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Workday and Hedeselskabet

Founded in 1866, Hedeselskabet is a for-profit company focused on the long-term development, utilization, and protection of nature. It employs 2,000 employees across  15 countries to deliver solutions for land management, environmental improvement, and climate adaptation.

Workday products: Enterprise Planning

One of our goals from the very beginning has been to reduce the time spent on consolidation. With Workday Adaptive Planning, we’ve achieved that goal.

Group Finance Manager

Since 1866, Hedeselskabet, a Danish green innovation and development company, has worked to protect natural resources while ensuring long-term development that reflects these principles. The growth and success of the company has resulted in significant reinvestment in green innovation, but this growth initially posed challenges for the finance team. The FP&A team became responsible for monthly and yearly consolidation for more than 30 business lines across 15 countries. In the past, this was done manually using spreadsheets and data from 10 ERPs.

The implementation of Workday Adaptive Planning together with one ERP and a business intelligence tool has streamlined this once complicated process and given Hedeselskabet a single source of truth for finance data. By automating activities, such as currency conversion, and allowing finance to slice and dice data for different internal and external reporting requirements in one system, Hedeselskabet now has a more flexible and scalable solution that makes it easy to manage and gain insight into additional lines of business as they are added. Workday Adaptive Planning has reduced the time spent on consolidation, with month-end close now completed three days faster and year-end close reduced by more than a week.

Business and financial managers across business lines now contribute budget and forecast information directly into Workday Adaptive Planning and have started tracking additional KPIs, such as product units and consulting hours sold. What’s more, the flexibility of the system means that everyone can generate the forecasts and reports they need—when they need them—and use the data to plan more strategically. And with higher-quality data, it is easier for the finance team to quickly create additional scenarios.

 

One of our goals from the very beginning has been to reduce the time spent on consolidation. Now with Workday Adaptive Planning as the company’s single source of truth, I’m pleased to say we’ve achieved that goal while simultaneously reducing the risk of error.

Group Finance Manager

Challenges

  • Managing complexity—planning and consolidation was made difficult by Hedeselskabet’s complex business structure, which included 30 business lines across 35 companies in 15 countries
  • Huge volumes of reporting—reporting was overly time-consuming, with different requirements for internal and external reporting at a group, company, and country level
  • Disparate systems and data—finance data had to be pulled and consolidated from 10 ERPs, involving time-consuming, inaccurate manual processes

Results

  • Streamlined planning and consolidation—Workday Adaptive Planning has automated processes, such as currency conversion, to reduce the time and risk involved in planning and financial consolidation
  • Simplified reporting—reporting is faster, easier, and more efficient with finance able to quickly slice and dice data for different internal and external reporting requirements, giving finance more  time to produce ad hoc reports
  • Single source of truth—consolidating ERPs down to one and integrating it with Workday Adaptive Planning via a business intelligence tool has reduced manual handling of data and provides the business with a single source of truth

 

With Workday Adaptive Planning, we now have time to look behind the figures to see what is driving the numbers and make ongoing adjustments.

Group Finance Manager