Workday Rising Europe 2016

Prospective Customer Programme


The Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona
| 15–16 November

Why Attend

It’s your time to rise.

At Workday Rising Europe, our customer community gathers to discover new possibilities. Join us to gain a fresh perspective on how to overcome your business challenges, hear how others are navigating change, and learn what being part of the Workday community is all about.

Hear from visionary thought leaders about what’s on the horizon. Pick up practical strategies as Workday customers share how they’re tackling today and tomorrow’s challenges. Come away with tangible evidence to help you build a case for moving to Workday.

Watch Last Year’s Highlights

Check out a few highlights from Workday Rising Europe 2015 to get a sense of what’s in store at this year’s conference.

An unforgettable experience.

Last year, 99 percent of attendees answered “satisfied” or “very satisfied” when asked to rate their overall conference experience.

“Learned so much! Can't wait to go back and revolutionise my company!”

—HRIS Manager

“The best Workday Rising I have attended. It’s tuned for Europe with excellent networking opportunities.”

—Director of Finance

“Great to see the people who live the Workday product every day.”

—Global Compensation Lead

Learn about all things Workday.

At Workday Rising Europe, you have a unique chance to discover the value of Workday by learning directly from experienced customers and product experts. Whether you are leading change at the executive level or operating on the front lines, the conference offers countless opportunities designed to challenge, educate, inspire, and reveal areas of untapped potential.

Customer Reference Conversations

Engage in an open dialogue with our customers as they discuss how moving to Workday has impacted their businesses. Understand our applications, services, and culture from our customers’ perspectives.


Experience inspiring daily keynote sessions. You’ll hear visionary speakers discuss their outlook on what the future holds and how we’re preparing organisations to boldly meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Business Leader Forums

This year, we’re introducing a series of talks designed to weave visionary ideas alongside practical strategies to help you achieve your highest potential. Hear how top business leaders are navigating change.

Products Strategy and Vision Sessions

Hear from Workday product leaders about how we’re shaping your Workday experience for the long term. These high-level sessions will demonstrate our commitment to continuous innovation and our customers’ success.

Breakout Sessions

Learn from product experts and customers about the new functionality we’ve delivered over the last year and how our customers are using Workday to achieve great results.

Tips and Tricks

Want to get a closer look at Workday? Come to the Tips and Tricks theatre located in the Expo. In these 20-minute sessions, experience our technology firsthand by learning best practices and how-tos.

Table Talks

Since all customers use the same version of Workday, you have an incredible opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas, hear how your peers are using Workday, and make some new friends while you’re at it.

Tailor your experience.

In addition to the high-level content we’ve geared toward business leaders, we’re offering over 90 deep-dive sessions along four focused tracks. Discover how our customers are maximising their investment and gain tangible evidence that will help you build a case for moving to Workday.


Hear how customers are using Workday Financial Management applications to operate with a complete picture of their business, spend less time managing transactions, and devote more time to strategic decision-making.

Human Resources

These sessions will provide deeper insights into all aspects of human capital management from sourcing to succession. You’ll hear best practices and get a chance to share your ideas for recruiting, people enablement, talent management, learning, compensation, benefits, time tracking, absence management, payroll, and workforce planning.


Learn about our approach to designing technology, including reporting and analytics, user experience, mobile, security, integration, data ageing, worksheets, applications deployment and management, and more.

Driving Excellence and Success

Designed to answer questions about living with Workday, the sessions in this track will address how to make the most of our finance and HR applications.


Possibilities await.

Our annual customer conference is designed to give you the right mix of inspiration and practical strategies, so you can embrace change as an opportunity for your organisation.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • CRCs
Day 1

1 Tuesday | 15 November

  • 11:45–12:30

    View from the Cloud Panel

  • 12:30–13:00


  • 13:00–16:45

    Customer Reference Conversations (CRCs)

    Engage in an open dialogue with our customers as they discuss how moving to Workday has impacted their businesses. Understand our applications, services, and culture from our customers’ perspectives. View the Customer Reference Conversations under the CRCs tab on the agenda.

