Why Workday?

Our HR and payroll administrative systems had served the A&M System for many years and were ready to enjoy a long retirement.

The previous HR and payroll systems were:

  • Built on mainframe infrastructure, which were expensive to acquire, maintain and support.
  • Highly dependent on employees with unique specialized knowledge; fewer of these employees were available in the marketplace.
  • Difficult to adapt to changes in the environment.
  • Perpetuating some business processes that were no longer considered best practices.

The limitations of these software systems often left the A&M System dependent on outdated or inadequate tools and business processes and we were forced to adapt to the software. Many processes were manual and paper dependent.


In 2013, a Comprehensive IT Assessment conducted by Deloitte identified several areas where the A&M System needed to improve, including replacing our HR and Payroll systems.

In 2014, A&M System leadership determined the time was right to begin modernizing our HR and Payroll systems and work began to develop requirements and issue a RFP, leading to the selection of Workday in 2015.

Benefits of Workday

Workday simplifies and standardizes the university’s payroll and human resource systems and provides faster and more efficient reporting options. The Workday product is updated twice annually, providing the university with an up-to-date system without the associated costs of manually updating locally maintained software. Workday is a mobile-friendly solution and is fully web accessible.