summer landscape: Image credit pixabay/jpeterConference season is upon us and Smartsheet made some major announcements at Engage last week. Deltek also published its annual government contracting report. More conferences are due this week. Precisely is running Trust 21 across three days starting on Tuesday 15th in the Americas.

Pick of the week

Following the merger of Skillsoft and Churchill Capital Corp II and acquisition of Global Knowledge, it announced a new leadership team.

Jeffrey Tarr, Skillsoft’s incoming Chief Executive Officer, commented: Skillsoft’s new executive leadership team brings together outside executives with the Company’s current talented leaders who have been instrumental in guiding Skillsoft’s success to date. I look forward to working closely with this world-class team as we advance Skillsoft’s ambition to help companies build a future-fit workforce, skilled and ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

“We see significant opportunities ahead to capitalize on the rapidly growing demand for corporate digital learning to drive profitable growth in the business and create value for all Skillsoft stakeholders.”

The team includes:

  • Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Sarah Hilty, Chief Legal Officer
  • Ryan Murray, Chief Accounting Officer and interim Chief Financial Officer
  • Mark Onisk, Chief Content Officer
  • Apratim Purakayastha, Chief Technology Officer
  • Eric Stine, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Richard Walker, Chief Corporate Strategy and Development Officer and President, SumTotal

Acquisitions and Funding

Access Legal, part of The Access Group, has acquired an integrated cloud IT services provider, Oosha. It also completed the acquisition of Select Legal, a specialist provider of legal software to UK law firms.

Cleo Communications (“Cleo” or the “Company”), a global provider of ecosystem integration software solutions, has received a significant investment from an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global alternative investment firm with $44 billion of equity capital under management. Terms were not disclosed.

IFS completed its acquisition of Service Management provider Axios.

JCurve Solutions has acquired Creative Quest, a full-service digital marketing agency in the Philippines.

Visma has acquired Kontek, a Swedish company that specialises in cloud-based solutions and services covering the entire payroll process.


Ceridian has appointed Bill McDonald as Executive Vice President and General Counsel effective July 1, 2021.

Conga appointed Eric Salava as Chief Revenue Officer and promoted Koti Reddy to Chief Technology Officer.

Seismic appointed Heather Cook as Vice President, Asia-Pacific

SYSPRO USA has appointed Brian Goodman as Chief Customer Officer.

UKG announced that employment attorney and HR professional Kate Bischoff has joined its distinguished board of advisors.


Aptean has launched its Food and Beverage ERP Partner Program in the United States and plans to extend it to Canada, Brazil and Mexico. This follows a successful launch across Europe, LATAM and APAC, where it added 50 new partners.

Ataccama and Viamedicia signed a global partnership to deliver AI-powered data management solutions to customers around the globe.

Katana has rebranded as it looks to attract larger manufacturers to its ERP solution.

N-Able launched MarketBuilder, a platform that provides MSPs with campaigns to quickly and easily brand and use in their sales and marketing programs.

Newgen Software, a global provider of low code digital transformation platform, has announced that the Indian patent office has granted a patent (No. 367606) for an invention titled “Online Collaborative Signing of Documents.”

OneStream Software and PwC Romania announced they have entered into a strategic alliance for the Romanian market.

Oracle has further expanded its commitment to the UK Government with the update of an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Oracle, as well as a new commitment to enhance Oracle’s Government Centre of Excellence.

Procore announced its expansion into Southeast Asia (ASEAN), with a sales, marketing, product implementation and customer success team based in Singapore.

QAD has signed a system integrator agreement with JK Tech. JK Tech is a global IT consulting company offering customized software development and IT services.

Qlik announced the next generation of its award-winning Data Literacy program to help drive the data fluency needed for a world witnessing continued digital acceleration.

Sage has welcomed two new applications for accountants to the Sage Marketplace. Clarity: a business advisory platform and Silverfin, a compliance and advisory solution.

Syniti partnered with smartShift and Natuvion to complement the RISE with SAP for SAP S/4HANA adoption.

Talend has worked with Snowflake and is offering Talend Trust Score for Snowflake leverages Snowpark to immediately assess and improve data accuracy inside a Snowflake environment, delivering quality data and helping companies drive quicker business decisions.


Huddersfield-based Major Recruitment Ltd is implementing a comprehensive suite of recruitment technology, including Access Recruitment CRM, Access Screening and Access Pay and Bill.

Seattle-based vinyl cutter supplier USCutter is powering its multi-channel operations with Brightpearl and BigCommerce.

Two members of the HESS Consortium have committed to Ellucian. Spartanburg Methodist College will modernize its technology operations with Ellucian cloud solutions for the first time. Shenandoah University will also migrate its Colleague ERP environment to the cloud.

The City of Coral Gables, Florida, has selected Infor applications to streamline financials, supply management and human capital management. It will also deploy Infor analytics.

JCurve Solutions will assist Flash Coffee with the rollout of its ERP solution across Asia.

Adera Development Corporation, a pioneer in sustainable mass timber construction, has chosen Procore as its construction management platform.

Volta Trucks will implement QAD Adaptive ERP and other QAD Adaptive Applications solutions, including QAD EQMS (Enterprise Quality Management System), QAD DynaSys DSCP (Digital Supply Chain Management), QAD Sourcing and QAD Supplier Management.

The Australian Government Department of Health is leveraging Qlik’s technology to deliver data analytics capabilities in support of the Department’s reporting of COVID-19 related information to key stakeholders.

Ardent Health Services has chosen Qualtrics to transform and elevate the experiences of both patients and health care workers.

