10 July 2023

Why VMS Integration is Key to Seamless Contingent Workforce Recruiting

Wayne Burgess
Wayne Burgess

The competitiveness and agility of your organization hinge on your capacity to attract top-tier contingent workers. However, many businesses face challenges in this area due to internal process complexities that lead to a lack of visibility and control.

If your team is experiencing this challenge, you might not be alone in facing it. Many businesses struggle to achieve the necessary visibility and control over their contingent workforce, hindering their ability to enhance internal processes and achieve optimal workforce outcomes.

Instead, many companies are managing their contingent workforce with unconnected systems and unstandardized processes. Here at Conexis VMS we often find that the unintegrated Vendor Management System (VMS) is the reason behind this.

Many organizations are using their VMS on an ad-hoc basis, without connecting it to their other workforce systems and without getting buy-in from hiring managers and others responsible for managing contingent workers. 

This leads to the business having a complete lack of visibility and control over their contingent workers, resulting in:

  • Unstandardized processes across the organization
  • Rogue spend as hiring managers pay what they want
  • Increased likelihood of falling foul of compliance regulations

There’s one simple thing you can do to address these challenges - VMS integration


What is VMS Integration? 

VMS integration is the art of connecting your Vendor Management System (VMS) with other essential systems to create a harmonious and efficient ecosystem for contingent workforce recruiting. It's like bringing different puzzle pieces together to create a complete picture.

Think of VMS integration as the magic that bridges the gap between your VMS platform, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), and other tools you use to manage your workforce. 

This integration allows seamless coordination and communication among these systems, ensuring a streamlined and effective recruitment process.

Why VMS Integration is Critical to Contingent Workforce Recruiting 

Whether you're a small business or a large enterprise, VMS integration can revolutionize the way you manage your contingent workforce. It empowers you to make data-driven decisions, collaborate effortlessly, and maximize the potential of your contingent workforce.

1 - Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity

By integrating with your VMS, organizations can automate and streamline the entire recruitment process, from requisition to onboarding. This eliminates duplicate entry, reduces errors, and minimizes administrative burdens. Automating and syncing repetitive tasks and workflows frees up valuable time for recruiters and hiring managers, allowing them to focus on strategic initiatives and high-priority tasks. 

2 - Streamlined Candidate Sourcing and Selection

VMS integration enables organizations to centralize their candidate sourcing and selection processes. By integrating a VMS with an ATS platform, recruiters gain access to a broader talent pool, including both internal and external candidates. This integration ensures that recruiters have a comprehensive view of available talent, enabling them to make informed decisions and select the most suitable contingent workers for each role.

3 - Improved Compliance and Risk Management

Managing compliance and mitigating risk is crucial in contingent workforce management. VMS integration helps organizations enforce standardized processes, ensuring compliance with legal, regulatory, and internal policies. By integrating VMS with HRIS systems, organizations can automatically verify worker credentials, conduct background checks, and manage certifications. This integration minimizes the risk of non-compliance and protects organizations from potential legal and financial liabilities. 

4 - Real-time Visibility and Reporting

VMS integration provides real-time visibility into contingent workforce data. By integrating VMS with other workforce analytics and reporting tools, organizations can generate comprehensive reports, track key performance indicators (KPIs), and gain valuable insights into their contingent workforce. This data-driven approach enables organizations to make informed decisions, identify trends, and optimize their contingent workforce strategies for better outcomes.

5 - Cost Optimization and Financial Control

Integrating VMS with financial systems allows organizations to gain better control over costs associated with contingent workforce management. By automating processes such as invoicing, billing, and payment, organizations can reduce errors, minimize delays, and improve financial visibility. VMS integration also enables accurate tracking of contingent workforce expenses, facilitating cost analysis and optimization. 

6 - Seamless Collaboration and Communication

Effective collaboration and communication among stakeholders are vital for successful contingent workforce management. VMS integration facilitates seamless communication by connecting various systems and stakeholders involved in the recruitment process. This integration enables real-time updates, automatic notifications, and centralized communication channels, ensuring all parties involved are on the same page throughout the hiring process. Collaborative features such as shared dashboards and interactive feedback loops promote efficient collaboration, reducing communication gaps and enhancing overall productivity.

Why Your Business Needs a VMS With Built-In APIs

Sounds great, right? Despite the benefits, so many organizations either aren’t integrating their VMS with other workforce systems or they are using clunky, expensive and inefficient means of integration that are no longer fit for purpose in the modern world. 

That’s because traditionally legacy VMS systems would need native custom integrations on a client level with custom codes implemented into them, as well as the system they are needed to connect with, in order for the two systems to communicate. 

These custom codes take significant resources, specialized expertise and knowledge of a company’s specific requirements - making them time-consuming and incredibly expensive to implement. Companies would have to pay system integrators to do this for them.

To make matters even worse, the more custom integrations built on these legacy Vendor Management Systems, the more complex and time-consuming they became to use for a company’s procurement and HR teams, as well as their hiring managers.

As internal teams become increasingly frustrated with their VMS, they look for a way around it. Hiring managers begin to source contingent workers outside of the VMS, and the company loses all visibility and control of its contingent workforce program.

To get maximum ROI from your Vendor Management System, look for a modern VMS that has built-in APIs that make integrating your VMS with other systems a breeze.

Interested in learning more about Vendor Management Solutions?

Whether you are looking for a new VMS Solution, or just getting started, we are here to help.  See how easy Conexis is to use by taking a quick 2 minute Self-Guided Tour.  Contact Us for a Free No-Obligation Consultation to discuss your workforce challenges (and get immediate actionable insights) or Book a Personal Demo Today!

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Wayne Burgess

Wayne Burgess

Wayne Burgess is the President of Conexis, a technology company focused on helping organizations get control of their Contingent workforce.

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