July 18, 2018

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Sirenum halfway 2018

2018: What a (Half-Year) It’s Been

Usually, first half reviews are published in the first week of July so forgive us for getting this post up a bit later than originally hoped, but frankly, we’ve been swamped!

Many software entrepreneurs are into mountaineering and it’s no wonder, building a software business is a lot like climbing a mountain: it’s difficult, requires teamwork, the summit is not always where it appears to be, and you’re always looking for the next summit.

We started the year here at Sirenum with some big mountains in mind, and looking back to our annual kickoff in January, we can already say: What a year 2018 is!

In only six months, we have added six new Sirenumites to the team, expanding the services, development and commercial teams, in a continued commitment to improving the services and products that we offer to our clients. As we had hoped and planned, Sirenum is quickly becoming the workforce management solution of choice for the largest agencies in the world, chosen by the biggest and most complex employers for our product’s flexibility and industrial strength.

Sirenum halfway 2018

Our product market leadership continues as we released a major product update with a new user interface and we have also delivered numerous new versions in the past six months. Sirenum also launched Sirenum Clock, driving innovation in the world of BYOD time and attendance capture. Also on the product front, even we have been surprised by the astonishing success of tools like F3 by Sirenum, driving down the time-to-fill to an almost unimaginable eight seconds.

In the spring, Sirenum stepped up to the big leagues by joining Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as a corporate member. That was followed by our sponsorship of their “Collaboration in the Gig Economy” event, where we proudly earned the audience and dragons’ vote to win the Dragons’ Den competition.

Onto the corporate development front, in May we completed our first year as a member of the Mayor’s International Business Programme, alongside dozens of other leading London-based scale ups. We’ve also established and deepened partnerships with key players like Twilio, TextLocal, and 1218.

Finally, Sirenum just recently gained G-Cloud 10 certification, further demonstrating our commitment to the public sector and those business that service it.

All in all, we want to thank our team, clients, and partners for our continued growth and the amazing progress towards the next summit. We look forward to an even more exciting second half of the year! Keep climbing!

July 2, 2018

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Sirenum Gains G-Cloud 10 Certification

London-based dynamic workforce management software provider announces availability of its platform on the latest iteration of UK government framework for purchasing cloud-based solutions

g-cloud 8Continuing its commitment to the public sector and those agencies and vendors that serve it, Sirenum, the UK’s leading provider of cloud-based dynamic workforce management software, is proud to announce the availability of its platform on the latest iteration of the G-Cloud Framework, G-Cloud 10, via GOV.UK Digital Marketplace.

Sirenum’s cloud-based scheduling, monitoring, and financial software is used by some of the world’s leading employers such as Manpower, Randstad, and FirstGroup. The company has been a regular fixture on the Digital Marketplace since debuting with G-Cloud 8 in 2016.

G-Cloud 10 is run as a collaboration between the Government Digital Service and the Crown Commercial Service and is operated through the Digital Marketplace. It is the 10th iteration of the G-Cloud framework, which launched in 2012. So far, nearly £3 billion has been spent through the G-Cloud framework, with 48% of that spend going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

“We’ve long been focused on supporting the public sector and streamlining the procurement process,” said Sirenum founder and CEO Benjamin Rubin. “Updating to G-Cloud 10 demonstrates that commitment and reassures our clients and prospects in the government and those who serve them that we will provide the best the cloud has to offer in terms of dynamic workforce management.”

