Workday is a cloud-based software vendor that specializes in human capital management and financial management applications.
Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Workday was founded in 2005 by Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, former executives at PeopleSoft, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor later acquired by Oracle. Workday is a pioneer in software-as-a-service business applications, and Workday software has often been recognized for its ease of use and quick implementation, compared with on-premises HCM and finance applications. The company does not officially consider itself Workday ERP, but it is widely considered to be in direct competition with ERP vendors, including Oracle and SAP.
Over the years, Workday has added other components of HCM, talent management and finance to its suite, and it released versions for specialized markets, such as higher education and government. Workday Student, targeting higher education, came out in 2013, while Workday Recruiting arrived in 2014 and Workday Learning, a learning management system, became available in 2016.