Microsoft acquires Ally.io as productivity software gains importance in era of remote work

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  • Microsoft is buying Ally.io, a start-up that has developed dashboards and customization tools to help employees see if they are meeting their goals.
  • Ally.io’s software will join Viva, which Microsoft introduced this year as part of its Teams communications app.

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Microsoft on Thursday said it acquired Ally.io, a start-up that provides software to help organizations track their progress on key goals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Productivity is becoming an increasingly important part of Microsoft’s applications, especially as more companies move to hybrid and remote workforces. When Microsoft announced a price increase in August for some subscriptions, it highlighted the many products it has offered since releasing the Office 365 bundle in 2011.

The acquisition of smaller companies such as GroupMe and Yammer has contributed to the expansion of Office.

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Ally.io’s software specializes in an approach called objectives and key results, which involves identifying goals and evaluating progress using measurements. Google is among companies that have adopted the model, described by former Intel CEO Andy Grove in his 1983 book “High Output Management”.

Ally.io’s dashboard and customizable tools will become part of Microsoft’s Viva software, which the company introduced in February and can be accessed through its popular Teams app. Viva provides workers with learning materials, information from corporate documents, and productivity tips.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, chief operating officer and corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Experience and Devices division, wrote in a statement, “Ally.io and Microsoft Viva will enrich how people and teams work together to create alignment and drive better business results. come along.” blog post. “Over the next year, we will invest to bring Ally.io to the Microsoft cloud, develop existing integrations with Microsoft Teams, and weave Ally.io into a broader set of Viva, Office, Power BI and Microsoft 365 apps and Services.”

According to LinkedIn data, Vetri Vellore, a former Microsoft employee, founded Ally.io in 2017. The startup is based in Seattle, near Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and has 275 employees. Ally.io customers include Dropbox and Salesforce Slack.

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