IBM welcomes Kenexa: Combining Social Business and a Smarter Workforce
Colleen Burns 120000C4RP firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  smarter_workforce allistair_rennie acquisition ibmconnect kenexa social_business ibm_connect
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Today IBM announced the acquisition of Kenexa, a leading provider of recruiting and talent management solutions. IBM, a leader in social business, enterprise content management and business analytics, will work with Kenexa to build a rich employee work experience that combines human insights, talent management, and an industry-leading social business platform. This is a new market we are calling Smarter Workforce that will help our clients drive better business outcomes.
What does this mean for our customers?
The combined strengths of IBM and Kenexa are key differentiators at a time when organizations of all sizes are looking to increase workforce efficiencies and gain more insight from their rapidly expanding databases of socially generated information. By applying big data and analytics with enterprise social networks we can build solutions for a Smarter Workforce that fundamentally change the way people work.
In a recent study by the IBM Institute for Business Value, of more than 1,100 business executives , the percentage of companies looking to increase their social business capabilities is increasing rapidly; half of the companies surveyed increased their investments in social business in 2012, and two-thirds indicated they were going to increase their expenditures in the next two years. And this adoption of social business technology is contributing to the growth of big data and the need for analytics in the enterprise. A recent global IBM study revealed that 57 percent of CEO's identified social business as a top priority and more than 73 percent are making significant investments to draw insights into available data.
Our clients have told us, to remain competitive and grow , they must attract, enable and retain the right people and align their skills to outperform in the market. The Kenexa acquisition addresses this need. It adds robust recruiting and talent management capabilities, process outsourcing services and more than 25 years of human insights and behavioral science research to IBM’s portfolio. Now combined, IBM solutions for Smarter Workforce will help organizations achieve competitive differentiation and market leadership by combining talent management with social technology and analytics to transform business processes.
IBM firmly believes in the combined value of Social Business and a Smarter Workforce. In fact, you can read more about it in tomorrow's Wall Street Journal where IBM has dedicated a full page ad on the increasing value of social technology and what it means for you, your competitors and your clients.
If you or any of your clients are interested in learning more about IBM solutions for a Smarter Workforce and our Social Business offerings, I encourage you to join me at IBM Connect 2013 in Orlando. You'll hear from clients who will demonstrate how these solutions are driving remarkable business outcomes, and gain insight from experts about future capabilities and opportunities for your social business.
You can read the press release for more on the acquisition.