Workday interview: Insights from a deep enterprise cloudist

Workday interview: Insights from a deep enterprise cloudist

Summary: Great interview with Workday Co-CEO, Aneel Bhusri, who discusses cloud, ERP, SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, NetSuite, investing, and other hot topics.

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We often think about cloud computing as being synonymous with consumer-oriented services on the Web. In fact, virtually all the largest enterprise software companies have ambitious plans to deliver cloud software.

In this video interview, Aneel Bhusri, co-CEO of Workday, offers insight into his view of enterprise cloud software and the consumer Internet. Workday's vision is to sell ERP software that competes directly with Oracle and SAP. During the interview, Bhusri characterizes Workday as an "ERP replacement" company, further highlighting the intensity of his competition with the established players.

It's interesting to hear Aneel discuss lessons learned from his experience in the industry. At one point, the interviewer asks about a potential future acquisition from Oracle:

Interviewer: Once you are a public company, what is to stop Larry Ellison from coming around and knocking on the door [as he did in the past, acquiring PeopleSoft]?

Bhusri: He can knock on the door, but it will be locked. Between Dave [Duffield] and I we will control well more than fifty percent of the company.

As a cloud-based ERP vendor selling to the largest companies, Workday combines the enterprise with a strong nod toward consumer Internet sensibilities. The conversation is thoughtful and engaging, making this interview highly worthwhile for anyone interested in enterprise software and the cloud.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Cloud, Hardware, Servers, Software, Virtualization

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  • RE: Workday interview: Insights from a deep enterprise cloudist

    Wow. They may own 50% but several other shareholders own the other 50%. Did he really just say that he would not sell - PERIOD?

    I wonder how he would feel if his portfolio companies started to refuse opportunities to exit based on their whims as well.
    nmehta0
  • What a sad ambition

    SAP of the cloud? <br><br>With SAP you get to run software that was designed to run someone else's business on site . <br><br>With Workday you get to run software that was designed to run someone else's business in the cloud. <br><br>I fail to see how this represents a step forward for customers.

    Workday is presumably just as hard to integrate into other systems as SAP, a search on Bing for "workday integration consultancy" returns more than 57000 results. Presumably for a well designed product you wouldn't need consultancy.
    jorwell
  • RE: Workday interview: Insights from a deep enterprise cloudist

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    jorwell
  • RE: Workday interview: Insights from a deep enterprise cloudist

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