Accenture + Workday for Education Government, and Nonprofit

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

Workday capabilities

The Accenture Workday Business Group is a leading Workday Education, Government and Nonprofit services partner with significant project experience deploying Workday HCM, Payroll, Financials, and Student functionality. We’ve been serving public sector, higher education and nonprofit organizations 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 specialization and decades of experience in public service, Accenture is uniquely positioned to guide organizations through their transformation projects, tailoring each journey to their specific needs.

Case studies

The university transformed its HR and workforce experience, replacing manual processes and three legacy applications with a single Workday app.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute transforms critical functions to equal its world-class degree programs, ensuring a clear view of its students.

Accenture deploys first-ever global Workday deployment to help preserve nature.

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"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 (82) or in progress.


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


Workday Student projects 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.

Accenture's Workday Higher Education Forum

View the on-demand sessions where we brought together innovative higher education institutions to share insights from their digital transformation journeys and how they successfully harnessed the winds of change.

Thought leadership keynote by visionary leaders

Workday and Accenture address key areas of focus for Higher Ed including architecting technology and the democratization of IT. View recording.

HCM and Finance breakout session

GA Tech, MiraCosta College, Northeastern, Ohio State and UMMC discuss the future of work and how they are transforming Higher Ed. View recording.

Student Innovation breakout session

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Worcester Polytechnic Institute share how they have improved the student experience. View recording.

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Transformation powered by Workday

Financial Management

Putting finance at the center of data and analytics to gain insights that improve productivity across the organization 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 the return to work isn’t about the return to work

It’s time to start asking different questions about the return to work in public service says Accenture's Ryan Gaetz.

What’s the employee benefit everyone wants?

The most basic human desire is to belong. Ryan Gaetz’s explores what this means for current and future public sector leaders.

3 things I know are true about the public service

Forget all the noise about public service after COVID-19. Here’s 3 truths you should know.

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, Former Chief Human Resources Officer – City and County of Denver, Colorado

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 emphasizing collaboration and knowledge transfer. Deploying the Workday Prism Analytics Accelerator helps reduce costs and free up resources.

Other recognition:

World Partner Government Innovation Award

Previous webinars

Futureproofing Finance: Growing Demands, Evolving Roles, New Solutions

Future-Proofing Finance with Workday & Digital Gov

Join our panel of government finance leaders as they respond to the challenges, opportunities, and evolving requirements in public sector. View the webinar.

Harnessing the winds of change: Leading with Resiliency and Agility.

Harnessing the Winds of Change with Digital Gov

Join our C-Suite government panel as they discuss important lessons they’ve learned and what leadership imperatives they identify for the future. View the webinar.

Improved budgeting and forecasting with Workday

Hear how Yakima County used Adaptive Planning to provide greater insight into its budget process and human resources management. View the webinar.

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 Realization and Optimization

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 modernize their organization. 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 organizations 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, Oklahoma

What we think

Register to view this joint report by Accenture and Workday on how cloud-based systems can help government agencies.

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

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

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