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Pharmaceutical Company Utilizes MSP/VMS to Mitigate Risk & Increase Efficiency

May 17, 2017
A leading global pharmaceutical corporation faced substantial challenges that limited productivity and inhibited efficiency. The company’s creative and marketing team utilized traditional staffing practices, which lead to excessive spending, a lack of compliance, and limited insight into talent management metrics. The use of an outdated staffing model also contributed to challenges in meeting deadlines and increased the frequency of project delays. PRO Unlimited was engaged to implement its vendor-neutral managed service program (MSP) and vendor management system (VMS) model to address the organization’s business challenges. Being an integrated, vendor-neutral platform allows for the best talent at the market’s most competitive rates. PRO has shown its ability to improve operational efficiencies and mitigate risks while engaging the most highly qualified and cost-effective contract talent. The one-stop enterprise solution and expert consultative support provided the pharmaceutical company’s stakeholders with the following: • Improved cost-savings by negotiated markups and broader access to a niche pool of talent due to PRO’s vendor-neutral model • Streamlined on/off-boarding, consolidated invoicing, and real-time reporting from PRO’s WAND VMS solution • Expedited RFP events outsourced and vetted qualified candidates presented in a matter of hours/days versus weeks from initial SOW approval through PRO’s onsite MSP intelligence and Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics (SAM) team This strategy produced significant benefits for the client. Key results included: Savings of 36% during initial implementation An accelerated recruitment process An expanded supplier pool with new vendors Positive impact on cost and candidate quality PRO’s tools and resources enable clients to effectively manage a robust and dynamic contingent workforce. Not only will they gain complete control and visibility of their workforce, but they will cut costs and increase efficiency by partnering with PRO. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs and data analytics globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Unlimited Named a Gold, Silver Stevie® Award Winner in 2017 American Business Awards

May 10, 2017
We’re excited to announce that PRO Unlimited was recently honored with a 2017 Gold Stevie® Award winner in the “Best New Product or Service of the Year: Supply Chain Management” category. It also received Silver Stevie® Awards in the “Best Mobile Apps: Productivity” and “New Product or Service of the Year: Data Visualization Technology” categories. Several key PRO Unlimited technologies were recognized by the judges: 1) Wand VMS – “Best New Product or Service of the Year: Supply Chain Management” Wand®, PRO Unlimited’s vendor management (VMS) system, delivers a rich user experience, empowering contingent labor stakeholders with comprehensive capabilities that can be accessed in less than three clicks. The platform’s user interface reflects the consumerization of enterprise software, with managers and workers able to perform previously tedious, counterintuitive business tasks in a simpler, easier fashion that mirrors their experience in the private sector. 2) Wand Mobile – “Best Mobile Apps: Productivity” Created from the ground up as a true native app for iOS and Android, Wand Mobile is the industry’s most robust VMS application, allowing both managers and workers to seamlessly navigate tasks while on the go. Push notifications alert users to action items such as timecard approvals and resume submissions, and managers can review candidate resumes and schedule interviews while away from their desks. In short, Wand Mobile enables users to seamlessly transition between smartphone, tablet and web, providing a positive omnichannel experience. 3) Wand Discovery – “New Product or Service of the Year: Data Visualization Technology” With data getting bigger, increasingly unstructured and generally more unwieldy, the Wand Discovery Business Intelligence software makes it possible to harness cutting-edge predictive analytics, mine new insights and improve talent management. Wand Discovery allows users to easily generate contingent worker reports, providing total workforce intelligence that fuels smarter strategies and generates cost savings. More than 3,600 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. You can read the full press release here. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Comprehensive Workforce Visibility In Three Key Steps

April 26, 2017
Managing a full-time staff comes with its set of challenges. When a growing a contingent workforce is factored into the equation, the task becomes especially complicated. With an overwhelming number of moving parts to an organization, complete workforce visibility is essential to cost savings and preventing misclassification of contingent talent. It’s also imperative to ensure compliance with local, national and international employment laws. How can all of these aspects be successfully managed, you ask? The answer is quite simple. A purely vendor-neutral and integrated Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Vendor Management System (VMS) approach will provide the support to manage any contingent workforce, no matter how complex, dynamic or disparate. In a recent article on HR.com, Dusting Burgess VP of analytics and metrics for PRO Unlimited, provided three steps to guarantee total workforce visibility. Step 1: Partner with a Managed Services Provider (MSP). By partnering with a MSP and a Vendor Management System (VMS), companies are able to see clear budget breakdowns and gain regular headcount reporting. This visibility and transparency significantly enhances contingent workforce management and reduces risk. Step 2: Ensure the MSP has a strong compliance team. Their teams of experts work with suppliers to ensure candidates have the necessary compliance documents and audit each credential and certification prior to engagement. Step 3: Challenge the MSP on analytics. The amount of data available now is staggering and assuming the first two steps were successfully completed, the organization should have plenty of data to use. However, having access to data is not the same as using the data to drive actionable intelligence. At PRO, they have deployed a Total Talent Solution to look at the holistic workforce (full-time employees, and all non-employee types), which is provided meaningful business intelligence to their clients. Dustin highlighted the importance of employing an integrated system such as PRO’s, to minimize worker misclassification and excess labor costs. He stated, “companies that elect to partner with an expert in this space will have a decided advantage knowing they that they are effectively managing their workforce and mitigating risk.” Read the full article and learn more about the advantages of an integrated VMS/MSP approach to achieve complete workforce visibility. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs and data analytics globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.  

