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Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement
- Date: 02/08/2022 - 02/09/2022
- Start Time: 8:00 AM Eastern Time
- End Time: 5:00 PM Eastern Time
- Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPBCorporate Procurement Program ManagerMs. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
Stephanie Akerley is a Principal Procurement Specialist for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She partners with CEOs, executives and end users to assist them in gaining the right product or service at the right price at the right time. After spending nearly three decades working in procurement, Stephanie knows what truly drives the procurement process —and it’s not just about knowing all “the rules.” It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. This is true not only for internal clients, but external clients.
Stephanie earned her first CPPB in 1997. After taking a career break to raise her family, she once again earned a CPPB in 2015.
In 2017, she earned her Certified Technology Procurement Specialist (CTPS) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society.
On the Faculty of :
Introduction to Public Procurement
- Level: Advanced
- Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
- Contact Hours: 15
- CEUs: 1.5
The pace of change in the technology arena is so fast that most entities are attempting to outsource the location of their hardware, software, and data by hosting the information in the cloud. This means that procurement professionals must weigh potential cost savings that poses new risks to the entity and understand the unique terms, clauses, and jargon used in these types of solicitations. Further, the procurement professionals must work with internal clients to determine the requirements, risk factors, and data security stored in the cloud. These factors will have an enormous impact on the entity. As a result, the procurement professional must become familiar with the concepts and challenges of the cloud, SaaS, hosting agreements, lines of demarcation, and other evolving cloud technology. Understanding these concepts and challenges is the best way to begin to advise, procure, and negotiate successfully. This class will offer the procurement professional the ability to grasp the concepts and begin to practice some of the skills necessary to navigate the ever-changing world of cloud technology.