  • 17:00–18:00

    Workday Rising Kickoff Keynote

  • 18:00–20:00

    Welcome Reception, Innovation Exchange Expo

  • 20:00–22:00

    Prospective Customer Dinner

    Join us at this exclusive dinner to unwind with your peers and enjoy candid conversations with Workday executives and customers. This is a special opportunity for organisations considering a move to Workday.

Day 2

2 Wednesday | 16 November

  • 08:45–09:15

    Light Breakfast

  • 09:30–10:30

    Workday Executive Keynote

  • 10:30–18:30

    Innovation Exchange Expo Open, Tips and Tricks

  • 11:00–12:00

    Business Leader Forums, Products Strategy and Vision Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Table Talks

  • 12:00–13:30


  • 13:30–18:30

    Business Leader Forums, Products Strategy and Vision Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Table Talks


  Customer Reference Conversations

  • 13:00–14:00

    Philips—Henrik Ranzau Hansen, Global Head of HR Services and Solutions

    Henrik Ranzau Hansen, global head of HR Services and Solutions at Philips, will share the company’s journey to Workday starting from evaluation through deployment and post go-live. Philips is headquartered in Amsterdam, with more than 105,000 employees in over 100 countries. Its primary divisions focus on the healthcare, electronics, and lighting sectors. Founded in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik, the company has experienced major change in the last few years with the separation of its Philips Lighting division. Henrik has described this separation as, “We needed to change fast and be agile to address the business opportunities in front of us. With one unified system, Workday enabled us to prepare for the separation into two focused companies and set each one up for profitable growth ahead.” In 2014, it deployed Workday Human Capital Management and onboarding as phase 1 of its Workday project; in phase 2, the company deployed succession planning, performance management, and goal management capabilities as part of Workday Talent Management. In 2015, Philips deployed Workday Absence Management and Workday Compensation, and plans to deploy Workday Recruiting and additional compensation functionality in 2016.

  • 13:00–14:00

    IMC—Timothy Hall, Global Head of Group Projects and Systems

    Timothy Hall, global head of Group Projects and Systems at IMC, will discuss the value the company has experienced by moving to a unified suite of Workday applications. In 2013, IMC went live on Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Financial Management, Workday Expenses, and Workday Procurement, and began utilizing functionalities for asset and contract management. As a technology-driven trading firm, IMC’s core market-making business provides liquidity in securities across all major asset classes on more than 100 exchanges worldwide. Founded in Amsterdam in 1989, the company has approximately 450 employees in 5 countries worldwide, manages 1 million trades per day, and is a designated market maker on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • 14:15–15:15

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch—Owain Morgan, Senior Vice President of Programs and Change Executive

    Owain Morgan, senior vice president of Programs and Change Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will discuss how the company is using Workday to create competitive advantage through real-time talent management and an employee experience that matches that of its customers. Owain will share its transformation journey from business case to benefits realisation using Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Payroll, Workday Recruiting, and Workday Time Tracking. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the largest banks in the U.S. and worldwide.

  • 14:15–15:15

    Swarovski—Oliver Kasper, Director of HR Process and Analytics

    Oliver Kasper, director of HR Process and Analytics at Swarovski, will share the company’s journey with Workday. Swarovski selected Workday in April 2015 and will be going live on Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Recruiting, and Workday Time Tracking for retail, production, and back-office tasks. Swarovski designs, manufactures, and sells jewellry, high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones, created stones, and finished products such as accessories and lighting solutions. The company has 30,000 employees in more than 40 countries worldwide.

  • 14:15–15:15

    Avon Cosmetics—Patricia De La Fuente Fernández, Global HR Operations Excellence Manager

    Patricia De La Fuente Fernández, global HR operations excellence manager at Avon, will share the company’s journey and its experience deploying Workday in EMEA. Avon selected Workday to execute growth platforms, drive simplification and efficiency, and improve organisational effectiveness. Avon is an international manufacturer and direct-selling company of beauty, household, and personal care products. It has more than 28,000 employees across the globe, and has recently moved its corporate headquarters from New York to London. Avon went live on Workday in 2014 with Workday Human Capital Management including Workday Compensation, Workday Talent Management, Workday Benefits, and Workday Absence Management. Note: This session will be given in Spanish.

