Want A Fitbit That Measures How Productive You Are At Work? This Company Is Betting Your Boss Does

By Jill Cowan
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The goal of the “Sapience Buddy” technology is to boost productivity by tracking how much time workers actually spend working, like a Fitbit for your job, only your bosses are using your results to evaluate you.

The Dallas Morning News

If you glanced at the screen, it probably wouldn’t grab your attention: White space divided into rectangular modules showing pie charts and bar charts in a kind of muted neon color palette that calls to mind an old version of Excel, not a revolutionary piece of tech.

But in a business environment where big data is king, that’s exactly how North Texas-based Sapience Analytics pitches its product.

Executives who showed off the company’s “people analytics” platform on a recent morning say it’s a paradigm-shifting way for white collar employers and employees alike to boost productivity by tracking how much time workers actually spend working, like a Fitbit for your job, only your bosses are using your results to evaluate you.

And they’re betting that major employers will see dollar signs, no matter how the interface looks.

“We really think we’re at the forefront of what’s going to be a multibillion dollar industry,” Sapience CEO Brad Killinger said.

The U.S., and Texas, especially, has in recent decades transformed from an economy where the biggest companies employed lots of people to make physical stuff to one where the biggest companies are snapping up young college grads by the thousand for corporate desk jobs.

Over the last year, Dallas-Fort Worth alone has added 26,800 jobs in financial activities and professional and business services, adding up to a total of almost a million people working in those sectors, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.

Sapience, buoyed by an investment by the financial giant Credit Suisse, recently moved its headquarters from India to the U.S. in hopes of tapping into that exploding corporate market.

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