Roundup: Kronos Has New Partner Program, Grovo Deals With ADP

A roundup of deals, product announcements and other news from the HCM technology community.

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HCM Technology Report News RoundupKronos launched a “Workforce Dimensions Technology Partner Program” to assist partner companies leverage the Kronos D5 platform. The business said the program “will enhance the ability of employees and managers to work their way, completing important tasks in their natural workspaces” such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Google Calendar and Workplace by Facebook.

Microlearning company Grovo released an integration with ADP’s Marketplace. Using it, ADP clients can deliver targeted, learning directly to employees and teams, allowing HR professionals at small and medium-sized businesses to more easily take advantage of L&D content. Offerings include training on employee onboarding, leadership development, unconscious bias and compliance.

Dell Boomi unveiled an “Onboarding Solution Accelerator” designed to help companies more quickly integrate new employees and effectively support them beginning on their first day of work. The aim is to “drive rapid and effective employee onboarding, resulting in better experiences and faster time to employee-effective-productivity,” the company said. The Accelerator enables integration of processes and workflows from across the organization. Prebuilt dashboards, workflows, connectivity and data models can be used to automate end-to-end onboarding.

CareerChain, which calls itself “the first open, industry standard for sharing career histories,” launched Bizzy, a platform designed to allow candidates to enter their resume in one place for distribution to participating job boards and employers. Built on blockchain, Bizzy was created by CareerBuilder co-founder Andrew Evans and Ray Gibson, his partner at recruiting software company StartMonday. While CareerChain remains in the process of fundraising, Gibson said the idea is being well-received by job sites, agencies and HR professionals.

Nashville’s Applied Health Analytics released a video-based LMS as part of its bIQ technology suite. The LMS consolidates multiple solutions and interfaces employed by health systems to engage their employees, local employers and workers with online learning that will prepare them for use cases such as post-hire regulatory and OSHA compliance and HR Management.

BetterUp, an online platform that provides one-to-one coaching for employees at all levels, launched BetterUp Labs to conduct research aiming “to help people thrive as human beings and, in so doing, optimize their workplace performance and help their companies grow.” Goofy language aside, BetterUp plans to invest $15 to $20 million in the effort over five years. According to Forbes, BetterUp has raised a total of $39 million from investors.

HR software and payroll platform Rise People will partner with Cowan Insurance Group to deliver an integrated HR and insurance solution to Canadian businesses. Launched in 2017, Rise People’s national partner program combines HR technology with advice from Canadian insurance consulting and advisory firms. The companies said the partnership allows Cowan to bundle its insurance and people solutions with an HR platform in order to eliminate redundancies while improving employee satisfaction.

Inquiries Screening, an Easton, Md., provider of biometric ID management and background screening solutions has partnered with fingerprinting service SureID to offer an end-to-end fingerprint solution tailored for government agencies.

Absorb Software, which develops cloud-based learning and performance management software for the corporate and higher education markets, has opened new offices in the U.S., Australia and China. The Calgary-based company last year received a $59 million investment from Silversmith Capital Partners.

Digital HR Tech launched the Digital HR Academy, an online package of self-paced course, simple access to instructors and a digital community of HR professionals. The company’s also looking for subject matter experts to be contributors. Learn more about that here.

HCM Finance

Tech-focused private equity firm Vista Equity Partners will invest an undisclosed amount in iCIMS. Recently, iCIMS acquisition of mobile recruiting technology provider TextRecruit, strategic partnerships with ADP and Ultimate Software, and key hires within its executive team.

Austin-based Alchemy Systems has been acquired by Intertek Group plc from the Riverside Company. Terms weren’t disclosed. Alchemy said its training products have been deployed across the food and retail sectors for use by 3 million frontline employees at 50,000 locations. Customers include Kellogg’s, Ocean Spray, Shake Shack, Home Depot and Macy’s.

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners invested in Iowa-based BirdDogHR. CEO Todd Skokan and the rest of BirdDog’s management team will remain in place. PSG has an “overall platform strategy” it calls Arcoro, which includes BirdDogHR and time & attendance solutions provider ExakTime under one family name. The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed.

Gusto, a small-business payroll, benefits and HCM technology platform raised $140 million in a Series C funding round. Investors include portfolios managed by T. Rowe Price MSD Capital Dragoneer Investment Group and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.

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