Workday: Backing up important data and testing disaster recovery procedures

Updated on
January 13, 2023

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Backing up important data and testing disaster recovery procedures in Workday is a crucial aspect of maintaining the availability of your organization's data and resources.

Workday's primary production database is duplicated in real-time to a secondary database maintained at a different data center. A complete backup of the secondary database is taken daily and stored at the same offsite data center.

Workday's backup policy ensures that databases can be restored with minimal data loss, and transaction logs are kept until two backups have been taken after the last entry in the log. Backups of databases with interface systems must be available for as long as necessary to support those systems, which will vary depending on the system. All backups of databases and transaction logs containing customer data are encrypted.

While backup options are limited, for users who prefer to work with code, there are also programming languages and libraries that support Workday integration. For example, Python has a Workday API wrapper that allows users to interact with their Workday instance programmatically. This wrapper provides a set of functions and classes that can be used to retrieve data from Workday, such as worker data, organizational data, and financial data. With Python, users can automate data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) processes and integrate their Workday data with other data sources.