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Case Study / A Software-Focused Investor Can Ensure a Successful Future

A Software-Focused Investor Can Ensure a Successful Future

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How PeopleAdmin captured the K-12 market through continuous growth.

A robust educational system is critical for any society to prosper. Today’s educational institutions must deal with a growing number of challenges, such as talent management, which technological solutions can solve.

Integrated software systems allow education professionals to shift their focus from operational challenges to student success and development. By providing solutions, actionable analytics and insights, PeopleAdmin enabled educators to focus on doing what they do best – empowering employees, educating students and inspiring a brighter future.

Vista places a strong emphasis on professional development and learning, and there are many opportunities for career advancement within the Vista ecosystem. Before becoming the CEO of PeopleAdmin, Jack Blaha served as CEO of Aptean, another Vista company, and was also a Consulting Director for the Value Creation Team (VCT), helping to build and scale other Vista companies. In Vista, Blaha found a community that solves the unique challenges facing software companies and a firm dedicated to creating new opportunities for PeopleAdmin.

Prior to joining the VCT, Blaha’s only interaction with a private equity firm occurred when a firm acquired a company he was working for at the time. That experience helped him to realize that the Vista approach is different. As a software CEO, Blaha wanted to ensure that the company developed innovative technology and solutions while remaining true to their mission and vision, which, he said, are things that Vista continued to provide PeopleAdmin.

For Blaha, Vista played a pivotal role in helping PeopleAdmin continue to serve educators and educational institutions around the country. He credited Vista with helping his team grow and expand its reach by guiding them through several follow-on acquisitions over the past three years. In August 2018, PeopleAdmin was acquired by fellow Vista company PowerSchool, which brings immediate advantages to educators using both PowerSchool’s SIS and PeopleAdmin’s TalentEd Perform platforms. Vista worked beside Blaha and his team to ensure the seamless integration of add-on companies as well as with the successful close of the PowerSchool acquisition.

Having a partner who understands and is committed to a company’s mission was especially important when striving to accomplish the objective of PeopleAdmin – to improve learning and student success. Through the implementation of proven, strategic recruitment and onboarding practices, PeopleAdmin expanded its team of experts and engineers to continue accelerating and advancing innovation across its products.

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Jack Blaha, Former CEO, PeopleAdmin


Year of Investment: 2014
Portfolio Status: Former
Headquarters: Austin, TX

Cloud-based talent management solutions for the education and government markets.

PeopleAdmin, Inc. is the leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions for the education and government markets. PeopleAdmin’s software enables more than 700 clients to streamline the hiring process, onboard new employees, efficiently manage positions and employee performance, develop compliant, defensible audit trails, and utilize industry-leading reporting and metrics. The Company’s integrated talent management suite, SelectSuite®, includes applicant tracking, faculty search committee management, position management, and onboarding and performance management. PeopleAdmin solutions are rapidly deployed, easy-to-use and supported through a world-class customer service organization.

PeopleAdmin was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

Vista Foundation Fund II completed a buyout of PeopleAdmin in March 2014.

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