Meet Roger: The Technical Team Lead

By Roger Dosier, Technical Team Lead, Workday Project

Fun fact: Outdoor pursuits are my big thing, and I love training my retrievers for field work.

I was hired to be the consistent IT lead on project teams as we replace enterprise legacy systems with industry leading, modern IT systems. I work with legacy system and agency teams all over state government to collectively address the Workday Project’s IT impact. This project is not just an HR project – it’s an IT project, too.

Because agencies capture their HR information independently of each other, we cannot report consistent, in-depth enterprise-level data. We do have PPDB, but it’s limited in its enterprise-wide functionality. Workday will change all that because it’s all about meaningful information management. Workday will allow us to have one source of truth in order to really become one employer.

We want to provide meaningful information, full feature HCM functionality and the ability to run advanced analytics in real time to state government employees and citizens of the State of Oregon. This transition will give us the ability to provide in-depth analysis for better decision making. With Workday, we will truly be able to understand our human capital assets, provide for career growth and accurately account for succession planning.

Sounds pretty good to me!

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Meet Sue: The Position Data & Budgeting Business Consultant

By Sue Williams, Position Data & Budgeting Business Consultant, Workday Project

Fun fact: I’m a quote collector. I love a good quote that can give me goosebumps when I read it.

After 29 years of state service – most of those years being in agency budget offices – my role on the Workday Project team is one of the highlights of my career. Why? I’m a believer in that “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Now this may be a quote by Vincent Van Gogh, but that’s how I view the Workday Project. I love being able to collaborate with so many people to make great things happen by bringing all the position budget and human resources pieces together for Workday. Doing this for our state has been incredible!

This experience has given me an opportunity to meet with budget staff from all across state government, and let me tell you, budget staff have tough jobs. It was great to connect with such a hard-working group of people and to talk with those who understand the challenges that come with working on a state agency’s budget. This was incredibly valuable and I learned so much more about the unique issues that our agencies face every day. Needless to say, I took lots of notes. I really can’t wait for everyone to dig in to the new system and really see what Workday can do! I know many individuals will appreciate the reporting and analytics Workday provides right at users’ fingertips; the ability to track position and employee actions through business processes; and the capability to monitor budgeted positions and employees will be of great help to users and the enterprise as a whole.

While my focus on the Workday Project has been on budgeted positions, I have also had a unique opportunity to be involved with the build of the human resources side of Workday. I have learned more in these past two years about human resource functions, complicated issues and policies than I ever thought possible. This experience has given me both a glimpse into state government Human Resources professionals’ perspective and an appreciation for the work they do every day.

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Meet Shilo: The Classification & Compensation / Recruitment Business Consultant

By Shilo Muller, Classification & Compensation / Recruitment Business Consultant, Workday Project

Fun fact: I enjoy baking, particularly cupcakes. I often take pieces of different recipes to make my own creations.

My biggest takeaway from working on this project has to be learning the importance of a great team – their support and the impact they can have on making a project successful. While working with the other subject matter experts on the project team, I have had the opportunity to advance my knowledge in other areas of human resources. I have also gained understanding of many agencies, their processes and some distinctive areas where their business differs from others’.

My areas of focus on the project include Recruitment, Classification and Compensation. As you may be aware, these areas have many touch points with each other and a number of other areas such as payroll, talent and core human capital management. Our current systems lack the ability to collect, access and report on various human resources-related data elements across the enterprise; many processes are documented or processed outside of current systems, or within multiple systems. Workday will help provide one unified system of record and seamless transition between HR functions. A perfect example of system cohesion would be: an applicant you hire in the recruiting module is hired. Then, the applicant’s information is transitioned into the human capital management module as an employee. This new employee’s talent profile will begin with the information they provided during the application process.

Workday continues to provide additional features and enhancements through regular releases. There has been a number of “large lifts” the project team has worked through and continues to work through. Team members advance the project every day, work through issues and risks and think outside of the box for solutions. The project team is passionate about the success of this project and strives to configure a system that incorporates leading best practices, state processes, policies, and laws that will work for all branches of state government. In all areas, Workday will increase the ability to report off of our data. This is a huge win and could include data needed for pay equity, recruitment timelines and recruitment sourcing, just to name a few.

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Meet Karsyn: The Project Management Office’s Administrative Support

By Karsyn Mathany, PMO Administrative Support, Workday Project

Fun fact: I love cats, and during my breaks and free time, I check the Willamette Humane Society website for kittens at least three times a day.

As a part of the Project Management Office (PMO), one of my responsibilities is to schedule meetings for the project team. So I am sure that most of you reading through this blog post have gotten various meeting requests from me over the last few months! I am also positive that there are more to come, because you just can’t stop this team.

Since my desk is located near the front entrance of our building, I get to see everyone on the team come in every morning with smiling faces, always excited for the day to come. Throughout the week, different project team members will come in with Workday news and update me on what they are currently working on. It’s really exciting to see how passionate everyone is about what we are doing, and just how involved they are, every step of the way.

When I am not assisting my teammates with projects they request help on, my daily job duties are pretty routine, so it makes my day that much more exciting when I get to hear about the project milestones that other team members have reached. Seeing this team finish the Architect stage, start the Configure and Prototype stage and continue to charge ahead after three weeks of playback sessions is truly inspiring.

Although times are getting more stressful with the implementation date getting closer and closer, no one on this team has lost any bit of enthusiasm. We are all excited for this change. Team Awesome is truly,  AWESOME!

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