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Quarterly Business Review Strategies to Drive Efficiency

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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. 

Say Aloha to Provade at Kahunaville Cocktail Reception

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Attending the CW Solutions Forum and CWS Summit October 6-9? Provade wants to ensure you enjoy your time in Las Vegas, which is why we are hosting an exclusive cocktail reception at Kahunaville Treasure Island. Kahunaville is a Las Vegas hot spot featuring flair bartenders and tropical-island style. Get to know the Provade team and enjoy complimentary lama pa’ipa’l (cocktails) and kaukau (hors d’oeuvres).   

Join Provade at SIA’s CW Solutions Forum and CWS Summit

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The largest annual event for global corporate buyers of contingent labor is hitting Las Vegas!

Is Your Business Fully Integrated?

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Integration is a surefire way to improve business processes, offering a world of benefits to end users, administrators and the C-Suite. Leveraging an overarching solution not only has financial benefits (derived from taking full advantage of your IT investment) but also boots productivity by gaining efficiency in workflows. With the amount of time it takes to select and implement a software application, why not get the most from the solution by applying it to the business as a whole? Creating siloes with different applications only limits the results you will see from your solutions, and prevents your team members from applying business intelligence data to their decision making process.

Metrics for MSPs: Using Data to Drive Supplier Improvement

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Many Managed Services Providers (MSPs) sometimes find the idea of reporting on their supplier base an overwhelming task, largely due to the amount of data that is available and the amount of interpretation required to effectively assess results. Ultimately, the MSP is held responsible for providing metrics on their supply base, whether the goal is to:

What is "Support" in an MSP Program?

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As a vendor management system (VMS) provider, we are often included in business reviews with our Managed Services Providers (MSP) and their end customers. In this scenario, there are three parties at the table, each with a unique point of view of the relationship. From an operational perspective, there are two relationships: customer to MSP and MSP to VMS. Of course, as the VMS provider we strive to know the end customer and establish a positive relationship with them, but on a day-to-day basis the customer's primary interaction is with the MSP team and their on-site representatives. Our interactions are focused on the MSP, providing support as needed.

The Benefits of Working Like a Lean Startup


Provade has been hard at work creating a new software application that will revolutionize workforce management at every stage of the process – and we’ve learned a lot along the way. As our team continues to develop industry-leading contingent workforce management software, we continually reevaluate the way we work so that we can produce the best solutions for our clients. This involves culling strategic insights from varied sources and trying new methods to optimize results. One such resource that has helped Provade’s development team is The Lean Startup, a book that is based on the ideas of lean manufacturing, which enable businesses to shorten time-to-market and get continuous feedback that improves the end product. The principles of “lean” are focused on doing more with less – fewer resources, more focused processes and a tightly honed set of metrics to measure success.

The Build-Measure-Learn Approach

This strategy requires companies to create what is referred to as a “Minimum Viable Product” – or a functioning product with a small starter set of features. This product allows the target users to start working with the system so they can provide valuable feedback to drive additional development. In order to create this, the development team must take a Build-Measure-Learn approach to pull together the fundamental features that will underscore our new application.

Where Will You Be October 6-9?

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Provade is planning a trip to Las Vegas this October for the 2014 CW Solutions Forum and CWS Summit, and we hope to see you there!

How Staying Hands-On with MSPs Improves Program Results

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What makes an MSP best in class? Their ability to support all labor categories? Assist with training and user adoption? A focused annual review of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)? Or is it the technology they use? While all of these factors come together to make an MSP best in class, a Vendor Management System (VMS) is often a key factor in the ability to make continuous improvements and take your program to the next level.

A United Front: The Power of a Fully Integrated Business System

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When selecting a Vendor Management System (VMS) to support your contingent workforce management program, there are many angles to consider. Many organizations focus primarily on features and functionality during their assessment process, searching for a solution that will allow them to accomplish key tasks in a streamlined and effective way. Mobility, reporting and ease-of-use are all significant factors, but there is one key area that many businesses overlook: integration. According to HRO Today, more than 50 percent of organizations do not integrate their VMS and timekeeping solutions – or do not know if they are integrated.

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