Workday Rising Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of SaaS

We’re less than one week out from Workday Rising 2015! You’ve read our Rising sneak peek blog, as well as the top 5 things to do and not to do during Rising in Las Vegas: now with only 6 days until the largest industry event, we’re bringing you exactly what to expect from us and the Workday crew. The forecast is looking cloudy with a chance of SaaS!


What to expect at the 9th Workday Rising?

Guest Keynote Speaker: Salman Khan, Khan Academy

According to Forbes Magazine, Salman is “the most influential person in education technology”. As the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization that produces short lectures in the form of Youtube videos, his goal is to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Salman will share how technology can educate communities across the globe.

Salman Khan Presenting

Breakout Sessions

Workday packs a ton of events and networking into their four-day conference! Hear the latest on Workday applications, and get firsthand experience with new features and functionality. Many of Collaborative’s customers are presenting during breakout sessions at Rising! Here are some highlights:

Off the Rack: Transforming Enterprise HR with Workday at a National Off-Price Retailer

  • Burlington Coat Factory | Tuesday 9/29, 1:00 PM
  • Learn how a popular national retailer transformed its HR business operations with Workday

Networking for Change: Building and Leveraging Global Change Networks to Drive System Adoption

  • Campbell Soup Company | Tuesday, September 29, 2:15 PM
  • See how Campbell Soup Company’s project team designed, recruited for and deployed nearly 180 employees across a global, multi-tier Change Network

Going Global with Absence and Time Tracking

  • Ciena
  • Tuesday, September 29, 3:30 PM
  • Discover lessons learned from other global roll-outs, and how new initiatives with factory default data and object migration can give your project a head start.

Change Management: It’s the Game Changer!

  • Regions Bank
  • Tuesday, September 29, 4:45 PM
  • Hear how change management was a game changer, and learn tips for executing a “change” game plan built on collaboration, flexibility, and fun

Out of the Fog and into the Cloud: Higher Education Transformation Stories

  • Grand Canyon University, University of Chicago, & University of Southern California
  • Thursday, October 1, 9:15 AM
  • Discover three universities’ successful HR transformation journey

For more information, view the Breakout Sessions Content Catalog

What to Expect at the Collaborative Solutions Booth?

Each year, Collaborative’s booth at the Expo is busy with our expert consultants advising Workday customers and prospects, as well as Collaborative's happy customers engaging with prospects to have open and honest conversations about their deployment. Check out details below!


  • Lanyards
  • Scan your badge for a chance to win one of two $250 Michael Kors gift cards


This year, we’ll have a quick game of Better Together Trivia at our booth to test your knowledge on a variety of famous duos. Get it right and you could win the following prizes!
  • EOS lip balm
  • Playing cards
  • iPhone, Android, and Kindle-compatible on-the-go chargers


  • Stop by booth 339 during the following times:
  • Monday, September 28: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 29: 11:30am - 2:00pm and 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 30: 11:30am – 2:00pm

What to Expect at Our Customer Appreciation Party?

Since 2009, our party has consistently grown into a must-attend event during Workday Rising. Last year, we had over 400 guests attend. So far this year, more than 900 people from more than 200 organizations have RSVP’d! The party will include dinner and open bar at the House of Blues, with live music from the Gin Blossoms!

About House of Blues

  • 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the U.S.
  • First location in Cambridge closed, but driveway with famous musicians’ hands in concrete remains
  • Las Vegas House of Blues is located in the Mandalay Bay on the Strip, and features concerts, fine dining, and private events like our customer appreciation party

About the Gin Blossoms

  • American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona
  • Became famous through the song “Hey Jealousy” on first major album
  • Additional hits include “Follow You Down” and “Til I Hear it From You”
  • We hope you’re as excited for Rising as we are! If you’re attending and haven't been invited to our party, click below!