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Workday: Linking technology design and user experience

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A new software which is based completely in the cloud known as workday is the most high profile breed of software. Workday is now a people company but it is started by Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri. They both also led people soft prior to the acquisition by oracle. Workday’s chief Technology officer Stan Swete is in conversation with CxOtalk series which include innovators too told about the unique attributes of workday.

According to Swete simplicity is the character of the company. Here simplicity means much more than user interface. It is important critically. The software designed by the company is very user friendly because it is quiet easy to use, upgrade and user can change it over time. There is a common thread through which the software is easy to consume for user and that thread is simplicity. This simplicity also allow workday to manage its own system in a reliable and cost effective manner at scale.

The product is viewed as a chain of links which is contributes to user satisfaction it is simplicity defined in broad way. Users areenabling to make changes and this make non disruptive upgrade. It is backend infrastructure which allow user to do all this. More things are also there like intuitive user interface, modern mobile apps, and analytics also built into the product. It is hard for any software to adapt very easily over the time for changing business needs.

Though it is very difficult for users to change software rules and functionality in response to conditions such as a merger or new regulations. It was history by now. The old software’s are very clumsy for every change the programmers required to code customizes the particular software. By doing all this only a programmer can meet the specific business requirement. The simplicity is goal of workday and it is kind of a reaction to traditional, on premise systems which are very expensive to get implemented, to customize and to upgrade. Workday achieve this simplicity building a simple cloud application which maintain feature parity with competitors.

 Swete quote that workday compete against the vendors who offer same features. Demand is the requirement of the workday enterprise. Competitors like SAP and Oracle will have an increase percentage of revenue from this cloud application. This cannot be done in a minute because the users of non cloud customers are very massive. Workday is working for solely on large cloud scale application for the users. On other hand the competitors of workday are focusing in transforming themselves into cloud players.

Yahoo Could Do Search Because It Needs Money

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Yahoo Could Do Search Because It Needs The Money

Since the long suffering deal that was under consideration between Yahoo with Microsoft has not been doing well enough, so Yahoo can get back in the game of search again. It is revealed that the company has started working on the build of new search products that will be very surprising. If these projects are actually serious and are more than attempts of getting to the discussion with Microsoft on the revenue of pre-search, then Yahoo might be creating a product which can replace approximately one third of the current revenue of Yahoo. In the third quarter of last year’s calendar, Yahoo just earned 31% of the total revenue from the Microsoft search deal.

The search deal of Bing is also of significant importance to Yahoo as the percentage of its revenue. 30% or slightly less of the revenue of the company came from the deal over the nine month- quarter ending last September 30 than the last quarter being reported. What a steady progression from 24 to 27, then to 30 and finally to 31 percent! This is due to continuously losing shares of search market along with other revenues which are declining at more speed than the income from the deal with Microsoft. It can be recalled that last year Microsoft re-upped the revenue guarantee of it with Yahoo keeping in regard the search agreement of Yahoo for the U.S.

Thus, it can be said that financially the Microsoft deal is a boost for Yahoo as it provides the stability of revenue in the transition time. But in reality, Yahoo needs a big amount to cover for it as it is using the future money to buy revenue momentum. But till now it is not helping as seen. Its bold that Yahoo is still trying to cut the flow of income and find a new way out. But the difference between boldness and over excitement still lies. Both Microsoft and Yahoo are not ready to speak on it.

It is worthy to recall that Yahoo do has old search chops. It could shift to search anytime. And may be, Yahoo can invest some of that Alibaba money to get a hold of some Googlers to get this right. It is said that Yahoo did complained last year that revenue per search is worse in case of Microsoft than the time when it uses its own technology. That is one point in favor of Yahoo and it might opt out of the deal by mid 2015.

And for Yahoo it is a mission to make money at the moment for which the search technology of Microsoft is not so good.