The Brightwork Research Workday License Guide

Executive Summary

  • We are the only research entity that provides Workday license consulting.

About Workday License Consulting

Workday license consulting supports the procurement and maintenance of license management for companies that purchase from Workday vendors.

Sometimes, particularly very large companies can manage this without external support; however, all but the biggest software-buying companies and even very large companies can benefit from this specialty.

What is a Software License?

To begin, in understanding SAP software license, let us review what the software license is.

A software license is a legal instrument (usually by way of contract law, with or without printed material) governing the use or redistribution of software. Under United States copyright law, all software is copyright protected, in both source code and object code forms, unless that software was developed by the United States Government, in which case it cannot be copyrighted.

A typical software license grants the licensee, typically an end-user, permission to use one or more copies of software in ways where such a use would otherwise potentially constitute copyright infringement of the software owner’s exclusive rights under copyright. – Wikipedia

The Categories of Workday License Consulting Firms

It is essential to consider the different companies offering Workday license consulting services.

Type 1: General IT Consulting Firms

Companies that perform software implementations like Deloitte, Accenture, or Infosys like to present to be independent advisors. However, each of them has long-standing partnerships with various software vendors. They are recommended to new customers or clients through these software vendors, and the vendor can choose which consulting company to reward, and therefore has a great deal of power over its consulting partners. All software consulting firms value their relationship with the vendor more than any one individual client.

IT consulting companies try to "lightly advise" companies and generally stay out of the way. Less they are viewed by the software vendor as working against that vendor's interests.

Therefore, software buyings that rely on SAP consulting firms end up with nothing but fake negotiation support. IT consulting firms are always aligned with the vendor's interests over their client's interests.

Type 2: SAP Software Licensing and Negotiation Firms

These firms focus on negotiating software deals and sometimes do consulting work.

These companies usually focus not on the technology but on getting the best price for what is agreed upon to be purchased. Their specialty is knowing the counts of the licenses needed by the client and then optimizing them and optimizing their price. In a dispute between a customer and a vendor, they can use software to determine how many licenses are actually being used and compare them to how many licenses were paid for.

Our objective in explaining this type of company is to describe how we differ. We have subcontracted to these companies in the past, and they try to present our research as their own. However, as they don't know our area, it is a bad value for the client. Their focus is primarily on reducing acquisition costs, and some of these companies are paid a percentage of the costs that they save the client.

Our Niche in Workday License Analysis

We are a research firm leveraging this research to support Workday license disputes between software buyers and software vendors/partner consulting firms. These disputes are generally related to how the software ended up being used versus how it was expected and promised the software vendor and the partner consulting firm would use it. Our entire approach to the subject of Workday is different than all the IT consulting firms, IT negotiation firms, and IT analysts because we take a research-based and, therefore, realistic approach to Workday systems rather than a promotional approach, which is the standard approach IT information providers take to Workday systems.

What We Do

We analyze the licenses that were sold, and review the requirements and needs of the software buyer to determine if the software vendor supported by the partner consulting firm knowingly oversold licenses for used software products and sold software products that the software vendor/partner consulting firm would have known could not be implemented or otherwise would not be used.