  • 15:45–16:45

    Sanofi—Denis Sacré, Vice President of Human Resources Services and Workday Programme Director

    Denis Sacré, vice president of Human Resources Services and Workday Programme Director at Sanofi, will share the company’s global Workday deployment experience. Sanofi is a global healthcare company, engaging in the research and development, manufacturing, and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. Sanofi went live on Workday Human Capital Management and Workday Talent Management in February 2015, and is also deploying Workday Absence Management, Workday Compensation, and Workday Recruiting in three phases across its global offices. The company is headquartered in Paris and has more than 110,000 employees in over 100 countries worldwide.

  • 15:45–16:45

    Sky Betting & Gaming—Karen Elenor, Transition Director

    Karen Elenor, transition director at Sky Betting & Gaming, will share why the company moved to Workday. Sky Bet needed an end-to-end solution that could be deployed and adopted quickly by its workforce and provide a robust and agile ERP backbone to help drive the company forward as a standalone business. Through constant innovation, Sky Bet strives to be the best betting and gaming platform and aspires to be a leading digital business. It has 1,050 employees and 200 contingent workers in the UK and is growing every day. Sky Bet went live in just over six months on Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Payroll for the UK, Workday Recruiting, and Workday Financial Management in March 2016.

Hotel & Travel

Booking your hotel and travel.

Workday Rising Europe 2016 is taking place at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Spain. We’ve negotiated great rates for you at our official conference hotels. Note: You will only receive the negotiated rates by booking through our online registration tool. Book your hotel as soon as you’ve registered, since rates are only guaranteed until 26 October 2016.

View all hotels

Additional details on booking your hotel can be found under the Hotel section of the FAQs.

Major airlines provide air travel into the Barcelona—El Prat (BCN) airport. Taxi service is available for transportation to area hotels.
Note: The CCIB may also be known to taxi drivers as The Forum.


Registration will open soon.

Workday Rising Europe 2016 registration will open on 26 July. There is no charge for qualifying prospective customers to join us in Barcelona.

View our policies on registration cancellation and substitutions.


Got questions? We've got answers.

  • Event Registration
  • Hotel
  • Onsite Logistics
Event Registration
What’s the value in attending Workday Rising Europe?

Workday Rising Europe offers prospective customers many relevant educational and networking opportunities with live customers, dedicated consulting and technology partners, product experts, and like-minded prospective customers. You’ll gain knowledge, insights, and new connections to take back to your organisation.

A few highlights:

  • Industry thought leadership and a look at new technology advancements.
  • Insight into new company initiatives from Workday executives.
  • Value-packed learning opportunities, including customer case studies, ROI sessions, and product demos.
  • Open dialogues with customers, Workday executives, and your peers.
What does my prospective customer registration pass include?

The Prospective Customer Programme Pass includes access to the following:

  • Customer Reference Conversations (Tuesday)
  • Workday Rising Kickoff Keynote, Welcome Reception, Innovation Exchange Expo, Prospective Customer Dinner (Tuesday)
  • Workday Executive Keynote, Innovation Exchange Expo (Wednesday)
  • Business Leader Forums, Products Strategy and Vision Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Tips and Tricks, and Table Talks (Wednesday)
  • Light Breakfast, Coffee Breaks, and Lunch (Wednesday)

Travel and hotel costs are the responsibility of the attendee.

What meals are hosted by the conference?

The following meals are hosted by the Workday Rising Europe prospective customer programme:

  • Tuesday: Welcome Reception (drinks and a light buffet) and the Prospective Customer Dinner.
  • Wednesday: Light Breakfast, Coffee Breaks and Lunch.
May I bring a guest?

Guests are not admitted to any function or public area of the conference. This includes hosted meals, keynotes, breakout sessions, and the Innovation Exchange Expo. You may work with your hotel concierge service to book activities during the day for your guest.

