and HR tool to a company-wide platform.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #9

What your financials project team should look like for Workday® Financials implementations In this session, we'll be addressing several topics around Workday® Financial implementations, including: Our guest this week is Kevin Isaac. Kevin has over 30 years' experience in IT and Project management. He has spent 7 years within the Workday® Financial space.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #7

Getting the Workday® ecosystem back to work - top tips from industry experts In this session, we'll be addressing several topics around hiring and applying for Workday® jobs post COVID-19 including: 1. Hiring similarities and differences between the UK, Europe and US 2.Current frustrations in the ecosystem 3.Hiring trends and predictions 4.Tips for those searching for roles 

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #6 - Covid-19 from a Partner Perspective

Thomas joined the Workday® ecosystem in 2011 and was in the first class of Partner Consultants that got certified in Workday® Financials. He carries several Product Lead designations from Workday® around product expertise and has played a variety of direct delivery, project management, deployment strategy and practice leadership roles in Alight Solution’s Workday® practice. Thomas is currently the VP and Global Practice Leader (which includes management responsibility) for Alight Solution’s global Workday® Financials consulting practice.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #5 - Preparing for Success with Snowgoose

"Preparing for success" - tips on what customers need to think about to ensure their Workday® project is a success! For those of you unfamiliar with them, Rob and Todd are co-founders of Snowgoose, a boutique delivery services team focusing on Workday® implementations. They focus on client advisory and delivery services for Project Planning & Governance, Data and Testing, and they specialise in harmonising workstreams and minimising the potential for deviation from plans.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #4 - Life After Live with Andre Bajaria

Andre has been part of the Workday® ecosystem for a total of six years, during which he has worked on both partner, and the end-user side. He has worked on seven Workday® projects in this time. Before joining the Workday® ecosystem, Andre worked in consulting for a number of years.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #3 - HCM vs Financials with Gert Van Veen

Our next webinar 'HCM vs. Financials' - the 3 things you need to consider! will take place on Thursday 4th June at 4pm (BST). During this session, we'll be joined by Gert Van Veen, and we'll be discussing HCM vs. Workday® Financials and everything you should consider in your Workday project.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #2

Cian brings a wealth of experience to the discussion. He is an evangelist of Cloud integration who believes this technology can continue to support HR and other back-office processes as well as operational efficiencies. Cian is a seasoned Veteran of Workday® technical implementations. He has worked on 16+ Workday related projects across the globe from sales through to Hyper care. The majority of his project experience comes from his time at a leading global consultancy, where he was the chief integration architect for EMEA in the Workday® practice as well as signal technical design approver for all Workday® projects released under $10M.

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Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #1

The recent unfolding events around COVID-19 have been surreal and challenging for everyone. A month into lockdown, and a lot of people seem to have "settled" into a routine, but we think everyone can agree that it won't go back to "normal" even after lockdown. To help keep everyone fully informed of how COVID-19 has affected the Workday® market, Focus Cloud will be hosting a new webinar series; "Focus 24/7". Every week we'll be joined by guest speakers where we'll discuss the current situation, what it means for businesses, and most importantly, what the future looks like.

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4 Tips for Finding your Workday role in 2020

Focus Cloud is 100% focused on recruitment for the global Workday ecosystem, which means we have unique insight into how the talent market works. We’ve crunched the numbers on 12 months of placements – plus conducted a survey of Workday talent worldwide.

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What it takes to be a successful Workday Contractor

Here are 3 common characteristics that cut across skillsets and seniority. They’re based on our experience as the recruitment company 100% focused on the Workday ecosystem – and placing hundreds of contractors every year.

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The Power of One

Joel Kirkland from Focus Cloud Interviews Peter Philpott, about the concept of Active Planning and Why Workday bought Adaptive Insight. Adaptive Insights provides a technology platform enabling rich, forward-looking insights from finance so the company can manage risks, spot new opportunities, withstand economic shocks and volatility.

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Why Choose Focus Cloud to Recruit Your Workday Specialists

1. Unparalleled understanding of the Workday ecosystem. 2. Direct access to experienced Workday specialists. 3. Fast response with a result focus. You’re guaranteed a deep understanding of Workday implementations, from the nuances of project management to the detail of integration skills.

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What does a great Workday team look like?

or a start, the benefit of them having previous Workday project before is a key differentiator. As I’ve said in past articles, Workday is very different from other solutions. You need prior experience to know how an implementation should progress and what the pitfalls are at each stage. Workday PMs also need to have strong stakeholder management expertise. They need the credibility and technical know-how to champion what you need, when you need it – so you stay on track and on budget. For a start, the benefit of them having previous Workday project before is a key differentiator. As I’ve said in past articles, Workday is very different from other solutions. You need prior experience to know how an implementation should progress and what the pitfalls are at each stage. Workday PMs also need to have strong stakeholder management expertise. They need the credibility and technical know-how to champion what you need, when you need it – so you stay on track and on budget.

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Workday Hiring: DIY vs. Using a Recruitment Agency

Workday experts – from project managers to testers – are in demand. They don’t hang around on job boards, and their LinkedIn profiles may be well out of date. They can receive 5 overtures a day because Workday is growing so fast. This means your LinkedIn Premium subscription won’t work as effectively. It means you can’t just advertise on your usual sites. It’s why we’ve invested so much in our Workday-specific CRM over the past 3.5 years and used it to build relationships with 90% of Europe’s Workday professionals (as well as those across the US). The general market just doesn’t have an effective way of finding viable candidates in the timescales Workday projects need.

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5 Key Areas of Workday 32

With the imminent launch of Workday #32, we took some time to look at some of the newest features making their way to the system. The list below is a selection of updates we think will have an impact on your Workday system. Some of the new updates are readily available, others need configuration.

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When Should I Start Recruiting My Workday Team?

In an ideal world, you’d have an entire team lined up from Day 1 to keep everything efficient and proactive. But you have process and budgetary constraints and need to balance your recruitment with them. So let’s take a realistic look at Workday hiring. You need your own team during the design phase Having spoken to hundreds of people with Workday implementation experience – and had Workday training myself – the surest way to keep down total project cost is to at least have your project manager, functional lead, integrations person, data specialist and any stream leads on board during the design phase. There are 2 reasons for this:

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What Successful Workday Recruitment Looks Like

Insider advice on your Workday hiring needs and what a successful hiring campaign looks like. Where to look for Workday specialists with the skills you need. What to say to candidates during the recruitment process. What to offer to increase your chance of securing your preferred candidate. How to onboard them (to boost your reputation as an employer). How to engage and retain them (to get maximum value from your staff and solution)

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What does Workday® Financials bring to the table?

I have worked with and implemented a number of different Financial systems (Oracle, MS Dynamics 365, Workday® , Sage and Quickbooks) and there are a number of elements that makes Workday® stand out from the pack. What does Workday® financials bring to the table?

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