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.
This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
- Advanced-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
- Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.
- Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.
- Public procurement professionals who are new to cloud procurements or want to become more familiar with cloud procurements.