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VMS Cybersecurity is Just as Important

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 10:23:01 AM

Recently we were involved in a competition for VMS business where the client was very concerned about security – and rightfully so – since they had a breach about a year ago that has cost them tens of millions of dollars – and counting. They told us that of the top enterprise companies they invited to their competition that on their security assessment we had scored in the 90s of a possible score of just above a hundred. We figured we had done well but what was surprising was that the next best score was in the 70s. Why so much VMS security disparity?

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Topics: VMS security

Mobile VMS – Really?

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 12:56:21 PM

At Provade we continue to be astonished at the reaction we receive when we are in front of our customers and prospects and we show them our mobile apps.  Responses range from sheer amazement at what they are seeing to diatribes about how backward the VMS industry is, and the inevitable question, “why is Provade the only VMS I have seen with mobile apps?”.  I wish I had an answer to that question because it would give me insight into the mindset of our competition.  But I can tell you that, no matter the answer, I’m glad only Provade has real mobile apps for the hiring manager and worker.

Mobility means simplicity, and today everyone is asking for greater simplicity in everything we do.  The traditional desktop approach to VMS (or even the tablet approach many VMS providers have taken) lends itself to over-complication of the experience.  If you think 'mobile' first you’ll focus on a streamlined user experience, and that is exactly what we deliver in our mobile apps.

Notice I said that we have “real mobile apps” for the hiring manager and requester.  Unlike our big competitors, we don’t just enable you to use our website on your mobile device (I have news for them, you can use any website on your mobile device), or use doctored-up emails.  We deliver purpose-built, native Android and IOS apps – you can find them on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.  This is what is truly meant when people speak of “mobility”.  Our apps were built specifically for your handheld devices and they blow away the user experience of hitting our competition’s websites on your iPhone or Android device.  Hiring managers can create requisitions, review candidates and their resumes, schedule interviews, create assignments, approve transactions and much more.  Workers can submit timesheets and expenses and attach receipts or work product.  You can complete the entire process end-to-end without ever touching a keyboard.

So, if your organization has a strategic initiative to mobilize your workforce, both your FTEs and contingent, then you need to see Provade’s mobile apps.

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Topics: Contingent Workforce, Provade, VMS, Staffing, Mobile

Stability is KEY in VMS

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 3:28:22 PM

At Provade, central to our strategy as a VMS is the stability we derive from the Oracle applications on which we base our solution. We chose to build on top of a world class Enterprise foundation for a number of reasons. First is the breadth of features that are inherent to a truly global ERP: multi-lingual, multi-currency, support for all forms of taxes, a robust workflow engine and the ability to handle vastly complex organizational structures and the intricacies that come with them. These are all essential to support our customers who span nearly 70 countries and myriad industry verticals. On top of this strong foundation we have added a decade worth of enhancements and extensions to give our customers the best, most complete experience as they procure and manage all manner of services.

But all of the deep capability we deliver would be for naught if our system were unstable or unreliable. Another reason we chose to build on Oracle applications is the tremendous stability they provide. Unlike the VMS systems which grew out of the late 90s and early 2000s, Oracle is built from the ground up with an appreciation for every aspect of a global corporation’s business: customer relationship management, services procurement, purchasing, HR, financials, supply chain management and business intelligence. In contrast, other VMS providers set their own foundations to support a very narrow slice of what the VMS experience has grown to be. Over the last decade-plus they have added modules here and there, patching together pieces that stretch their infrastructure and architecture far beyond its original intended scope. At the same time, we have been enhancing core components that are part of a firm, broad foundation that was laid before we began and which continues to serve the Fortune 1000 very well.

Of late there is increasing noise in the VMS world about the instability of some of the top players in the space. “System unavailable” messages are becoming more common. Users are unable to access systems and/or reporting for extended periods, sometimes days. But this is not something Provade customers experience. We have exceeded our uptime SLAs every year since our inception. We are the most reliable of the tier one VMS providers. And we do all of this on a single, global instance. Several of our largest competitors host multiple instances, and even with this reduced load they are unable to maintain the uptime Provade consistently achieves.

As you contemplate what VMS is right for you, stability and availability should be at the fore. The record of the last decade, and the reports coming out of the industry today clearly demonstrate that Provade is your most stable, most reliable choice in VMS.
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Join Provade at the TSW Expo

Posted on May 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Provade is honored to be sponsoring and attending the 2015 Spring TSW Expo, May 4-6 in Silicon Valley. It will be an exciting three days full of sessions and workshops that help drive adoption and outcomes. And, we'll be introducing something new!

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Topics: Provade

Get a Clear View of SOW Spend to Enhance Your Procurement Program

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 10:30:00 AM

With a new year come new budgets, and often new commitments to optimize certain aspects of your business. If you're considering revamping or enhancing your procurement program in 2015, you should begin with a clear understanding of how you are currently operating and what your managers have planned for the future.

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Topics: SOW

Get to Know Hans Bukow

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Provade recently welcomed Hans Bukow as president, who brings over 25 years of executive management and entrepreneurship experience leading venture-backed technology companies. Hans’ widespread skills and knowledge are assets to Provade’s continued growth and innovation. Let’s get to know our new leader. 

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Topics: VMS Best Practices, SOW

Big Data Driving Demand for BI Talent

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Enterprise organizations are finding that a strong business intelligence (BI) strategy is essential to take advantage of big data’s possibilities. As data becomes more available and democratized than ever before, companies that don't figure out how to harness it, analyze it and apply it to their advantage will be left behind. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence

Say Hello to a Fully Integrated VMS with our New Video

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Without a fully integrated Vendor Management System (VMS), organizations aren’t functioning as efficiently as possible. Integration with existing ERP systems can help companies achieve cost savings, time savings, compliance and ease of use.

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Topics: VMS Best Practices

Trends and Insights in Contingent Workforce Management

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 4:28:04 PM

When industry experts come together to discuss and debate issues in contingent workforce management, it's always a lively discussion.  As sponsors of the 2014 SIA CW Solutions Forum and CWS Summit earlier this month in Las Vegas, we were able to hear firsthand from those who live and breathe contingent workforce management. As they candidly shared their successes, needs and challenges, we heard several themes emerge:

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Topics: VMS Best Practices, Mobile

Quarterly Business Review Strategies to Drive Efficiency

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 4:08:00 PM

Never underestimate the benefits of the Quarterly Business Review (QBR). When done correctly, the QBR is a critical component to build a strong and productive contingent workforce vendor/client relationship. These meetings provide a fact-based environment where progress can be evaluated and proactive strategies can be initiated. Business Intelligence (BI) is an integral part of the QBR; this concrete data, supplied by the Vendor Management System (VMS), enables an evaluation of performance and provides a starting point for discussion to help drive future growth. 

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Topics: VMS Best Practices, Business Intelligence