Organizations are investing heavily in cloud computing today.  Every day, more and more evidence points to the importance of cloud computing to global growth. One recent study found that public and private IT cloud services will produce nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015 — and more than half of those jobs will come from small and medium-sized businesses. The study goes on to predict that cloud computing will generate as much as $1.1 trillion in annual revenue by 2015. (Cloud Computing’s Role in Job Creation, IDC  March 2012)
That backdrop presents a real challenge for procurement personnel. We need to be aware of the benefits as well as the unique challenges presented by cloud computing.
Procurement must be prepared to effectively address them prior to acquiring cloud computing services. Procurement departments’ failure to address the challenges of cloud computing would expose their organizations to excess pricing and a wide range of risks related to data security, compliance, service availability, and vendor lock-in among other issues.
The NLPA webinar, “What Every Procurement Professional Should Know About Cloud Computing,” addresses what cloud computing is, the essential paradigm shift it presents, the benefits and risks of cloud services, and an overview of how to prepare to acquire these services. This will bring everyone up to the same level before tackling the cloud service vendors – many of whom try to circumvent both IT and procurement. Also this webinar will help procurement professionals better understand the depth of procurement issues in the cloud.
The guest presenter for this webinar will be Ron Scruggs.  Mr. Scruggs is a “Contracting for Cloud” Instructor for UCLA Extension Services and an Executive Consultant for Scruggs International.
This webinar will be held on Wednesday July 24 at 11:30AM Eastern US time. This webinar is open to all members of the NLPA and a Basic Membership in the NLPA is instant and doesn’t cost a cent!

Here’s how to secure your attendance for the webinar:

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If you’re already an NLPA member: Head over to, log into the members’ area, and navigate to the “Webinars” tab. There you’ll find a registration link, be sure to enter a valid email address as attendance details will be sent to you by email.

If you’re not yet an NLPA member: Register for your complimentary Basic Membership in the Next Level Purchasing Association at . After doing so, you’ll receive an email with information about how to log in. After logging in, navigate to the “Webinars” tab. There you’ll find a registration link, be sure to enter a valid email address as attendance details will be sent to you by email.

Registration may be limited, so sign up soon to ensure access to this event. I hope that you will join me for this exciting webinar!
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer – Next Level Purchasing Association
Author – The Procurement Game Plan
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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