Onboarding contingent workers: Can your HR processes handle it?

Nada-headshotIt’s not just Lyft drivers and TaskRabbit taskers. Contingent workers — workers who are part-time, temporary, or often both — form a rapidly growing proportion of the overall US workforce:

  • 17% of the US workforce in 1989[1]
  • 36% in 2015[2]
  • Projected 43% by 2020[3]

Contingent workers, the cornerstone of the Gig Economy, have been the subject of countless headlines and conversations for several years. But while picking up a few bucks on the weekends driving for Uber is now mainstream, the companies that hire contingent workers still struggle with how to on- and off-board them efficiently. In an age when every moment of productivity counts, onboarding processes that are slowed by legacy systems present a significant drag on revenues and profitability.

Catching the productivity thief: poor integration

Take, for example, a venerable national restaurant chain on a hot streak of growth. To handle increased demand, more cooks needed be hired — in the midst of a national shortage of cooks. In the face of this dire shortage, literally every moment of productivity counted at the restaurant chain. To onboard new cooks in moments, not hours or days, the restaurant chain’s CIO embarked on a cloud-first strategy, intent on automating key HR processes and reducing costs. The company deployed Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and ServiceNow, and set out to integrate the cloud applications with legacy on-premise Oracle applications using Informatica PowerCenter.

Several months into a proof of concept (POC) exercise, the project stalled due to the complexity, expense and slowness of the integration process.

SnapLogic speeds integration — and business results

Recognizing that a radically different integrated business solutions were needed, the restaurant chain chose the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud to accelerate its transition. Here, the company’s goal was twofold:

  • Automate critical current and future workflows, such as employee on- and off-boarding, across Workday, Oracle applications and multiple point solutions. This comprised:
    • Onboarding cooks quickly and getting these new employees productive as fast as possible, having enrolled them in applicable benefits programs, provisioned uniforms and automated other new-employee actions.
    • Off-boarding departing employees as quickly as possible to reduce risk to the company.
  • Reduce the complexity and cost of the initial integrations, as well as their maintenance.

Using SnapLogic, the restaurant chain achieved all of its goals. It completed the complex Workday integration project in a matter of days, a dramatic contrast to its protracted, unsuccessful Informatica PowerCenter POC initiative.

With SnapLogic integration Snaps in place, and new Snaps easily added, the restaurant chain has a flexible foundation to handle future data and process integrations with speed and ease. And, because the Workday integration was executed at a fraction of the time and cost of using Informatica PowerCenter, SnapLogic was a direct catalyst to the restaurant chain achieving its digital transformation goals.

The SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud, a self-service integration platform, makes it fast and easy to connect data, applications and devices. In doing so, SnapLogic eliminates business silos and technology bottlenecks, helping companies of all kinds to more efficiently manage their contingent workforces.

Bonus: reduce the cost of Workday integrations by up to 90% 

Find out how SnapLogic can accelerate the integration of Workday applications into enterprise environments, reducing associated time and costs by up to 90%. Register today for the webcast “How rapid Workday integration drives digital transformation.”

 

Nada daVeiga is VP Worldwide Pre-Sales, Customer Success, and Professional Services at SnapLogic. Follow her on Twitter @nrdaveiga.

 

[1] Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, via Intuit

[2] Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census, via Intuit

[3] Source: Intuit Contingent Workforce Forecast 2015

Workday integrations “on sale”: How to save up to 90%

Nada-headshotBy Nada daVeiga

Macy’s. NastyGal. The Limited. BCBG. No, that’s not a shopping itinerary. These stores are just a short list of the major retailers that soon will be closing hundreds of stores. Some are declaring bankruptcy. Why? In conjunction with the massive shift to online shopping, retailers have trained consumers to shop only when merchandise is “on sale.”

Why pay retail for Workday integration platforms?

It’s still a bit of a mystery, then, why many enterprises will pay “full retail” to integrate their applications. Let’s take Workday applications, for example. Workday HCM and Workday Financial Management are rapidly gaining traction as enterprise systems of record; thousands of companies are choosing these apps to help drive digital transformation, and to move with more speed and agility.

However, enterprises are often challenged to implement Workday quickly and cost-effectively. Associated migration, integration, and implementation services typically cost up to two and a half times of the Workday software cost* due to:

  • Customization: Most enterprises require at least 12 weeks to tailor core Workday software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to their business processes and needs; integration with other enterprise applications is a separate, additional implementation phase.
  • Complexity of Workday integration offerings: In addition to third-party products such as Informatica PowerCenter, multiple integration solutions are available from Workday. Depending on requirements, enterprises need to work with one or more Workday integration tools:
    • Workday Integration Cloud Connect provides pre-built integrations to common applications and service providers that extend Workday’s functionality. These include Human Capital Management, Payroll, Payroll interface, Financial Management and Spend Management.

