As companies start to head back to the workplace amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a plethora of new challenges to overcome. But there’s a silver lining to these cloudy days—Microsoft and Workday have announced that they’re teaming up to help make life a little easier for businesses when it comes to their integrations. Specifically, the pair hope to deliver a more seamless and connected workspace through simplified integrations. 

Read on to learn more about what benefits your company can expect to see from this strategic partnership. Let’s get started. 

Why Microsoft and Workday are Teaming Up

Microsoft’s partnership with Workday is another step the tech giant is taking to prioritize enterprise planning in the cloud and expand business solutions that help customers optimize their work. Not only is Microsoft adopting Workday Adaptive Planning for its global finance teams for planning, budgeting, and forecasting, but Workday customers will be able to run Workday Adaptive Planning on the Microsoft Azure cloud. 

This partnership also means new integrations between Workday’s suite of applications and Microsoft Teams and Azure Active Directory, integrations that will simplify administrative tasks, increase collaboration and productivity, and tighten security. 

Benefits for Customers

The business world is constantly evolving, and things aren’t slowing down anytime soon, but with Workday Adaptive Planning, companies have access to a modern platform that ties people, data, and plans together in a single source of truth. The solution is also accessible in the cloud, which means users across the business, (including finance, HR, sales, functional business leaders, and others) can tap into it wherever they are. And adding Workday Adaptive Planning to Azure gives you even more flexibility, especially as cloud-based solutions continue to grow. 

Flipping things the other way, the Microsoft+Workday partnership means that the Azure community gets to take advantage of all the planning, analytics, and reporting capabilities of Workday Adaptive Planning. Azure users will be able to take advantage of the solution’s security features and global availability to manage robust models, multiple instances, and practically unlimited dimensionality for analyzing data in Workday. 

New Integrations

A significant benefit of this partnership includes the additional integrations and support between Microsoft and Workday applications. We’ve all found ourselves toggling between multiple applications over the course of the day, so these new integrations are sure to make our workspaces more connected and super easy to navigate. Here are a couple of examples we’re excited to try out:

Never Leave Teams

By integrating Microsoft Teams with Workday Financial Management and Workday Human Capital Management, tasks like requesting leave and submitting expenses become simpler, all without having to leave Teams. Employees can also ask Workday Assistant (a slick chatbot that uses natural language processing) questions to speed up tasks and help reduce the workload of your human personnel.

Better Security and IT Management

Integrations between Microsoft Azure Active Directory with Workday applications allow employees and managers to access data and applications through a secure single sign-on. These enhanced integrations also enable HR and IT to support real-time deprovising, worker conversion, and international assignment changes. 

Getting Started with Workday and Microsoft

Workday for Microsoft Teams is currently available to customers on Workday HCM and Workday Financial Management. Microsoft Azure Active Directory capabilities and Workday Adaptive Planning on Azure is coming next year, and we can hardly wait. 

If you’re a current Workday customer (or you’re ready to implement), our experienced Workday consulting team can help you take advantage of these awesome new integrations with Microsoft. Contact us today to learn more.