Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement
Course

Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement

  • Date: 08/06/2024 - 08/07/2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Location: Procurement Conference Room, 11th Floor , 7 E Redwood St Fl 11, Baltimore, MD, 21202-1120
  • Hosted By: Maryland Public Purchasing Association, Inc. Chapter of NIGP
  • Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Director of Purchasing
    Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CTPE - Stephanie is a Corporate Procurement Program Manager 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 has saved her agency millions of dollars through her procurement and negotiation skills, purchasing a vast array of products and services, including negotiating software and utilities contracts. Stephanie is a Subject Matter Expert and instructor for NIGP. In addition to teaching multiple Pathways courses, Stephanie has contributed to and assisted in the development of all the Technology courses currently offered through NIGP. In 2020, Stephanie earned her Certified Technology Procurement Executive (CTPE) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society. Stephanie is passionate about the procurement professional and has mentored several individuals in the profession. Through her guidance, these individuals have become certified and grown in the profession.
  • Level: Advanced Practitioner
  • Format: In-Person
  • Contact Hours: 16
  • CEUs: 1.6
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.
Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Member: Early)$356.00 06/07/2024
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Member: Standard)$445.0006/08/202407/22/2024
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Non-Member: Standard)$545.00 07/22/2024
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Member: Early) $356.00
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Non-Member: Standard) $545.00
(prices valid until Jun 7, 2024)
Spots available: 24

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate, the certificate holder will be able to:

  • Acquire and review information needed to procure cloud services.
  • Develop the cloud solicitation to ensure requirements are met and risk is minimized.
  • Facilitate the cloud solicitation and negotiations to ensure risk is mitigated and the agreement is equitable.
  • Administer the cloud contract to ensure compliance and the successful completion of the project.
  • Prepare for the end of the cloud contract by planning the life cycle and minimizing downtime.

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the NIGP Cloud Procurement Specialization Certificate, learners must:

  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 85% or higher.

Competency Alignment

NIGP’s Specialization Certificates require a strong foundation in the Public Procurement Competency Framework and are designed to be more advanced learnings.

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Miscellaneous

Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form

*FORM OF PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY REGISTRATION FORM FOR ORDER TO BE PROCESSED

Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
440 Monticello Avenue Suite 1802
PMB 63452
Norfolk, VA 23510

Local Contact

Name:Tony Reed
Email:anthony.reed@baltimorecity.gov

Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 30 days prior to the seminar start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. No refunds are given for cancellations received within 30 days of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.  

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer's name and contact information in lieu of payment information. 

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Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement

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