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Zugata

Contributor(s): Dan Ring

Zugata is performance management software that helps employers to gather continuous feedback about individual employees in order to foster a corporate culture that empowers each employee to reach his or her full potential. The vendor, which is also called Zugata, is based in Palo Alto, California.

Zugata Enterprise's deep learning and advanced analytics algorithms allow managers to aggregate and summarize ratings for key skills by organization, team or individual. The ability to slice and dice employee data allows managers to view workforce strengths and weaknesses holistically, as well as individually, and use data to determine future training needs. Zugata's machine learning algorithms can also be used to identify and recommend mentors and identify learning resources that will help employees improve performance in specific areas.  

Zugata software allows managers to schedule periodic check-in conversations on a managerial or peer-to-peer basis. For example, the software can mine an organization's calendars, email and collaboration tools to identify an employee's co-workers on a particular project and ask them once a week to provide feedback about something the employee did well or could have done better. Zugata provides customizable templates to ensure that feedback remains focused on specific tasks and outcomes the employee has the ability to change.

Other popular Zugata features include:

Privacy - access to sensitive data can be limited to those who need to see it.

Dossiers for direct reports - data for any given employee can be aggregated and analyzed in terms of goals and goal progress. 

HRIS integration - ensures that employee data will remain up-to-date with the employer's human resource information system (HRIS).

Zugata was co-founded in 2014 by CEO Srinivas Krishnamurti, former senior director of enterprise mobile solutions at VMware, and CTO Philippe Van Nuijs, former director of engineering, mobile, at Jive Software

This was last updated in August 2018

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