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Recruiting platforms see large VC investments

Recruiting platforms have long been a leader in the HR venture capital market and this year seem to be attracting some big funding rounds.

Recruiting platform Greenhouse recently received $50 million in new funding, and Hired recently received $30 million. Earlier this year, Scout Exchange gained $100 million in funding. Applicant-tracking systems and recruiting platforms typically lead the HR market in venture capital funding, industry analysts have reported.

These platforms each approach the problem of recruiting in different ways, and their methods illustrate the complexity of filling jobs with high-quality candidates.

With its latest funding round, Greenhouse, a recruiting platform and applicant-tracking system provider, has now raised $110 million. Raising $100 million or more is not unusual for recruiting platforms.

Greenhouse believes recruiting is a companywide responsibility, and its platform is built with this approach in mind, said Daniel Chait, CEO of Greenhouse, based in New York. Recruiting “involves everyone in the company, every single day,” doing all kinds of things, such as interviewing and finding candidates, he said. The Greenhouse platform uses data to help consider candidates “in a fair and objective way,” and to ensure a good candidate experience, he said.

Employees don’t like interviewing job candidates

Recruiting platform Greenhouse recently received $50 million in new funding, and Hired recently received $30 million. Earlier this year, Scout Exchange gained $100 million in funding.

Preparing employees to take part in candidate interviews is an important aspect of Greenhouse’s platform, Chait said. It provides all the people conducting the interview with all the available information on the candidate, but also helps users develop questions to ask the candidates.

“Employees generally don’t like doing interviews. They are stressful, and they don’t know what questions to ask,” he said.

Scout Exchange runs a marketplace recruiting platform that matches recruiters with job searches based on their expertise and “their actual track record of filling positions,” said Ken Lazarus, CEO of Scout, based in Boston.

Scout enables employers to tap into one or more recruiters with the best record for filling a particular type of job, Lazarus said.

Meanwhile, Hired has a created a talent pool and the technology to help match candidates with employers. If an employer believes a candidate has the right skills, they will send an interview request to the candidate. The firm said it has raised more than $130 million to date.

Setting the right salary level

Knowing what to pay candidates helped to drive Salary.com’s just-announced acquisition of Compdata Surveys & Consulting.

Salary.com gets its compensation data from surveys purchased from other providers, as well as what it gathers in its own surveys. The acquisition of Compdata, which is predominantly a survey firm, gives Salary.com the platform, analytics and the data it needs, said Alys Scott, chief marketing officer at Salary.com, based in Waltham, Mass., although the firm will still buy some third-party surveys.

The low unemployment rate and retirements of baby boomers is putting pressure on firms to have good compensation models, Scott said. The “No. 1 motivator” around retaining, attracting and engaging talent is compensation, she said.

Gartner UC Magic Quadrant ranking belies Avaya’s challenges

Avaya has regained its position as a market leader in Gartner’s annual rankings of unified communications vendors, after being dropped from the list amid bankruptcy last year. But the vendor will likely struggle to keep pace with Microsoft and Cisco in the years ahead, analysts said.

Avaya’s return to the leadership quadrant in the 2018 Gartner UC Magic Quadrant report is a positive development for the company as it tries to reassure customers that new leadership and a cloud-first strategy will lead to long-term financial stability.

But IT buyers should be careful not to read too much into Avaya’s latest Gartner ranking. The vendor lost its leadership spot because it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2017 — and it regained the honor this year mostly because those proceedings are now finished, according to a co-author of the Gartner UC Magic Quadrant. 

“Overall, they are looking in better shape financially,” said Steve Blood, analyst at Gartner. “What they can’t shake off yet, though, is that they did have years of underinvestment in product.”

Avaya has gotten more aggressive in building out its cloud portfolio and investing in AI technologies over the past year, acquiring the cloud contact center vendor Spoken Communications and launching a partner program for AI developers. The vendor is “moving in the right direction,” Blood said.

But Avaya still has work to do to convince businesses of the value of its relatively new cloud products, such as Avaya Equinox and Avaya Oceana, Blood said. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Cisco have continued to expand upon a “huge” product and execution advantage over Avaya and Mitel, the other top-ranked vendor in the Gartner UC Magic Quadrant.

Avaya looks to move past bankruptcy, achieve growth

Some channel partners that had previously sold only Avaya products decided to pursue partnerships with competing vendors amid the financial uncertainty in 2017 — a weakness highlighted in the Gartner UC Magic Quadrant.

