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Cloud Applications

Apps Run The Cloud is an internet site where almost all (if not all) Cloud Applications are referenced. They provide frequent surveys such as Cloud Application Vendors revenues and ranking.

This is the link to the home page:

The top 500 Cloud Applications Vendors ranking

This is the link to the survey:

Functional Markets

What applications are provided on the Cloud?500 Cloud Applications by functional area

The Top 10 Cloud Application Vendors

Salesforce, Microsoft and SAP are the top 3 vendors.

Top 10 Cloud Applications

The TOP HCM Application Vendors

Workday is the 1st HCM Cloud Vendor with highest market share within HCM market and second best YoY Growth.



What is Harmocracy?

Harmocracy is a new concept to help organizations and people to create new innovative products, services or processes and successfully achieve their goals. It is not a methodology as such but uses some principles (7 principles) which defines organization rules and people behaviors that are key for change management and reach out the goals.

Harmocracy principles have been defined by using the best practices from several change management methodologies like: AGILE, LEAN…

Obviously Harmocracy combines 2 words: Harmony and the suffixe -cracy.

  • Harmony: The term harmony derives from the Greek ἁρμονία (harmonía), meaning “joint, agreement, concord”, from the verb ἁρμόζω (harmozo), “to fit together, to join”.
  • -cracy: From the Ancient Greek suffix -κρατία (-kratía), from κράτος (krátos, power, rule).

The 7 principles of Harmocracy

This is a representation of the 7 principles (in French):principes-harmocratie

First and very most important principle

The very most important principle is to “Experiment confidence”. This means that a team (members and managers who are called “Mediators”) have to work, interact in a confident relationship mode. Moreover they need to experiment this confident relationship on a daily basis whenever they work together. In order to reach this confidence or trust, it is important to find some quick ways to demonstrate that Mediators are really doing, acting or delivering in accordance with their commitments. Mediators need to communicate what they will do and do what they communicated. Reversely members of the community will also have to demonstrate that we can trust them by delivering tangible facts or results according to their commitments.

Whenever someone delivers what was expected or simply acts in such way to achieve their own goal, it must be noticed and member must be congratulated.

The 6 other principles

  • Self-assessing teams
  • Develop collaborative willingness
  • Free from extraneous thoughts
  • Facilitate creativity
  • Build intuitive organization
  • Promote continuous harmonization

The link to original Harmocracy description can be found here:






The magic “Related Actions” button in Workday HCM

Date : July 5th 2014

The “Related Actions” button in Workday

Workday is an object oriented SaaS solution for Human Resources and Financial Management.

Each object like Workers, Job or Compensation data, Organizations, Business Processes… have “Related Actions”. This button is shown when “Related Actions” are available:   Related Action Button

This Magic button gives you access to related resources and actions. Here are some examples:

Related Actions from Employee object

When displaying an employee file the “Related Actions” is available next to the name of the employee: RA_NameOfWorker

As you can see there are many options and related actions you can chose from the list. Many of them even offer “sub-actions”. The related actions panel displays also a summary of some important data (i.e. contact information, Job or Location…)

Related actions from the Organization object

The related actions button is actionable from any data within the employee panel when it refers to another object. For instance the Organization to which the employee is assigned to is an object and has its own related actions:   RA_OrganizationRA


This particular related actions panel offers an access to view the Organization chart. To open the Org chart in a new Tab you can first right-click on the button and chose “See in New Tab”: RA_rightclickOrgChart

The Organization chart

This is the Organization chart screen:RA_OrgChartView

Again from this Org chart you can ask related actions for employees or organization objects. For instance you can start a Hire process from a given Organization by clicking on the Organization name:RA_HireBP_from_OrgChart

Related reports

In the related actions list you can access to a reporting section. Workday will offer you to list related reports available from the object you were displaying. For instance if you are displaying an employee panel the related reports will be linked to employees data:RA_ReportingEmployee

List of related reports (with filtering options) :RA_RelatedReportEmployee

Once the report is ran you can again use the related actions button to get additional information or start business processes (i.e. information about Time and Leave):RA_Report

Here is another report with actionable related actions (i.e. Report_ActiveEmployeesCost center information):


Other useful navigation possibilities and features

Search with prefix

When searching for objects in Workday you will type your words in the search text box. Any object containing your words will be returned just like in a Google search. Here is the result for searching the employee name “ajay”:Search Text Box

As you can see all objects containing the name “Ajay” are returned: the employee himself and the Organization object that Ajay is managing.

Now when you add the prefix “Worker: ” to the same search : “Worker: ajay” the result will be restricted to the employee only:Search with prefix

There are many other prefixes available like bp: for Business Processes.

 My Team view

From the employee main panel you can access to the team view thanks to this link:ViewTeam


This screen will be displayed and is called the Directory Swirl”. Again you can access to related actions when clicking on employee names:DirectorySwirl_RA_Worker

Compare team

Another nice action is the compare team report accessible from the related reports on any Organization object:CompareTeam

View Inbox

In your inbox you can review the past events and actions you have performed. Use the Archive tab to list all your actions. Any action can be displayed in detail and depending on the object you may have the possibility to “Rescind” the process:Inbox_PhotoChange

User experience has been improved for viewing and editing historical data in Employee Central module (SuccessFactors).

This is the general screen for Job Information history. As you can see the historical rows are shown at the left of the page at the same time then one detailed row beside. Users can easily switch from one row to another. All data changed in one historical row are mentionned directly in the history list.

Historical data SF V3
History data for Job Information
(1) List of all historical rows with summary of changes
(2) Selected historical row
(3) Effective date of selected historical row with all data

New data for a given historical row are in blue color and you can identify the previous values (with strike-through formatting). SF Job InformationHere the Job Information section with a Job Title change.



Data are identified with a comprehensive and customizable field label.

Field names, value names and codes.

Field names, value names and codes.
(1) Field names
(2) Value names
(3) Value codes

Values are shown with their value name and respective value code (in bracket) if controlled by a value list table or simply their value content (if text or numerical).




SF take action history V3For each historical row the “Take action” link allows you to correct the data, delete the row and review the approval History.


Here is an example of the “View Approval History” screen: SF View approval history V2










Insertion of new row is easy with the “Insert New Record” button: SF insert new record in history v4





When editing a new record you are always having reliable comments like the one below about position that should be held by only one person at a time. Previous values are shown when altering a field.SF Reclass event with comments and changes V4