Microsoft takes over Ally.io and turns into Viva. Add
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
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Microsoft announced Thursday that it had acquired Ally.io, a startup that offers software that companies can use to track their progress on key goals. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Productivity is becoming an increasingly important part of Microsoft applications, especially as more organizations move to hybrid and remote workers. When Microsoft announced a price increase for certain subscriptions in August, it highlighted several products that have been introduced since the Office 365 package was released in 2011.
Small business acquisitions like GroupMe and Yammer have contributed to the office expansion.
Ally.io’s software specializes in an approach called Objectives and Key Results, in which goals are identified and progress is assessed based on measurements. Google is among the companies that have adopted the model that former Intel CEO Andy Grove described in his 1983 book “High Output Management”.
Ally.io’s dashboards and customizable tools will become part of Microsoft’s Viva software, which the company launched in February and made accessible through its popular Teams app. Viva offers employees learning materials, information from company documents and productivity suggestions.
“Ally.io and Microsoft Viva will enrich the way people and teams come together to build alignment and drive better business results,” wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, chief operating officer and corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices Division. in a blog post. “Over the next year we will invest to bring Ally.io to the Microsoft cloud, to further develop the existing integrations with Microsoft Teams and to add Ally.io to Viva, Office, Power BI and the broader range of Microsoft 365 apps integrate and services. “
Vetri Vellore, a former Microsoft employee, founded Ally.io in 2017. The start-up is based in Seattle, near Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and has 275 employees, according to LinkedIn. Ally.io customers include Dropbox and Slack from Salesforce.
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