About Sirenum
Sirenum powers the dynamic workforce. As the leading global provider of cloud-based workforce management technology to temporary staffing agencies, Sirenum provides transformational technology to innovative employers, streamlining the management of tens of thousands of workers across the UK, Europe, and the USA, including organisations in the government, transport and logistics, care, and security and events verticals. To learn more about Sirenum technology for dynamic workforce management, please visit www.sirenum.com/solutions.
Contact: Joshua Pines, Director of Marketing and Corporate Development, josh.pines+PR@sirenum.com

 

May 8, 2018

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Sirenum Slays Dragons at SIA Gig Economy Event

Dynamic Workforce Management vendor takes both audience and dragons’ prizes at Staffing Industry Analysts’ Collaboration in the Gig Economy Dragons’ Den competition

London, UK–Sirenum, the leading provider of dynamic workforce management technology to the temporary staffing industry, is proud to announce that it was the audience and dragon favorite at the Dragons’ Den competition during SIA’s Collaboration in the Gig Economy, held in London in late April. The conference, the first such event from SIA in Europe after multiple successful years in the US, brought together hundreds of executives from across the gig economy supply and value chains: workforce solutions enterprise buyers, staffing firms, RPOs, VMSs, MSPs, suppliers to staffing, gig economy, and human cloud companies.

“The SIA has long been an organisation we have admired,” said Sirenum founder and CEO Benjamin Rubin. “That we were able to win the Dragons’ Den in the first SIA conference we’ve ever attended is truly thrilling, but it’s also a great testament to the effort our team has put in to get here.”

The Dragons’ Den competition, the capstone session of the conference, featured industry leaders Viktor Calabro, CEO and Founder, Coople; Kevin Green, CEO, What’s Next Consultancy; Kelly Griffith, Head of AGX UK&I, The Adecco Group; and Bryan Peña, SVP, Contingent Workforce Strategies, CCWP, Staffing Industry Analysts playing the roles of the dragons first made famous on the Japanese TV show entitled, “Money Tigers” and later in the US as “Shark Tank” and in the UK as “Dragons’ Den.”

SIA Collaboration in the Gig Economy Dragons' Den Judges sandwiched around Sirenum executives Joshua Pines and Benjamin Rubin.

SIA Collaboration in the Gig Economy Dragons’ Den Judges sandwiched around Sirenum executives Joshua Pines and Benjamin Rubin.

Sirenum’s presentation given by company co-founder Joshua Pines, director of marketing and corporate development. Competition was fierce from the three finalists: e-staffing agency Jobandtalent, consulting project management tool Deployed, and cryptocurrency provider GigEcoin. After each competitor finished a five minute presentation followed by five minutes of Q&A, votes were solicited from both the audience and dragons based on the innovative nature of the business idea, its market potential, and the quality of presentation, and Sirenum was the top choice for both groups.

“We were thrilled to be mentioned alongside industry leaders,” said Pines. “But it really was a blast to get up in front of hundreds of industry leaders and help them understand how Sirenum is changing the paradigm for dynamic workers,”

About Sirenum: Sirenum powers the dynamic workforce. As the leading global provider of cloud-based workforce management technology to temporary staffing agencies, Sirenum provides transformational technology to innovative employers, streamlining the management of tens of thousands of workers across the UK, Europe, and the USA, including organisations in the government, transport and logistics, care, and security and events verticals. To learn more about Sirenum technology for dynamic workforce management, please visit www.sirenum.com/solutions.
Contact: Joshua Pines, Director of Marketing and Corporate Development, josh.pines+PR@sirenum.com

March 21, 2018

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SIA

Getting to the Head of the (Enterprise) Class with SIA

From early on here at Sirenum, being enterprise class has been a high priority for our team. It’s core to our mission of powering the global dynamic workforce. So we have not only built our product in a way that leading employers like Impellam, Randstad, and the First Group trust for their mission-critical processes and sensitive employee information, but we have also tried to align ourselves with similarly minded industry leaders every step of the way.

SIAThis focus on building an enterprise-class product and organisation really started with building our platform on Salesforce. It has since continued with our partnerships with leading software providers like Jobscience, Bullhorn, and Sage. Today, we are excited to share that this strategy has taken the form of joining Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as a corporate member. SIA is the leading global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, and we are thrilled to collaborate with such an important player in our industry.

SIA is a great source of market analysis on the staffing industry, and our team is very eager to learn more. After no doubt consuming a ton of great research from their team over the next few weeks, the next thing we’ll officially do as SIA members will be to sponsor their upcoming event entitled, Collaboration in the Gig Economy. We’re very excited to be a part of this event. It should be a great opportunity to hear the challenges being faced by both agencies and corporate clients in recruiting and managing a dynamic workforce. We hope to see you there!

