HR and payroll cloud service Workday has announced the availability of its Big Data Analytics tool to offer the chance for customers to carry out more in-depth data analysis.
The firm first announced its intention to launch the service in November last year, promising it would be live by the second half of 2013. The firm’s European chief technology officer, Annrai O’Toole, said Workday was pleased to have hit this target given the clamour from customers for the service.
“We had a lot of customers coming to us saying they wanted to import lots of other data to Workday, such as market reports,” he said.
“We realised we could use this demand as the fulcrum of our work to build out a big data analytics tool that customers could manage from within the Workday platform, so it would not require any other software.”
The platform is based on Hadoop and has been rolled out on the Version 20 update to Workday customers. This means all customers have the capability to run the tool if they ask Workday to turn it on and begin licensing its use.
The service can also be run on mobile devices such as the iPad, with results displayed in the normal dashboard layout (pictured below).
Another interesting element of the big data tool is that it allows companies to build their own reporting templates that can be run on top of the service. These can then be shared with the wider community.
So far IBM Global Services and Deloitte have already built templates that people can use for specific requirements, and O’Toole said the company was confident many more would be offered by its customers as they worked on issues specific to them that may be relevant to other firms.
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