Stan Swete, Chief Technology Officer
Stan Swete is chief technology officer at Workday and is responsible for Workday's overall technology strategy, direction and execution.
Stan was one of Workday’s first employees, joining the company in 2005. Prior to Workday, Stan spent 10 years at PeopleSoft in a number of key leadership roles, including head of the products and technology organization that included more than 4,000 employees. He was also manager of tools development, general manager of financial applications, general manager of customer relationship management systems and was responsible for the initial release of PeopleSoft's Internet architecture. Prior to PeopleSoft, Stan spent 10 years with ASK Computer Systems, including management of ASK's VAX product line.
Stan holds a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University.
Why Workday Is Different by Design, and Why It Matters
At Workday, a large part of my time is spent explaining how we are different by design. There is a long list of points we make to describe our different approach, but at the core the main difference between Workday's cloud applications and traditional enterprise applications is how we've made the object model the core of our architecture.
Applications First At Workday
There's nothing simple about heading up IT for a global company like Flextronics, but you can understand Dave's point. There is nothing simple about enterprise software either, but as you build it, you have to do your best to make it simple for customers. This concept is especially important now considering the rapid pace of change in enterprise software. In the past two Workday updates, we've delivered:
Five Reasons Why SaaS Updates Are Better Than ERP Software Upgrades
I learned of a recent exchange between the CEO at a prominent Workday customer and a CEO from a company we hoped to gain as a customer. The first CEO asked the other, which vendor "do you want in the foxhole with you?" He then added (and I paraphrase), "Because at the end of the day, it is all about competitive advantage. Any enterprise system you put in should help you achieve greater competitive advantage."
Built in Business Intelligence
When most people think about business intelligence (BI) they think about dedicated BI tools such as IBM's Cognos, SAP's Business Objects, and Oracle's Hyperion products. You don't hear them talk about applications that offer great BI.
When the Workday sales team met at headquarters last week to kick off the second half of a fantastic year, one of the topics we discussed was how team members should differentiate Workday’s SaaS from competitors’ “SaaS options” for on-premise software.