Roundup: AllyO Saw Strong 2019; Skedulo Partners With Kronos, Zendesk

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AllyO said annual recurring revenue more than tripled during 2019, and that 97 percent of its customers renewed their contracts. The company’s customer base nearly doubled, as did each one’s annual spend. AllyO said it’s helped employers connect with 3.2 million candidates and employees to date, schedule 300,000 interviews and exchange 75 million messages.

Skedulo announced partnerships with Kronos and Zendesk. The company said it will be the first mobile workforce management tool available through the Zendesk Marketplace, extending its customer experience platform to reach service providers in the field. The integration with Kronos’s Workforce Dimensions will provide joint customers with real-time data sharing between the two solutions.

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ThinkHR launched now allows employers to upload custom content and create a learning experience that’s specific to their industry or requirements. The new functionality uses the company’s Learn LMS to manage, assign and chronicle learning in a single repository.

Text-recruiting platform Emissary partnered with Greenhouse. The integration allows Greenhouse customers to text candidates from anywhere inside of the platform or any web page where a phone number is listed.  

Clear Review, a UK performance management technology provider, rolled out a platform extension to link employee engagement with performance development. The new tool is designed to craft smart “nudges” that feed into ongoing performance and well-being conversations.  

Branier’s learning content will be available to users of BullseyeEngagement’s talent development portal through a partnership between the companies. Bullseye said access to learning content will enable it to “further facilitate” a company’s talent development efforts.

Udemy closed $50 million in Series E funding, giving the company a $2 billion valuation. The investment was made by the company’s long-time partner in Japan, Benesse Holdings. The company plans to expand its San Francisco headquarters and grow its offices in Denver, Dublin, Sao Paulo,  Ankara and Gurgaon, India.   

LMS provider Absorb Software said it will relocate its headquarters to the new TELUS Sky tower in downtown Calgary. The company signed a multi-year lease for 80,000 square in the 60-story building, which is expected to open at the end of this month.

Steve Lucas will become CEO of iCIMS on March 2. He joins the company from Marketo, where he oversaw the company’s sale to Adobe in 2018. Previously, he held leadership roles at SAP and Safesforce.

C5 Capital appointed Linda Zecher as operating partner. She also joins C5 Capital’s board and C5 Accelerate, the investment firm’s global accelerator, as chairperson.

Culture Amp hired Aubrey Blanche to be global head of equitable design & impact. Blanche will work closely with company leadership and Equitable Design & Impact Lead Steven Huang to help Culture Amp create a more inclusive experience for its employee and customers.

Accurate Background appointed David Wheeler as chief legal counsel. For the last four years, Wheeler worked as Accurate’s outside corporate counsel with the law firm Latham & Watkins.

Dan Goldsmith will step down as CEO of Instructure on March 6. The Company will form an office of the CEO to lead the business until a successor can be named.  

Paycor hired Chuck Mueller as its first chief revenue officer. He had been executive vice president of Fleetcor, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial payment solutions.

Last Week’s Top Stories

Podcast: ADP’s Mark Chamberlain on the Public Cloud’s Complexities and Opportunities

“I think that when you look at everything that the cloud has to offer, I think that there’s a lot of companies that sort of get lost with the amount of opportunity, and sometimes don’t know where to start. My suggestion a lot of times is to start small.” Listen here.

Ultimate Software, Kronos to Merge

Kronos CEO Aron Ain will become chief executive officer and chairman of the combined company. All together, the business will have revenues of approximately $3 billion, more than 12,000 employees world-wide, and an enterprise value of $22 billion. It said further plans for growth include the hiring of 3,000 employees over the next three years. Read more.

New HireVue Feature Takes Aim at Code Test Cheating

HireVue, the provider of video-interview and assessment tools, released a new version of its CodeVue product that help technology managers and recruiters uncover cheating in pre-hire coding tests. Read more.

AI Will Spur Creation of Ethics Groups Within HR, Analyst Says

Ethics will move to the center of HR technology discussion during 2020, with “the first conversations” beginning around the idea that “every HR department needs an ethics organization,” said John Sumser, principal analyst at HRExaminer. Read more.

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