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Introduction to Workday

"Why are we replacing PantherNet?"


People ask this question frequently as they hear about the Workday ERP project. ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, or a fancy way to say the computer systems that runs Palm Beach State College's business processes - how we admit, register and graduate students, how we hire people and pay them, how we buy things, how we pay for things and collect money, and how we award financial aid to students. PantherNet was developed in the late 1990s by a consortium of Florida colleges as a way to combine resources and design a system that met the collective needs. That system, known as Integrow, what we called PantherNet, has been in use since 1999. The technology that it is based on is no longer current. We have limited ability to be truly "mobile," the number one request from our students.

Each college that used the Integrow system has either ceased using it, or is underway in the implementation of a different ERP system with vendor software systems that are used nationally at colleges and universities.


"What is Workday?"


Workday was founded in 2005 as a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (Saas) model. It includes a full suite of software products for human capital management, payroll, finance and student (recruitment, admissions, academics & curriculum, registration, student records, and financial aid). Workday corporate customers include Adobe, Bank of America, Denny's, Johnson & Johnson, NetFlix, LinkedIn, Rolls-Royce, Sony, Toyota, Visa and Warner Music Group.

The system's ease of use through an icon-based design that is built as a mobile-first product can be used on any smartphone, tablet or computer. The Workday interface delivers services over the Internet, and all data is securely stored in the cloud, eliminating the need for millions of dollars in local infrastructure to store and protect the College's most valuable data.

Workday's software approach is to use pre-designed business processes built for efficiency that can be configured to meet College-specific needs. All organizations that use Workday products are on the same single line of programming code, maintained by Workday. This means that the costly and time-consuming system version upgrades are eliminated in Workday. The Workday Online Community Forum allows College users to contribute ideas on product enhancement that keeps Workday current so that the College provides the student with the best possible technology-supported service.

Workday also provides advanced analytics and reporting capabilities to allow the College to more easily access data and reports for planning and decision support.


Watch this two-minute video to learn more about Workday Student! 

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