HESTA, one of Australia’s largest industry superannuation funds, has selected TechnologyOne’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform to help manage key finance operations.

Sierra7, a premier healthcare services and IT consulting firm that works with various major federal and state government agencies, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, has gone live with Unanet’s ERP solution.

Golden Lane Housing has selected Unit4 ERP and FP&A solutions to provide a future proof digital platform to streamline operations and transform the way it plans and manages projects.

Workday revealed that 1,800 customer deployments were completed in its fiscal year 2021 (Feb. 1, 2020-Jan. 31, 2021). They included Alight Solutions, Flinders University, GE, Hong Kong Broadband Network, John Lewis Partnership, Nebraska Medicine, and Prisma Health.


Aprimo announced a new marketing calendar that brings broader functionality and additional capabilities to its content operations platform. The Aprimo Marketing Calendar adds an actionable, flexible layer to its work management solution. It will provide marketers with a single, comprehensive view of all projects in production, in flight, and in market.

Asana unveiled updates to its platform. They include enabling people to reduce meetings with Video Messaging powered by Vimeo. They can prioritize their work with intelligent My Tasks. Create time for focus with Clockwise’s smart calendar assistant, and quiet notifications with the Asana desktop app.

BigTime Software announced its June release. The update includes minor updates to the core PSA solution, reporting, and an enhanced HubSpot integration.

BlueConic launched an online tool that provides a ‘readiness score’ based on data confidence, access, and utility, along with detailed steps for how companies can prepare to move away from third-party data.

Domo rolled out its new Domo Everywhere offering that updates components of its existing embedded analytics solutions and makes available new capabilities to deliver a more powerful experience for organizations to improve customer experiences and create new revenue streams leveraging Domo’s powerful platform. Domo Business Cloud also now supports Snowpark, the new developer experience for Snowflake, the Data Cloud Company.

Esker has added new functionality within its Procure-to-Pay solution to fight against bank transfer fraud, integrating the French Lyon-based FinTech Sis ID technologies.

Informatica announced tighter integrations with its Intelligent Data Management Cloud and Snowflake, the Data Cloud Company, to advance ELT capabilities and offer native support for Snowflake’s Java User Defined Functions (UDF) to enterprise customers.

IRIS unveiled its Accountancy Suite Spring 2021 release. It includes enhancements to:

  • streamline and reduce errors in business tax submissions
  • simplify tax reporting for support loans and grants
  • make billing clients quicker and easier

MineralTree announced the addition of new integrated analytics and interactive visualization tool to its software platform. The offering unlocks valuable insights into AP workflows, payments optimization, cash flow, and security.

Phenom launched Phenom Mentoring — a new Employee Experience product that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to connect employees and experienced leaders seeking a mentor-mentee relationship.

Planful launched “Predict: Signals,” the first of a range of product releases in the Planful Predict portfolio, a suite of native artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) products that will be released in 2021 and beyond.

Procore announced enhancements to its Preconstruction solutions at its annual summit. Based on the solution it acquired from Esticom in October 2020, it includes estimating and takeoff functionality.

Qualtrics revealed four new solutions to help B2B and B2C organizations accelerate innovation across their digital channels. The solutions are Web UX Optimization, In-App Experience Optimization, E-Commerce Experience Optimization and Digital Journey Optimization.

Ramco Systems launched Self Explaining Payslip, a smart, AI-based service that lets employees seek explanations of their compensation and payslip component.

A new version of REaD Group self-service data management platform REaD Online is now available.

Salesforce announced Corporate and Investment Banking for Financial Services Cloud, new technology to help bankers and deal teams deepen relationships with clients, manage deal interactions on one platform and compliantly collaborate and share sensitive information relevant to a deal.

Syncari added powerful workflow automation capabilities to its all-in-one solution for marketing, sales, and revenue teams.

ThoughtSpot, the Modern Analytics Cloud company, announced support for Snowpark, the new developer experience for Snowflake, the Data Cloud Company.

Tipalti announced Tipalti multi-entity with capabilities that will make it easier for companies with global subsidiaries to seamlessly and securely manage their accounts payable data and processes at the entity level while also simplifying foreign exchange and currency management requirements.

Workday announced plans to deliver Workday Payroll for Australia and Workday Payroll for Germany. Early adopters of Workday Payroll for Australia and Germany are expected to begin deployments in the calendar year 2023.


Pipedrive revealed new data suggesting that lead generation and management automation tools secure up to 4x more qualified leads and increase deal close rates by +25%. The findings come from the recently released Global State of Sales survey of more than 1,700 sales professionals. It also showed that the pandemic made prospecting harder. About half of respondents (45%) regularly or usually struggle to find enough sales leads.

Workday released the initial findings of its European Survey, “The Employee Outlook: Understanding Employee Sentiment and Priorities Across Europe”, that reveals European workers are worried about the impact the pandemic is having on their careers. Key highlights of the survey include:

  • Employees remain positive about leadership through uncertain times. Leaders in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK viewed most favourably by employees
  • 44% in the UK, Spain, and Italy report they have missed opportunities to gain new responsibilities and skills
  • 26% of employees believe they have lost opportunities to develop their career
  • 47% of 18-34 year-olds are concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on their workplace opportunities

Xero released findings from a new survey uncovering some of the unwelcome consequences of running a small business, with the majority of small business leaders (81%) saying it’s taking away from their personal lives. Small business leaders are:

  • Under-romanced, 39% of singles are unable to remember the last time they went on a date
  • Under-holidayed, 53% of respondents sacrificing a family holiday for their business
  • Under-rested, small business leaders are collectively missing out on more than eight million hours of sleep each week.


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