IT Procurement and Supplier Management (ITPSM) Community Group
The EDUCAUSE IT Procurement and Supplier Management Community Group provides participants with a forum to discuss, collaborate, and learn regarding the challenges and opportunities associated with higher education sourcing, purchasing, and ongoing supplier management related to information technology goods and services in all of its continually evolving categories (software, SaaS, cloud computing, hardware, services, etc.). Group participation is open to all EDUCAUSE members involved in the sourcing, purchasing, and ongoing supplier management of IT goods and services. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to: Issues involved in blending the corporate interests of IT suppliers with the unique needs of higher education institutions; How best to come to consensus on higher education’s needs; How to formulate a common position we can all take to IT suppliers so that they may customize their practices and offerings to align with higher education’s unique needs; Funding and cost sharing strategies; Implementation and deployment strategies; and General sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices among the members. This group meets at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and uses the email discussion list and other communication vehicles to discuss issues throughout the year.