Aptitude Weekly Update: Jobvite, TMP, Yello, Google and IBM

It is the end of another exciting week in HCM technology with some major acquisitions, product announcements, and new partnerships. The recruitment marketing landscape is changing while AI continues to define technology decisions in 2019.

Below are some of the highlights from this week:

       K1 Investment Management (a private equity firm based out of Los Angeles) invested over $200 million in Jobvite. This funding will be used to acquire three distinct (and notably different) talent acquisition providers: Talemetry (Recruitment Marketing Platform), Rolepoint (Employee Referrals), and Canvas (Candidate Communication and Text). Each provider offers a unique set of products and capabilities that when (and if) integrated will provide one of the most robust talent acquisition suites available in the market. You can read my thoughts from Monday’s blog.

          TMP Acquires CKR Interactive. TMP Worldwide also announced the acquisition of CKR Interactive, an employer branding and recruitment marketing firm founded in 2001. This acquisition expands TMP’s market share in the recruitment marketing space and gives CKR Interactive access to more creative services and technology (through the TalentBrew platform).

         Yello Launches a New Interview Scheduling Product. Scheduling interviews is one of the greatest challenges facing talent acquisition professionals today. Ineffective scheduling can negatively impact recruiter productivity and the candidate experience. According to our recently survey, over 60% of companies have dedicated schedulers on their talent acquisition teams. Yello is helping companies manage the way interviews are scheduled with a new product that is powered by AI and can match and manage complicated schedules in one system.

          Hire by Google Expands in the US and Canada: In 2017, Google launched its Hire product in the US and began to expand its products in the talent acquisition market. This week it announced expansion in Canada and the UK. I am guessing we will continue to see global expansion and a possible move up market in the next year or two.

      IBM Announces Partnerships with Skillsoft and ServiceNow: I was at the IBM Think conference this week to learn more about AI, blockchain, automation and talent. I will post more from this event on Monday but two major announcements were IBM’s partnerships with ServiceNow and SkillSoft. These partnerships represent IBM’s commitment to areas like internal mobility and succession planning.

Have a great weekend!