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UW's HR/Payroll Modernization Initiative Moving Forward with Workday

Media Contact: Joni Kirk, (206) 543-8598 office, jonikirk@uw.edu

SEATTLE – February 20, 2014 – The University of Washington is moving forward with an HR/Payroll Modernization initiative that will replace its 32-year-old payroll system with a modern HR and payroll system and establish a set of standardized practices for HR and payroll functions throughout the institution. Approval for the project came at the UW's Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 13, and follows a competitive staged procurement and detailed planning process.

Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a provider of enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for human resources and finance, will provide the HR/payroll solution. With the SaaS approach, Workday provides access to a shared multi-tenant system using a web interface and the university pays on a subscription basis. The solution will help simplify the UW's internal technology maintenance functions and ensure that UW is always on the latest software release. IBM will partner with Workday to provide implementation services.

"We are excited about the opportunity that an integrated HR/payroll system provides for the university," said V'Ella Warren, senior vice president and the project's lead sponsor. "This new system allows us to rethink the way we perform our HR and payroll functions. As a result of modernizing, we will work more effectively by eliminating many manual processes, better serve our internal and external customers through more timely service, and provide all of us with easier access to personal and university-wide information."

The UW's existing payroll system, the Higher Education Payroll Personnel System, was implemented in 1982. In the intervening 32 years, the university added two campuses, experienced tremendous growth in its research enterprise, and watched the demand for its medical services skyrocket. As a result, the university's workforce doubled to more than 40,000 employees. However, the underlying – and outdated – technology for HEPPS remains unchanged. As a result, the university's payroll system has significant operational inefficiencies and service deficits. The UW also lacks basic, enterprise-wide HR functionality, which has limited the availability of information for strategic decision making. The new HR and payroll system will address these business concerns.

Implementation of the first phase of the new solution will begin in March with an expected go-live date by early 2016.

The project will cost $68.1 million, including vendor fees, UW costs, and a built-in contingency. The HR/P Modernization project will be funded through a combination of reserves and debt. Reserves will be used to fund the non-capitalized implementation costs.

The project, investment plan, and solution vendor were also approved by the state of Washington Office of the Chief Information Officer. Bluecrane, an independent quality assurance firm, will provide ongoing risk assessments to help mitigate potential implementation issues.

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University of Washington Identifies Workday as Preferred Bidder for HR/Payroll Modernization

Media Contact: Joni Kirk, (206) 543-8598 office, jonikirk@uw.edu

SEATTLE – Jan. 10, 2014 – The University of Washington identified Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY) as its recommended bidder to implement a new human resources and payroll system as part of the university's HR/Payroll Modernization effort. The announcement, which came at the UW's Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 9, follows a competitive 16-month staged procurement process.

The Board of Regents will consider an action item at its February meeting to approve the HR/Payroll Modernization project investment plan, budget, and recommended contract award.

Workday, a provider of enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for human resources and finance, delivers HR, talent management, payroll, and time-tracking functionality in a single system. If the recommendation is approved by the Regents and the State Office of the Chief Information Officer, Workday will partner with IBM for implementation of the new system.

The UW's existing payroll system, the Higher Education Payroll Personnel System, was implemented in 1982. In the intervening 32 years, the university added two campuses, experienced tremendous growth in its research enterprise, and watched the demand for its medical services skyrocket. As a result, the university's workforce has doubled to more than 40,000 employees. However, the underlying – and outdated – technology for HEPPS has not changed. As a result, the university's payroll system has significant operational inefficiencies and service deficits. The UW also lacks basic, enterprise-wide HR functionality.

Through the HR/Payroll Modernization effort, the university is seeking to replace its legacy payroll system with a modern, integrated HR and payroll system. As part of this effort, it will also implement a set of standardized processes to significantly improve support for critical HR and payroll work across the university. The vendor costs for implementing the solution are approximately $30 million.

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