Roundup: Cornerstone Funds VR Provider; Nucleus Names HCM Leaders

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Cornerstone OnDemand led a $15 million Series B funding round in Talespin, and announced an ongoing partnership with the company to provide extended reality training solutions to customers. Through the partnership, the firms will develop technology and products, Talespin’s VR learning content will be made available to customers through Cornerstone’s products. Talespin’s Runway platform will also be integrated with Cornerstone’s LM.

Nucleus Research named Ceridian, Infor, Oracle, Paycor and Ultimate Software as HCM leaders in its 2020 HCM Value Matrix. The report evaluates HCM vendors based on their products’ usability, functionality and overall value.

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PeopleFluent released version 15.1 of its LMS. Included is a Rustici Engine integration, which provides database connectivity to supports the native course launcher within the platform. It also enables connection to Watershed LRS for analytics.

OutMatch received a majority investment from the PE firm Rubicon Technology Partners. The investment will help accelerate and expand its strategic acquisition roadmap and accelerate product innovation, the company said. 

Alight Solutions, a provider of benefits, payroll and cloud solutions, launched new data-driven platform that integrates with its UPoint HR and benefits portal, as well as its healthcare navigation solutions. The “hyper-personalized” tools provide employees with targeted alerts and guidance through multi-channel messages that adapt based on their actions.

Renhead announced a new suite of end-to-end workforce management solutions. The company said its Renhead VMS suite of procurement tools will help customers manage total spend using better insights into resource allocation and financial management.

The Access Group acquired CoreHR, a developer of HR and payroll software in the UK and Ireland. CoreHR’s mid-market and enterprise focus dovetails with Access Group’s recent acquisition of People, which offers similar solutions to small and medium-sized organizations.

Bluecrew launched Bluecrew Manager, a mobile app designed to help employers find and manage hourly W-2 workers. The app offers a dashboard that presents a current roster, worker status, the ability to request more workers and adjust schedules in real time.

SimpliFi rolled out a contingent workforce-management system for healthcare providers. ClariFi allows health systems to manage agency labor, float pool, international and per-diem workers through a single web application. It also provides real-time breakdowns of labor utilization and performance vs. budget across an entire health system.

ThinkHR said Carla Yudhishthu will become vice president of people operations. Previously she was of people & talent for BCG Platinion, a division of the Boston Consulting.

SilkRoad Technology promoted Lilith Christiansen to senior vice president, chief strategy and product officer. She’ll focus on developing the company’s growth plans and product innovation.

iWorkGlobal promoted Kafi Hauser to head of global marketing.  

Last Week’s Top Stories

Ultimate to Customers: ‘UltiPro Platform is Here to Stay and Grow’

Twelve days after announcing its imminent merger with Kronos Inc., Ultimate Software kicked off its 2020 users conference with a concerted effort to assure customers any resulting changes would be good changes. Read more.

New Products from Glint, BetterUp Personalize Development

Glint and BetterUp each launched features that emphasize personalization as a way to provide employees with a more engaging development experience. For Glint, it’s about feedback. For BetterUp, it’s about coaching. Read more.

Coronavirus Spread Hits HCM Vendors Sales Efforts First

While the wider technology industry has reported cutbacks in travel, event cancellations and mandates for employees to work from home, the coronavirus’s impact on the HCM technology space is still developing. Read more.

Better Together? Kronos and Ultimate Software

The soon-to-be-merged company is starting out with growth in mind: It plans to add 3,000 employees over the next three years. Listen here.

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