Your Booth-By-Booth Guide to HR Tech: Non-Employee, Contingent Workforce, Gig Economy Solution Providers and Bears: Visit Them All!

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Yesterday, I did a kind of tongue-in-cheek post, entitled “The Elephant in the Room at HR Tech: Contingent Workforce,” pointing out the near-total absence of non-employee, contingent workforce, gig economy solutions at HR Tech.  However, in the outside world, there are actually numerous solutions (like VMS, online freelancer marketplaces, FMS, et. al.) designed to address this growing and increasingly important workforce.  Though still only an emerging topic in HR circles, we know that HR professionals really are intensely interested in the future of work (now at our doorstep) and in how their organizations will engage contingent labor and talent, given increasing talent gaps and shifts in how the workforce wants or needs to “go to work.”

With that in mind, I wanted to point out several solution providers that will be at HR Tech — all having very significant connections to the non-employee, contingent workforce, gig economy.  I’ll also provide some links to some of our pertinent articles for more information.

  • (Booth 12461) According to Crunchbase, is a "mobile-first candidate network where hourly and on-demand [workers] maintain their profile, get verified, engage in training and assessments, explore potential career paths, and get hired by the hourly and on-demand companies that best fit the candidate.”  See our posts: Gearing Up to Grow the On-Demand Economy and Closes $3.3M Seed Round, Ready for Commercial Launch
  • MBO Partners (Booth 2802) says it is “the industry’s only a complete business operating system for independent workers, offering technology solutions that make it easy for self-employed professionals and their clients to do business both efficiently and compliantly.” MBO also recently announced complete independent contractor aggregation/engagement platform, MBO Connect 2.0. Read our post MBO Partners Announces Release 2.0 of MBO Connect: From Caterpillar to Butterfly and Beyond and see all of our MBO posts by clicking HERE.
  • Wonolo (Booth 2626) says it “is helping companies flexibly address their unpredictable labor requirements. From the platform, businesses can manage either their own internal workforce or Wonolo’s community of vetted on-demand workers and schedule work all in one place." See our recent posts: Wonolo Proves a Versatile Workforce Solution Platform for Unum and Colonial Life and On-Demand Platform Wonolo Unveils its ‘W2 Option’ and More
  • Work Market (Booth 1859) says it is [a platform-based] “enabler for the modern work experience. Our on-demand labor software helps HR practitioners at Fortune 500 enterprises efficiently and compliantly scale a freelance workforce.” To see all of our posts on Work Market, click right HERE.
  • Randstad Sourceright (sponsor, apparently not exhibiting).  You may be wondering why we are pointing out this RPO/MSP unit of Randstad.  Perhaps you know that Randstad is acquiring  But what you probably do not know is that the Randstad Innovation Fund invested a couple of years back in Gigwalk and twago.  Randstad Japan is leveraging the Gigwalk platform as a way to meet supply and demand for short-term temp assignments.  Earlier this year, Randstad acquired 100% of twago, and now Sourceright is leveraging that platform to provide clients with a managed freelancer delivery solution.  For more, check out these articles: Randstad Japan and Gigwalk Taking Temporary Staffing into the On-Demand, Gig Economy and Randstad Sourceright Leverages Recent Acquisition twago as FMS
  • SAP Fieldglass (sponsoring, but may also be present, SAP SuccessFactors, Booth 900): If you don’t know what a VMS (Vendor Management System) is in the world of contingent workforce, now’s a very good time to find out.  VMS is the core technology used by enterprises to manage non-employee, contingent workforce.  And Fieldglass — which was acquired by SAP and is being integrated in various ways with SuccessFactors — is the largest VMS by worldwide market share.  Consider attending a webinar on VMS, ERP, and HR Solutions at

As I mentioned in my last post, at HR Tech, I want to answer the big question about contingent workforce and what HR professionals really think and want to know about it all.

If you have answers, please contact me at akarpie [at] spendmatters [dot] com.  If you would like to follow our coverage of contingent workforce and all things gig (and even sign up for email updates), then visit us at

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