Like it or not, information technology products and services are making up more and more of our entities spend each year. For the uninitiated, IT-related procurement can seem daunting and overwhelming. But what if I told you there was a tool that can assist you through every step of the procurement cycle - from acquisition planning and market research through specification development, evaluation, demonstration, negotiation, and contract administration? That tool is the Functionality Matrix, and in this session, you will learn what the Matrix is, how to create one, and how it will help make your IT-related procurements more efficient and effective.
What You'll Learn
completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Identify the need for the creation of a functionality matrix.
2. Assist stakeholders in creating a functionality matrix.
3. Utilize the functionality matrix to evaluate proposals, conduct demos, and ultimately contract for the best solution for the entity.
Stephanie Akerley is a Corporate Procurement Program Manager for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She has been working in procurement for 27+ years, with 14 years of that experience focused on technology. 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 2021, Stephanie earned her NIGP-CPP and CPPO certifications. In 2020, she earned her Certified Technology Procurement Executive (CTPE) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society. Stephanie has contributed content to all of the NIGP Technology courses and enjoys teaching these classes, in addition to the Pathways competency courses.
Originally from Australia, Nathan worked as an attorney both Down Under and in the UK before he found his true calling – procurement. He currently works for Lexington County School District One in Columbia, South Carolina buying goods and services (mainly IT-related) to help the schools prepare our leaders of tomorrow. Nathan also teaches NIGP classes to procurement professionals around the country, specializing in Technology and Cloud Procurement. And no, he does not know Chris Hemsworth.
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