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Thomas Trappler (University of California, Office of the President)

Thomas Trappler
Senior IT Commodity Manager

Los Angeles, California

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As Senior IT Commodity Manager for the University of California system, Thomas Trappler leads enterprisewide IT procurement and vendor management initiatives and negotiations focused on cost reduction and risk mitigation, with an emphasis on cloud computing contracts and software licensing agreements.

Per the Los Angeles Times, "When Thomas Trappler talks clouds, companies listen." Thomas is an internationally recognized expert in cloud computing risk mitigation via contract negotiation and vendor management, and was named a "Cloud Luminary" by CA Technologies alongside such distinguished thought leaders as Vivek Kundra and Nicholas Carr.

Dubbed the "Cloud Contract Advisor" by Computerworld, Thomas has presented at numerous events, including Cloud Expo, Gartner Catalyst, Educause Annual Conference, Security Threats Conference, IT Sourcing and Procurement Summit, CA World, The Business of Cloud Computing Conference, and the Security Professionals Conference. He writes a monthly column for Computerworld regarding cloud computing contracts, co-authored the book "Contracting for Cloud Services", and has published articles on cloud contracting and open source software for Educause Quarterly. Thomas has lectured at UCLA and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and teaches "Cloud Computing Risk Mitigation Via Contract Negotiation & Vendor Management", the original seminar focused on cloud computing contract issues.

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