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Monday, 19 September 2016

Procurement specialists must plan for Cloud Aware Procurements

If you are a procurement specialist and finding more and more requirements coming in that are related to cloud computing then you should take a pause and revist how you manage your procurements.
Typically this means that procurement needs to begin with a survey of the current organization to determine which potential cloud service providers already are providing services, map (together with IT and risk management) potential additional cloud service providers, and then begin to bring these into a structured real-time procurement framework.
Here are some typical différences between a non-cloud aware procurement and a cloud aware procurement that you can review.
Non-Cloud-Aware Procurement

Processes IT

•• Collect the requests.

•• Consolidate and filter requirements.

•• Write a budget (CAPEX and OPEX).

•• Pass requests to procurement.


•• Write an RFI and RFP.

•• Select the supplier.

•• Develop contract based on standard framework.

•• Place order for system/services.

•• Pay for services according to milestones.

•• Pay for maintenance annually.


•• Deliver services.

Cloud-Aware Procurement


• Find supplier from an Internet or other search.

• Select and configure services, accept terms and conditions, and

order services.

• Use the services.


• Instantiate services that business user configures.

• Collect usage data and invoices business user accordingly.

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