What Is Workday Studio? - An Introduction To Workday Studio

In today's world, integrations play a major role than ever. Amidst a rapidly evolving IT environment, teams need to connect between systems quickly. To make it easier, Workday offers many ways to help you integrate data with your system. Workday Studio is one of the powerful integration tools used for solving complex integrations. 

This blog will discuss what Workday Studio is when to use it, best practices to implement, and much more.

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What are Workday Integrations?

Workday is a cloud-based enterprise management platform that combines finance, HR, and analytics into a single system. Workday supports three types of integrations:

  1. Cloud Connect 
  2. Enterprise Interface Builder (EIB)
  3. Workday Studio 

Each one has its benefits and limitations depending on your needs. Cloud Connect is excellent if you're using a third-party vendor. If you want to import or export data into and out of Workday, Enterprise Interface Builder is the right choice for you. For complex integrations, Workday Studio Integration is used.

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What is Workday Studio?

Workday Studio is a unified Eclipse-based environment that allows third parties and users to develop, deploy, debug and support their complex integrations running in the Workday cloud. Workday Studio provides the rich functionality of graphical integration design environment. A user can drag and drop various reusable components to handle the plumbing aspects of building integrations.

Unlike simple EIB integration systems, Workday Studio is not limited to a single data source, single transformation, and a single destination. Workday Studio can create sophisticated integrations using multiple reports, various transformations, Workday Web Services (WWS), and deliver results to several destinations. Workday Studio Integrations can be deployed to and run on the Workday cloud infrastructure.

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When to use Workday Studio for integrations?

Workday Studio provides a complete set of capabilities for developing, managing, and identifying integration tasks. Enterprises using Workday Studio have found one or more of the following requirements:

  • Several data sources and delivery requirements 
  • For other services offering an eclipse-based development environment, need to develop related integrations.
  • Must be extended with custom capabilities implemented in third-party services
  • Sophisticated change detection needs
  • Efficient data processing
  • Requirement for rigorous source control, debugging, unit testing, or other functional development scenarios
  • Need to handle complex errors and need to react differently with error conditions.
  • Complex looping or branching logic depends on external variables or dynamic data.

Workday Studio Integration vs Enterprise Interface Builder(EIB)

Let's understand the major differences between EIB and Workday Studio Integration tools.

Workday Studio IntegrationEnterprise Interface Builder (EIB) Integration
It solves complicated and highly sophisticated integrations needs to and fro from Workday Apps.It solves common integration use cases.
Scalable and efficient processing of potentially large data sets.Loads large amounts of data into Workday.
Advanced message processing capabilities include complex looping, branching logic, change detection based on external variables or dynamic data.Maintains email transport protocols and file types.
Customizable with third-party services.Easy-to-use tool and no programming needed.

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Workday Studio programming language

Every business application needs a programming language. In the same way, Workday Studio also needs a programming language. Workday Studio is not just limited to a single language. It uses a variety of languages like Java, Python, Ruby, etc.

Based on your programming proficiency, you can select anyone and start building integrations with Workday Studio. The Workday team constantly evaluates new languages and programming styles to create and maintain integrations easily.

Advanced workday studio

To develop, debug, deploy and support critical integrations running in the Workday HR Cloud, Advanced Workday Studio is used. It provides a clear understanding of reporting, business objects, web services, business processes, and much more. 

In addition, it supports tools like sequence generators, route components, integration maps, debuggers, and many more. With advanced Workday Studio, you can understand XML and web service technologies like XSLT and XSD. 

Workday Studio System Requirements

Workday Studio has the following hardware requirements:

  1. A minimum of 1 GB of RAM is needed to run the Workday Studio
  2. Approximately 1 GB of disk space for complete Studio installation.

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Workday Studio Best Practices

When you are planning to use Workday Studio, we recommend you to follow these best practices on every custom integration, no matter how large or small:

1. Service Limits

In addition to the above-listed requirements, the following also need to be considered:

  • Custom reports cannot exceed 2GB
  • XPath operations are limited to a 1MB message size
  • In integration run, delivery and retrieval services cannot exceed more than 100 integration documents. 

2. Scalable

Workday Studio always recommends you split data before you process, aggregate, or invoke a paged web service to improve scalability.

3. Streaming

By default, some assembly components have the streaming option turned off. Turn on the stream if you use them.

4. Repetitive Web Services Calls  

Some ways to manage repetitive service calls that slow down traffic is listed below:

  • Mention transaction log criteria for reducing overhead
  • Instead of Put Integration Message, use log files for storing errors.
  • Java Hashmaps lowers the processing time for extensive data integrations, but it's not the solution for each possible case. It depends on the complexity of the integration.

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This draws us to the end of this blog, "What is Workday Studio". By now, you must be clear what exactly Workday Studio is, when to use this for integrations, and best practices. We hope the information shared is helpful. 

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