The SaaS vendor best known for HR and financials applications is opening up its platform for developers to design custom apps and extensions on top of Workday.
In a blog post back in July Workday's CEO Aneel Bhusri wrote about “one of the most important moves we’ve made since starting the company back in 2005”.
What the CEO was announcing was something which he says customers had been asking him about since 2005, namely: “When will Workday open up its platform?” The answer, we now know, is 2018.
Speaking at Workday Rising in Barcelona this week, chief technology architect Jon Ruggiero said the goal is to provide customers with “the tools to design, build and manage business applications on the Workday cloud”.
All apps built on the platform come secure with Workday configurable security, no toolchain dependencies and all data used belongs to the customer, with no data usage fees.
Once opened up, developers will be able to get their hands on a set of open REST APIs, documentation, and reference apps, all through the new developer site cloud.workday.com. This community site will also come with a developer console to manage resources and apps, as well as an API explorer tool.
Developers will also be able to get their hands on advanced capabilities, as Workday is exposing its machine learning algorithms and statistical models, as well as conversation service APIs like Workday Talk and Workday Bot later down the line to build these chat interfaces within Workday.
While the new open Workday platform is only available to design partners, for now, developers can sign up for the Cloud Platform Community Group, or wait for general availability sometime during 2018.
Presented at Rising by VP of technology product management, Erin Yang, the four initial PaaS use cases are:
McGann admitted that an app marketplace, like the Salesforce AppExchange, is certainly a possibility down the line, where apps developed by partners could be packaged and shared amongst the wider Workday community.
In his own words: “We had to ensure our technology core offered rock-solid reliability and scalability as well as the flexibility to continually evolve with a rapidly changing business landscape”.
Only this week he added: “The move to cloud platform is different to anything we have done before and we are going to learn a lot over the next twelve months.”
Now we will have to wait and see what the response of partners, independent software vendors (ISVs) and customers is like and what they decide to build in this new ecosystem.
SOURCE computerworld UK jobs