As the season turned from summer to fall, the VectorVMS team took a trip to the Lone Star state for the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) “Collaboration in the Gig Economy” conference. In this article, Nikki Williams, Marketing Brand Manager at VectorVMS, shares some key insights from the conference.
“Collaboration in the Gig Economy” is an event designed for everyone in the talent supply chain industry, creating an environment where tech, talent, and suppliers converge. And converge we did—after more than two years of virtual-only events, VectorVMS was back out in force for our third in-person conference of the year. It was a true return to form as we reunited with industry leaders and partners while making new connections.
As a first-time attendee myself, this year’s event had me chatting with three key types of attendees. Here’s what I learned from each of them:
1) Technology and MSP Partners
Having joined VectorVMS in 2021, this was my first experience meeting our technology partners face-to-face. It was great to shake hands with those who I had previously only seen on my laptop screen. From managed service providers (MSPs) to direct sourcing and artificial intelligence technologies, connecting with our partners only strengthens our ability to innovate and create the best solutions for our clients.
2) Staffing Companies
As a marketer, customer feedback is invaluable. Being able to learn about how suppliers use our platform offers a unique perspective I’m not able to get every day. Plus, suppliers provide great insights into the extended workforce industry. Whether they specialize in information technology roles or per diem healthcare, the use of contingent labor continues to grow.
3) Procurement and Talent Acquisition Professionals
Whether they self-manage or use an MSP, one thing became clear to me while meeting with procurement and talent acquisition professionals—no single extended workforce is identical to another. Each has their own unique contingent labor needs, and solutions range from plug-and-play technologies to home-grown tracking systems. One thing they all have in common is the desire to manage their contingent workforce more efficiently without compromising on functionality.
Finally, being a remote workforce ourselves, we were able to meet with Dallas-based colleagues, some of whom we’d only met virtually. It was a great week of connecting and building great working relationships all around.
Were you at SIA’s Gig Economy? What was your favorite part of the event? Drop us a line and let us know!
Meet the Expert
Nikki Williams – Marketing Brand Manager
Nikki Williams is responsible for marketing strategy and implementation for VectorVMS. In her role, she helps contingent workforce professionals discover the value of a vendor management solutions through blogs, webinars, conferences, and more. Her goal is to ensure these professionals can quickly find answers to their questions about VMS technology. Nikki has more than 10 years of experience as a marketing professional for technology, including human resources technologies as well as leadership and organizational development services. Connect with her on LinkedIn.