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Join us this year at CAUCUS Live. It is a virtual three-day event for all CAUCUS members. That is right! It’s for you—let’s CAUCUS at CAUCUS Live!

CAUCUS The Association of IT Acquisition Professionals gathers November 17–19, 2020, to discuss the ongoing challenges in IT procurement. Some of the brightest minds in the industry will bring their tips and tactics for success. You and your organization will gain insight on how to flourish in the new normal.

CAUCUS Live is a three-day virtual event delivered by your peers, including the CAUCUS Executive Advisory Committee, ICN trainers & advisors, and you the people who run procurement and vendor management programs across our industry.

CAUCUS members gain complimentary access to this one-of-a-kind event. If you are not a member, now is the time to join. The benefits of attending CAUCUS Live! will more than cover the cost of the annual membership. The good news is that it doesn’t stop there. You get all the features and benefits of membership throughout the year. To learn more about CAUCUS, click here. In short, Membership provides a valuable set of assets, such as the Education Center, Donated Document Library, Career Center, and the Vendor-free Discussion Forums. Join now!

Caucus Live! Faculty

Telegeography

Senior Manager, Enterprise Research

Willis Towers Watson

Global Senior Category Manager

Assurant, Inc.

Sr. Procurement Manager, Shared IT Procurement Services

Eastman Chemical

Global Procurement and Contracts Manager

University of Wisconsin System

Sr. I.T. Procurement Specialist

Dustin McDougall, CTPS

Caterpillar

SD&D – Cat Digital

Joani Scott

Ontario Systems, Inc.

Director

Luke Montoya

RSM US LLP

Sarepta Ridgeway

RSM US LLP

RSM US LLP

Cynthia Meyer, CTPE, CBM, C.P.M.

SPX

Manager, Contracts & Procurement

ICN

Senior Consultant & Trainer

Robert Wright

ICN

Principal

National Education Association (NEA)

Manager of Contracts and Purchasing

Benefits of Attendance

Develop relationships with your peers

Build professional confidence

Get best practices

Improve your negotiation techniques

Gain leverage with your suppliers

Learn strategic global principles

Reduce your risk

Learn how to streamline processes

Sharpen your skills

Schedule at a Glance

The Schedule

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November 17th

11:30 - 12:30 pm EST

Optimize Your Procurement Organization

Dustin McDougall

11:30 - 12:30 pm EST

12:30 - 12:45 pm EST

Break

12:30 - 12:45 pm EST

12:45 - 1:45 pm EST

Navigating the New Normal

Panel Discussion

12:45 - 1:45 pm EST

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST

Break

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST

3:15 - 3:30 pm EST

Break

3:15 - 3:30 pm EST

3:30 - 4:30 pm EST

Roundtable Discussions
Fortune 100, 500, 1,000 or Gov/Non-Profit

3:30 - 4:30 pm EST

November 18th

12:30 - 12:45 pm EST

Break

12:30 - 12:45 pm EST

12:45 - 1:45 pm EST

Where Does Procurement Sit In Your Organization

Panel Discussion

12:45 - 1:45 pm EST

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST

Break

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST

2:15 - 3:15 pm EST

Key Contract Provisions to Manage Supplier Relationships and Outcomes

Michael Zazaian

2:15 - 3:15 pm EST

3:15 - 3:30 pm EST

Break

3:15 - 3:30 pm EST

November 19th

12:30 - 12:45 pm EST

Break

12:30 - 12:45 pm EST

12:45 - 1:45 pm EST

Outsourcing Procurement: Challenges and Opportunities

Jenni Gardner & Joani Scott

12:45 - 1:45 pm EST

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST

Break

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST

2:15 - 3:15 pm EST

Roundtable Discussions
Sourcing, Contracting, Vendor Mngt or Leadership

2:15 - 3:15 pm EST

3:15 - 3:30 pm EST

Break

3:15 - 3:30 pm EST

Registration

CAUCUS membership Benefits

  • Work Smart
  • Do Better Deals
  • Gain valuable skills
  • Advance your career
  • Counter vendor ploys
  • Save time, money and aggravation
  • Interact with your peers about vendors
  • Share working solutions to real situations

