Accenture + Workday for Education and Government

Transforming systems for student services, human resources, finance, and accounting

Workday capabilities

The Accenture Workday Business Group is a leading Workday Education and Government services partner with significant project experience deploying Workday HCM, Payroll, Financials, and Student functionality. We’ve been serving public sector and higher education organisations since 2010, and we’ve expanded our team and bolstered our capabilities with the acquisition of the Workday practice from Sierra-Cedar.

With in-depth specialisation and decades of experience in higher education and government, Accenture is uniquely positioned to guide organisations through their transformation projects, tailoring each journey to their specific needs.

The Mile High City reaches for the cloud

When Accenture deployed Workday’s cloud finance and HR solutions for the City and County of Denver, it resulted in a 75% reduction in manual paper processes and enabled more than 100 candidates to be hired for urgent COVID-19 work in under five days. The Workday deployment went live, on time and on budget, making CCD one of the first local governments to launch the solution. The success of the project led to further Workday rollouts, with Accenture deploying modules for Expenses, Recruiting, Revenue, Learning, and Workday Prism Analytics. The impact at CCD has been game changing. The organisation can now expect predictable annual costs, and Workday updates every six months. The changes are giving workers greater freedom over their daily workloads, enabling them to focus on constituent-facing priorities and strategic work.

Best of all, and virtually unheard of for a government body, Forbes voted CCD one of Colorado’s top 10 employers after the transformation.

"Being engaged in such a transformative and significant initiative, while meeting our benchmarks and financial commitments, has been truly rewarding, and Accenture has been a key part of that."

— PATRICIA PATRIA, Chief Information Officer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

By the numbers


Workday E&G practitioners.


Workday deployments as prime contractor.


Accenture E&G clients live on Workday (77) or in progress.


Number of colleges/universities Accenture has helped deploy & optimise Workday.


Workday student live or in progress.


Number of remote ‘go-lives’ in 2020 and 2021.


Number of Financials projects live or in progress.


Accenture Workday government clients.


Workday government clients, where a partner was involved, included Accenture.

Transformation powered by Workday

Financial Management

Putting finance at the center of data and analytics to gain insights that improve productivity across the organisation and unlock new value.

Human Capital Management

Delivering seamless workforce experiences with integrated HR & talent solutions, from benefits to payroll, to recruiting to learning and beyond.

Workday Student

Creating an intuitive student experience that changes the way students navigate their college experience.

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Hear from our experts and get their insights on the most pressing issues.

Why it's good to put your head in the clouds

The deployment is a classic story of the great things that can happen when technology meets human ingenuity.

Curious about the return to work? You’re not alone

Ryan Gaetz explores the questions that everyone is asking about the return to work in public service.

How can you stop your employees from leaving?

There is a turnover challenge in public service today. Ryan Gaetz explores the importance of transforming the employee experience.

"Our partnership with Accenture provided the critical expertise we needed to transition to Workday..."

— KAREN NIPARKO, Chief Human Resources Officer – City and County of Denver

Awards & recognition

The 2021 Workday Partner Industry Innovation Awards honors select Workday Services Partners for their innovation, expertise, and commitment to bringing industry innovation to customers while extending key Workday solutions.

Accenture was selected for its Workday Prism Analytics Accelerator for Public Sector. This solution provides public sector clients with an industry-focused package of data discovery and an accelerated path to unlocking the power of their data, while emphasising collaboration and knowledge transfer. Deploying the Workday Prism Analytics Accelerator helps reduce costs and free up resources.

Other recognition:

World Partner Government Innovation Award

Past webinars

Everyone is a Technologist

Join our panel of university leaders to discuss their perspectives around how to activate technology with Higher Ed employees. View the webinar.

Workday Value Realisation and Optimisation

Hear from industry leaders how they are leveraging every possible avenue to create a greater return on their cloud investment. View the webinar.

Technology and the Workforce of the Future

Hear from Wyatt Sterusky from Maricopa County, AZ as he discusses why the county chose to modernise their organisation.  View the webinar.

Workday Analytics & the City and County of Denver

See examples of how Denver is using Workday Prism Analytics and the benefits of actionable data. View the webinar.

Workday Adaptive Planning: Government & Higher Ed

Join this session about how Workday Adaptive Planning has become an essential tool to navigate challenges organisations face today. View the webinar.

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Accenture design framework for Workday

Achieve transformation powered by Workday

"Our remote Workday implementation is going so well! It is a pleasure each day to work with such great talent from the Accenture consulting team. Together we are working hard, staying focused, meeting deliverables and finding time to laugh a little."

— ALAN VANDERBURG, Consultant Manager, Tulsa County

What we think

Emerging government & public sector technology trends are transforming public service organisations for a post COVID future.

Leverage a holistic strategy to reimagine how people work, boosting productivity and the ability to attract and retain talent.

Higher Education institutions can leverage technology to embrace different mindsets and models for delivering on their mission.

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