Top Three Activities You Can’t Miss at Workday Rising

As you likely know by now, Workday Rising is just days away! The conference is being held October 1-4  in Las Vegas, and we’re thrilled to join Workday and our customers for four days of opportunities to connect and learn. It’s our favorite time of year because Workday Rising allows us to connect outside of the technology that unites us, reminding us that we can go further together.

With so many activities to choose from at Workday Rising, it can be difficult to decide how to schedule your time. But we’ve got you covered! Read on for our recommendations of how to make the most of your time at Workday Rising.

Can’t-Miss Sessions

The fantastic sessions presented by Workday and your fellow Workday community are arguably the most important and impactful part of the conference. The offerings just seem to get better each year, and it can be hard to narrow down your choices. Make sure you’ve got these sessions on your calendar. We’re a bit biased, but these sessions led by Collaborative Solutions and some of our fantastic customers will give you actionable takeaways to continue your business transformation and increase your ROI.

  1. Data that Empowers: Leveraging Dashboards and Scorecards to Solve your Analytics Needs

Join Collaborative Solutions to hear how your company can improve data analysis and solve complex report needs. This session covers how to leverage dashboards to enable real-time, comprehensive analysis of your organization, drive dashboard usage, and increase the adoption of Workday within leadership to make more streamlined and data-centric organizational decisions. Whether your needs are simple or more advanced, join us to learn best practices for building dashboards and scorecards that meet your organization’s needs.

  1. Workday vs. "The Matrix": Supporting Performance Management in the Services Industry

Changing your performance management process can be daunting, particularly if you have unique considerations like a matrix organization. Join Booz Allen Hamilton to learn how the professional services firm configured Workday to transition from annual performance reviews to monthly "snapshots." Hear how the company balanced business needs with technology and most importantly, reality, to support the initiative.

  1. Surviving a Reorganization at Year-End: Lessons Learned

You already know year-end is busy. Add to that changing your company’s supervisory organization and reorganizing from a financial perspective, including the performance and compensation cycle and closing the books. In this session, Booz Allen Hamilton shares how it leveraged Workday to successfully accomplish this with a carefully sequenced approach and thoughtful safeguards.

  1. Mergers and Acquisitions, and Divestitures: Rules of Engagement and Best Practices

Is your company preparing for or going through a merger and acquisition (M&A) or divestiture? Join this session to learn how to plan for this type of activity, understand the processes Workday has in place to support customers, and gain insight from experienced Workday customers. This session also includes an overview on how to engage with Workday when planning and/or going through an M&A.

  1. Optimizing Your Contingent Workforce Management with Workday

Join this session to hear how CSL Behring, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and Maritz optimized their contingent workforce management through streamlined processes and configuration of business process routing. Learn how their deployment approach, and use of staffing models and reporting, enhanced the ability to manage their contingent workforce effectively.

  1. Just Make It Work: Strategic Change Management, Communications, and Adoption with a Lean Team

Just because your team is small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things with Workday. Whether it’s initial deployment, rolling out new features, or defining your change management and communications strategy, a lean internal support team can sustain and optimize Workday. Join Pepsi-Cola and Toyota Financial Services for tried-and-true tips that helped these organizations add functionality, tackle reporting, and maximize the value of Workday update functionality with minimal resources.

Best Networking Opportunities

While Workday Rising sessions provide great education, the conversations you have with fellow conference attendees can be just as valuable. From networking to sharing tips, tricks, and personal experiences, these conversations will excite and motivate you with new ideas and innovations to offer your organizations. Make sure you make time for the following networking opportunities.

The Innovation Exchange Expo

One of our favorite parts of Workday Rising is getting to know you. Stop by our booth at the Innovation Exchange Expo to meet some of our team in person, update us on your successes, and pick our brains for new ideas and tips. Not to mention, you’ll want to pick up some fun Collaborative Solutions swag and enter to win our rockin’ giveaway!

The Better Together Reference Lounge

Collaborative Solutions’ well-known Better Together Reference Lounge is back and bigger than ever. Customers and prospective customers meet with veteran (and a few newbies, too!) Collaborative Solutions customers to discuss their experiences, compare notes, and ask questions. Interested in booking a reference or customer collaboration meeting? Contact Kristin Hilleary at

And of Course, Entertainment!

The Parties

Sure, you’re there to learn, but Workday Rising is also FUN! You won’t want to miss the Workday and Collaborative Solutions Customer Appreciation parties on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Exclusive* for Collaborative Solutions customers and select guests, the Collaborative Solutions party has become a legendary event and this year will not disappoint. Join your Collaborative Solutions community and rock out to Sheryl Crow at the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar at Mandalay Bay. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 7:30-11:00 p.m. PT head over to Workday’s Customer Appreciation Party featuring one of the hottest bands in the country!

*Collaborative Solutions’ Customer Appreciation Party is invitation-only. If you are a customer and have not received your invitation, please reach out via our website.

The Scavenger Hunt

Workday’s ever-popular scavenger hunt is back. Current and prospective Workday customers can take part in this fun, interactive mobile game while getting more out of Workday Rising. More details will be available when the mobile app launches.

We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas! For more information on events at Collaborative Solutions, click below:

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