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How the ‘Gig Economy’ is Changing Enterprise IT

A study from 2014 indicates 53 million, or 34 percent, of U.S. workers are engaging in at least some freelance work. Some theorize that millennials could become the basis of a new “open talent economy.” In an article for, Tam Harbert discusses the implications for the shape of the IT workforce:

As a recent Deloitte report, “The Open Talent Economy,” explains, “The evolving workforce is a mixture of employees, contractors and freelancers, and — increasingly — people with no formal ties to your enterprise at all.” The consultancy defines open talent as “a collaborative, transparent, technology-enabled, rapid-cycle way of doing business. What the open source model did for software, the open talent economy is doing for work,” the report says, concluding, “In this new economy, access to talent is more important than ownership of talent.”

Talent on Demand

Basically, what is happening with streaming music services and CD sales might be happening to our workforce, and IT needs to be ready to pivot with the change. Questions regarding how to compensate freelancers and how to structure projects when people are always coming and going are bound to rise and need to be addressed. Of course, this is not an overnight shift, and the reality is that freelancing as the norm is not something bound to occur in the immediate future. It does reflect an overall more ambitious, entrepreneurial spirit in the workforce though, that so many people want to make it on their own merits and on their own terms.

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About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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