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Workday

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Thirty-one cents out of every dollar in revenue. That’s how much enterprise software-maker Workday spends on research and development every year. That investment feeds an unusually rapid cycle of product updates and improvements, which, in turn, has built a loyal customer base that includes more than 35% of the Fortune 500. Shareholders have had reason to stay loyal, too, to the tune of annualized returns of 27% over the past three years.

For more about what makes Workday run, see executive editor Adam Lashinsky’s feature about the company.

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Overall Score

6.6

Sector

Technology

Industry

Software

CEO

Aneel Bhusri

Employees

8,200

HQ Location

Pleasanton, Calif.

Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)

$2,428

Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)

$-335

Market Value as of Oct. 10, 2018 ($M)

$26,973

Revenue and net income for 12 months ended July 31, 2018. Sources: Bloomberg; S&P Global.

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