Workday goes live at Old Mutual

Workday will be operating in six of the 13 countries that Old Mutual operates in.

Software company Workday is sticking to its plan to go big in Africa, with Old Mutual human capital director Celiwe Ross announcing recently on LinkedIn that the company has gone live with the born-in-the-cloud enterprise software. 

Writes Celiwe: “A year ago,(Old Mutual chief information officer) Johnson Idesoh, (Old Mutual acting CEO) Iain Williamson and I visited San Francisco to evaluate options for our Human Capital Management digital transformation. We knew the employee experience that technology would create at Old Mutual and felt that Workday would be the right partner for us. Just over nine months after signing, today, we go live on Workday in six of our 13 countries.

“I cannot underscore what this means for our employees in Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana, eSwatini, Malawi and Zimbabwe. By the end of Q1 2020, we will add East Africa, Namibia and South Africa to that list. By then, 32 000 Mutualities will be hyper connected, digitally enabled and able to perform all their Human Capital transactions and practices anywhere, anytime from any device of their choice.”

Workday launched in South Africa in February 2018 when they already had Dimension Data as a customer. When ITWeb reported that ABSA had gone live with Workday, country leader Zuko Mdwaba was quoted as saying that there were 60 000 users of Workday in the country and that the number was expected to double. Old Mutual’s adoption of the software platform is sure to contribute significantly to achieving that objective.

Workday bets on its pure-play cloud foundations because unlike those players, who have legacy issues to contend with, the existing cloud providers have no ability to scale to enterprise-level and cater to the needs of multinational corporations.