Earlier this month, The Tech Tribune recognized CloudFactory as one of the 10 Best Tech Startups in Durham. The list of tech startups based in Durham, N.C., was the result of research on each company’s revenue potential, leadership team, brand and product traction, and competitive landscape.
One of our clients said it best: “CloudFactory has people who care.” It’s true: our teams are known for high quality work, and they love the role they play in working with the world’s most innovative technology companies. Since 2008, we have helped hundreds of companies grow their businesses by providing a highly scalable, managed workforce to be an extension of their teams.
Six years ago, we published a conversation one of our employees had with his mom about the company I’d founded the same year. Here’s a preview of the conversation I’m likely to have with my mom this holiday season about the company that has outsmarted outsourcing.
The combination of technology and startup thinking can force us to challenge long-held, collective wisdom. It’s a reality in business today that we’ve seen before, in the bestselling novel-turned-movie Moneyball, a true story about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager, Billy Beane.
Experts disagree on where artificial intelligence (AI), automation, cloud computing, and machine learning are taking us in the future. And whether you believe machines will take over the world or that humans always will have control over technology, one thing is certain – we’re in for change.
AI Creates New Jobs and Titles for Workers
If NASA’s recruitment for a planetary protection officer teaches us anything, it’s that interesting job titles are a sign of the times. We are just beginning to feel the impact of automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace, and we can expect that impact to grow as AI matures. Instead of being a job taker as many suspected, it’s shaping up to be a job creator.
We often get asked how CloudFactory is different from crowdsourcing platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk). Simply put, while CloudFactory provides access to a talented workforce, we’re not a pure crowdsourcing model, we provide an enterprise alternative to crowdsourcing that is built to handle critical business processes that need to be done right.
At CloudFactory, we’re constantly thinking about the future of work, and how it will impact businesses and workers. No one disputes that the nature of work, and the workforce needed to support it, is shifting in fundamental ways. While we can’t predict the future, when we analyze the trends, seven truths stand out as powerful forces shaping the future of work.
We can all agree that technology has revolutionized how organizations hire workers and how people work. Over a third (34 percent) of the U.S. workforce is comprised of remote workers, according to the most recent Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report.
The gig economy and need for cloud workers is knocking down global barriers and helping both businesses and people around the globe maximize their own inherent potential. A report in CIO Magazine stated that 95 percent of businesses believe this new global workforce is a key element in growing and managing a successful company.
Technology has transformed how we work and get work done. Companies like Uber and TaskRabbit connect people with workers in real time, based on their expertise, location or availability — making it faster, cheaper and on-demand.
A similar model has emerged in business-to-business (B2B) services. Everyone from global enterprise companies to startups use labor they tap from the cloud, and in the process gain a significant competitive advantage. From marketing to product engineering and human resources to operations, companies are using on-demand workforces to scale smarter and faster while they reduce risk and control costs.