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Microsoft developing HCM apps to manage employees “from hire to retire”

As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella often repeats it, Microsoft’s mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Following its LinkedIn acquisition last year, the Redmond giant may well be interested in developing new tools to manage human capital “from hire to retire.”

According to ZDNet reporter Mary-Jo Foley, that’s exactly what the company may be doing right now, by developing its own human capital management (HCM) apps. Indeed, a job posting for a software engineer from January 5 includes strong hints at this possibility:

We are delivering purpose built SaaS apps to quickly disrupt and transform business applications. Our specific team charter is to create the next generation of Talent Engagement applications which help businesses to manage their most important asset – People. We are building apps to address the whole gamut of needs from hire to retire.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Foley that the company declined to comment if it was currently developing its own HCM apps. However, Microsoft may be in a unique position to do it thanks to LinkedIn’s data, which paints a pretty good picture of what skills working professionals want to learn and what type of jobs they’re looking for.

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Do you think it makes sense for Microsoft to develop its own HCM apps?