Bullhorn, the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM) software for the staffing and recruiting industries, today announced that it has acquired The Code Works Inc. – the makers of VMS Access, a cloud-based software product that integrates corporate procurement and vendor management systems (VMS) like SAP’s Fieldglass with CRM systems. VMS Access currently automates the data integration and workflow for filling job openings at over 350 of the world’s largest companies and enables staffing agencies to increase service levels, win more business, and improve productivity by reducing time-to-fill and data entry time. As companies of all sizes migrate to SaaS-based services, Bullhorn will leverage The Code Works Inc.’s multi-national R&D team to develop integration solutions that will power new services enabling front office productivity improvements through the Bullhorn platform.
Key services offerings to be developed on the platform will include those for managed service providers (MSPs). Bullhorn currently provides client portals, candidate portals, and vendor portals to enable staffing agencies to act as MSPs or sub-vendors and operate different lines of business within Bullhorn, and the company will use The Code Works Inc.’s technology as a platform upon which to further develop technologies that enable agencies to operate and compete effectively in a world in which VMS usage is proliferating. The Code Works Inc. team’s much-valued industry knowledge in combination with considerable R&D resources from Bullhorn will help take Bullhorn’s existing MSP offering and accelerate it into an industry-leading suite of solutions to benefit staffing agencies of all sizes looking to capitalise on this rapidly-growing market.
Bullhorn acquires The Code Works Inc. as contingent labour demand is soaring thanks to increased globalisation, outsourcing, and the growing costs of hiring and retaining permanent employees. Addressing this trend, 70 percent of large buyers of temporary labour (including Fortune 500 companies) are now leveraging VMS solutions to streamline contingent workforce management. Spend flowing through VMS systems is growing at a rate of more than 20 percent per year – considerably faster than growth in overall staffing spend. The acquisition of The Code Works Inc. adds a proven, seamless integration between core recruitment system providers to enable agencies to take advantage of a market worth £24.1 billion in the UK alone.
“With this acquisition, we’re enabling companies to move their front office solutions to the cloud and to take advantage of Web-enabled services that power better decision-making and additional revenue opportunities,” said Art Papas, Founder and CEO of Bullhorn. “Bullhorn VMS Access will help drive Bullhorn’s growth in the VMS industry and beyond. This vendor neutral solution extends Bullhorn’s product portfolio and will allow us to develop new offerings to help improve customer productivity. Long-term, the Bullhorn VMS Access development team will help drive the development of Bullhorn’s data integration offerings, fundamental to our cloud-based Big Data offerings. To drive better decision-making, companies are looking to integrate data from a variety of sources online; Bullhorn VMS Access will provide that engine for our customers.”
Jonathan Novich, Co-Founder and President of The Code Works Inc., will become Bullhorn’s new General Manager of Cloud-Based Integration Technologies. “I’m thrilled to be joining Bullhorn for several reasons,” said Novich. “First, they’re the clear market leader, so it makes good business sense to be aligned with them and to leverage their expansive resources to grow our offerings and provide better service to customers. Being a part of the Bullhorn family will enable rapid product expansion and accelerated platform development for customers of Bullhorn and The Code Works Inc. Beyond that, they have a strong vision for the future with Bullhorn providing a comprehensive set of cloud-based, front office services to help companies manage their customer relationships better. We’re excited to be part of that vision.”