Victor Hugo said there was one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: an idea whose time had come. Right now, a flexible, dynamic, on-demand workforce is such an idea.
Overseas punters are critical of most aspects of our innovation ecosystem including risk tolerance, tall-poppy syndrome and venture capital flows. But there is one segment in which Australia is bagging some wins and that is in the Talent-as-a-Service space.
TaaS is cloud-based technology enabling businesses to connect with talent on demand, when and where they need it. We’re talking about freelancers and contractors through to professional service firms and agencies.
The result, when done properly, is greater efficiency, scalability and productivity for individuals, companies and economies across the world. With talent being the largest cost base for most businesses, the variabilisation of talent-related costs from traditionally rigid models is perhaps the highest impact “as-a-service” yet.
Bridget Loudon is the CEO of Expert360, Australia’s leading online marketplace for curated, on demand, business consulting talent. Since cofounding Expert360 in 2013, Bridget has led the company to become a global Talent-as-a-Service (TaaS) platform, and enabled a new market for readily available elite capability and expertise.
A recognised thought leader in strategy, entrepreneurship and digital disruption, she has won numerous accolades and awards, including NAB 2014 Women’s Agenda Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, FutureMakers list of Australia’s top 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs, and Shoestring’s Top 50 Australian female entrepreneurs under 40.