Reserve now your space for an in-person demo here!

January 31, 2018

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Sirenum Releases Major Update to its Dynamic Workforce Management Platform

Massive Performance Improvements Highlight January Release

London, UK–Sirenum, the leading UK-based provider of technology to manage a dynamic workforce, is pleased to announce general availability of the latest version of its software platform. Version 184 represents a major performance improvement for users, particularly in the scheduling user interface. Beta customers have reported page load times up to five times faster than the previous version of Sirenum.

“We’re delighted to see what a positive impact the new version has on users and their ability to execute. With our fast-paced client base, schedules are often decided with seconds to spare so every one counts,” said Hagai Shatz, Sirenum’s Director of R&D. “Our new implementation of worker pools allows our users to work more contextually, so we haven’t just improved technically, we’ve also made big strides in terms of process.”

“I’m so proud of how our engineering team has continued to improve the product even after so many releases,” remarked Founder and CEO Benjamin Rubin. “The kinds of improvements they’ve pushed through here really get to the heart of what makes dynamic workforce management such an exciting space to be in.”

For more information about Sirenum solutions for dynamic workforce management, please visit sirenum.com/solutions.

January 31, 2018

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Sirenum Launches Sirenum Clock for BYOD Hardware Time Capture and Site Access

New BYOD Solution Cuts Hardware Time Capture and Site Access Costs by Up to 90%

London, UK–Sirenum, the leading UK-based providers of technology solutions for innovative temporary staffing agencies, is proud to launch Sirenum Clock, a BYOD (bring-your-own-device) solution for hardware time capture and site access. 

Temp agencies that provide staff to work sites where access is controlled have long struggled to cost-effectively capture time and attendance while meeting client standards for site access. Expensive solutions for hardware time capture were often difficult to integrate with while hurting the bottom line of the agency or end client, and sometimes both. With modern hardware punch clocks costing well over £1,000/year with few advantages over old-fashioned punch clocks, many agencies and their end clients still rely on paper timesheets to calculate pay.

But Sirenum Clock changes the calculus. With a simple combination of an NFC-capable phone and a specially designed version of MySirenum built to manage the time capture and site access process, Sirenum Clock is easy to use for agencies, sites, and workers, with limited infrastructure requirements and at a fraction of the cost of traditional hardware solutions.

“When we launched Sirenum, we decided that our primary goal was to streamline the management of staff with whatever technology we can build. Our Sirenum software platform, including the MySirenum family of mobile apps, is obviously the most powerful component. But we also understand the value of hardware in the right use cases,” said founder and CEO Benjamin Rubin. “With Sirenum Clock, we’re transforming the way our clients and their clients think about managing time capture and site access.”

Sirenum Clock has already been in beta use at multiple Sirenum client sites since late 2017 and the company is announcing its availability at the 2018 Recruitment Agency Expo London.

“As a company, we are laser-focused on innovation in dynamic workforce management, and time capture and site access are areas ripe for innovation” added Joshua Pines, co-founder and director of corporate development and marketing. “Delivering a BYOD solution is exactly the kind of innovation our clients and their sites and clients need right now and we’re thrilled to launch it at a prestigious and innovative industry event like the Recruitment Agency Expo.”

October 18, 2017

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Why Collecting Workforce Availability is Crucial–And How Best To Do It

There’s little doubt that scheduling your dynamic workers causes your teams distress. A big reason for that is getting availability from your workforce. No matter the industry or size of your business, someone needs to put together a schedule, and without accurate availability, that pain is definitely bigger.

puzzled manager

Do You Know Your Team’s Availability?

How often do you review your schedule? And how often do you get your team’s availability? I bet those two are not aligned. When they’re not aligned, you can build rosters that are completely out of whack. And that leads to uncovered shifts, lower productivity, higher turnover, and less satisfied clients.