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What People Say

ITPS provides an amazing opportunity to network and discuss current topics with procurement professionals from every industry. Both the speakers and attendees provide insight and expertise related to scenarios that we are all facing while offering best in class examples of how to navigate through them. I highly recommend this conference!
Teri Abbo
Oakland University
Year over year, this is a world class conference with an excellent faculty of speakers delivering very timely topics. With the ever-changing world of IT, there is always something new at each conference event. The breakout sessions each tailor themselves nicely for novice IT Procurement Professionals up to the experienced level. I have found the networking amongst peers to be invaluable. This is a one-of-a-kind niche event, packed full of useful information, all delivered by peers in a short couple days.
Mike Gonce
Eastman Chemical
ITPS offers a unique opportunity to not only attend presentations and workshops on topics vitally important to our role in IT Procurement, but also a chance to network with our peers. That network has proved to be invaluable for advice, sharing experiences, etc. Being a member of Caucus also gives me access to learn from and share with my peers throughout the year, extending the ITPS experience.
Cynthia Meyer
SPX

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Greg Bryan

Telegeography

Senior Manager, Enterprise Research

Senior Manager Greg Bryan joined TeleGeography in 2006 and has specialized in pricing and market analysis for the wholesale and enterprise telecommunications markets. While at TeleGeography, he has worked on designing, creating, and launching several new data products focused on network pricing and services.

Greg’s primary focus now is on enterprise wide area networks including our benchmarking practice, surveying IT infrastructure managers and vendors about key trends in global data networks, and building a global WAN market sizing model.

Mr. Bryan earned a B.A. in Political Science from American University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Kasey Frank

Willis Towers Watson

Global Senior Category Manager

Kasey Frank, CTPE is the Global Senior Category Manager for Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company headquartered in London, England, where she oversees the IT Infrastructure category comprised of over $100M in enterprise and globally deployed software and hardware. Kasey has been an IT Procurement professional since 2014 and prior to WTW, successfully built the IT procurement department, systems and formal procurement processes for Ramsey Solutions, a Dave Ramsey company. Additionally, Kasey has 15+ years’ experience working in the legal profession, specifically focused on contracts and commercial law and has experience as a small business owner. Kasey received her Master’s degree in Conflict Management with a focus in Mediation and Negotiation from Lipscomb University in, Nashville, TN in 2012 and served as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Dual Listed Mediator for over 7 years. Kasey is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently resides in the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area with her husband Jeremy of 15 years, her two children and 2 dogs.

Jennifer Gardner

Assurant, Inc.

Sr. Procurement Manager, Shared IT Procurement Services

Gardiner is a highly effective Global Information Technology Sourcing Consultant & Vendor Manager with over twenty years of experience in Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, Project Management and Vendor Management/Governance.

She has demonstrated mastery of developing and successful execution of complex Category Management including: IT (hardware, telecommunications, mobility, networking, software, hosting), Outsourcing (ITO, BPO, etc.) and Services. In addition she has successfully implemented formalized corporate-wide Vendor Management Programs, Partnership Improvement Plans, Spend Analytics and IT Sourcing Policies and Procedures.

Her latest position is at Assurant, Inc. where she is a Senior Procurement Manager with governance responsibilities over Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Ensono and Zensar.

Mike Gonce

Eastman Chemical

Global Procurement and Contracts Manager

Mike has over 30 years of procurement, contracts, and negotiating experience and works for Eastman Chemical Company where he is the Global Procurement and Contracts Manager and chairs the Corporate Contracts Productivity & Commercial Excellence team. Today Mike primary serves as a trusted advisor for strategic sourcing and large capital projects, and effectively negotiates major agreements across the enterprise. Mike serves on the global talent management team, and provides multiple training seminars on contracts, negotiations, and supplier relationship management each year. In 1998, Mike established a dedicated IT procurement team, and has successfully negotiated all types of major IT contracts (software, hardware, outsourcing, telecom, SaaS, cloud), and became a leading practitioner – standardizing technology platforms; implementing programs for software asset management and cell phone lifecycle management; and reducing IT’s 3rd party expenditures by 50%. Mike has developed and implemented a world-class Supplier Relationship Management Program which has been featured in articles by ISM and IACCM. Mike is a visionary and leader – developed standard contract templates; managed contract labor/services agreements; and led the telecom strategy council. As a distinguished leader, Mike has been featured in several articles, spoken at numerous conferences and events, and served on various executive committees for associations. He has a BS in finance and business management from the University of Tennessee, and earned his C.P.M. and CPTE certifications. He may be recognizable on television as a football referee for the National Federation.

