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Application Architecture Next Practices: Lessons Learned From Workday

Published: 20 November 2012

ID: G00239722

Analyst(s): Daniel Sholler


Software-as-a-service vendor Workday has built a cloud-native application for HR and financials. The architecture of this system includes many best practices that can be leveraged by application architects and designers in their enterprise software.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Utilize In-Memory Data Management's Improved Performance to Enable Rapid, Dynamic Navigation of Application Capabilities
    • In-Memory Data Enables the Speed to Create the Desired User Experience
    • In-Memory Data Allows the Object Database to Perform Well
    • In-Memory Data Improves Elastic Behavior
  • Separate Concerns Into Discrete Functional Components to Enable Dynamic Scale and Improved Fault Tolerance, and to Minimize Component Dependency
  • Enable Integration as a First-Class Requirement in the Design of Applications
  • Conclusions

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