For the most part, however, Avaya’s sizable customer base seems comfortable with the company’s position right now, a testament in part to how transparent Avaya was with them during the bankruptcy proceedings, said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research in Westminster, Mass.

“Now they are in a position where they are OK financially at this current revenue level and this current debt load,” Kerravala said. “From a customer perspective, these next two, three, four quarters are very important to see if the company is actually growing.”

Avaya does have a strong portfolio of public and private cloud products, Kerravala said. The company’s challenge now will be changing its public perception as a legacy on-premises vendor.

Avaya likely has more opportunity for growth in the contact center market — where its products stack up well against main rivals Genesys and Cisco — than in the UC market, which is becoming dominated increasingly by Microsoft and Cisco, said Irwin Lazar, analyst at Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill.

“I think they have got a challenge in terms of where they have opportunities to grow at this point,” Lazar said. “I don’t see them taking market share from Microsoft and Cisco.”

Three capabilities all leaders of innovation possess

Being a leader is never an easy job, but the job is getting harder, according to Linda Hill. To be a leader today, traditional management is not enough, you also have to help foster company-wide innovation — or risk being left in the dust.

Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and co-author of the book Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, is in a good position to know that. She and her colleagues have spent the last decade observing leaders of innovation around the globe, trying to understand what makes them successful and searching for commonalities.

Speaking to an audience of IT leaders at the recent LiveWorx event in Boston, Mass., Hill said that even though there’s a lot of research on leadership and a lot of research on innovation, there’s actually very little research that looks at the connections between the two.

In her research on leaders of innovation — studying successful people at companies like Google, HCL Technologies, Volkswagen and Pixar, to name a few — Hill and her team certainly found differences in how these people went about their work, including cultural differences, organizational differences and varying leadership styles, she said. But they also found real commonalities in what these people did and why they did it.

Whether these leaders of innovation were working at an Islamic bank in Dubai, a social enterprise in east Africa or a luxury product brand in Korea — they all championed three types of creativity that became part of their organizations’ cultures and a key to their organizations’ capacity to innovate. Hill dubbed them “creative abrasion,” “creative agility” and “creative resolution.”

Hill detailed these three capabilities and encouraged IT leaders to find ways to incorporate them into their own organizational cultures to foster innovation.

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Leadership expert Linda Hill speaks to IT leaders at the recent LiveWorx event in Boston, Mass.

Creative abrasion

The ability to generate a marketplace of ideas through discourse and debate.

“You rarely get innovation without diversity and conflict,” Hill said.

Organizations may do brainstorming sessions in which people can say whatever is on their mind without judgment, but it can’t all be sunshine, rainbows and pleasantries. You need some abrasion and pushback to not only refine ideas but also develop a robust pipeline of ideas, Hill said.

“What you see in these [innovation-forward] organizations is people know how to inquire and they know how to actively listen, but, guess what — they also know how to advocate for their point of view,” Hill said. One of the organizations she and her team looked at actually taught their employees how to advocate for their point of view to help push creative abrasion.

Good leaders of innovation also understand that one of their key roles is to make sure that they — and everyone else — hear the minority voice, Hill said. “That does not mean you do what that minority voice says, but if you don’t know what it is, then you haven’t been doing things properly.”

Creative agility

The ability to test and refine ideas through quick pursuit, reflection and adjustment.

In order to refine your pipeline of ideas even more, Hill said you need to go through the process of actually testing it, getting feedback and making the necessary adjustments — and in a timely manner. Hill finds that many companies put in place lean startup or design thinking approaches to help organizations become better at being agile.

One of the organizations Hill observed decided not to run pilots anymore because if you run a pilot and it doesn’t work, someone or something was “wrong.” Instead, they run experiments.

“When you run an experiment, you learn something one way or the other and you move on to the next one,” Hill said. “But if you do a pilot and it doesn’t work, then usually there are politics around that. People often ignore the feedback they’re getting or somebody pays the price because it ‘failed.'”

Creating a culture that makes people feel comfortable running experiments and putting themselves out there without fear of retribution is crucial.

“So many people report feeling that they are, in fact, punished when they speak out, fail or have a misstep,” Hill said. “If that is the case, there is not enough psychological safety in that environment for you to unleash the kinds of conversations necessary to hone your ideas.”

Creative resolution

The ability to make integrative decisions.

Most innovations are really a combination of ideas; very rarely is the innovation all new, Hill said. It could be a new idea and an old idea combined to solve an old problem, or two old ideas that together solve a new problem, or some other amalgam of new and old.

