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Webinar Recap: Convergence, Agility and the Future of Work Framework

As 2017 comes to a close, companies are defining their workforce strategies for 2018, and their focus on contingent workforce management is evident. DCR joined forces with Christopher J. Dwyer, VP of Research for Ardent Partners, to host a webinar on Talent, Technology and the Future of Work. If you missed it, you can get the replay below and you can access the webinar deck here.


During the introduction, Chris stated: “There is a convergence at play today: talent is actively being engaged in new and different ways, work is being optimized via project alignment and skillsets rather than costs and budgets and, most importantly, all of these attributes are supported by a new range of innovative platforms that drive flexibility, visibility and the continued consumerization of the global workforce’s operative processes.”

Times are changing

Looking back over Ardent Partners’ research reports, one metric stood out among the rest. The reports show that for the past decade or so, most companies’ main focus in the contingent workforce sphere was heavily slanted toward cost containment and sticking to prescribed budgets. However, interesting enough, this year most companies’ main focus is agility. In fact, only 32% of companies mentioned cost and budgeting, while 71% of organizations surveyed desire to be more agile…and they will likely require Vendor Management System (VMS) technology to achieve it.

The VMS is a core enterprise platform solution and is evolving to meet the needs of the market. Advanced features such as Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are ramping up VMS’ capabilities, while the Internet of Things (IoT) is providing a seamless and boundary-less process to access talent.

Chris predicts that AI is going to be a game-changer, as companies optimize work as much as possible, eliminating human error and redundancies. This may take the form of small steps, such as using chatbots that mimic human behavior, but free up time to concentrate on other critical aspects at work.

The blueprint

Best-in-class organizations will use a blueprint to set their strategy for 2018, and on this webinar, we revealed the Future of Work Framework. This blueprint covers three major aspects of the future of work: Adaptation, Adoption and Agility.

You can read more about it the Ardent Partners report The State of Contingent Management: Insights into the Future of Work…and Beyond.

If you’re looking into a VMS or need a more robust solution to cover Statement of Work and projects, Smart Track VMS is an innovative solution that can handle complex challenges all within the system.

Is your organization ready for #thefutureofwork?

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