OnForce Services 1 Millionth Job Order

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The online exchange of professional services is celebrating the milestone of facilitating its 1 millionth connection between buyers and providers of professional IT services. OnForce says the achievement reflects the growing acceptance of its model to augment professional services.

OnForce, the online community exchange of IT professional services, is celebrating the milestone of facilitating its 1 millionth job order in its five-year history.

The job order that put OnForce over the 1 million mark actually occurred several weeks ago. OnForce, which connects buyers of IT services with solution providers able to perform jobs, says the celebration is more about the accomplishment of its community.

"Our community did a million jobs, and we’re thrilled that we were the engine that powered a million jobs getting done," says Maria Battaglia, OnForce’s senior vice president of marketing.

In a statement released by OnForce, CEO Peter Cannone said, "This accomplishment demonstrates the success and high satisfaction rate our service buyers have experienced with finding top quality service technicians, who have the breadth of industry certifications they need within the OnForce marketplace. We are proud of all the service technicians and buyers who have helped us reach this goal and we believe that our cost savings model and broad geographic footprint will further accelerate the adoption of our marketplace in the future."

OnForce was founded on the concept of solution providers trading excess labor capacity in an open market. Buyers—solution providers needing skilled workers—place bids on the OnForce exchange for providers—solution providers with capacity. The exchange makes connections in several mainstream domains in business-class technologies and consumer-level electronics. More than 13,000 providers in the United States and Canada participate in the OnForce exchange.

Critics of OnForce say the service commoditizes professional services by artificially driving down labor costs through the open exchange. OnForce says the million-ticket milestone dispels such criticisms and serves as reflection of the value buyers and providers gain from the service. Battaglia says OnForce continues to attract more buyers and providers, and an increasing number of enterprises and large VARs are using the service to augment their capabilities.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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