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7 Things to Love About Workday Integration

Jan 2, 2020

There are tons of things to love about Workday, from its powerful mobile experience to its cloud-based nature, but today we’re going to focus on one particular area where we think the solution really shines: integrations. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite parts of Workday Integration.

Benefits of Workday Integration

What is Workday Integration? Put simply, it’s the process of moving data (like employee/student records, financial information, payroll, benefits, etc. between Workday and a third-party application, either internally or externally. No matter what kind of information you’re dealing with, and no matter where you’re sending it to, you need to make sure that data is protected and easily interpreted. Here’s what Workday does to make that possible:

Secure

Any solution that handles financial records, payroll information, benefits, and HR documentation needs to be proof against purposeful security breaches and accidental data loss. Thanks to its nature as a cloud-based application, Workday Integration security is kept up-to-date (without downtime). Plus, Workday uses a single security model to keep an eye on processes, data, and devices, ensuring nothing gets overlooked.

Easily Accessible

We mentioned above that one of Workday’s strengths is how easily accessible its applications are on mobile devices, and that fact applies to integrations as well. Workday integrations make it easy for users to keep an eye on their dashboards no matter where they are or what device they use to log on.

Clean UI

While a data scientist can be useful to have on the team to interpret your company’s data, a platform that can make info digestible for most everyone is even more useful. (That’s where Workday’s integration tools shine.) By presenting analytics and real-time information in a clean, easy-to-understand way, Workday allows your team to make the most of your integrations.

Scalable System

Companies sometimes become a victim of their own success, growing so large (or so quickly) that the systems they set up in the past prove too constraining in the future. That’s why Workday’s cloud-based nature, in addition to its easily adjustable dashboards, is so valuable. The solution gives organizations the flexibility to more easily adjust their integrations as their needs change over time.

Other Ways Workday Makes Integrations Easy

Workday Web Services API

Need a DIY option for Workday integration? Web Services API is for you. The standards-based API provides the essential foundation for Workday input and output, and is versioned for backward capability. (Plus, it also works with middleware or your favorite programming language.) One benefit of this approach is that it runs within your infrastructure. Another bonus—it’s included in your Workday product subscription, so no additional fees required.

Workday Integration Tools 

Workday Integration Tools is a cloud-based solution that’s configurable, schedulable, and upgraded from release to release. Customer-specific and designed to leverage the Web Services API to empower engineers and business users alike, these tools allow you to design, build, and deploy your integrations in just the way you’d like.

One of the more commonly used integration tools is Enterprise Interface Builder (EIB). EIB can be configured to receive data from multiple sources, transform it into different formats, and deliver it to various locations. Take note that EIB can only solve some integration problems, so if you have a complex integration, you’ll need to use document transformation (DT) or something like Workday Studio

Designed for the most complex and challenging integration problems, Workday Studio also allows you to design, develop, and test your integrations, as well as deploy them to cloud infrastructure once you’ve tested them. And if you’d like to connect Workday’s pre-built assemblies to communicate to the Web Services API, Studio makes it easy.

Integration Cloud Connect

Finally, there’s Integration Cloud Connect, a pre-packaged integration solution within the Workday system. Integration Cloud Connect is a point-to-point integration that extends Workday functionality (leveraging Web Services API and Web Integration Tools) while still being configurable for your needs. The only catch is that it may require some additional subscription fees, so keep that in mind.


Even with all of these benefits, correctly setting up a Workday integration can still pose challenges. Luckily, we know just the thing to get you past those obstacles—a senior-level Workday consultant. Our wide network of highly qualified consultants have tons of experience when it comes to Workday integrations, so whether you’re setting one up for the first time or you’re an old pro who needs help detangling a tricky situation, Surety is here for you.

Get in touch with us today to get started.

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