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Workforce Industry News for the week of February 10, 2014

This week in the workforce industry…

I think I’m in Love with my Procurement Suite: When Spend Analysis Meets “Her” (via Spend Matters)
Although a portion of this article is Jason Busch’s synopsis of the recent film hit, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, the other portion actually discusses what Her signals for the world of procurement. Many in the world of procurement have relied on the same technologies that are highlighted in the film, as artificial intelligence becomes more prominent in society today. This technology is no longer just “potential.” It is here and now. Overall, this is a great tongue-in-cheek article just in time for the Valentine’s weekend.

Welcome to the New “State” of Contingent Workforce Management, Part II: The Framework (via CPO Rising)
This is the second part to a multi-article series as part of the Ardent Partners’ landmark new research study. Framework, the perfect complement to an organization’s greater CWM strategy, can offer insights for companies that seek to develop proper CWM programs – or improve on their existing layout. This article contains a sneak peek at the foundation of Ardent’s CWM framework, including the goals of a great CWM program and the underlying technology solutions and platforms that automate key components.

Cloud Not all Doom and Gloom for IT Jobs Market (via Computer Weekly)
The use of cloud computing is already changing the way we work and employ. Traditionally with outsourcing, the growth of the cloud in the long-term will actually lead to less technical infrastructure management work, but these roles run the risk of being transferred to other areas of new business. If cloud specialists are put into place both in-house and at service providers, the outsourcing industry could see some kind of effect and a new cloud ecosystem could potentially be born.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to bookmark the Beeline blog to stay informed about the industry trends and findings. We hope everyone has a great weekend!

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