Deakin, a leading Australian university, with five campuses and 61,000 students, together with KPMG implemented Workday, to transform their finance function onto the cloud and create a platform for future growth.

Business challenges

Deakin’s old finance system had been used for 8 years and many modifications had been made over that time, making it too hard to upgrade. They looked at what they needed in their finance function, the necessary changes to make and the technology solutions available.

They wanted to implement a finance system which would enable them to create a platform for the future.

Deakin, with the help of KPMG, implemented Workday to modernise their finance function.

The solution

With the help of the KPMG Powered Enterprise approach they achieved that with Workday Financials, a modern cloud platform.

Since implementing Workday with KPMG, Deakin have a greater understanding of how they operate more effectively than they did in the past. Having a single source of truth for their finance data gives them greater efficiency, improved reporting, better visibility of transactions as they come in and how they flow through the business.

Vanessa Evans, Deputy CFO comments on the adoption of the new solution by staff and says ‘Feedback has been positive from staff, the user interface with Workday is very intuitive, it is very easy to use, as long as you can shop on the web you can use our finance system’.

We worked as one team and that was really important.

Kerrie Parker
CFO, Deakin University

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