Despite the recent news of Yahoo and Best Buy pulling their home workers back into the office, the trend of working-from-home is not going away anytime soon. Proof can be found in the recent New York Times article announcing the Freelancers Union, currently with over 200,000 members and growing quickly. The purpose of the Freelancers Union is to address freelancer concerns—about things like health insurance—so they can continue to enjoy the freedom of the freelance lifestyle.
The reality is that a growing number of workers prefer to work virtually and maintain the work-from-home flexibility. In a recent synthesis of over 500 studies, the Telework Research Network published some very interesting statistics that I encourage you to read. Here are a few that support the notion that working-from-home is on the rise: Continue reading »
While there will always be a need for certain types of work to be done either onsite or in a global facility, the market is beginning to fatigue on offshore and outsourcing and looking for new alternatives. Evidence of that point is shown in new research figures released from analyst company Ovum revealing that in 2012 the global market for IT outsourcing services fell to its lowest point in over a decade. Outsourcing and offshoring are no longer regarded as models that deliver a competitive advantage. Corporations are now looking at Enterprise Crowdsourcing services as an innovative way to impact their business, now that they have realized there are limitations and downfalls with traditional outsourcing models. Let’s look at a side by side comparison: Continue reading »
This week, we’re on the show floor at Crowdopolis and I will be presenting to a great crowd (pun intended) on the topic of, “Crowdsourcing in Action: Secure Big Data Capture and Cleansing.” With tax season in full swing – and the thought of filing taxes on the minds of many – I hope there will be many captive ears in the audience as I explain how Lionbridge Enterprise Crowdsourcing’s Data Management Solutions for tax processing allow state governments’ departments of revenue to collect, cleanse and process vital tax data.
I’ll share with you some key highlights from my presentation. To begin, let’s take a look at some numbers. According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, the IRS collects $2.4 trillion each tax year from an estimated 234 million tax returns. Approximately 15 percent or 35 million are paper returns. According to the IRS, the estimated annual tax gap is $385 billion dollars which comes from non-filing, under reporting and under payment.
So the question becomes, how can big data help close the tax gap? Continue reading »
This week, Lionbridge announced our new suite of professional crowdsourcing offerings. As you may know, crowdsourcing is not new at Lionbridge and, in fact, we have been providing crowdsourcing services to our clients for many years, organically growing with our existing client’s to over $150M in annual revenue. In direct response to market demand, customer needs and the projected size of the market we are now, for the first time, launching our new offerings – Data Management, Translation, Testing, and Custom Crowd Solutions. By rolling out this suite of offerings t we are capitalizing on this momentum and providing the market with a new alternative way to get work done.
I recently sat down with Martha Crow, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise Solutions, to get her take on the Enterprise Crowdsourcing market, why it’s the next generation of outsourcing, and what’s ahead for the market.
It’s Monday morning after the Super Bowl and the office is buzzing over last night’s big game – but it’s probably not all about what happened on the field between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Your co-workers are more likely gathering to talk about the best and worst of the Super Bowl commercials. This year, another element caught people’s attention – crowdsourcing. Continue reading »
Over the course of two and a half months, starting in September, Lionbridge surveyed a specific list of Procurement managers to gauge awareness and current attitudes about crowdsourcing as a labor strategy for enterprise organizations.
The survey was designed to determine the following:
Lionbridge’s acquisition today of Virtual Solutions, Inc., (VSI) a recognized innovator in the data entry industry and a real up and comer in the crowdsourcing space, is exciting news for our respective employees, customers, prospects and business partners. But the significance of the fusion of the two companies — with their complementary experience and expertise — goes far beyond the headline heralding the continued consolidation in this white-hot segment. It underscores what Lionbridge, as well as many industry observers, have been predicting for the past few years: Crowdsourcing has truly arrived as an accepted business practice for medium and large corporations. Continue reading »
For those of you who would like to learn more about Enterprise Crowdsourcing, this Webinar is a great opportunity to connect and interact with industry and practice leaders, August 16th 2012, 2pm – 3pm EDT, a date not to be missed. Read more or Register Now.. Continue reading »
Quite a few years back when I told friends and family that I worked from home occasionally I got some strange looks and comments, along the lines of “You can do that..”. In my parents’ generation and even early in my working life you went out to work and came home to rest and play. Looks like the tables are now reversed. More and more people in all walks of life, locations and functions work from home on a part time and full time basis. Continue reading »
Here at Lionbridge GSS. HQ, our recruitment team is used to equally impressing & baffling those who are new to our experience. Enterprise Crowdsourcing as a concept is still a new take on recruitment & so how do we explain to those outside our walls in our office in the West of Ireland that we can tailor a global team, thousands strong in nature, of outsourced individuals specifically for client needs & then equally manage their performance to a high level of detail and quality – and actually get them to believe us? This blog is an introduction to how we can answer that question & to give an insight into what we do in Lionbridge GSS, starting with a view of our Crowd recruitment. Continue reading »