IBM has joined a who’s who of enterprise technology and consulting companies at HR Tech Europe next week in Amsterdam. The team and I are also very grateful for their endorsement and support in sponsoring our iHR Awards for Tech Start-ups at the end fo the first day. iHR 2012 will be hosted at the RAI Amsterdam at 5pm on 25th October (next thursday preceding over 50 dinners and cocktail party celebrations!). Last year we thought it would be great idea to give a voice to young and sometimes struggling start-ups in what everyone knows is an ultra competitive space, for all involved it has been very rewarding. IBM of course joins a wave of enterprise technology companies with a $1.3bn deal to acquire Kenexa, cloud computing recruitment company and also platinum sponsor at this year’s event.
IBM plans to combine its existing social business capabilities with Kenexa’s talent management software and consulting services to help IBM offer its customers what Alistair Rennie, manager of IBM’s social business division, calls the tools to build “an end-to-end social business”.
IBM said 57 per cent of chief executives polled in a recent study it conducted identified social business as a top priority. “Every company, across every business operation, is looking to tap into the power of social networking to transform the way they work, collaborate and out-innovate their competitors,” Mr Rennie said. While IBM said the deal was primarily about extending its push into the social business market, the proposed deal also takes the tech group into the applications software market – and specifically the web-based talent management and recruitment segment of the human resources software market, which has also seen a flurry of activity recently.
Creating a Smarter Workforce: Companies are empowering their people, really their ecosystem, of employees, partners, suppliers, and other extended members to create positive disruption within and outside their organization. By aligning their culture and strategy to embrace social business, they can build a socially empowered workforce that surpasses silos and connects people to each other and the information they need, whenever, wherever, and however they need it. Expertise is built and shared easily, teams come together around opportunities instantly, and intelligent decisions are made more rapidly. By creating a smarter workforce, organizations are able to unleash innovation and leverage the collective intelligence of their people leading to better products and services for their customers, and improved and more effective processes within the company. A smarter workforce also leads to more delighted customers as processes and products are improved. With social business, social is how business gets done.
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