What is a 'Frankenstack'?

Fran-ken-stack (noun)

  • A mish-mash of different systems bolted together.

  • A 'tech stack' of poorly integrated tools. No 2-way sync between systems.

  • A monster that sucks away time & money ....and kills growth.

... a recruiter's worst nightmare.

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5 tell-tale signs you have a 'Frankenstack'

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5 or more different tools
& tech vendors

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Your tools don't talk to each other

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You're spending big on 'integration' & 'customization'

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You don't know
the total cost

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You're afraid of
your back office team


This terrifying 'tech stack' monster manifests in 3 forms:

Form 1


Recruitment vendors that have either acquired businesses and hacked together different products...or clue:  they sell big on 3rd party apps in their marketplace.

Form 2


Typical examples are applications like Force.com or Microsoft Dynamics. They rely heavily on partners to deliver services and the platform itself.

Form 3


A custom built mess of hardware and software. Typically stitched together over a number of years by a small team of developers to support changing business needs.


How the ‘Frankenstack’ kills growth

💀 Integration & customization nightmares.

Customization and integration work comes with substantial risks (and costs). ‘Customization’ is often a Fool’s Paradise: you think you’re getting what you want, but in reality you’re simply trapping yourself out of the wider release cycle and product roadmap. Hello to no upgrades for the next 2 years. Most custom projects drag on beyond projected timeframes, sucking budgets dry and thieving time from growing your business.

💀 Misaligned contract end dates. Uh-oh, you’re trapped.

So, you signed a CRM contract in early 2018, an analytics tool in 2019 and timesheets in 2020...what happens when you decide to leave one of these vendors? Can you make a swift exit? If you're locked into multiple, misaligned contracts inevitably you'll be left paying for something you don't need.

💀 Excel hell. No 2-way sync means spreadsheets, and more spreadsheets.

Disconnected systems means you have data lurking across multiple tools. This equals data entry, manual reporting, and spreadsheet wrangling needs to be done in order to get the ‘big picture’.

💀 Negotiation horrors.

Imagine having to negotiate for the best deal over and over, and over again with separate vendors. Consolidating different tools with one vendor is probably going to get you deeper discounts and a clearer picture of what you’re getting for your money.

💀 A eulogy to budgeting & ROI.

With an array of rolling annual and monthly invoices, subscriptions stack up...leaving the average recruitment firm unclear as to how much they’re actually spending on their ‘tech stack’. And if you don’t know the exact cost- how can you measure ROI? Do you know the true cost of your ‘tech stack’?

💀 Welcome to the ‘Vendor Blame Game’.

Ok- so you’ve spent an arm and a leg integrating various platforms. But as soon as the something goes wrong who takes ownership? Who do you go to for support? Vendors will typically blame each other rather than take accountability and help you get the issue resolved.

💀 Privacy issues creeping up on you.

Every additional tool that contains data, will require additional work when data audits for GDPR and rights to be forgotten are requested. Think on that….Scary.

💀 Training, support and upgrade woes.

Different vendors means separate training arrangements, separate support portals and keeping up with multiple release cycles.

Fear no more

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Stop paying separately for website, CRM, analytics, timesheets and invoicing. Vincere allows you to manage your front, middle and back office operations under one roof. One vendor, one invoice.

No place for monsters to hide.

In Vincere, analytics are everywhere. Get visibility into consultants' activities and performance metrics. Drill-down in real-time into every aspect of your business: by brands, teams, clients & individuals.

Eliminate the IT boogeyman.


You no longer have to spend money on 'integration' and 'customization' projects.  With Vincere, data flows seamlessly across all candidate & client touch-points - no IT work required. A true 2-way sync across all modules.

So easy a zombie can use it.

Instead of learning the nuances of dozens of tools and software, Vinny's easy-to-use and intuitive interface provides all the features you need to scale: from start-ups all the way to global enterprises.

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