Ruth Ginzberg, CTPS

University of Wisconsin System

Sr. I.T. Procurement Specialist

Ruth Ginzberg is the Sr. I.T. Procurement Specialist at the University of Wisconsin System since 2008. With an annual budget approaching $7 billion, the University of Wisconsin System operates two Doctoral level research and teaching campuses, nine Masters-level campuses, two Baccalaureate campuses, a stand-alone administrative unit and an operations service center serving 170,000 students and employing more than 39,000 faculty and staff. Ruth is responsible for the procurement, negotiation and administration of the enterprise-wide portfolio of subscriptions, software licenses, cloud contracts, I.T. service contracts, and library technology contracts. She also is responsible for providing consulting and support services to campus-based purchasing agents doing technology acquisitions at individual campuses. She is President of the International CTPE Society and previously served as Vice Chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s Technologies Committee. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the I.T. Procurement and Supplier Management Community at Educause and is a member of the Higher Education Information Security Council’s Security Assessments Working Group. She has an allegedly useless humanities degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics, and an advanced technical degree in Information Systems Security.

Roy Schleiden

RSM US LLP

Roy Schleiden is the Sr Director Strategic Sourcing at RSM US LLP. He also earned these well-respected designations, CPCM-NCMA, CTPE – CAUCUS, DOD DAWIA Level III, DOD – Unlimited Contracting Warrant. Roy has over 28 years of procurement experience with DOD and the Private sector. He also has over 5000 DOD and commercial certification training hours and has been a CAUCUS member since 2000.

Working for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) during the 90’s Roy led the acquisition efforts around the consolidation of Marine Corps/Navy data centers worldwide. While working in several large Fortune 500 companies Roy lead the IT Acquisition teams on the acquisition and merger of several other Fortune 500 Companies, which included the consolidation and relocation of over a dozen major data centers, resulting in the in-sourcing and outsourcing of data centers. Commercially and while in the DOD, Roy negotiated significant high dollar value contracts in numerous international countries in the Middle East, Europe, China and the Pacific Rim. Over the last fifteen years Roy has taught at several colleges/universities in the Kansas City metropolitan area on business, finance, and organizational change management. Roy speaks for numerous professional groups over a wide variety of procurement and business topics.

Roy attended the US Naval Academy and received a BS in Engineering Management. He additionally attended Naval Post Graduate School Monterey, earning a MS Acquisition and Procurement, as well as Golden Gate University earning a MS in HRM.

F. Elgin Ward

ICN

Senior Consultant & Trainer

F. Elgin Ward is an attorney and an ICN Senior Consultant. He has authored and delivered a weekly podcast on IT procurement principles for over three years, and is a co-host of a monthly internet broadcast. A skilled negotiator, contracts manager, and educator, Mr. Ward has extensive experience in technology deals.

In addition to working in Asia for more than 5 years and his lengthy experience as a technology consultant in multiple cities in North America and also in Europe, Elgin has been teaching fundamental and advanced purchasing seminars to management professionals for over 20 years. He has both developed and taught a Contract Management Seminar for the American Management Association, as well as co-developed and taught an ICN SLA Lab course and an ICN Cloud Contracting seminar for purchasing professionals in a wide variety of industries including public utilities, insurance, financial institutions, semiconductors and other manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications. 

