Workday cloud application

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Using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), your users can use their Google Cloud credentials to sign in to enterprise-cloud applications.

Set up SSO via SAML for Workday

Here's how to set up Single Sign-On (SSO) via SAML for the Workday® application.

Step 1: Set up Workday as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Security and then Set up single sign-on (SSO).

    To see Security, you might have to click More controls at the bottom. 

  3. Click the Download button to download the Google IdP metadata and the X.509 Certificate.
  4. Open a new incognito browser window.
  5. Login to your organization’s Workday tenant where you will be configuring SSO.
  6. Click Workbench.
  7. Click Account Administration Edit tenant setup - Security.
  8. Under SAML Setup, select Enable SAML Authentication.
  9. In the identity provider ID field, enter
  10. In the Login Redirect URL field, enter https://your-workday-domain/tenant-name/login-saml.htmld.
  11. Click Create Create x509 Public Key.
  12. Enter the data from the Google IdP metadata file:
    Valid from (Creation date)
    Valid to (Expiration date)
    Certificate: Paste in the PEM version of the Google IdP certificate you downloaded in Step 3
  13. Enter in the Workday SAML Issuer (SP ID) field.
  14. Enter in the Issuer For SAML (IdP ID) field.
  15. In the Customer SSO Service Login URL field, enter
  16. In the Customer SSO Service Logout URL field, enter
  17. Click Save to save the Federated Web single sign-on Configuration details and proceed to the next section to set up Google as a SAML identity provider (IdP).
Step 2: Set up Google as a SAML identity provider (IdP)
  1. In a new browser tab, sign in to your Admin console as a super administrator.
  2. Click Apps SAML apps.
  3. Click the plus (+) icon in the bottom corner.
  4. Select the Workday item from the list. The values on the Google IDP Information page automatically populate.
  5. There are two ways to collect the service provider Setup information:

    You can copy the Entity ID and the Single Sign-On URL field values and download the X.509 Certificate, paste them into the appropriate service provider Setup fields, and then click Next
    You can download the IDP metadata, upload it into the appropriate service provider Setup fields, and then  come back to the admin console and click Next.
  6. In the Basic application information window, the Application name and Description values automatically populate.
  7. Click Next.
Step 3: Enter service provider details in Google Admin console
  1. In the Service Provider Details section, enter the following URLs into the Entity IDACS URL, and Start URL fields:
            ACS URL: https://your-workday-domain/tenant-name/login-saml.htmld
            Entity ID:
            Start URL: <Empty>
  2. Leave Signed Response unchecked.
    When the Signed Response checkbox is unchecked, only the assertion is signed. When the Signed Response checkbox is checked, the entire response is signed.
  3. The default Name ID is the primary email. Multi-value input is not supported. You can change the Name ID mapping as per your requirement. Custom attributes of the user schema can also be used after creating them via Google Admin SDK APIs. The custom attributes for the user schema need to be created prior to setting up the Workday SAML application. 
  4. Click Next.
  5. (Optional) Click Add new mapping and enter a new name for the attribute you want to map.
  6. In the drop-down list, first select the Category and then choose a User attribute to map the attribute from the Google profile.
  7. Click Finish.
Step 4: Enable the Workday app
  1. Sign in to your Admin console.
  2. Go to Apps SAML apps.
  3. Select Workday.
  4. At the top of the gray box, click More Settingsand choose:
    • On for everyone to turn on the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • Off to turn off the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • On for some organizations to change the setting only for some users.
  5. Ensure that your Workday user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 5: Verify that the SSO is working
  1. Open You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign in page.
  2. Enter your sign in credentials.
  3. After your sign in credentials are authenticated you will be automatically redirected back to Workday.
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