Johnson & Johnson among area enterprises implementing Workday HCM

Tom Paine

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New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson is one of the large area enterprises implementing Workday's SaaS HCM (Human Capital Management) solution, according to various job descriptions posted on the web. A photo taken at Workday Rising (Workday's user conference) in November posted on Twitter shows about 15 J&J employees there. Some J&J Workday job listings date back to a year ago, though the number of listings seem to have accelerated recently.

This may not be news to some in the enterprise software business, but I haven't been able to find any published news items referring to it, and J&J is not among customers listed on Workday's website. J&J has about 118,000 employees.

J&J has been largely known as an SAP shop for ERP. Its current Workday implementation appears to be for the Core HR Module only. Workday is still in the process of scaling up its financial module to meet the needs of larger enterprises, and I understand it to be not nearly as comprehensive in terms of functionality as SAP's ERP solution is at this time.

Other Workday customers in the region include Wilmington-based DuPont (70,000 employees), Radnor-based VWR International, LLC (8,000 employees), Tyco International, which has its US headquarters in Princeton (70,000), Berwyn-based DFC Global or Dollar Financial (6500), Newark, DE-based Sallie Mae (6600), and UK-based GlaxoSmithKline, whose US headquarters were formerly in the Philly area - and it still has substantial operations here (97,000).

Pleasanton, CA-based Workday went public in October and currently has a market value of almost $9 billion. Widely seen as a disruptive threat to SAP and Oracle, Workday is succeeding in grabbing mega accounts, while in its early days was often adopted as a departmental rather than enterprise-wide solution.
Workday is also going after the higher education enterprise market, where companies such as Sungard HE (now merged with Datatel as Ellucian) and Oracle Peoplesoft (founded by Workday co-founder David Duffield) have dominated.


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