Prior to joining ICN, Elgin was Corporate Counsel for Deseret Generation & Transmission Co-operative, where he successfully prepared and issued documentation for hundreds of RFPs for outsourcing, maintenance, diagnostics, and security for the construction of power generation, electric power transmission and distribution lines, microwave and other telecommunication facilities.   Elgin has successfully established and maintained purchasing and contracting documentation systems, and he is superbly experienced in negotiating and drafting purchase agreements for raw materials, equipment, computer hardware and software, transportation, engineering services and maintenance.

Elgin also supervised the preparation and issuing of bid documentation for hundreds of RFPs, which totaled millions of dollars, for major industrial equipment. He also has developed and presented seminars on the legal aspects of buying and selling and on how to avoid legal pitfalls in contract administration.

Mr. Ward holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University – J. Reuben Clark Law School, and a BA from the University of Maryland.

Michael Zazaian

National Education Association (NEA)

Manager of Contracts and Purchasing

Michael Zazaian is the Manager of Contracts and Purchasing for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. Michael has more than 30 years of contracts and purchasing experience in both the Federal and Commercial Sectors, including significant international contracting experience. Michael has held key positions with several Information Technology and Defense Industry related firms. Prior to his current position at the NEA, Michael served as the Director or Contracts for AonHewitt’s Federal Business Group, Director of Contracts for DoD Contractor Whitney, Bradley and Brown where he designed and implemented a centralized contracting and procurement organization, the Director of Contracts for Oracle Software’s Public Sector Group which included oversight of all Federal as well as State & Local contracting activity, and for eighteen years served as the Manager of IT Contracts and Purchasing for HP. Michael resides in Ashburn, Virginia and is a native of Michigan where he earned his B. A. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.

Cloud Vulnerabilities: Can inside Audits help?

Safe and secure use of Cloud resources requires more than a well-written contract.

2019 saw more Cloud failures than ever before, hundreds of millions of records exposed because
of misconfiguration, unsecured APIs, out-of-control end Users, inadequate credential management,
and other causes.

Without implementing proper protection processes, just one such failure may be a major catastrophe
for your Company.

This fast-paced presentation shows how to use inside Audits to expose a host of Cloud vulnerabilities
to enable your Company to make needed adjustments and use Cloud resources in a safer and more secure manner.

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Cloud Spend

Everyone is moving to the cloud to save money, but once in the cloud, companies are realizing that costs are constantly increasing. Saving money in the cloud is more complex and cloud cost structure is very confusing. Optimizing your environment is even more challenging as it requires constant monitoring, specialized training, as well as access to advanced tools and technologies. Most companies generally lack the available resources, time or expertise to effectively manage their cloud spending. In this session, we review the top ten ways to reduce costs associated with cloud spending.

Supplier (*Risk*) Management, Partnering with Information Security

As anyone in IT Procurement knows, our job entails far more than just negotiating prices. Technology contracts have to address language around IP ownership, infringement indemnifications, limits of liability, and other complex concepts. These are just some of the potential risks that contract language attempts to mitigate before they happen. But how, and when, is a supplier’s risk assessed? And once it is assessed, then what? This session will talk about the importance of supplier risk assessments, and one company’s process for managing those assessments. Understand the deal before negotiating the contract. Ensure the contract addresses risks. Supplier management must include managing risks. What the process might look like.

Procurement Transformation: Eastman Chemical Company Case Study

In order to enhance the competitiveness of their companies, and meet the emerging challenges on the horizon, Procurement must evolve and transform to be a strategic entity that drives enterprise-wide value. Eastman Chemical Company chose to accelerate its journey toward world-class performance with a focus on people, process, and tools. This session will provide a case study of Eastman and discuss how Procurement can be a collaborative partner that is aligned with the business to deliver sustainable results. Some topics include:

  • Organizational Structure
  • People Capabilities
  • Technology Investments
  • Process Changes

Successful Sourcing in the SD-WAN Era

Corporate data networks are in a state of transition. Data center migration and cloud computing along with the technological advances introduced by SD-WAN have changed the way wide area network managers think about the structure and costs of their networks. This presentation will review TeleGeography’s extensive data on cloud and network geography and SD-WAN providers and partnerships. We will highlight key network configuration trends gleaned from our WAN Manager Survey. Finally, we will show how these trends together can impact the total cost of ownership of global and North American corporate networks.