Roundup: Ultimate Launches ‘Giving’ Module; WTW Adds ‘Reinvention’ Tool

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Ultimate Software released UltiPro Giving, a solution that facilitates corporate and employee giving. Available to UltiPro customers at no charge, the module both formal campaigns and one-off donations through automatic deductions from employees’ pay. HR administrators can create, schedule and distribute campaigns to their workforce through UltiPro and its mobile app.

Willis Towers Watson released WorkVue, an AI-driven software product meant to help organizations “reinvent jobs” to keep up with business changes. Based on the company’s Reinventing Jobs methodology, WorkVue allows companies to deconstruct jobs, evaluate work alternatives and reconfigure tasks into new roles.

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GuideSpark announced the beta launch of Communicate Messages, which offers immediate notification of change-related messages and content. The tool allows customers to respond to real-time events with ad hoc communications, then tracks them with analytics. 

Ascentis announced Ascentis CarePoint add-ons, which provide organizations with touch-free way to screen their employees’ health throughout the workday. The device’s thermal sensor integrates with Ascentis NT8000 time clocks to provide touchless temperature reading, and equips organizations with a range of voice-command actions.

Alvius, which runs the talent-matching platform TalentPool, acquired UK Startup Jobs for an undisclosed sum as part of its growth and expansion plans. Founded in 2011, UK Startup Jobs is a community of 10,000 job seekers.

ServiceMax and Krios announced a global job board centered in field-service professionals. The ServiceMax Field Service Finder is designed to help organizations find qualified workers for both full-time and short-term roles.

Cognizant will acquire Collaborative Solutions, a privately-held consultancy that focuses on Workday enterprise applications for finance and HR. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, but other details weren’t disclosed.   

Workforce Insight and Align HCM partnered to offer Kronos and Ultimate Software customers end-to-end HCM and workforce management consulting implementation services. Workforce Insight is a certified Kronos Services Partner, while Align HCM is a certified services partner for Ultimate. Align President Maher El-Abdallah said the partnership will offer “the most holistic range of solutions to our clients.”

eLearning Brothers acquired Trivantis and Edulence. Trivantis provides a rapid authoring tool, Lectora, and a virtual reality course builder, CenarioVR. Edulence offers an LMS Knowledgelink. eLearning Brothers said the combination will create “a unique learning ecosystem.”

Barcelona-based HR management platform Factorial completed a Series A round of about $16 million. The company will use the funds to develop new functionality to support medium-sized employers as they transition their processes to the digital world.

VNDLY, a cloud-based workforce management systems provider, received $8.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Madrona Venture Group, and brings the company’s external funding total to $57.5 million.

BambooHR appointed Amy Frampton as Head of Marketing. Previously, she was vice president of product marketing at Smartsheet, and also held marketing and executive positions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft.

Stephan Scholl became CEO of Alight Solutions. Between 2010 and 2018, he was an executive at Infor, serving as president from 2012 on. 

Last Week’s Top Stories

Mid-Market Layoffs Push Namely to Cut Workforce

Namely, an HR platform focused on the needs of mid-sized employers, has laid off more than 40 percent of its workforce. The departures include the company’s CFO, chief security officer and the entire customer success team. Read more.

Kronos, Ultimate Release Tools to Help Manage COVID-19 Response

Newly merged Kronos and Ultimate Software introduced features to their respective products to help customers track and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Read more.

CFOs Grow Increasingly Cautious About Reopening Workplaces

CFOs seem to be more cautious about reopening their businesses than many governors are about reopening their states. As some jurisdictions contemplate lifting stay-at home orders and encourage companies to open their doors, corporate leaders see the path to recovery as being increasingly complex, lengthy and expensive. Read more.

Podcast: Ultimate’s Cecile Alper-Leroux on Employees’ Post-COVID Expectations

“How employers actually reacted in the initial phases of this crisis, will actually have a lot to do with what the world of work will look like because I can’t think about the world of work without first thinking about the people.” Listen here.

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