Head in the Sand

March 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment By Brian Hoffmeyer

In Monty Python’s classic movie, “The Life of Brian”, there’s a scene where one of Brian’s disciples “hides” from the Roman centurions, who are looking for them by putting his head in a basket, while the rest of his body remains visible. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. What this character is doing is effectively ignoring the (very real) problem at hand and hoping that it goes away.

I think that many large organizations do this with their contingent workforce. They don’t have a formal program in place to manage it; they’re not using a VMS, or – if they are – they’ve only captured a small percentage of their total addressable spend. As a result, they’re missing out; they’re not getting the right resources at the right time, cost, and quality. They’re leaving millions of dollars in savings on the table and exposing their organization to significant business and financial risks. Net-net, they’re not leveraging resources and services that are absolutely critical to getting product (whatever that product might be) out the door in the most optimal way.

SpendMatters has recently published a great white paper, describing this gap; it talks about how services procurement is 10 years behind indirect procurement and 20 years behind direct procurement in using tools and best practices to ensure success. The quote that really sunk in with me was this:

“In short, services procurement (and especially the management of external labor) is complicated – and the nuances are often hidden from the C-suite. One study participant said it’s a “huge issue everyone wants to ignore.”

You and your organization can no longer afford to ignore your large, growing, and critical contingent workforce. It all needs to be strategically managed via a well run program and you need a VMS at the center that program. We can help you capture all of your services spend, regardless of sourcing type or strategy. Most importantly, this approach can help you address the items – the savings, the lack of quality, etc. – that you’re currently missing out on.

How do you get started? Give us a call or send us an email. We have the tools and services to guide you every step of the way. Better yet, come see us in Phoenix, AZ on April 8-9 for IQNsiders; it’s our industry event where you can learn how to create or grow a world-class contingent workforce program!

Oh, and by the way, if you need a laugh, you can see the “Life of Brian” scene I’m talking about by clicking here.

So, you are ready to take your program global…

March 18, 2015 | Leave a Comment By Dana Kauffman

As more companies bring non-employee spend under management and realize the benefits of a vendor management solution in their home country, attention shifts to expanding the program and realizing those benefits throughout the global business. I will be hosting a roundtable on this issue during IQNsider2015, but I want to share some thoughts in advance of the event.

One question we hear constantly is, “Where do we begin?”

Often, the best first step is to identify what aspects of your domestic program are providing the biggest value, and then compile a list of questions to help identify stakeholders, supply-base, systems, and data. Are your main objectives controlling costs, implementing standardized business processes, tracking spend, or ensuring compliance? Setting global program objectives up front lets you focus attention on acquiring better planning information which translates to a smoother path to a successful global launch. Continue reading

IQNavigator’s Product Roadmap: Brought to You by Our Customers

March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment By Eric Riddle

The workforce is undergoing a sea of change, with more and more companies increasing their reliance on non-employee labor. As the workforce changes, so too should the tools that we use to manage that workforce.

At our IQNsiders event last year, we unveiled our product roadmap along with a timeline so that customers knew what to expect in terms of new functionality and understood when it would be in their hands. We are pleased to announce that IQNavigator reached key milestones, as promised, in our product roadmap with major platform enhancements that help companies manage their contingent workforce more strategically and efficiently. Continue reading

Drum Roll Please: Announcing This Year’s IQNsiders Keynote Speaker

March 11, 2015 | Leave a Comment By Eric Riddle

We are very excited to announce the keynote speaker for this year’s IQNsiders event – Ben Casnocha, award-winning technology entrepreneur and author. On April 8 at 1:30 p.m. MST, Ben will kick off the event with his address, “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.” IQNsiders 2015 will take place April 8-9 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Arizona. Continue reading

Elevate and IQNavigator Partnership: Contractor Recruiting Just Got A Whole Lot Smarter

March 10, 2015 | By Dan Collier

With Enterprise demand for contract labor at an all-time high and the number of applicants seeking assignments equally great, like most corporate recruiters, you’re probably overwhelmed by the influx of interest that your brand generates.

We know that when an Enterprise-branded advert goes out to attract job-seekers — it attracts a LOT of response. While this is great for brands that want to direct source, it actually creates a larger issue for recruiters – thousands of direct applicants that need to be filtered, reviewed and either engaged or rejected – all the while keeping an eye on your brand engagement.

Elevate and IQNavigator announced a partnership that leverages Elevate’s smart candidate matching technology through IQNavigator’s Vendor Management System (VMS) — to pair Corporate Recruiters directly with the right contractor for the job. We chose to partner with IQNavigator because of their forward-thinking leadership and 15 years’ experience in successfully managing contract labor for Global 2000 companies. Continue reading

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