Workday Consulting Partner Collaborative Solutions Announces Successful Go-lives Across Financial Services Industry

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Customers to showcase partnership successes at Workday Rising 2012.

Collaborative Solutions consultants set the bar for how implementations should go.

Collaborative Solutions announced today during Workday Rising 2012 that its Workday practice achieved more than a dozen successful go-lives this year with noted success within the Financial Services sector. Customers from this industry make up nearly half its 2012 Workday deployments, and it is seeing accelerated interest with its new business pipeline as well.

“These companies recognize the value of a solution like Workday, but for their deployment, they want a partner with a track record of Workday deployment success within their industry,” said Carroll Ross, CEO of Collaborative Solutions. “We’ve welcomed several brand name Financial Services customers into the Collaborative Solutions family in 2012 who can attest to the tangible benefits of benefits of Workday Human Capital Management and Payroll solutions.” Financial Services customers are an ideal customer for Workday due to the focus on the use of technology to put information in to the right hands at the right time.

Customer details:

  • Collaborative Solutions successfully deployed Workday HCM most recently at Russell Investments. After a global, five-month project which included Core HCM and numerous integrations, Russell has immediately moved into Phase 2 for Workday Time Tracking, Performance Management and Compensation Management. According to Scott Novotny, Project Sponsor at Russell, “The consultants at Collaborative guided us from start to finish, enabling our end users to take full advantage of the new system’s benefits. Collaborative demonstrated a commitment to excellence throughout the engagement and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship.”
  • Kathy Galaway, Director of HR Information at The Standard, says of her experience with Collaborative, “Things went smoothly, teams worked efficiently and their consultants set the bar for how deployments should go.” Over the course of five months, Collaborative helped The Standard deploy HCM, Compensation and numerous integrations for their 3,000 employees. Ongoing Phase 2 activities include Performance Management, Absence Management and Time Tracking. The Standard is presenting a session at Workday Rising this year: Secrets of Implementation Success and Savings at The Standard.
  • Blue Shield of California (BSC) is co-presenting with Collaborative Solutions at Workday Rising this year (Blue Shield of California’s 365 days of Workday), discussing how they retired their PeopleSoft legacy system by deploying Workday for their workforce of nearly 5,000. Earl Barron, Director of HR of BSC states, “This time last year we announced our new partnership with Workday and Collaborative Solutions. With the March go-live of Workday we have delivered a better user experience to our employees; increased functionality of our HRMS and a lower cost of ownership. This year, we are pleased to speak about Blue Shield’s internal success as a result of working with Collaborative.”

Collaborative Solutions is a Workday Rising 2012 Gold sponsor and is well-positioned to take on customers of all sizes, from all industries.

About Russell Investments
Russell Investments (Russell) is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offer actively managed, multi-asset portfolios and services that include advice, investments and implementation. Working with institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals, Russell's core capabilities extend across capital markets insights, manager research, Indexes, portfolio implementation and portfolio construction. Russell is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA and has offices in Amsterdam, Auckland, Beijing, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. For more information about how Russell helps to improve financial security for people, visit or follow us @Russell_News.

About The Standard
The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan with 3.3 million members and 4,800 employees. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California provides health, life, dental, vision, and Medicare insurance and health care service plans in California, has one of the largest provider networks, and $9.7 billion in annual revenue. In 2012, Blue Shield of California was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Since 2005, the company has contributed more than $200 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation, one of BusinessWeek's most generous corporate foundations. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit

About Collaborative Solutions
Collaborative Solutions is a go-to Workday consulting partner with an exceptional track record of customer success. Since 2007 we have executed over 120 successful Workday HCM, Payroll, and Financials deployments – priming over 70 – for global Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses, and education and government institutions. We have implemented in over 100 countries and have experience with organizations ranging from 1,000 to 200,000 employees. We put the work in Workday. For more information, visit

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