Takeaway: Minimising availability concerns will significantly improve your bottom line.

Lumbergh TPS Report

How to Collect Workforce Availability–Hint: Not by Paper!

There are two kinds of availability businesses primarily need to be concerned about–general and ad hoc. Traditionally, general availability was collected at the interview–usually on paper–and updated at best every six months, often via phone. Obviously, both of these scenarios are suboptimal, as your data is only available to whoever wrote it down and out-of-date quite quickly as well. Plus, demanding a paper reply to something can be pretty annoying–workers don’t want to be chased by Bill Lumbergh to complete their TPS reports!

On the other hand, ad hoc availability has historically been transmitted via word-of-mouth–“I have to go to the doctor tomorrow.” The cons of such a process are readily apparent–what happens if it’s a different site manager the next day, for example?! Of course, sometimes these updates are handled by paper as well and there’s no shortage of problems with that. If nothing else, the time required to update your scheduling and HR software based on the paper input is time that could be spent on higher value activities

Takeaway: Be wary of any technology that requires you to leverage paper for either of these! No more TPS reports!

A Better Way

But in today’s world, with applicant tracking systems standard at nearly all staffing agencies and many other markets, capturing general availability is relatively easy. But leaving it in your ATS does little for your efficiency. It’s key to have an ATS that integrates with your scheduling and workforce management software.

sending availability via app

But that still leaves ad hoc availability challenges. You’re not going to open up an ATS for every doctor’s visit and basketball game! Since there are now smartphones in the hands (or pockets) of virtually every one of your new workers, why not leverage that as a tool in your arsenal against availability conflicts? Soliciting availability via mobile app–or even SMS if your workers lack smartphones–can dramatically improve your operations. Your workers will be more engaged, you’ll see much lower turnover and higher customer satisfaction.

Takeaway: Mobile. Mobile. Mobile. Meet your workers where they are.

To learn how much you can save by leveraging a mobile app for your dynamic workers and ATS integration for your workforce management and scheduling, please visit sirenum.com/ROI.

October 3, 2017

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Being a Superhero Just Got Easier

Today, we at Sirenum are launching a new marketing campaign: Become a Staffing Superhero. That’s not usually fodder for a blog post and press release, but we are so excited about what we’re doing and how it will impact our clients and partners that we couldn’t help ourselves. We also had a lot of fun with it and think you will too!

We have designed a team of superheroes who represent each of the five key processes and values that we believe will define the next generation of temp agencies. Here’s a little bit of background on the five characters and why they matter. To learn more, go to staffingsuperhero.com

Wonder Worker

Wonder Worker staffing supeheroMeet Wonder Worker. We believe staff engagement and compliance are crucial to 21st century staffing. Wonder Workers are safer, more engaged, and less likely to leave.

Financial FlashFinancial Flash staffing supehero

Meet Financial Flash. Payroll is the source of more headaches at our clients than any other process. A Financial Flash gets to payroll in a quarter of the time with drastically fewer mistakes. A Financial Flash also doesn’t sacrifice on compliance, virtually eliminating costly and timely regulatory violations.

Super Scheduler

Super Scheduler staffing supeheroMeet Super Scheduler. At the end of the day, your clients measure you on whether you got the the right person to the right place at the right time. Super Schedulers build and manage schedules faster than a speeding bullet–at least 50% faster, reducing time-to-fill by up to 80%.

 

App GirlApp Girl staffing supehero

Meet App Girl. Mobility matters more to millennials than just about anything. App Girl knows it. Her superior training and knowledge is one reason why. MySirenum is another.

Orange Lantern

Orange Lantern staffing supeheroMeet Orange Lantern. Customer satisfaction is a moving target, so your workers need to be where they’re supposed to be. Whether it’s geofencing or support for lone worker and patrol, Orange Lanterns have the tools to protect your staff while delighting your clients.

