Author: joshbersin

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Instructure Sells Bridge (LMS) For $50M to Learning Technologies Group

I don’t often write about M&A transactions unless they’re strategic but this one points out an important topic. In the complex, competitive market for HR and learning solutions (it is the reddest of “red oceans” out there), companies have to focus on sales, marketing, and positioning to succeed.

Here’s the back story. Instructure... Read more»

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What’s Going On At BetterUp? Now Valued At $1.7 Billion.

BetterUp, a company known for its coaching network and AI assessment and development tools, just raised an additional $125 Million and is now valued at $1.73 Billion. This makes the company roughly two-thirds the valuation of CornerstoneOnDemand, a business with nearly a billion dollars in recurring revenue.

What’s up here?

Well BetterUp is a ... Read more»

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Feeling Burned Out? We All Are. Why This Is A New (And Old) Problem

Burnout is one of the biggest topics in the new world of work. In fact, it’s almost a fad to talk about it. People are tired, we have “zoom fatigue,” and last year the World Health Organization actually classified burnout as a disease.

What is burnout?  According to the WHO it includes ... Read more»

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Elevating Equity and Diversity: The Challenge Of The Decade

This week we launch a year-long study of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in business and the results are disappointing. After billions of dollars invested in DEI training, tools, tech, and HR strategies, we haven’t moved the needle very far. In some respects, we’ve come a long way, but as our research discovered, only ... Read more»

The Massive Market Impact of Microsoft Viva

Today Microsoft introduced an offering that is likely to transform the market for enterprise software: Microsoft Viva, a digital platform built on Microsoft 365 designed for the Employee Experience. Developed over several years and integrated with Microsoft Teams, Viva is an Employee Experience Platform carefully architected to leverage a company’s investment in existing ... Read more»

workday

Workday Throws Down The Gauntlet On Employee Engagement: Acquisition of Peakon

The market for employee surveys, feedback, and engagement tools is massive and it just got bigger. Workday announced plans to acquire Peakon, an enterprise-grade employee survey and feedback company, and integrate it deeply into the platform. (Deal was around $700M.)

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Let me give you some perspective.

The market for employee listening platforms is ... Read more»

employee experience

Excellence In Employee Experience: What Works? Join The Crusade.

Help us find the answers! 

Employee experience is a red hot topic.  While many organizations are striving to become “irresistible” to employees, it’s important to know what’s hype and what really matters. So we’ve decided to conduct a massive research study.

This survey will step you through your company’s end-to-end EX strategy and help ... Read more»

employee experience

The Crusade For Employee Experience: How Did We Get Here?

Employee Experience has become a crusade. Every HR and IT department is focused on it, and the marketplace has exploded. In fact, if you total up the tools spent on surveys, feedback, case management, knowledge management, and portals it’s well over a $15 Billion market today, and it leverages more than $200 billion in training, ... Read more»

HR Predictions 2021

HR Predictions for 2021: Transformation At Scale

After a long and wild pandemic year, it’s time to talk about 2021. And I think it’s going to be amazing.

Last year we redesigned our products, services, and offerings to be digital, safe, and delivered with “low touch.” We refocused our leadership on empathy, growth, and change. And we took care of our ... Read more»

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Remote Work Has Arrived, But It’s Not Quite As Great As We Hoped

We’ve had almost a year of remote work, and the transformation has been amazing. Today, among those who can, 71% of Americans  work from home most of the time, 87% say they have excellent tools, and employees are roughly as engaged as they were before the Pandemic.

But there is a huge gap... Read more»

Work Is Still Work

After more than 40 years, Work isn’t as different as we think it is.

Every day I get up early and read my emails, and sure enough, there are at least ten messages from magazines, authors, book publishers, or consultants about “the future of work” or “the end of work” or “the new world of ... Read more»

IBM

The Evolving Role Of IBM In The HR Marketplace

As we enter 2021 and look at all radical changes in work, technology, and HR, it’s time to reflect on where we are. The world is responding to the Pandemic, technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and we are literally reinventing the workplace in real-time.

As I wrote about in the HR Technology 2021 ... Read more»

Oracle

Oracle Cloud HCM Gaining Momentum. Perseverance Pays Off

Oracle has been in the HR software business a long time. The company had its original Oracle e-Business suite for years, then acquired both Taleo (recruiting) and PeopleSoft, and now has thousands of customers running it’s core HR and payroll software. When Workday and SuccessFactors launched their cloud strategies in the late 2000s, Oracle pivoted ... Read more»