“Unless you do decision-making in a way that you can actually combine ideas, you rarely get the innovative solution,” Hill said.

As a result, what Hill sees in these innovation-forward organizations is they’re very clear about who has decision-making rights, but they still do it in a more “inclusive and patient” way. By that she means they won’t allow one group to dominate. They won’t let the experts dominate — something she notes Steve Jobs was particularly worried about because he often felt that this group was the least likely to want to see change because then their expertise wouldn’t be as valuable as it was before. And these organizations don’t let the bosses dominate either.

“They will also not compromise, which is what we often do in these situations — go along to get along,” Hill said. “Instead, they will have, if you will, a fight. They will actually go through the creative abrasion process again and they will design the next experiment to get more data in order to move forward.”

For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

It’s the Armor 2X version as featured here

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GD5T OC | Graphics card – The world leader in display performance | MSI Global

Core/Memory

  • Boost Clock / Base Clock
  • 1190 MHz / 1102 MHz
  • 6144 MB GDDR5 / 7010 MHz Memory

Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • DisplayPort x 3
  • HDMI x 1

Features

  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Great for 4K
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA® SHIELD

Item is in great condition, has never been overclocked beyond how it arrived from the factory, and as specified above. Used in a smoke-free environment and for gaming only. It will come in an anti-static bag, but not in the original packaging, and will be the card alone (i.e. no drivers disc)

Only selling because of upgrading to a 1080ti. Still a great card for 1080p gaming and above.

Price and currency: £260
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For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

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GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GD5T OC | Graphics card – The world leader in display performance | MSI Global

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  • Boost Clock / Base Clock
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  • 6144 MB GDDR5 / 7010 MHz Memory

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  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • DisplayPort x 3
  • HDMI x 1

Features

  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Great for 4K
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA® SHIELD

Item is in great condition, has never been overclocked beyond how it arrived from the factory, and as specified above. Used in a smoke-free environment and for gaming only. It will come in an anti-static bag, but not in the original packaging, and will be the card alone (i.e. no drivers disc)

Only selling because of upgrading to a 1080ti. Still a great card for 1080p gaming and above.

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Park Place Technologies selects Microsoft Cloud to transform sales and customer engagement | Stories

CLEVELAND, and REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 11, 2017 — Park Place Technologies Inc. (www.parkplacetechnologies.com), a global leader in datacenter third-party maintenance and support, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) have announced they are planning to collaborate on driving digital transformation across Park Place Technologies’ global sales and service operations and rapidly accelerate its ability to deliver engineering services across the over 100 countries in which it operates.

Park Place plans to fully deploy Microsoft enterprise cloud services, including Dynamics 365 and Office 365, along with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, to enhance collaboration and productivity across its sales and service operations. With the ability to leverage data and insights from across its organization, Park Place will be better positioned to deliver optimal service and ultimately maximize uptime for its customers.

“Microsoft is uniquely positioned with integrated offerings across the whole cloud stack,” said Chris Adams, president and COO, Park Place Technologies. “We’re confident this trusted, global platform will further enhance productivity for our employees and provide more value to our customers.”

As a first step, Park Place Technologies plans to equip its salesforce with the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution, a joint offering that combines the power of Dynamics 365 for Sales with the world’s largest professional network in LinkedIn Sales Navigator. By surfacing relationships between people, and then integrating that information within a single platform, Park Place salespeople will be able to access information in a way that saves time and improves productivity.

“Park Place Technologies is at the forefront of IT service and support with a commitment to innovating ways employees are empowered to deliver value to customers,” said Alysa Taylor, general manager, Business Applications Group at Microsoft. “Putting the power of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud behind Park Place’s customer care organization will connect people, processes and data insights to optimize productivity and transform its service delivery operations.”

About Park Place Technologies

Since 1991, Park Place Technologies has provided an alternative to post-warranty storage, server, and networking hardware maintenance for IT data centers. Supporting more than 10,000 organizations in over 100 countries, Park Place Technologies offers an exceptional customer experience, superior service delivery, and an operational advantage for businesses ranging from government, higher education, and healthcare institutions to cloud service providers, SMB and Fortune 500 companies.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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4-H youth leader rocks the Hour of Code, plans to continue the movement in her community – Microsoft on the Issues

4H youth leader and Seattle Seahawk player with student in Microsoft Store in Bellevue, Washington
4-H youth leader and TEALS student Nora Medina, left, and Seattle Seahawks player Luke Willson participate in an Hour of Code with a student Dec. 5 at the Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, Washington.