October 3, 2017

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Sirenum Defines Five Key Values for Today’s Temp Agencies

London-based workforce management vendor announces new campaign to educate market on the benefits of improved worker engagement, streamlined scheduling, increased mobility, faster payroll processing, and expanded staff monitoring.

Birmingham, UK–Sirenum, the leading UK provider of cloud-based workforce management to the temp agency market, announced its latest educational campaign, “How to Become a Staffing Superhero.” The campaign, which launched today to coincide with the launch of the Recruitment Agency Expo in Birmingham, will highlight how innovative staffing agencies in the temp market will need to behave in the era of the gig economy.

The Staffing Superhero campaign focuses on a team of superheroes and their strengths to communicate the importance of five key areas: improved worker engagement, streamlined scheduling, increased mobility, faster payroll processing, and expanded staff monitoring.

“We talk to agencies every day. No matter the industry or size of agency, our conversations always seem to come back to these five areas,” said Benjamin Rubin, CEO and Founder of Sirenum. “So we set out to determine what we could learn from these businesses and how technology can help, and we’ve synthesised that into something they could all benefit from.”

Staffing agencies looking to learn more can visit staffingsuperhero.com and keep their eyes open for a series of white papers, webinars, and other materials to help them get the most out of their efforts to become staffing superheroes.

Contact: Joshua Pines

September 8, 2017

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Sirenum Announces Autumn Event Schedule

London-based workforce management vendor to appear in Portugal, The Netherlands, The US, and Great Britain during the upcoming autumn trade show season

London, UK–Sirenum, the leading UK provider of cloud-based workforce management software to the temporary staffing industry, is proud to announce its autumn trade show schedule, which represents the company’s most substantial such investment ever.

First Group Sirenum

The North London-based company actually kicked off its autumn schedule a bit early last week by sponsoring the FirstGroup’s Old Oak Common Open Day to benefit Place2Be, a leading children’s mental health charity. This annual event takes visitors inside the Old Oak Common depot in West London, one of the oldest and most active depots in the UK rail network. As the FirstGroup is one of Sirenum’s longest running clients, we were thrilled to be one of the sponsors.

Recruitment Agency Expo Birmingham Sirenum

But it’s October when things will really pick up. Sirenum will be exhibiting for the second time at the Recruitment Agency Expo 4-5 October at booth F29. This show is the largest of its kind in the UK and is a great opportunity to meet agencies and industry representatives from the midlands. Sirenum had a very successful presence at the Recruitment Agency Expo in London in February and is thrilled to continue to work with the team behind these events.

The following week, 11-12 October, Sirenum will be sponsoring Bullhorn Live in London for the first time. The show,Bullhorn’s largest globally expects to receive over 1,000 attendees for the first time in its history. Sirenum partners with Bullhorn to deliver an integrated front- and mid-office experience for our temporary agency clients.

Skipping ahead to November, we will be exhibiting at The Web Summit for the first time as a member of the exclusive BETA program, which recognises start- and scale-ups looking to get to the next level. The Web Summit, which is Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace, takes place in Lisbon during 6-9 November.

The same week, Sirenum is thrilled to be an invited guest at CO For It 17, the annual recruitment technology event from Connexys, to be held this year on 7 November in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. Connexys is the leading Applicant Tracking System provider on the Salesforce platform based in Continental Europe.

Dreamforce

Also that week, Salesforce executives will be out in force at Salesforce’s Dreamforce, which is the largest technology conference in the world. Look out for Founder and CEO Benjamin Rubin and Director of Sales King Cheung in San Francisco!

hacktrain logo

Finally, our co-founder Joshua Pines will be featured on a panel at Hacktrain 4.0 on 24 November. The panel will explore the impacts and benefits of accelerators in the transportation industry. Sirenum has completed two accelerators, both in 2016, HackTrain in London and Dynamo in Chattanooga, TN.

For more information about Sirenum solutions for dynamic workforce management, please visit sirenum.com/solutions. For more information on Sirenum marketing and events, please contact Joshua Pines, co-founder and director of marketing and corporate development.