      While Workday Cloud Connect has “pre-built” integrations, mapping, changing and customizing them is still labor- and consulting-intensive.

    • Workday Enterprise Interface Builders (EIB) enable simple integrations with Workday, i.e., importing data into Workday from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for tasks such as hiring a group of employees or requesting mass compensation changes. Users can also create outbound exports of data from Workday to Excel spreadsheet.

      However, this feature does not have native integration with Microsoft Active Directory, so employee on- and off-boarding can only be accomplished via manually intensive EIBs.

    • Workday Studio is a desktop-based integrated development environment used to create complex hosted integrations, including Workday Studio Custom Integrations, the most advanced.

      The Workday Studio development environment, while powerful, is complex, consulting-heavy and costly to use.

    • Workday Web Services gives customers a programmatic public API for On-Demand Workday Business Management Services.
  • Reliance on external resources: Across industries and geographies, Workday consultants and programmers are scarce and expensive.
  • Time-intensive manual integrations: Many Workday integrations are built manually and must be individually maintained, incurring “technical debt” that robs resources from future IT initiatives.

SnapLogic can reduce the cost of Workday integrations by 90%

The SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud uniquely enhances Workday HCM and Workday Financials with a built-for-the-cloud, easy to use solution optimized for both IT and business users. The building blocks of the Enterprise Integration Cloud, SnapLogic Workday Snaps, are pre-built connectors that abstract the entire Workday API visually, allowing data and processes to be quickly integrated using pre-built patterns. With SnapLogic’s Enterprise Integration Cloud, companies can use a visual tool to automate HR and financial processes between Workday applications, cloud point solutions and legacy systems.

The SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud greatly increases the flexibility of HR and Financial processes, and eases the pain of adding or retiring applications, thus enabling teams to focus on more strategic business priorities. These benefits allow both IT users and “citizen integrators” to execute Workday integrations, without reliance on IT.

Attention shoppers: SnapLogic delivers

Faster time to value: Workday integrations can be done in days, not months.

  • Dramatically lower cost: Using the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud can reduce the time and cost of Workday integrations by up to 90%.*
  • No programming or maintenance required: SnapLogic’s visual orientation doesn’t require specialized consultants or Java/XML programmers to build or maintain labor-intensive, manual integrations.

Find out how SnapLogic can drive down the cost of your organization’s Workday integrations, while enabling new agility. Download the new white paper, “Cause and effect: How rapid Workday integration drives digital transformation.”

Nada daVeiga is VP Worldwide Pre-Sales, Customer Success, and Professional Services at SnapLogic. Follow her on Twitter @nrdaveiga.

 

*Savings calculated on the average cost of Workday integrations: service fees of 2.5x of the Workday license fee. Source: Workday Analyst Day, 2016.

Winter 2017 Release Is Now Available

As enterprises grow and adopt best of breed solutions based in the cloud, on-premises and/or hybrid, integrating data between varied applications, databases and data warehouses (used by the enterprise) continues to be a challenge. New solutions are rapidly adopted, and technical and non-technical users alike need help to meet the challenge of quickly integrating the data from multiple sources into one view to make decisions at the speed of business.

snp-76209-winterrelease-484x252-facebookThe release includes several new Snaps and Snap updates that make it faster and easier to integrate Workday, NetSuite and Amazon Redshift with other applications and data sources across the enterprise. All three systems are increasingly popular as businesses embrace the cloud to run their business, a “cloud shift” that Gartner says will drive more than $1 trillion in technology spending by 2020.

