Social Tools Collide with Talent Management Software

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  • Great post, Josh. Social definitely needs to be on the roadmaps for any serious HR tech vendor. I recently spoke with a 3000-employee company who was shopping for social performance management. They’re currently using Salesforce, so reviewed Rypple first. They decided to hold off on buying, as integration wasn’t up to their standards (single sign-on is the biggest complaint their CIO gets).

    I’m inclined to believe that a large part of SilkRoad’s successful integration of social throughout their line of products is due to the fact that they’ve grown their product organically. What do you think would be the smarter approach for vendors bolstering social functionality? Internal development, or acquisition of existing tools?

    • joshbersin

      Yes internal development is usually better – but in many cases (ie. Peoplefluent acquiring SocialText) a vendor can acquire a toolset and jumpstart their efforts. Many of the older tools in the market have legacy architectures, and it’s not that hard to build many social features.. so I think the days of the social tools being bought up by bigger vendors is starting to come to an end.