By Peter Parks, Vice President of Product Management
Mobile devices are changing the way business is done, and when appropriately leveraged, they can help us sharpen focus and work more efficiently. Mobility has led to significant increases in responsiveness for VMS users, optimizing productivity and reducing overall cycle times in contingent workforce management. Mobile line-of-business applications like Provade Mobile promote greater efficiency and performance, and enable workers to stay on top of time-sensitive tasks as they move throughout their workday.
The introduction of business intelligence (BI) is the next logical extension of mobility into VMS. To appropriately leverage mobile BI, it’s important to consider who your audience is and how BI can advance their objectives. I see two primary audiences for mobile BI – the transactional user and the C-suite.
When effectively deployed, BI drives intelligent decisions and boosts productivity for the transactional user. This can be a hiring manager, an MSP or a supplier. Reports or alerts for missing timesheets, a pending response deadline or the upcoming end of an assignment help you make point-in-time decisions. This data can typically be delivered in a small package, so the smartphone is a logical target. You may even be able to perform the appropriate response through the mobile VMS – a scenario where a comprehensive mobile application really delivers improvement to your process and outcome.
Our C-suite BI consumers do not need the minute-by-minute detail that transactional users demand. They’re more interested in summary data with an option to drill down into detail when necessary. Because C-Suite users are rapid adopters of tablet technology, we have targeted this format for their dashboards and detailed reports. With tools like Oracle’s BI app for iPad, we have delivered an excellent medium for the consumption of this information.
Users do not typically access all of the available reporting features in a VMS because the options are so robust. One Provade customer implemented nearly 150 reports they deemed critical, but when we went through a review of their implementation we discovered over 100 of these reports had not been run in the past 6 months. Removing those extra, unused reports enabled them to focus on the meaningful data and ultimately improved their BI experience in our desktop app. As we move more users to Mobile VMS, whether for transactions or BI, we help them attain that critical focus – the compact format demands that we deliver the essentials.
Watch our webinar to learn how to leverage Mobile VMS to maximize efficiency and productivity.
As smartphones and tablets become common tools in the workplace, businesses are taking advantage of the trend to increase their staff’s productivity. Going beyond e-mail and calendar updates, mobile line-of-business applications like VMS allow users to perform key business tasks from any location.
Join Peter Parks, Provade’s Vice President of Product Management, for an HR.com webinar on November 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. CST and learn how your business can leverage a mobile VMS to improve your team’s performance while tracking contingent labor.
In “Mobile VMS: Maximize the Efficiency and Productivity of Your HR Tasks,” Peter will discuss the importance and benefits of mobile VMS technology. He will also cover key considerations when comparing VMS vendors so you can be sure you’re making the best choice for your business, including:
- Available functionality
- Cross-platform optimization
- User experience
- Analytics and Business Intelligence (BI)
- Safety and security of data
Register for this complimentary one-hour webinar.
On Tuesday January 31, Provade's President Edward Jackson will be presenting a webinar with HR.com titled "Enabling VMS to do true workforce management."
Many HR managers know of VMS as a system to help procure and manage contingent labor. Typically, the 'manage' part is usually spend management focused and tends to be the common key driver of a Procurement organizations initiative to utilize a VMS tool. However, VMS offers significant opportunities for HR beyond spend management benefits including:
• Identity management
• Tenure management
• On/Off boarding and provisioning/de-provisioning
• Compliance and audit of all third party workforce
• Total workforce visibility
With contingent labor going from less than 5% of the enterprise workforce fifteen years ago to being an average of 50% of the enterprise workforce within the next five years, HR can take a leadership role in utilizing VMS tools beyond spend management needs.
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Learn more about the webinar and register today by visiting HR.com.