A Shout Out to My Fellow Guardians on Winning Workday’s Global Payroll Cloud Partner of the Year!

20141104_173747Some of our SafeGuard World International Guardians have been working very hard for many years all leading up to this award that was presented to our VP of Channels & Alliances, Phil Calandra from Mark Simons, Business Development Director at Workday, at this year’s Workday Rising event.

Since 2010, Guardians such as CTO, Tristan Woods, have been working closely with Workday technology experts and third party integrators to provide our joint clients with a single sign on application to manage their global HR AND payroll. Another hard working Guardian named David Hughes, Technical Integration Consultant, has also been working to earn country-specific certifications from Workday and he has now completed them for 75 countries!

I couldn’t possibly name all of the Guardians who have been nurturing our partnership with Workday over the years. From Business Development and Implementation to Program Management and Professional IT Services, they know who they are and they all deserve a huge Congratulations!

Learn more about our Global Payroll Cloud Partnership with Workday and why 31 shared clients (and counting!) have chosen the Workday/SafeGuard World International integration to manage their global employees.




Rising Guardians: Rising to the Challenges of Multinational Payroll

Rising Guardians

My company’s Founder & CEO, Bjorn Reynolds, and a group of my colleagues, which are affectionately known as SafeGuard World Guardians, are all in beautiful San Francisco at the Moscone Center attending Workday Rising 2013, Workday’s 7th annual educational gathering of customers partners and Workday employees.

2013 has been a phenomenal year in relation to our partnership with Workday. Last May, we celebrated our 3 Year Partnership and our 23rd client has recently joined our journey to become the world’s principle payroll provider.

On May 13, 2010, SafeGuard World International (SGWI) became the first global payroll provider to establish a formal partnership with Workday. The partnership quickly resulted in what was then recognized as a “packaged integration” between Workday’s Cloud Connect for Third-party Payroll and SGWI’s Software-as-a-Service (Saas) global payroll technology system. In early 2011, we became the first multinational payroll provider to process live payrolls for shared Workday clients.

Workday released six updates since this partnership was established, having announced Workday 19 this past April. Many of these upgrades had a direct impact on Cloud Connect for Third-party Payroll, e.g., bi-directional integration (import and export of data). In line with these upgrades, SGWI made the necessary adjustments to its own global payroll technology system.

Today, we are especially proud as we enjoy a “Certified Integration” status from Workday, and proudly serve 23 shared clients across 55 countries.

The Certified Integration provides four key benefits for global payroll customers who are using or implementing Workday’s HCM.

  1. Customers only have to log into one system to manage all of their HR and payroll data, which means the data only has to be entered into one system, and multinational payroll data can be obtained the same way they view and access their Workday HCM data.
  2. The Certified Integration provides a comprehensive and consistent view of payroll analytics across their global footprint, gaining a true understanding of global labor costs.
  3. It provides ease and sustainability of the integration. The main benefit of a pre-built integration is that the difficult and complex work e.g., field mapping, etc. has already been completed and tested, which mitigates risks relating to the relating to the time and effort involved in any global payroll integration.
  4. Once payrolls are implemented, it works forever. It’s hosted, maintained and regression tested by SGWI, and offers SaaS benefits such as full scalability and centralized upgrades in real time, without disrupting the customer’s business.

So, as you can see by the smiling faces in the picture above, my fellow Guardians are rising to the challenges of multinational payroll.  It’s a proud day for SafeGuard World International and I am personally very proud to be on this journey with our clients, our partners and all of our Guardians around the world.


The HRIS Global Payroll Integration Challenge

The HRIS Global Payroll Integration Challenge

The HRIS Global Payroll Integration Challenge Is: A Lack of Data Mapping.

If you’re an expert on HR technology, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not, let me explain.

Many large MNCs have a Human Resources Information System (HRIS), which is a technology system that provides a single, centralized view of HR data and can include a variety of modules such as recruitment, training, benefits and payroll.

Within a sophisticated HRIS, the employee data is all integrated, so each employee’s details can be viewed and analyzed within each module. The data “fields” are the same such as their name and title e.g., “FirstName,” “LastName,” “Title,” etc.

That’s great. But what about the global payroll integration.  Here’s the challenge.

Global employees are paid in their respective countries. Their pay slips are distributed locally and are generated by an in-country organization. It could be the company’s local entity that’s generating the pay slips but the local entity may not be using the HRIS. If that’s the case, then their employee data fields are probably different than the HRIS. They might say “First Name” with a space, as opposed to “FirstName” without the space as in the example above. Because of that one little space, the two technology systems cannot “talk” to each other.

If a company doesn’t have an in-country entity and has outsourced their global payroll functions to a local HR or payroll company, they will have the same problem. The local payroll company will also have its own naming conventions e.g., “Name First,” which is completely different and again, will not be able to “talk” to the HRIS.

That’s the HRIS Global Payroll Integration Challenge.

If there’s no integration, then there’s no way to export and import the global payroll data in and out of the HRIS. There’s no way to export the data from the HRIS to the in-country processors and likewise, no way to import the final gross to net data back into the HRIS (or to the General Ledger for that matter). That leaves the organization with two options. They can handle the process manually which would have to be done every pay cycle and for every country in scope (not to mention it takes forever and is less accurate than automated processes). Or, they can get by without having any kind of global payroll integration, which means they will never have a completely consistent view of their global HR data and their international labor costs.

There actually is a third option. The organization can work with a global payroll company that focuses specifically on this global payroll challenge. They have technology systems that “map the data fields” from the HRIS to the in-country payroll companies, which automates the process and gives the organization global visibility into its global HR data. Problem solved.