Earlier this fall, Microsoft and National 4-H Council announced a partnership to support young people to be digital leaders, equipping them with the digital skills and other resources to help them make an even bigger, positive impact on their communities. Youth leaders are working with educators, community members and others to identify challenges their communities face, and to use technology to address those challenges.

Nora Medina, from Quincy High School in central Washington state, is working to inspire kids to learn to code, and help adults build digital skills to close the digital divide in her community. We caught up with Nora during Computer Science Education Week when she visited the Microsoft Store in Bellevue, Washington, alongside Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson, to coach elementary school students through their first Hour of Code. Nora and Luke used the new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero’s Journey, which introduces kids to coding in a fun and engaging way. While our partnership with 4-H is wide-ranging, going beyond digital skills, computer science was the focus of this conversation with Nora:

4H youth leader and TEALS student Nora Medina with Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson
4-H youth leader and TEALS student Nora Medina with Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson.

How did you discover computer science?

I was introduced to coding and Code.org in middle school in an afterschool club. I started by playing with Minecraft and JavaScript. After that I got involved in Digital Tools class, which opened up more classes at my high school, where I learned web design. I realized you can do so much with your imagination and your creativity. Nothing limits you!

Why do you think learning to code is important for kids today?

Coding is everywhere! If you know coding, companies will be more inclined to hire you. You’ll have more skills to offer.

What can you tell us about your involvement with 4-H?

We’re starting a service project where the main focus is teaching adults digital skills. There’s a gap between students and parents. If we teach adults about digital skills, and why we’re on our phones so much, that can bring us closer as a community, and opens up more opportunities for parents and adults!

Microsoft is a leading supporter of Computer Science Education Week because the lack of access to computer science education threatens to widen the income gap between those who have the skills to succeed in the 21st century and those who do not, impeding students’ ability to eventually thrive in their future careers. We’re inspired by young people like Nora Medina who are stepping forward to help us, and others, address the problem.

In the United States alone, there are over 500,000 open computing jobs, however last year, less than 43,000 computer science students graduated into the U.S. workforce.  Learning to code is one of the most important steps students can take to prepare themselves to fully participate in, and benefit from, our digital economy. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies is working to help young people and adults become creators of technology, advance their careers and grow their local economies by making computer science education and digital skills available to everyone.

Learn more, and find resources to start learning to code, or to teach others, by visiting your local Microsoft Store or https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digital-skills/hour-of-code.

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AWS graph database Neptune sets sail at re:Invent 2017

Cloud computing leader Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference this week in Las Vegas saw a deluge of cloud and database announcements. Among those on the data side was Neptune, the company’s formal entry into the growing field of graph databases.

While this AWS graph database may have less immediate impact than Redshift, the influential cloud data warehouse it rolled out at re:Invent five years ago, it does fill a gap that competitors like IBM, Microsoft and others have included in their cloud data portfolios as they play catch-up with Amazon in the cloud.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy told the re:Invent audience that the Neptune graph database is intended to uncover connections in data points in a way that eludes traditional relational database. With graphs, data is stored in sets of interconnected nodes, unlike relational databases that store data in rows and columns.

Graph databases have found increasing use in online recommendation engines, as well as tasks including uncovering fraud and managing social media connections. Facebook’s Friends and Search graphs may be among the most vivid examples of use of the technology.

Jassy said graph databases, along with NoSQL key-value and document data stores, are part of a trend toward multimodel databases that support a variety of data processing methods, particularly in the cloud.

Picture of AWS CEO Andy Jassy at re:Invent 2017Andy Jassy

He said Amazon Neptune, which for now is available only as a limited preview, supports graphs based on property and semantic models — these being the two main schools of graph database construction. AWS will offer Neptune as a managed cloud service, with automatic backup to S3 over three cloud availability zones.

“People have used relational databases for everything,” he said. But such single-minded reliance on relational databases is breaking down, he contended.

This AWS graph database isn’t the company’s first foray into the technology: AWS already offers the ability to store graphs from the open source Titan graph database and its JanusGraph fork in DynamoDB tables via a back-end storage plug-in. DynamoDB is an Amazon NoSQL database for which the company claims more than 100,000 users.

Graph adept and less Graph adept

The graph data technology that has emerged in recent years comes primarily from smaller players such as Cambridge Semantics, DataStax, Franz and Neo Technologies Inc. By and large, these companies have welcomed the AWS graph database into their market, as they could signify validation of their technology niche.

