Data and Machine Learning Innovations Enable Greater Operational Efficiencies and Faster, More Strategic Decision-Making to Help Boost Business Agility
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 October 2019 - Workday Inc. (NASDAQ: WDAY), a leader in
enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today unveiled new advancements across Workday
Financial Management and the Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud to help
enterprise customers better navigate the changing world of finance.
At Workday Rising, the company's annual customer conference, Workday highlighted
how organizations will be able to reimagine their businesses with a new
application, Workday Accounting Center, and machine learning-powered
capabilities such as anomaly detection for accounting entries. Leveraging the Power of One--one source for data, one security
model, one user experience, and one community--Workday is uniquely suited to
deliver solutions to help enterprise customers streamline financial processes
and make faster, data-driven decisions.
With Workday, businesses
have a single
system to plan, execute, analyze, and extend--powered by machine learning, and
backed by an unwavering commitment to customer service. Using advanced
analytics to surface trends and insights, and machine learning to automate
manual processes and save time, Workday continuously innovates so organizations
can increase their business agility.
to Transform Finance and Planning
chief financial officers (CFOs) and finance leaders are faced with constant
change and new challenges in a rapidly-evolving environment driven by
technological advancements, shifting business models, and new competitors. This
leads to mounting pressure to innovate faster, provide more accurate forecasts,
and deliver insights that will help the business quickly respond and adapt to
market changes. With these new responsibilities at hand, CFOs find themselves
in the driver's seat of navigating organizational transformation.
With new solutions announced
at Workday Rising, customers are able to:
Accounting Processes With External and Internal Data
will help business users better manage the end-to-end process of creating
journal entries and reporting on enriched data from sources outside of
Workday--all in one centralized solution.
Accounting Center, a new application
built on Workday Prism Analytics, will extend the power of Workday Financial
Management to give users greater ability to manage operational data from
multiple sources with a single point of control across the enterprise. For
example, with Workday Accounting Center, an insurance company will be able to
load its operational transactions--such as claims or policy data--into the system, create accounting (journal) entries for those
transactions, and then report and analyze on those transactions with full data
Processes With Machine Learning
Workday leverages data
science capabilities, which span state-of-the-art neural networks and classic
machine learning techniques, to intelligently automate traditionally
labor-intensive finance processes. With this approach to machine learning, the
system is able to better understand the relationships between financial
entities. For example, it can learn about the relationships between cost
centers, spend categories, projects, regions, currencies, and more to
understand that expenses like taxis, airfare, and hotels are all related. This
approach enables various features that help save time and resources,
insights, a new feature for
Workday Financial Management customers, can detect anomalies in accounting
entries by comparing them to other entries for similar transactions. This
enables accounting teams to identify anomalies as they occur, so they can
correct reconciliation issues as they happen rather than during the crunch of
invoice automation, a new capability for
Workday Financial Management customers, routes invoices that require attention
to specific workers based on past assignments and efficiency with similar
work. In its initial release, supplier invoice automation uses rules-based
work queues and header-level scanning to direct invoices to the right person.
via natural workspaces
makes it possible to enter expenses in Workday using the Workday for Slack
integration. For example, when an employee uploads an image or photograph of a
receipt in Slack, Workday Expenses applies optical character recognition (OCR)
to automatically identify critical data, such as the amount to be reimbursed,
for the user to confirm before submitting for approval.
detection for plans, a new machine
learning-driven capability in Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud, will
enable customers to catch potential data entry errors in plans whether they are
budgets, forecasts, or scenarios. This feature uses machine learning to analyze
past data to detect anomalies, taking into account seasonality and other
historical variations and trends, and alerts users of potential errors.
Faster, More Informed Decisions
Every user can be
empowered to make smarter, data-driven decisions with operational insights the
business needs, and capabilities that enable a more seamless transition from
planning to execution.
- Discovery Boards, a drag-and-drop data
discovery feature originally available as
part of Workday Prism Analytics, will be made available to all Workday
Financial Management customers as part of their subscription. These enable users to
quickly visualize data to understand their financials, detect patterns, and
discover insights. For example, financial planning and analysis (FP&A) or
accounting teams can leverage Discovery Boards to uncover trends in revenue or
expenses, and then analyze by ledger account, cost center, or any other
dimension in their data sources. Through charts and pivot tables, they can see
trends by product or by region, and perform detailed variance analysis.
- Plan to execute, a new planning capability
available to customers using Adaptive
Insights Business Planning Cloud and Workday Financial Management, is a key step in the journey to unify Adaptive Insights
with Workday. With this deeper
unification, FP&A professionals can publish their budget plans in Workday,
giving the budget owners the ability to compare spend to plan and automate
spend controls according to the approved budget.
Comment on the News
"As the finance function
continues to evolve, CFOs and finance leaders are looking for tools that will
help their teams focus on more strategic work and innovate in a way that
enhances revenue," said Barbara Larson, general manager, Workday Financial
Management. "Workday is weaving new technologies such as machine learning and
advanced analytics into every aspect of our accounting and finance solutions to
save time and enable faster, data-driven decisions. By creating more
efficiencies across the board, we can help drive agility and immediate business
value for our customers' benefit."
All products and
features are available or planned for availability in the next calendar year.
Workday is a leading provider of
enterprise cloud applications for finance and human
resources. Founded in 2005, Workday
delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and
analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies,
educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from
medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.
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