When we started this project, WD was on version 17 and they're now on 21 with 22 just around the corner. Thankfully WD is doing twice per year updates rather than three times a year, as the testing and re-writing of training documentation, etc. can be quite an effort. I had written about the overall Tenant Management Process a while back.
I was reading some of the discussion on Workday Community (Workday's portal for customers, it is a helpful source of information and to connect with other customers). The current upgrade version timing is listed, along with some tentative dates. A lot of discussion centers around the Winter/Summer timing, as opposed to being Spring/Autumn. So Winter is Jan/Feb Summer is Jul/Aug, if the tentative timing is any guide. I realize that no date is perfect for everyone, but a few key points here:
- A lot of companies are still closing out the calendar year in January, doing performance reviews, etc. Resourcing can be a challenge.
- For those of us in Europe, Jul/Aug are key holiday months for most of the continent. While it can be quiet as most employees take vacation or facilities are completely closed, it can also be scarce in HR departments too.
- WD 22 is scheduled for Easter weekend. Back when I worked in the US, I recall system launches during holidays, to take advantage of employees not needing or using the systems. Since I moved to Europe however, I've discovered the joy of the four day Easter holiday weekend. Most countries over here are completely off and trying to get people to work on those days would be a struggle. This point takes me back to a regular point: WD still does not bring a global mindset to the table. (But they're getting there. I noticed some new non-US functionality--such as French government reports-- is included in WD 21 and WD 22, so pleased as punch to see that.)
- On the other side of the coin, if you want to use functionality in your comp process let's say, you cannot want for the summer upgrade, it really needs to get there early in the year.
- I'm continuing to see WD Tenant Manager jobs advertised, it seems that companies are recognizing the efforts that are needed in this space.