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David Hope, president of Workday Asia Pacific Japan

HR software developer Workday eyes expanded presence in Asia

Plans include opening Seoul, Bangkok offices, doubling Asia staff

| Japan

TOKYO -- Workday, a U.S. provider of cloud-based human resources software, is eyeing a stronger presence in Asia. The Nasdaq-listed company is doubling its regional staff this year from the current 200 or so out of 6,600 globally by opening new offices in Seoul and Bangkok, as well as strengthening its current offices in the region, according to David Hope, president of Workday Asia Pacific Japan.

Founded in 2005, the fast-growing rival of Oracle and SAP now has over 1,600 global customers, including Nissan Motor, which fully adopted the system this year. As competition for qualified workers rises in Asia, its retention-risk analysis uses big data to analyze factors including job title, compensation and time between promotions to predict and identify potential employees who may be open to changing jobs.

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