Here is a brief overview of new and enhanced Snaps:

  • Confluent KafkaThe need for streaming data becomes more important and today about one-third of the Fortune 500 uses Kafka. SnapLogic is pleased to introduce a new Snap for Confluent’s distribution of Apache KafkaTM, an enterprise-ready solution that connects data sources, applications and IoT devices in real time.
  • TeradataSeveral new Snaps have been added to Teradata Snap Pack expanding support with Teradata TPT Load, TPT Update Snap, and Teradata Export to HDFS Snap which allows customers to easily export data from Teradata to an HDFS cluster without the need for any additional installation or complex configuration.
  • Workday: Workday Read Snap has been enhanced to provide a simplified Workday output format making it even easier to be consumed by downstream systems.
  • NetSuite: Asynchronous operations support for NetSuite, enables more efficient use of NetSuite’s capabilities, through new Snaps including Netsuite Async  Upsert, Async Search, Async Delete List, Async GetList, Check Async Status and GetAsync Result Operations Support Snap.
  • Amazon Redshift: Our customers use Redshift to connect multiple on-premises data sources and applications to Redshift without any coding. The Winter 2017 release introduces a new Snap to execute multiple RedShift commands in one Snap, thereby making RedShift data integration pipelines even more easy to create and manage.
  • Amazon S3: The Winter 2017 release brings additional streaming performance improvement while writing to an Amazon S3 bucket.

Continued Enterprise Focus: Introducing Asset Search Functionality

SnapLogic continues to be the best platform for enterprise IT and LOB teams to integrate applications and data sources without any coding. Enterprises often have thousands of pipelines, files and accounts and it’s hard to search for a given asset. The Winter 2017 release allows customers to quickly search for assets and also filter search outputs.

Security and Performance Enhancements

Security and performance continue to be focus areas for SnapLogic. To further tighten user passwords, the Winter 2017 release enforces enhanced password complexity requirements. Customers can also configure session timeout and idle timeout parameters. In addition, the MongoDB snap pack has been extended to support SSL.

SnapLogic is committed to supporting the growing enterprise’s needs. We hope you will find the new Confluence Kafta snap, expanded support for WorkDay, Netsuite, Amazon RedShift, enhanced search and security useful. Customers can start using the capabilities described in the Winter 2017 release right away. For more information on the Winter 2017 release, including demo videos, see www.snaplogic.com/winter2017.

Tips and Tricks for Workday Integration with the Enterprise

This post illustrates two of our commonly encountered customer scenarios:

a) An example of complex XML processing, and
b) A real-world example of what HR On-Boarding/Off-boarding might look like with Workday data

Below is a screenshot of the pipeline and a detailed walkthrough of what it attempts to achieve.

SnapLogic HR on-boarding pipeline for Workday
This pipeline shows complex XML processing and HR on-boarding for Workday.

Lets review this pipeline. Continue reading “Tips and Tricks for Workday Integration with the Enterprise”

Demonstration: Real-Time Workday Integration in Action

More and more enterprise HR departments are breaking up with their legacy on-premise application providers and turning to Workday for powerful HCM delivered as a modern cloud service. In order to stay up to date, Workday must be able to keep up with employee information changes (such as legal name changes, preferred name changes, job locations, etc.), benefits, access & termination of an employee, and expense reports. But how are we able to make these changes in real time? Thankfully, SnapLogic’s Workday Integration provides the answer.

This video walks through how you can achieve a real-time integration with Workday using the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform to connect to different systems. In this case, you are leveraging Workday Business process to achieve these real-time integrations to other systems. Continue reading “Demonstration: Real-Time Workday Integration in Action”

Real-Time HR OnBoarding with Enterprise iPaaS

Workday is the growing leader in cloud-based HCM and gaining momentum with Financials, leaving behind the legacy giants Oracle and SAP. SnapLogic is the #NewIntegrationLeader, recently recognized by Gartner in the Enterprise integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) Magic Quadrant report.

Here’s a scenario of how SnapLogic delivers powerful self-service integration for Workday:

A new hire joins a company and before their start date at the company, the organization would love to have everything ready such as the computer, network account, email, desk, telephone and some mandatory day-one applications for the new employee to start their work immediately. If this is done, there is no slack and wasted productivity for both the organization and the new employee. The user experience is so seamless that any organization would love to do this. Continue reading “Real-Time HR OnBoarding with Enterprise iPaaS”

Xactly Uses SnapLogic to Connect Cloud-Based Applications, Speed Business Data Flows

We are pleased to share with you the integration success story of one of our customers: Xactly. Xactly is a leading provider of enterprise incentive compensation solutions for employee and sales performance management.

Xactly
Xactly Corporation

In order to stay lean, agile and stay on top of their rapid growth, the Xactly IT organization took a cloud-first approach. While they quickly adopted and gained efficiencies from SaaS solutions such as Workday, Salesforce and NetSuite OpenAir, the fact that they were disconnected led to information siloes. Pulling information out of each tool in the stack took time and effort. This did not fit their agile goals.

So they turned to SnapLogic. Continue reading “Xactly Uses SnapLogic to Connect Cloud-Based Applications, Speed Business Data Flows”