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Ex-Business Objects CEO's startup focuses on workforce analytics

Chris Kanaracus | July 10, 2013
Visier's approach to BI starts from 'a clean sheet of paper,' says CEO John Schwarz.

It competes with fellow workforce analytics specialist OrcaEyes, as well as products from BI platform providers such as SAP, Oracle and IBM.

While "it would be a bit of a stretch" to say customers can't get capabilities like Visier's anywhere else, the company has a "very strong product," said analyst Stephan Millard, vice president and research director at Ventana Research. "What they've done is prepackaged everything people want in human capital analytics."

One potential risk to customers is the possibility Visier will be acquired at some point by a larger vendor.

In general, the HCM (human capital management) software market "has been consolidating for a while," and it stands to reason Visier will get looked at by SAP, Oracle, Workday, he said.


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