Why are prospective customers at the conference?

We invite a select number of qualified prospective customers to our conference so they can learn about Workday from our customers and sponsoring partners and gain insight into what being part of the community is all about.

Am I allowed to attend the full conference?

The prospective customer programme will take place Tuesday afternoon until end of day Wednesday (15–16 November). On Tuesday, prospective customers will attend Customer Reference Conversations, the Workday Rising Kickoff Keynote, the Welcome Reception in the Innovation Exchange Expo, and the Prospective Customer Dinner. On Wednesday, prospective customers will attend the Workday Executive Keynote followed by sessions on a variety of topics. After Wednesday, all content is dedicated to our customers and is not relevant for prospective customers.

Are there penalties for cancelling my event registration?

There is no penalty to cancel your registration. Please email the prospective customer team to cancel your registration.

If I cannot attend, may I substitute someone from my organisation?

If you are unable to attend the conference, you may transfer your registration to another person. Email the prospective customer team with the names, titles, and email addresses of both the original and substitute registrants by 12:00 (GMT) on 7 November 2016. Substitutions may not be granted after this date.

Are there discounted hotel rates for Workday Rising Europe?

Workday has negotiated exceptional rates at our collection of official conference hotels—you'll receive big savings for this popular destination city. All hotel room rates include breakfast and VAT but exclude city tax, which is payable directly on departure (€2.50 per night). Discounted hotel rates for Workday Rising Europe attendees are guaranteed through 26 October 2016, based on hotel availability.

What is the last date the Workday Rising Europe negotiated hotel room rates are guaranteed?

Workday Rising Europe hotel rates are guaranteed until 26 October, based on hotel availability. Hotels are offered on a real-time inventory system, so only available rooms will be listed during your booking process. After 26 October, rates and room availability will be determined by each hotel.

What happens if I do not check in on my scheduled arrival date?

If you do not check in on your scheduled arrival date, the hotel will cancel your entire reservation and can opt not to reinstate your reservation, even if you arrive the next day. You will also be charged in full for the entire duration of the stay (including VAT), regardless of the hotel opting to reinstate your reservation or not. If you believe you will not be able to check in on your scheduled arrival date, email the Workday Rising Europe team or call +44(0)208 879 2407.

If I am not ready to register for Workday Rising Europe, but would like to book my hotel, may I do so?

In order to take advantage of the Workday Rising Europe discounted room rates, you must be fully registered for the conference.

If I enter special requests during my hotel booking process, are the requests guaranteed?

Although the hotels will do their best to accommodate all special requests, they unfortunately are not guaranteed.

Onsite Logistics
Where is the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB)?

The CCIB is located at Pl. Willy Brandt, 11-14, 08019, Barcelona in Spain. It may also be known to some taxi drivers as The Forum.

Which airport should I fly into?

Major airlines provide air travel into Barcelona—El Prat (BCN) airport in Spain, which is 17 km from the CCIB. Taxi service is available for transportation to hotels and the CCIB. Cancellation or change of travel reservations is the sole responsibility of the attendee.

Will transportation be provided to and from the airport?

Transportation will not be provided to or from the airport. Taxi rates from the airport to the CCIB average €30–€40 before fees and tip.

Will transportation be provided to and from the CCIB from the conference hotels?

Yes, shuttles will be provided from official conference hotels that are not within walking distance. If you choose to stay at a hotel that’s not one of the listed conference hotels, you will need to arrange your own transportation.

What is the typical weather in mid-November in Barcelona?

In mid-November, weather in Barcelona ranges from 9°C to 18°C. Bring layers for your comfort.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

The dress code for Workday Rising Europe is business casual. We do not host any formal business or social networking functions. While we do our best to control the temperature in session rooms, we recommend you bring a removable layer for your comfort.

What if I still have a question that wasn’t answered?

Please email the prospective customer team for all general inquiries—we are happy to help.

Sponsoring Partners

Thank you to our incredible sponsoring partners.