OnForce Whitepaper Highlights Economic and Technological Factors Driving Task to Talent Employment Models

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  • (1888PressRelease) April 30, 2014 - BOSTON -- OnForce, a leader in technology-enabled workforce management, today released the whitepaper, "Task To Talent (T2T): How Technology is Driving a New Contingent Work Arrangement Paradigm." The whitepaper discusses a new type of workforce arrangement through which enterprises engage independent workers to perform short-term, specific, task-focused assignments. The whitepaper also offers an overview of some of the new Task-to-Talent technology platforms.

    Recent advances in technologies, combined with enterprises growing demand to find and manage independent contractors for short-term assignments lasting for a matter of hours (or even minutes or seconds), are driving the emergence of a new Task-to-Talent workforce arrangement paradigm. While traditional staffing technology platforms such as vendor management systems (VMS) process large volumes of contingent workforce transactions and continue to evolve, they were not designed to support work arrangements for more specialized T2T "short assignments," "tasks," or "microtasks."

    "The Task-to-Talent work arrangement paradigm is still at an early stage of development, but it is happening and will become an increasingly common feature and institution in our expanding digital economy," said Andrew Karpie, chief analyst of The Research Platform and author of the whitepaper. "While organizations have been engaging contractors for highly specific, very short-term assignments for some time, they've almost always done so using limiting, inefficient, ad hoc management processes that are neither automated nor transparent and may also pose compliance risks. Task-to-Talent technology platforms are now starting to enable organizations to achieve higher levels of workforce efficiency, agility and performance by leveraging, expanding, and truly 'managing' Task-to-Talent forms of work."

    "Task To Talent (T2T): How Technology is Driving a New Contingent Work Arrangement Paradigm," offers an analysis of the economic and technological factors that led to the emergence of T2T workforce arrangements, and an overview and comparison of Task-to-Talent technology vendors including oDesk/Elance, TaskRabbit, Crowdflower and OnForce. The whitepaper outlines a number of factors and issues, including:

    •The differences between the Personnel Staffing and Task-to-Talent workforce arrangement paradigms;
    •How the co-evolution of technology and work arrangement paradigms resulted in the emergence of Task-to-Talent workforce arrangements; and
    •Some of the basic differences among a range of Task-to-Talent technology platforms that are commercially available today.

    "Having spent the last decade working with thousands of the world's top enterprises including Apple, AT&T and Xerox in managing, engaging and paying independent contractors, we've seen first-hand the Task-to-Talent workforce arrangement paradigm take off in the IT space," said OnForce CEO Peter Cannone. "More recently we've seen the same Task-to-Talent need arise across industries as enterprises seek more efficient ways to manage the large private networks of freelancers they've cultivated to complete these short-term, specialized assignments."

    In anticipation of the growing enterprise need across industries to manage Task-to-Talent engagements, OnForce recently announced OnForce Converge, a software platform that can be adopted within any company's contingent workforce program and enable the aggregation and management of a company's existing and future "short-assignment" contingent workforce. OnForce Converge is designed to work in conjunction with current workforce management solutions including managed solution providers (MSP) and vendor management systems, allowing organizations to expand their workforce management capabilities to incorporate contingent workers (independent contractors, freelancers, etc.) who perform smaller, shorter, specialized projects and tasks.

    The whitepaper, "Task To Talent (T2T): How Technology is Driving a New Contingent Work Arrangement Paradigm," is available for download here. To learn more about OnForce Converge, please visit http://www.onforce.com/converge.

    About OnForce
    OnForce, a leader in SaaS technology-enabled workforce solutions, empowers companies of all sizes in all industries to gain a competitive edge in how work gets done. Its business model allows customers to rapidly grow their businesses, lower service costs, extend skill-sets, and generate new streams of revenue. For additional information, please visit www.onforce.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Alex Parks
    Davies Murphy Group
    onforce ( @ ) daviesmurphy dot com
    (781) 418-2412

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