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Cloud HR tools support 'transformation' of pharmaceutical industry, say Workday customers

Matthew Finnegan | April 4, 2014
Workday's software as a service HR tools are facilitating the 'reinvention' of the pharmaceutical industry by unifying management of large global workforces, according to some of the market's largest firms.

According to Clare Hickie, head of technlogy for the Gemini project, GSK chose Workday over solutions from other suppliers to help manage its global workforce with a single tool.

"GSK has been transforming a company since around 2008 and that has been as a result of having to adjust to the dramatic changes in the pharmaceutical industry," she said.

"We wanted simpler ways of working for HR and our customers, and one global people management system, with effective HR contact channels and information and resources.

"Workday won [the contract] hands down against SAP and Oracle Fusion due to cost and flexibility, and the fact that it does not involve any customisation."

Also speaking at the event, Dave Smoley, CIO for British-Swedish multinational AstraZeneca, revealed the firm is in the process of deploying Workday to 66,000 staff across 130 countries and in 12 languages.The company expects the system will go live in June 2015 as part of a 'big bang' deployment, having begun global design and the localisation phases.

Earlier this year, healthcare device manufacturing firm Medtronic highlighted its own project to move 45,000 global staff from Oracle PeopleSoft systems and onto Workday, as its business outside of the US grew substantially.


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