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#HRTechChat: Workday’s Earthquake of an IPO

What’s that sound? Oh, that’s right: Millions of observers of HR technology, no longer waiting with bated breath to see when or if Workday would ever file for an IPO, just exhaled. Yes, the Workday IPO is finally happening, and #HRTechChat Episode Thirty-Six will inhale as much of the punditry—and as many of the double-takes—as possible. But we need your help. So please tweet with us.
 
Ground-shaking Numbers
 
It was about 7:10pm ET on Tuesday, and #HRTechChat Lead Co-host Brent Skinner was at his local library, his laptop before him as he fixed to conjure a theme and lead for this #HRTechChat Preview. And then, as if on cue, the floor shook for an actual, bona fide 10 seconds. Across the room, a group of town folk sat, congregated for a presentation he could not hear; his headphones were on. Figuring the shaking was some sort of group foot-stomping exercise, he returned to his thought process, only to be interrupted by an email alert from the local television news affiliate: An earthquake registering a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale had just visited some town in Maine a couple hours from Brent’s home, in New Hampshire.
 
Let's see: Workday IPO, earthquake in New England—we're probably looking at more than just a coincidence. Workday’s numbers challenge convention as they register high on the sundry Richter scales of IPO indicators. And a bevy of articles published far and wide have together trained their focus on the magnitude, meaning and ramifications of Workday’s IPO. It’s more than an #HRTechChat Preview can handle, but not too much for our chat to tackle; in fact, with just an hour to tweet about it, we just might run out of time. But we welcome as much of your wisdom as you can squeeze into the 2-3pm ET (11am-12noon PT) slot this Friday, Oct. 19.
 
The Chatter and the Questions
 
“The Workday pending IPO is remarkable in that it marks the full circle of acceptance of complex cloud-based ERP applications, truly challenging the Oracle and SAP premise-based solutions,” says Andrew J "Flip" Filipowski, executive chairman and CEO of SilkRoad technology. That may be so. What else does Workday's evolution mean? Let’s think about it. To help us, a cross-section of those many early articles attempting to make sense of Workday’s off-the-charts IPO will float through our stream during #HRTechChat Episode Thirty-Six. And you’ll notice their themes driving our questions, which @talentmgmttech will begin tweeting this Friday, Oct. 19, at just about 2pm ET / 11am PT:
 

  • Q1: Let’s get beyond cliché. What has #Workday done for the cloud? Where are we now in on-premise vs. cloud? #HRTechChat
  • Q2: These numbers are big. What are we to make of Workday’s valuation? #HRTechChat
  • Q3: What lessons in high-tech #entrepreneurship can we take from Workday’s rise to survive & thrive? #HRTechChat
  • Q4: Doesn’t Workday have strong competitors? What must they now do (anything, everything)? Why or why not? #HRTechChat
  • Q5: Is this the cusp of an “irrational over-exuberance” era in IPOs for cloud-based vendors? Why or why not? #HRTechChat
  • BONUS CONVO -> Don’t worry: We’re keeping track. What would be a good topic for a future #HRTechChat? Please share!

 
#HRTechChat Episode Thirty-Six: Join Us on Fri 10/19 @ 2pm ET / 11am PT
 
#HRTechChat thanks #TChat World of Work. And #HRTechChat Co-founder and Lead Co-host Brent Skinner (@brentskinner), tech editor for HRO Today, thanks #HRTechChat’s other co-founder, #TChat Co-founder Meghan M. Biro (@MeghanMBiro). And then there’s Sean Charles (@SocialMediaSean), #HRTechChat’s co-host at-large, whose tweets help to keep this engine humming. Let’s tweet!