Roundup: Accenture Buys More Workday Consulting; JobDiva, Staffing Ninjas Hook Up

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Accenture will acquire Sierra-Cedar’s Workday, Salesforce and U.S. MuleSoft practices. The acquisition will strengthen Accenture’s position in the Workday ecosystem and broaden the services it offers to higher education and government organizations. Some 275 Sierra-Cedar professionals will join Accenture as part of the move.

JobDiva and Staffing Ninjas will integrate JobDiva’s ATS and TSN’s RPO. The partnership “will enable new ways to access skilled labor through innovation and training,” the companies said. As they develop their relationship, they added, they anticipate uncovering “new ways to rapidly and efficiently deliver high-quality IT Staffing.” We take that to mean they’ll explore developing products and services together.

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Beamery said its U.S. revenue increased by 115 percent during 2019, although it didn’t provide a specific total. However, the company did say it also doubled its U.S. headcount, with new hires focused primarily on Austin and San Francisco. The company also hired Kevin Blair away from IBM to become its vice president of talent strategy. He’ll be based in London.

Engagement solution Green Circle Life said it doubled its client base during 2019. Its SmartFHR platform is now being accessed by more than 500,000 users nationwide, the company said, and the user base has expanded from retail and healthcare employees to include workers at financial institutions, government entities, universities and hospitality companies.

Paralyzed Veterans of America announced PAVE Connect, a “virtual engagement initiative” designed to help veterans with disabilities find meaningful employment. An initiative of PVA’s employment program, PAVE Connect helps veterans without the time, means or ability to attend traditional employment or educational events.

Crosschq introduced a reference check integration with Slack, which it says will allow employers to quickly access and interact with reference information and reduce the time it takes to hire and onboard new workers.

Regalix launched Nytro, a sales enablement solution that brings together personalized content, contextual assessments and AI-based coaching with guided selling and analytics tools. The product provides a mix of HCM and operational tools that, the company said, will expedite hiring, deliver role-based content to aid in training and also provide contextual sales and guidance and proactive prospect engagement.

Justworks closed a $50 million Series E investment. Union Square Ventures and existing investor FirstMark Capital led the round, which brings the company’s total funding to $143 million.  

Learning technology company 1Huddle raised $5 million in Series A funding that will be used increase staffing and accelerate growth. The investment was led by Tribeca Venture Partners with Humbition, NRD Capital and Newark Venture Partners. 1 Huddle describes its products as “science-backed, quick-burst mobile games.”

LaborChart, a workforce management platform for the construction industry, received an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Five Elms Capital. The money will be used to increase hiring in sales, marketing and product development, and build out the company’s solutions.

Employee-wellness tool Zeamo launched Zeamo Rewards, which provides points to users for gym check-ins and co-worker referrals. Points can be redeemed for rewards such as resort and hotel discounts, event tickets and fitness apparel.

John Machado has become Ultimate Software’s chief technology officer. He had been the company’s senior vice president of development.

Brent Ferguson joined WorkHere as vice president of sales, a new position for the talent sourcing platform. Most recently, he was Monster’s vice president, major accounts and media alliances.

Docebo made several additions to its leadership team. Chris Bondarenko becomes vice president of sales, North America, while Stacy White takes on the sales VP role in EMEA. Meanwhile, Graeme Petrie was hired as global head of learning and support.

Jobcase appointed Arthur Thompson to be CTO. Previously, he was head of operations Wayfair.

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