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Paylocity and iCIMS Expand Talent Offerings With Acquisitions, Beamery Launches Talent Data Platform and More HR Tech News

November 18, 2020 Digital Workplace
Mark Feffer
By Mark Feffer
Paylocity, a cloud payroll and HR software provider, acquired Samepage, a collaboration platform offering task management, screen sharing and other tools that corporate teams use to get their work done.

Coming less than two months after Paylocity incorporated video messaging capabilities, the deal highlights the Schaumburg, Ill., company’s intention to offer more dynamic solutions that address the needs of the remote and distributed workforce. Samepage has offices in Campbell, Calif., and the Czech Republic, and supports about 250,000 users.

Like a number of other HR technology vendors, Paylocity is hearing from users who want to consolidate tools and minimize switching between applications as they go about their work. The approach is similar to the one SAP is taking with its Work Zone for HR, which integrates business tools, information and communications into a single user experience.

In addition to video messaging, Paylocity added a number of features this year to help employers boost employee engagement. Among them were on-demand pay, social collaboration and a learning management system. Also, in April the company acquired VidGrid, a video platform that provides peer-to-peer learning.

iCIMS Continues Expansion With European Acquisition

Recruitment specialist iCIMS hasn't let slower hiring plans get in the way of its growth. The Holmdel, N.J.-based company acquired EasyRecrue, a Paris-based talent experience platform that includes video interviewing and digital assessment tools. Holmdel, N.J.-based iCIMS said the acquisition triples its global footprint and strengthens the capabilities of its Talent Cloud product, a key pillar of the company's strategy to extend its offerings beyond talent acquisition.

iCIMS introduced Talent Cloud in October. The platform brings its previously separate products into one place, offering employers an end-to-end solution for recruiting, hiring and employee development.

EasyRecrue has about 100 employees in EMEA, along with 400 customers. iCIMS said customers of the two companies will be able to integrate functionality between services, with EasyRecrue providing Talent Cloud users with live and on-demand video interviewing functionality, scheduling and customizable assessments.

OutMatch Acquires Evaluation Firm Checkster

Hiring specialist OutMatch has acquired Checkster, a Novato, Calif., provider of pre- and post-hire evaluations. The Dallas-based company will integrate Checkster’s reference-checking and post-hire analysis tools into its Talent Decision Platform.

OutMatch CEO Greg Moran said Checkster’s capabilities “[address] a critical inefficiency in the hiring process” by automating the collection of candidate references. At the same time, they’ll provide more data for OutMatch customers to use in identifying talent.

Checkster also helps users track job performance after employee onboarding, which OutMatch said will help companies more accurately measure the quality of each hire. In addition, Checkster’s tools can give employers a feel for how well new hires will fit into their organization.

Just three weeks ago, OutMatch acquired FurstPerson, a company focused on pre-hire simulations. FurstPerson’s tools complement OutMatch’s video interview capabilities as well as its broader assessments, which measure traits such as communication skills and motivation.

Beamery Launches New Data Platform

Beamery launched a new Talent Data Platform that uses graph technology and deep learning to provide more accurate talent insights.

The platform draws from more than 1 billion data points to create a first view of talent, the company said. Rather than focus on current performance alone, it provides an idea of a candidate’s potential as well as their aspirations and goals.

Beamery President and Co-Founder Sultan Saidov said that employers require “a foundational technology” in order to keep up with the changes taking place at work. “Companies need to be more agile, workforce planning needs to continuously adjust, and the candidate and employee experience needs to become dynamic,” he said. Accurate, high quality data is at the heart of any solution, the company said.

The Talent Data Platform de-duplicates, enhances and standardizes profiles to make sure data is accurate and complete, Beamery said. It also contextualizes data through a proprietary knowledge graph. Users can tailor interactions according to individual candidates, apply predictive data to workforce planning, improve talent matching and provide unified experiences for candidates, employees and recruiters.

Beamery, which has headquarters in London and San Francisco, launched its Talent Operating System in September 2019. The TOS was designed to centralize data, applications and talent operations in one place, and provide better tools to recruiters and an improved experience to candidates. In its latest announcement, the company said the data platform powers the TOS.

Hiring Platforms Integrate With Microsoft Teams

Phenom unveiled a new integration with Microsoft Teams designed to simplify communications between recruiters and hiring managers.

In a blog post, Ambler, Pa.-based Phenom said the integration will let recruiters and managers collaborate on sourcing and interviewing from within Teams, reducing the need for “context switching.” The integration also provides video interview scheduling and note capture. Employees can use it to search for open roles, refer jobs to family friends, get answers to HR questions and check the status of applications and referrals. In October, Phenom acquired My Ally, a company with automation geared toward interview scheduling.

Separately, video interview platform Talview released a new app for Microsoft Teams. The update allows interviewers to access all information needed to conduct discussions within the meeting itself rather than switching between solutions.

News Briefs

Udacity reached profitability and signed a $75 million debt facility, according to TechCrunch. The learning company’s growth has been driven by business and government demand for advanced technology skills. The company also announced that third quarter bookings increased 80% year over year.

Hibob added a compensation management module to its HR platform in a move to help employers evaluate and allocate their comp budgets. The module simplifies and automates pay allocation, including bonuses and equity awards, and allows multiple users to work on compensation and compliance tasks simultaneously.

SmartRecruiters acquired jobpal, an enterprise-grade chatbot provider that brings it into the world of recruitment process automation. The hiring platform provider said it will embed automation into “every step” of its recruiting workflow.

HR platform Rippling launched a professional employer organization targeting startups that need to hire remote workers. By shouldering administrative tasks such as business registration and employment matters such as benefits and insurance, the PEO simplifies hiring regardless of the worker’s location.

Users of the ATS ApplicantPro can now connect with video-screening platform Wedge through a new integration. The integration can be accessed without additional downloads, the companies said, and allows candidates to connect through any device.

People on the Move

Upwork appointed Sam Bright as chief product and experience officer. He comes from eBay, where he was vice president and general manager of verticals, with P&L responsibility for the company’s North American vertical business units. (Upwork)

Limeade said Larry Colagiovanni became chief technology officer, responsible for development and technical strategy. He joined Limeade as vice president of R&D in April. Before that, he was VP of marketing technology and general manager of eBay Seattle. (Limeade)

Isolved named James Norwood to be its chief marketing and strategy officer. He was previously executive vice president of strategy, chief of staff and CMO at Episerver, a digital experience platform. (isolved)

High-volume recruiting platform Heroes Jobs hired Daniel Sullivan to be vice president of sales and client success. He’s held positions at Monster and Professional Diversity Network. (PRWeb)

WorkStep, an employee lifecycle management platform that targets the industrial, logistics and transportation sectors, hired Rachel Bates as chief revenue officer. Bates had been senior vice president of sales and marketing at Workable. (PR Newswire)

Brent Skinner joined 3Sixty Insights as director and principal analyst of its HCM research practice. Most recently, he was a principal in Cornerstone OnDemand’s Global Thought Leadership & Advisory Services. (3Sixty Insights)


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