The Impact of Enterprise Consumerization on the Contingent Workforce

April 26, 2017
PRO Unlimited’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, Brad Martin, was recently featured in Pharma Tech Outlook providing his expert insights of the consumerized enterprise. He emphasized the need to understand that consumerization is the re-orienting and re-imagining of enterprise software away from “process driven design” and towards delivering a rich, enjoyable experience. What does that really mean? At the end of the day, enterprise users want the same experience they have in their personal lives with resources that are simple, intuitive, and provide seamless functionality. Also, another key element is mobility. Users want a fully mobile platform granting them access to their tasks regardless of location. Being untethered to a desktop is critical to achieving efficiency and meeting one’s role requirements from anywhere, anytime. Driving Innovation These two areas (consumerization and mobility) are driving vendor management systems (VMS) innovation. VMS have been plagued by this lack of consumerization for years. Like many industries, the technology has historically suffered from a robotic and cumbersome approach to user interaction. More than ever, it is essential for enterprise software developers to understand and adapt to this trend to avoid becoming outdated. Ultimately, there needs to be a synergy between enterprise processes and the ease-of-use that these systems deliver to both managers and contingent workers. Combining both mobile functionality and consumerized solutions will result in greater business outcomes across the enterprise. Read the full article to get a more in-depth assessment of the changes occurring within enterprise software design; especially in the contingent workforce management space. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion or a demo of PRO’s VMS, Wand, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Unlimited Announces Global Supplier Award Recipients

April 25, 2017
PRO announced today the recipients of its Annual Global Supplier Awards. These awards acknowledge suppliers who consistently deliver the highest standard of excellence, meeting the talent and project requirements of PRO’s global, Fortune 1000 customers. PRO’s Annual Global Supplier Awards are separated into three categories: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Recipients are chosen based on customer service rankings that are determined by a proprietary 30-point supplier scorecard system. This year’s recipients represent the top echelon in talent quality, compliance, candidate experience, and the ease of doing business with PRO and its clients. Recipients include: • The Planet Group of Companies is recognized as the Platinum Award winner for the services of Planet Pharma, Planet Forward, and Planet Interactive • Gold Award winners include Ascent Services, The Fountain Group, inSync Staffing, and TalentBurst • Silver Award winners include eTeam, Randstad, and Swoon Read the full press release here. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Gartner: Critical Capabilities for Services Procurement Solutions

April 20, 2017
Gartner recently published a report comparing the industry’s Vendor Management Systems (VMS), and PRO Unlimited’s “Wand” VMS received the highest score for the “Contingent Workforce Management” use case. To access the full report, click here. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Defining a Purely Vendor-Neutral and Integrated Contingent Workforce Solution

April 12, 2017
As a leader and pioneer in the contingent workforce management industry for 26+ years, PRO Unlimited provides clients with a purely vendor-neutral and integrated managed service program (MSP) and vendor management system (VMS). So, why does this model matter to companies and more importantly, why has it been so effective? Our executive vice president of business development, Andrew Popler, elaborated on this approach during an interview with Spend Matters.  Andrew emphasized that pure vendor neutrality only exists when the MSP or VMS provider has no affiliation whatsoever with a staffing agency. He stated, “our clients will tell you that the vendor-neutral approach consistently delivers the highest quality talent at market-driven competitive rates. Suppliers embrace the vendor-neutral MSP model and are never hesitant to present their best candidates for consideration. The results achieved by adopting this approach are advantageous for all program stakeholders.” The editors from Spend Matters echoed that statement by adding, “Creating a competitive environment for sourcing labor, while ensuring a level playing field, enables rather than impedes the use of lower cost, direct sourcing options such as independent contractors and freelancers. Finally, pure vendor neutrality means the solution provider is beholden to no one other than the client, which is the never case when the MSP can compete to fill requisitions.” The article also goes on to highlight superior cost efficiency, greater agility, and pure simplicity as the benefits from using a combined solution. These cannot be achieved when an MSP and VMS are used separately. Read the full article to see the other advantages realized from implementing this approach.   If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs and data analytics globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

