It makes sense for Workday to offer time-tracking separately, given that customers may already be using a third-party product, or are "heavily white-collar" with predominantly salaried employees, and therefore don't need such an application, Bloom said.
Other new features in Workday 17 include a refreshed user interface for iOS devices, along with an HTML5 version for cross-platform mobile access.
Workers can now look at data about their compensation on iPhone or iPads with a new "mobile payslips" service, while a new "employee timeline" feature gives iPad users a representation of changes and milestones in their career at their company.
The HCM (human capital management) module's interface has also gotten a makeover aimed at improving usability. Financials, payroll and expenses have also received various improvements.
Workday, which was co-founded by PeopleSoft CEO and founder Dave Duffield, has been raising its profile steadily in recent years, landing big deals, adding features that help it compete for enterprise business with the likes of SAP, and reportedly filing for an IPO last month.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com