Do you struggle to find data in your disparate systems? When you do find that data you’re looking for, do you wonder if it’s accurate? Do you have to manually enter information in multiple applications across your enterprise (compounding the chances of future errors)? These are just a few of the struggles faced by organizations that don’t use properly integrated software. Information stays in silos, employees waste time entering data into multiple systems, and critical business decisions are made using inaccurate data. 

A lot of organizations look at this situation and shrug. Sure, it’s not ideal, they think, but integrating all of our software applications seems so expensive and difficult. Good news: it doesn’t have to be. Workday believes that achieving connectivity between applications shouldn’t have to be like scaling a mountain with your bare hands. That’s why they developed Workday Integration Cloud. 

In this article, we’ll briefly cover what Workday Integration Cloud is, some of its various connectors and toolkits, and a few of its many benefits. Let’s get started.

Overview of Workday Integration Cloud

Workday Integration Cloud is a complete, cloud-based solution for building, managing, and deploying integrations to and from Workday. It’s really just that simple. The platform is designed to eliminate the need for on-premises or cloud integration middleware support. 

Simplifying integrations even further, Workday offers a variety of connectors and toolkits of differing levels of complexity based on your organization’s needs. Not much of a coder? No problem. Don’t need someone holding your hand? Workday still has you covered.

Here’s what they provide: 

Enterprise Interface Builder

Enterprise Interface Builder (EIB) is on the simpler end of the spectrum, as it allows users to create integrations without needing to write a single piece of code. EIB uses a graphical interface that guides users through a step-by-step process of sending data to external applications. It can empower both IT and non-technical users to build and deploy many types of integrations. 

EIB Highlights

  • Designed for non-technical users—no programming required 
  • Used within the Workday application interface
  • Export data out of Workday once or on a scheduled cadence 
  • Perform and maintain bulk files and tasks

Workday Studio

For those integration projects where experts need to get deep into the system’s inner workings, or where a prebuilt connector just doesn’t exist, there’s Workday Studio. Workday Studio comes with a functionally rich graphical tool for integration developers. From there, integration specialists can drag and drop reusable components to handle more sophisticated integrations. These integrations are deployed to, and run on, the Workday cloud infrastructure. 

Workday Studio Highlights:

  • Designed for technical users who need highly customizable integrations to and from Workday apps
  • Functionally rich graphical development environment
  • Efficient process of large data sets up to tens of gigabytes
  • Advanced message processing capabilities
  • Customizable with Spring, Java, or other third-party services

Workday Integration Cloud Connect

Another core component of the platform is Workday Integration Cloud Connect. Integration Cloud Connect is a portfolio of pre-built integration packages that connect external applications to Workday. Connectors are developed with Workday’s partners to provide a fully supported connection to their applications, including Salesforce, Kronos, American Express, ADP, and many more.

Of course, you also have the ability to customize the orchestration of services within the package connector to meet your organization’s integration requirements, if needed. Each integration is deployed in the Workday cloud, so it’s fully hosted and managed. Even better, Workday tests these integrations with every new release, so you have the confidence that nothing should break down further along the road. 

Benefits of Workday Integration Cloud

Integrating applications and resources is critical for business success. However,  far too many companies still struggle to manage a bunch of custom integrations or use expensive middleware technology. But with Workday Integration Cloud, you can: 

  • Say goodbye to additional integration strategies that require you to manage on premises or in the cloud
  • Gain access to a library of pre-built integrations 
  • Reduce the time needed to build custom integrations by using pre-built tools designed for Workday
  • Give non-technical users the ability to create integrations with technical support

Experienced Workday Consultants

Our senior-level Workday consulting team understands how important integrations are when it comes to maximizing your technology investments. By partnering with us, our team can work with yours to set up an integration strategy that ensures you’re getting full performance out of your solutions, allowing you to focus on what you do best: grow your business.

If you’d like to learn more about what Workday Integration Cloud can do for you, or you could use a hand with any other sort of Workday project, contact us today.