Backstage: How UC Got the IT Infrastructure Deals

| July 24, 2019

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About one year ago, UC struck amazing deals with IT infrastructure companies – deals that likely will save the university up to $16M a year for five years. It’s true, UC Procurement rocks negotiation. But UC also got these deals because disparate groups across the university collaborated in ways they never had before. In 2017 Thomas Trappler had recently stepped into his systemwide role as associate director for IT Strategic Sourcing. The time was right to do something big because a number of campus-based infrastructure agreements were due to expire, and IT teams wanted better terms and pricing for critical products like servers and firewalls. Around that time, the IT and Procurement functions had jointly created the UC IT Sourcing Committee. The intent was to give IT a stronger role in identifying and setting priorities for systemwide IT procurement. During its initial meetings, the committee reviewed potential projects and strongly recommended that IT infrastructure be the next major systemwide sourcing effort.

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