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Welcome to our Week-in-Review series, Catalant’s roundup of all things on-demand economy, from breaking news to newly minted reports to upcoming events in the industry.

What People Are Asking This Week: Where can I find the technical skills I need for my business? How is AI transforming HR? How can I unlock the benefits of my on-demand workforce? How can I include my contingent workforce in my company’s diversity and inclusion programs? Where can I learn more about the future of work?

Read on for the latest in the gig economy for business this week.

The Wall Street Journal Explains the Blended Future of Work

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by Sam Schechner on how companies like Shell and General Electric are assigning tasks and project teams through AI and machine learning via Catalant’s digital platform.

With the HR software market continuing to grow, advanced technology is transforming workforce planning and talent management. Emphasizing the important role of software-based talent solutions, WSJ highlights Catalant’s role in developing agile talent solutions. Matching organizations with internal or external expertise, Catalant has helped enterprises meet their ongoing business needs in a cost-effective and, perhaps more important in this modern age, flexible manner.

The business landscape is changing as technology continues to evolve and the demand for technical skills rises. As the Wall Street Journal describes it, the future of work will be a blended workforce, consisting of artificial intelligence, full-time employees and on-demand talent.

Learn why successful enterprises are creating their own entrepreneurship communities with Catalant. Read the full article here: Meet Your New Boss: An Algorithm.

Unlock the Benefits of the Workforce Revolution

Just after the new year, SAP Fieldglass, Ardent Partners, and Catalant — three active firms in the talent and supply chain management landscape — will help you understand how best-in-class enterprises are leveraging on-demand talent to solve critical business challenges. In the upcoming webinar, Rich Gardner, SVP Strategic Partnerships at Catalant Technologies, Kevin Poll, Digital Strategy at SAP Fieldglass and Chris Dwyer, VP of Research at Ardent Partners will explore not only how to tap into the resources you need, but also how to do so with greater agility and efficiency in order to accelerate business outcomes.

Gardner, Poll, and Dwyer will touch particularly on the critical market trends driving this workforce revolution. They’ll also give specific examples of companies that have built digital ecosystems to streamline talent acquisition and provide the most value from this critical labor segment.

With more and more enterprises not only seeking, but demanding the supply of niche technical expertise, learning how to fit advanced digital solutions into your overall internal and external workforce strategies will give you a leg up against your competition and ensure you put your best foot forward in 2018.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, January 11th at 1pm ET. To join (or access the post-webinar recording), sign up here: The Future of Work Is Now: Unlocking the Benefits of On-Demand Talent.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs and the On-Demand Workforce

With the rise of the gig economy, the conversation around the contingent workforce and diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs is getting louder and louder. D&I programs are created with the hope of fostering teamwork. In the past, this was mostly within a group full-time employees who all worked together in the same building on a daily basis. But times they are a-changin’ and things are no longer that simple.

The time is now for a company’s contingent workforce to be included in initiative development. Spend Matters published a great piece last month by Kanita H. Brown and Leslie Marsh that dives deeper into this important conversation, highlighting that “the consensus is that there is little co-employment risk created through the inclusion of the contingent workforce in a relationship with the FTE workforce.”

But Spend Matters isn’t the only one who’s been talking about diversity and inclusion programs recently. Raul Ramos at Populus Group wrote a great piece that explains diversity spending strategies and highlight benefits and best practices. Ramos discusses the growing number of digital platforms that connect businesses with high-end on-demand talent. Pointing out that businesses today spend a ton of money on procuring talent, Ramos argues that diversity within your workforce will make your organization stronger.

Give these pieces a read: The Case for Considering Contingent Workers in Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Best Practices for Achieving Diversity Spend in the Gig Economy.

Companies have changed how they find and engage talent, most notably, through flexible, agile solutions. These conversations continue to show us the significance of on-demand knowledge and its role in the blended workforce. This revolution has only just begun — it will be exciting to see what 2018 will bring us.

When it comes to human capital innovation, contingent workforce solutions, on-demand knowledge economy research, trends and updates, we’ve got you covered. Check back for another edition of Catalant’s Week-in-Review.