Microsoft acquires Ally.io and converts it to Viva. adds to

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Microsoft on Thursday said it has acquired Ally.io, a startup that provides software that helps organizations track progress on key goals. The terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

Productivity is becoming an increasingly important part of Microsoft’s applications, especially as more companies move to hybrid and remote employees. When Microsoft announced price increases for some subscriptions in August, it focused on certain products that were introduced after the release of the Office 365 bundle in 2011.

The acquisition of small businesses such as GroupMe and Yammer has helped Office’s expansion.

Ally.io’s software specializes in an approach called Goals and Key Results. This involves identifying goals and using measurements to assess progress. Google is one of the companies that has adopted this model. This model was described by former Intel CEO Andy Grove in his 1983 book, High Output Management.

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

“Ally.io and Microsoft Viva will enhance the way people and teams work together to build collaboration and drive better business results,” said Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President of Experience & Devices. Kirk Koenigsbauer wrote in a blog post. “Next year, we will bring Ally.io to the Microsoft cloud, develop our existing integrations with Microsoft Teams, and bring Ally.io to a wider range of Viva, Office, Power BI and Microsoft 365 apps and services.”

According to LinkedIn data, Ally.io was founded in 2017 by Vetri Vellore, a former Microsoft employee. The startup is based in Seattle, near the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and employs 275 people. Ally.io customers include Dropbox and Salesforce Slack.

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