How to Maximize Contingent Workforce Data

March 30, 2017
PRO Unlimited’s VP of Strategy, Analytics, and Metrics Dustin Burgess was tapped by the Sourcing Industry Group to share his expertise on how to maximize contingent workforce data. Dustin emphasizes that as companies are implementing and managing contingent labor programs, Human Resource professionals will want to capture and harness data and analytics to make critical decisions about where, when, who, and how to employ contract talent. Additionally, it is critical that HR access the kind of talent that will allow them to drive value from the data, in the form of new solutions and actionable plans. Therefore,  it is important for managers to identify individuals within their organizations, or key business partners that have the ability and expertise to extract these meaningful insights. In order to illustrate what this looks like, check out the following case studies to learn about the benefits of using analytics in your contingent workforce program. Contingent Workforce Data: A Look at Three Case Studies Recently, a large utilities company was able to leverage their contingent worker data to help them facilitate the decision-making process on when to renew, release, replace, or re-deploy contingent workers. By understanding what known resources were going to be available, they were able to look at both objective and subjective data points to evaluate each worker’s performance to determine if they should retain them. They looked at enterprise-wide data to identify where the organization’s biggest talent deficits existed, and in many cases, re-located these workers to new areas without having to utilize recruiting channels. In cases where they elected to re-source a position, they leveraged data on their recruiting processes to determine when to start sourcing and where to look for talent. The ability to make decisions from the data saved this company hard dollars that would have gone to recruiters as well as time-savings for the managers and talent acquisition. Another example of how to maximize workforce data relates to holistic workforce management otherwise known as “Total Talent Solutions”. Total Talent Solutions is a term in the contingent workforce industry that is garnering a lot of attention as companies look to optimize their workforce. The idea is that a company can use one platform to monitor and evaluate their entire workforce including permanent and non-permanent employees of all engagement types. While the idea is a good one, the execution of tangible business results in this area has been extremely disappointing to date. Most companies either lack the access to the data, the expertise and understanding of how to measure and track the contingent workforce, or the ability to execute both. However, some organizations have been able to make tremendous leaps in their ability to leverage internal and external data sets to drive actionable insights for their entire workforce. A global technology company recently married their employee and non-employee data, enabling them to see across their entire workforce, understand costs associated with different worker engagement types, determine where their talent pipelines were best suited to fulfill their talent deficits, and where their physical

Highlights from ProcureCon Indirect East

March 20, 2017
Last week, over 250 senior-level procurement executives attended the annual ProcureCon Indirect East event in Orlando, and PRO Unlimited was invited to facilitate an entire session focused on current best practices for reducing costs associated with managing the contingent workforce. Key takeaways included: Determine when to engage an outsourced Managed Services Program (MSP) provider Use innovative technology platforms that help benchmark labor costs against current market trends Navigate co-employment and compliance issues Successfully plan and expand management of contract labor internationally Understand how staff augmentation saves costs when there’s a mandate to reduce employees Lastly, PRO enjoyed spending time with dozens of procurement practitioners who were eager to engage with live demonstrations of PRO’s Wand Vendor Management System (VMS), the industry’s only fully native omni-channel VMS. Clients use Wand to help build their private talent networks in order to self-source and manage professional freelancers, contractors, and pools of temporary project workers If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion or a demo of PRO’s VMS Wand, please contact a representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.  

The Benefits of a Private Contract Talent Network

March 15, 2017
Our Executive Vice President of Product Development Ted Sergott was asked to share his industry expertise with Talent Economy magazine about the benefits of implementing a private contract talent network. In the article titled, “The Power of Private Contract Talent Networks,” Ted emphasizes that as organizations continue to expand their use of contingent talent to supplement their full-time workforce, they are also seeking ways to optimize their contingent workforce programs to generate additional cost-savings. Historically, this is done through the process of supplier rate rationalization, improvements in workflow and cycle time, and engaging a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Vendor Management System (VMS) to drive efficiencies in the program. While all of these measures generate cost-savings, particularly in first generation and early stage programs, more mature programs require the identification of other strategies like self-sourcing. The concept of self-sourcing is not particularly new. However, companies have begun to embrace organizing self-sourced contingent resources into talent networks, automating the workflows to identify and procure talent, and leveraging software that optimizes this workflow. The primary drivers for this include the ability to save significantly on the margins imposed when sourcing through staffing companies, increase the quality of the talent being hired, and dramatically reduce the time required to identify talent for new requisitions. To enable this process, more forward-looking companies have begun to create and use self-sourced talent networks. Click on the link to continue reading and to learn how to create your own Private Contract Talent Network in three steps.  If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion or a demo of PRO’s VMS Wand, please contact a representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.  
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