Google Cloud and Workday announce global partnership

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Google Cloud and Workday have announced a multi-year partnership to enable businesses to further their digital transformations.

As a Workday preferred cloud partner across industries such as healthcare, financial services, and retail, Google Cloud will help businesses run Workday enterprise applications for finance, HR, and planning in a public cloud environment.

Under the deal, Workday and Google Cloud will provide customers with greater choice to meet their specific business needs. Customers will be able to deploy Workday applications such as Workday financial management, Workday human capital management (HCM), and Workday adaptive planning on Google Cloud’s infrastructure.

ERP Today spoke to Holger Mueller, principal analyst at Constellation Research Inc. for his views on the announcement, and he said: “SaaS vendors need to go to the cloud and Workday is no exception. Given customers have automation and data gravity on certain clouds already, it is no surprise that Workday has added Google Cloud to its existing partnership with AWS. Sooner or later, we will see the same with Microsoft Azure, effectively allowing a cloud neutral, ‘Switzerland’-like approach to Workday when it comes to public cloud provider.”

Chano Fernandez, Workday co-CEO, said: “The combination of Workday and Google Cloud provides customers with an exceptional public cloud experience where they can take advantage of leading innovation services from both companies, helping to drive greater value from their enterprise investments. Together, we’re uniquely positioned to deliver industry-leading cloud capabilities so organizations can enhance workforce productivity and accelerate their digital transformations.”

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, said: “”More than ever, businesses are looking for increased flexibility, openness, and choice when it comes to where their data is stored, accessed, and managed. By running Workday on Google Cloud, organisations can adhere to commercial data requirements, while maintaining the enterprise-grade security, scalability, and performance they expect from a trusted cloud leader like Google.”