HR cloud provider Workday has announced that its desktop platform has been completely rebuilt on HTML5 in an effort to accommodate the numerous different devices and systems accessing its tools.
The Workday 21 update also includes 240 new features, 65 of which are customer initiated, the company said, as it pushes the entire platform to a single code line for both development and production, in an effort to make improvements more quickly.
CTO for Workday Annrai O’Toole told V3 that the push to HTML5 had been taking place over the past year, since the firm identified the need to ensure its desktop site could support all browsers and devices.
“It’s been a pretty massive journey from Flash to HTML5 but the user experience it offers is compelling and so we put a lot of effort in making the switch and simplifying the user experience,” he said.
Although HTML5 is now the desktop and mobile browser technology of choice for the company, O’Toole confirmed support for standalone mobile applications would remain.
As part of this push to streamline the platform, O’Toole said the company had focused on hiring graduates from colleges that had no prior experience in building HR and enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools.
“We were conscious of focusing on bringing in people who haven’t grown up with old school systems so we wouldn’t get stuck in the old ways of thinking,” he added.
The move to a single line of code for development and testing was also touted by O’Toole as a major change, and one that should help speed up the deployment of new features to customers.
“Customers will be able to look at stuff in preview and see how it would work for them and then decide if they would to push it into their own production environment,” he added.
As well as these changes Workday also announced that it had redesigned the service to offer a clearer, simpler layout by introducing more white space and a consolidated page view for more showing information on a single page.
Included in the new application is also the ability to access performance review documents and data on mobile devices.
Workday's use of HTML5 mirrors that of other organisations in vastly different sectors, such as Transport for London and Bet365, as the ability to support multiple different device types and operating systems through responsive design on the web proves highly beneficial.
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