Five Reasons To Engage Independent Professional Talent

The fast-paced, complex nature of today’s global marketplace coupled with an increasingly tight labor market presents numerous challenges for executives tasked with driving sustainable results. Fortunately, a cost-effective, reliable resource solution leveraging highly capable independent talent has emerged that enables corporations to effectively address critical business opportunities and challenges for an immediate impact and quality results. We’ve outlined five key independent talent strategies to accomplish a variety of business objectives. These strategies enable executives to make significant progress despite a lack of in-house resources or time constraints and are significantly more budget friendly when compared to traditional consulting alternatives…

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OnDemand Resources Named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s SDCE 100 Top Supply Chain Projects for 2016

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has selected OnDemand Resources as a recipient of an SDCE 100 Award for 2016. The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects. These projects can serve as a guide for supply chain executives who are looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success. “We are exceptionally pleased to be recognized by our industry’s leading voice for the work we do for our clients.  Since our inception in 2003, we have relentlessly focused on delivering exceptional value to our clients by providing them with highly capable subject matter experts to support their critical initiatives and this recognition is yet another example of the power and capabilities of our network of highly capable independent talent”, per Jan Malasek, CEO of OnDemand Resources. “Our goal with 2016’s SDCE 100 is to shine the spotlight on successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the supply chain,” says Ronnie Garrett, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The selected projects can serve as a roadmap for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. We congratulate all of our winners for a job well done!” About Supply & Demand Chain Executive Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing... read more

Mission Accomplished. Premiere Consulting Expertise at Exceptional Value.

Client: Private Equity Portfolio Company Objective: Recommend Warehousing and Logistics Solution Timing: 4 Weeks OnDemand Independent Expert: Manuel G., Member of the OnDemand Independent Talent Network since 2015 A portfolio company of a major private equity firm needed to quickly evaluate their logistics and warehousing operations to determine if significant opportunities could be achieved across several of their Midwestern plants. The portfolio company wanted to evaluate moving from a decentralized to a centralized warehousing solution – as long as the strategic shift would produce sufficient opportunities to offset any incremental investments or expense flows. OnDemand helped our client engage partner Manuel, an independent consultant whose background was an ideal combination of premier consulting and very relevant industry experience. Manuel’s deep subject matter expertise in all aspects of supply chain made him the ideal candidate to help our client determine the size of the opportunity. Manuel quickly initiated a data request, visited plants, interviewed key stakeholders, and created a cost baseline model. Subsequently, he developed key hypotheses and alternative approaches to generating improvements in the client’s warehousing and logistics operations. Based on his analysis, he recommended a solution supported by a strong business case that highlighted a substantial savings opportunity, which he presented to the executive committee at the end of his 4-week engagement. Our client appreciated Manuel’s expertise, work ethic and his terrific cultural fit. In addition, the client recognized OnDemand’s ability to quickly match them with an expert who could understand their business, effectively assess the situation and recommend a substantive solution – without the expense and overhead of engaging a traditional consulting firm. To learn how OnDemand... read more

Are Your Consulting Fees Keeping You Up at Night?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article stating that Alaska Airlines will be “keeping a very tight lid on” consulting fees as they begin their integration of Virgin America Inc.  In the piece, Dr. Mitchell Marks, a strategy consultant and professor of leadership at San Francisco State University College of Business, states that leaving critical decisions to an outside party can sometimes result in poor outcomes and disenfranchisement from the staff.   Since 2003, OnDemand Resources has held firmly to its belief that integrating top-tier independent experts with your existing staff, not only achieves more effective, sustainable outcomes, but is significantly more cost effective than traditional consulting.  Click here to see how we helped a leading pharmaceutical company transform their procurement operations doing just that.  To learn how OnDemand can help you sleep better, contact... read more

2016 Hiring Trends: CIO Magazine Highlights the “Gig Economy”

Our team at OnDemand Resources was excited to come across this recent article from CIO magazine about the emerging “gig economy.”   Citing the changing needs of today’s workers, the war for talent and other factors, CIO states “the number of workers hired as freelance or contract workers has risen in the past two years, and it’s expected to increase.”   Since our inception in 2003, OnDemand and our many clients have long realized the value of an “on-demand” talent model: it’s the power and flexibility of having consistent access to just the right expert – when you need it.  Finding the right independent talent on your own isn’t as easy as it may seem.  Even with the advantages of social media and on-line job boards, locating the ideal resources can require a partner who has a keen understanding the industry and established relationships with the best independents.   OnDemand can quickly and effectively help you source top project and interim talent at a highly attractive value while mitigating the engagement risks that come with traditional consulting or the limits of going it alone.  Contact us to get... read more

IT Sourcing Trends and Emerging Resource Needs for 2015 and Beyond.

Along with the rest of the economy, the IT industry plodded through the Great Recession bringing with it tight corporate IT budgets.  A ray of sunshine was Gartner’s July 2014 prediction that total IT spending would “rebound and grow until it reaches a new equilibrium.” One year later Gartner has adjusted their 2015 IT spend growth in constant currency to 2.5% – down somewhat from the 3.7% – 3.9% 2015 projections made in the last two quarters of 2014. A closer look shows us that the changes are not organizational belt tightening, but more a result of where budget is being allocated. There is a spending shift underway from hardware to software and services, and from infrastructure to the cloud. Rather than buying six new servers and an application to upgrade an existing HR system, organizations are investing in SaaS and cloud solutions. “As business solutions age, organizations are interested in the cloud and services for their updates,” says Larry Velez, CTO and founder of Sinu, a New York-based IT Managed Service Provider.  “Just a few years ago, no one even considered SaaS solutions for things like hedge fund and portfolio management, but they do now.” The growth of cloud computing in 2015 has been significant. IDC recently reported that total cloud IT infrastructure spending has grown by 40 percent in 2015. This growth accounts for one-third of all IT infrastructure spending with that percentage expected to grow to nearly 50 percent by 2017. Hand-in-hand with cloud computing’s 2015 growth is an impressive 46 percent growth in IT security spending.  Robert Westervelt, IDC Security Products Research Manager confirmed that... read more