People have used relational databases for everything.
Andy JassyCEO, AWS

Established relational leaders have come to include some graph support within their flagship SQL databases, and some even have rolled out stand-alone NoSQL graph databases.

AWS’ target with Neptune is the relational leaders’ flagships, which may struggle when processing ever bigger amounts of graph data, according to Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research.

Picture of Doug Henschen, Constellation ResearchDoug Henschen

“Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 have all added features for graph analysis, but SQL and extended SQL functions are not as adept as graph databases and graph query languages at exploring billions of relationships,” he said.

The AWS graph database correctly identifies an opportunity for replacing graph analysis use cases currently running on less-graph-adept commercial relational databases, Henschen said.

To Neptune, and beyond

Neptune was just one of many updates fleet Amazon added to its fast-moving cloud operation. At re:Invent, Jassy described a serverless version of Amazon Aurora database, which is now in controlled preview. It can be quickly spun up and down, and customers can pay by the second for database capacity when the database is in use, he said.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s DynamoDB is adding global table replication that ensures dependable low latency for data access across many cloud regions. Interest in such capabilities has grown along with the expansion of e-commerce across the globe.

Global replication for cloud databases was among traits heralded by Microsoft in its recent debut of Cosmos DB, as well as Oracle, in its fanfare for its upcoming Oracle 18 cloud database services.

Chevron fuels digital transformation with new Microsoft partnership – Transform

As a global leader in the energy industry, Chevron has long been a big data company with advanced technologies to manage complex operations. But a new partnership with Microsoft will infuse Chevron with even more computing power to accelerate its work in data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Announced Monday, the multi-year partnership establishes Microsoft Azure as Chevron’s primary cloud and is part of Chevron’s efforts to digitize its oil fields and accelerate deployment of new technologies that can increase revenues, reduce costs and improve the safety and reliability of operations.

“Chevron has a long history of applying technology,” said Bill Braun, chief information officer of Chevron. “This partnership will allow us to digitally transform and leverage the scale and capabilities of Microsoft to ensure we harness the value of our data.”

The partnership also includes technical collaboration, joint innovation and employee cross-training. It will help Microsoft develop products that solve Chevron’s business challenges and Chevron to transform the growing amount of data it generates into performance-driving intelligence.

“Chevron is a very sophisticated consumer of data, compute and IoT,” said Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure for Microsoft Azure. “While they’re excellent today at high-performance computing, the intent of this partnership is, ‘How can we bring that together with Microsoft Azure and more efficiently do oil exploration? Or more efficiently do sensor management from an offshore oil rig?’”

Braun said Microsoft Azure is a good match because of its large global infrastructure, which has more regions than any other cloud provider. He said Azure will enable new solutions in such data-intensive areas as exploration, midstream logistics, retail operations and the management of thousands of oil wells around the world.

“We have an incredible amount of data from our production facilities, drill ships and fiber optic cables inside well casings,” he said. The cables measure pressure, temperature and other metrics and can generate up to 1 terabyte of data a day.

In Houston, engineers monitor data from drill sensors six miles beneath the earth’s surface and across four continents – data that arrives in five to 10 seconds to help ensure human safety and systems controls. In Kazakhstan, Chevron’s new facility expansion can generate more data than all the data produced by the company’s refineries in North America.

“What are we going to do with that data? How do we harness it?” Braun said. “Azure is going to be very helpful in getting real-time data, handling the volume and giving us the ability to scale and apply analytics.”

He envisions a day when Azure, which can quickly ingest and analyze millions of data points, might enable machine learning to read seismic surveys faster and more consistently than humans, similar to the progress being made in reading medical images. And he said predictive maintenance will create smarter workflows with equipment.

Chevron and Microsoft have worked together for years, and Braun said the ability of engineers to learn from one another is critical. He said Microsoft “gets” the enterprise and that Chevron values Microsoft’s technology, technical leadership and partnership mindset. Microsoft gains insight into the oil and gas industry and learns how its solutions work in a company with a global footprint and harsh operating conditions. Microsoft has already improved its high-performance computing infrastructure based on Chevron’s feedback.

“It’s a two-way development program; both sides bring something and get something,” Braun said. “For us to evolve our technology skills at the pace the cloud is moving is very valuable. This partnership helps Chevron stay technically competitive.”

To learn more about Chevron’s partnership with Microsoft, read the press release.