Workday recently announced its Financials products and it has received a lot of coverage in the press and blogging community. Here is some of the coverage:
Dan Farber and Larry Dignan describe the announcement from Workday (along with some graphics from the pitch)
Nicholas Carr weighs in about Workday's pitch calling it potentially "The End of ERP" much like Salesforce.com pitched "The End of Software".
Phil Wainewright does a nice job discussing the implications of Workday's in-memory database architecture approach and the flexibility it affords over the traditional RDBMS approach employed in ERP solutions.
David Dobrin does an excellent job of exploring in more detail Workday's use of in-memory database and walks through an example (this goes in the I wish I had thought of doing that department) of how it can potentially enhance flexibility. It is well worth the read.
Dennis Howlett does a great job of explaining why Workday's approach to Financials is both old and new at the same time. In addition, he discusses specifically in the context of Financials how Workday's approach provides additional flexibility.
Gartner published (now archived on Gartner.com) a First Take at this time Workday launched its HCM applications in November 2006 for those interested in our discussion of some of these points.
systematicHR does a good job of discussing the opportunities for collaboration/social networks. I think the opportunity is there too, but before we get too carried away with the hype, we need to define some good use cases where this can really benefit.
It occurred to me today as I was looking back at many of the news items I get in various forms that there is a lot going on in Australia/New Zealand. Here is a list of innovative HCM solutions coming from Australia/New Zealand: