Roundup: UKG Expands Partner Network; Degreed Raises $153M

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UKG said it now has more than 250 technology and services partners in its network and that, with its launch of UKG Marketplace, it has created one of the largest global partner ecosystems focused on HCM. The company said collaborations with iPaaS providers like  Cloud Elements and Workato will provide HR and IT teams with access pre-built connectors between UKG Pro and business systems within and outside of HR.

Degreed raised $153 million in Series D funding in a round led by Sapphire Ventures and Riverwood Capital. The company said the round pegs its current valuation at $1.4 billion. The funding will be used to accelerate product development, enhance data infrastructure, fuel global expansion and pursue strategic acquisitions, Degreed said. In addition, Dan Levin, former COO of Box will succeed  Chris McCarthy as CEO.

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Willis Towers Watson enhanced its survey participation portal to simplify salary-survey data submission and the review process for clients globally. The release also included an AI-based job matching assistant that automatically suggests matches between client jobs and WTW’s job taxonomy, helping users match jobs via an interactive online application.

BioSpace acquired MedReps, a career platform for medical sales roles. The company said the services of two firms complement each other. MedReps hosts a community of over 300,000 members who use the platform for medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech sales jobs.

GR8 People said it turned in “a strong first quarter performance” that demonstrated progress in customer gains, recognition and product development. The company recent launched intelligent automation, which puts lists of actionable talent in recruiters’ hands, and new integrations with HR technology providers including Zoom, ADP, Accurate Background and Ceridian/Dayforce.

Tech consulting firm West Monroe expanded its HCM services. The firm plans to more than double the size of the HCM practice by hiring dozens of professionals and evaluating acquisition targets. The company said the expansion will allow it to more holistically address demand for transformation services in digital, talent and the changing workplace.

iHire finalized its acquisition of WorkInSports, a job board for the sports industry. WorkInSports now officially operates as the 57th industry-focused community in iHire’s family of talent brands.

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