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Microsoft acquires OKR startup Ally.io

Microsoft acquires OKR startup Ally.io

Microsoft recently announced that it has acquired Ally.io, one of the leading OKR (objectives and key results) platforms and that it will join the Microsoft Viva family as part of their employee experience platform (EXP) designed to help companies embrace digital work life. 

Microsoft says the idea behind Viva and the Ally acquisition is to provide a more transparent way to communicate company goals and objectives to employees. The two firms did not share the purchase price.

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“Aligning employee work to the company’s strategic mission and core priorities is top of mind for every organization. To do this, leaders need to invest in tools that communicate transparency around big company bets and create ways to cascade aspirational goals and report results at all levels of an organization,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Vice President, Experiences and Devices Group, at Microsoft

Ally CEO and founder Vetri Vellore said, “As a part of Microsoft Viva, Ally.io will continue to give leaders, teams and individuals the ability to align and focus everyday work to the company’s most important objectives. We will help bring goals and purpose to wherever the team is doing work, including Teams, Outlook, Slack and the other systems you use every day”.

The OKR category is a fast-growing and emerging space. Ally.io is considered one of the most loved tools on the market. Microsoft says that the customers will find the Ally.io experience flexible, easy to use with quick time-to-value. They will appreciate its broad set of integrations with existing work systems. 

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Since its launch in 2018, Ally.io has been adopted by over 1,000 leading high-tech, manufacturing, financial services and healthcare businesses across more than 80 countries.

Ally.io will power the new Microsoft Viva module. Viva is an employee experience platform that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources and insights – from anywhere you work. Powered by Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, Viva helps organizations foster a culture of human connection, growth, well-being and success. Viva has four connected modules: Connections, Insights, Topics and Learning – that deliver a holistic experience with intelligent and actionable insights in the flow of work.


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