Thoughts on the Peopleclick Authoria merger

On 5 January 2010 Authoria and Peopleclick combined to form the largest privately owned company in the Talent Management marketplace. The new company, Peopleclick Authoria, claims to serve almost 60% of the Fortune 100 organisations. The new CEO will be Charles S. Jones, Managing Partner of Bedford Funding, the private equity firm undertaking the deal.

Some of my initial thoughts:

  • The merger will form the largest privately owned company in the Talent Management marketplace.
  • Both existing solutions will continue to be sold for the foreseeable future, with the addition of a combine suite offering.
  • The newly formed company leverages the best attributes of both vendors, Peopleclick’s recruitment offering and Authoria’s deep talent management features.
  • Technically both solutions are similar and offered as multi-tenant SaaS solutions, although Authoria’s use of single tenant for select larger clients may cause some integration issues.
  • Update: There is some debate around if Peopleclick have moved fully from their .NET platform to J2EE

  • As separate organisations both appeared in the recent Gartner eRecruitment 2009 Magic Quadrant report, with Peopleclick placed in the leaders category.
  • The combined organisation has the potential to move further into the leaders quadrant to provide a challenge to Taleo as the market leader.

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3 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Peopleclick Authoria merger

  1. You may want to check further on the two software platforms to ensure that they are both, in fact, fully architecturally multi-tenant as well as on their underlying technologies, which are reported to be quite different, PeopleClick being .NET while Authoria is J2EE.

    1. Hi Naomi from my understanding PeopleClick is actually a mix of .NET and J2EE, however predominately J2EE. The .NET platform is used to deliver their external facing job boards. With multi-tenanting Authoria has certainly gone done the single tenant arrangement for some clients however generally take the multi-tenant approach. Now this is not to say both have architecturally implemented multi-tenanting the same way, which will be part of the puzzle if they do indeed try to merge the two product lines.

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