Integration Consortium and HotGigs.com partner to promote innovative online talent marketplace

·On-demand access to talented pool of skilled integration resources

New York and London, 24th August, 2005 ─ The Integration Consortium (IC) announced today a partnership with HotGigs.com, the contract IT talent marketplace. IC members and the integration industry as a whole will have access to an online exchange that helps identify organisations and individuals who offer skilled integration resources for their project needs.

With ninety percent of IT managers choosing a temporary workforce to support their staffing strategy, the challenge is finding skilled and experiences resources quickly and efficiently. To locate the best resources, access to a talent pool like HotGigs.com which comprises over 2,600 IT consulting and staffing firms and more than 11,000 independent contractors provides a tremendous opportunity to save time and money when staffing up integration projects.

Users access the HotGigs Contract Talent Marketplace using an online search engine that offers targeted staffing and rate research capabilities. Once the necessary skills are identified, each contractor profile can include references from peers and former employers who rate their skills and abilities to help select the best fit for the project. Combining this information with the online research tool that helps compare hourly billable rates for thousands of IT skills, users can create an instant budget based on resources they plan to use in their projects.

The IC is keen to promote the use of a talent marketplace to both organisations seeking to identify resources with experience and expertise in the integration industry and to those individuals who have these highly sought after skills and need a place to promote themselves. The explosion of integration industry initiatives is placing a strain on personal networks when it comes to finding available and skilled people. Having access to a larger talent pool provides an efficient and cost effective solution to the challenge of finding integration specialists.

Michael Kuhbock, Founder and Co-Chairman of the IC comments: "The unique marketplace developed by HotGigs.com will be a tremendous asset for all of those involved in the integration industry. What we like about this service is the time saved matching needs with skilled resources, whilst being able to compare costs and build an integration resource budget in real time. Like the IC, the more people who become involved the more success for all those who participate – it has to be a winning formula in our view!"

Peter Brasket, Co-Founder and COO, HotGigs adds "The IC have shared with us the frustrations and challenges their members experience when it comes to finding the right resources at the right time. The IT industry moves at a fast pace; once projects are agreed there is a real focus on delivering business value from the investment. Cutting down the time spent finding and securing a skilled contractor or team will allow projects to proceed quickly and if the dynamics of the project change, the HotGigs talent pool is there to help identify additional people or different skill sets. We are delighted to be working with the IC to help bring our service to the fast growing integration industry."

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