• Cloud Computing Contracts - contract review, development and negotiation; contract and vendor management; seminars and training
  • Software Licensing - agreement review, development and negotiation; license management; agreement and vendor management; training

Thomas Trappler is featured in the article "In the Cloud, An Often Hazy Grasp of Security Risks"
on the front page of the Los Angeles Times Business section.

Chicago, IL --- October 20, 2014

***Discounts available for: CSA, Gov, IAPP, ISACA, ISM, MHEC***
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Taught by internationally recognized cloud computing risk mitigation expert Thomas Trappler, "Cloud Computing Risk Mitigation Via Contract Negotiation & Vendor Management" is the must-attend learning event for anyone implementing, planning or considering adopting a cloud computing solution.  Thomas Trappler has been named "The Cloud Contract Adviser" by Computerworld and a "Cloud Luminary" by CA Technologies.  Each participant will receive a copy of the Cloud Computing Contract Checklist (C4), a proven tool for mitigating cloud computing risk.  Participants will leave this seminar with a detailed and thorough understanding of:
  • What cloud computing is, its unique nature, and its benefits
  • The essential paradigm shift that cloud computing represents
  • Cloud computing risks related to:
    • Infrastructure/Security
    • Service Level Agreements
    • Data Protection, Access and Location
    • Vendor Relationship Management
  • An organized framework by which to mitigate cloud computing risks via contract negotiation and vendor management.
Seminar participants say:
"Your seminar was excellent and the insight will be invaluable"
"It was very informative from start to finish"
"Your balanced approach to addressing cloud contract issues was refreshing and realistic"
"I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to attend your class"
"Your seminar provided me with an excellent framework for analyzing risk in cloud contracts"
"I found the seminar very enlightening and helpful"

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Thomas Trappler has been named a "Cloud Luminary" by CA Technologies.  Cloud Luminaries are thought leaders on the leading edge of the cloud computing trend.  Thomas Trappler is honored to join the distinguished group of individuals holding the "Cloud Luminary" title, including Vivek Kundra, Nicholas Carr and Timothy Chou.  For additional details please CLICK HERE.

Transitioning from traditional IT solutions to a cloud computing service entails a change from a technically managed solution to a contractually managed solution.  Effectively navigating this change requires highly specialized contract negotiation and contract management skills.  "Contracting for Cloud Services", the first and only book focused specifically on cloud computing contract issues, gives you the information and tools that are essential for the successful adoption and ongoing use of a cloud computing solution. 
This comprehensive, expert book provides an easy-to-understand, easy-to-follow six-step process that guides you through the contract lifecycle.  Included in this book is a 137 element checklist of contract terms that should be considered for your cloud contract solution.  This 10-page checklist is a treasure trove of critical information for anyone implementing, planning or considering adopting a cloud computing solution.  For additional details and to purchase your copy of "Contracting for Cloud Services" CLICK HERE

Thomas Trappler has extensive experience leading enterprisewide IT procurement and vendor management initiatives and negotiations focused on cost reduction and risk mitigation, with an emphasis on cloud computing contracts and software licensing agreements.

Per the Los Angeles Times, "When Thomas Trappler talks clouds, companies listen." Trappler is an internationally recognized expert in cloud computing risk mitigation via contract negotiation and vendor management, and was named a â€"Cloud Luminary"€ by CA Technologies alongside such distinguished thought leaders as Vivek Kundra and Nicholas Carr.

Dubbed the €"Cloud Contract Advisor"€ by Computerworld, Trappler has presented at numerous events, including Cloud Expo, Gartner Catalyst, CA World, Security Threats Conference, IT Sourcing and Procurement Summit, Educause Annual Conference, The Business of Cloud Computing Conference, and the Security Professionals Conference. He writes a monthly column for Computerworld regarding cloud computing contracts, co-authored the book "€œContracting for Cloud Services"€, and has published articles on cloud contracting and open source software for Educause Quarterly. Trappler has lectured at UCLA and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and developed and teaches €"Cloud Computing Risk Mitigation Via Contract Negotiation & Vendor Management"€, the original seminar focused on cloud computing contract issues.

As Director of Software Licensing for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Trappler has successfully negotiated over 40 enterprise-wide IT procurement agreements resulting in client-centric terms and conditions with vendors including Microsoft, Adobe, SPSS, Elluminate, Autodesk and Sophos. These agreements have generated over $7.5 million in cost reductions per year and provide 188,000 licenses to over 228 operating units.
Trappler was elected by his peers as the inaugural Chair of the University of California (UC) system-wide Technology Acquisition Support group responsible for aggregating IT demand and knowledge UC-wide to establish and manage IT procurement agreements.  Trappler co-lead implementation of the UC-wide Microsoft Campus Agreement that has generated annual uc-wide savings of over $1 million since 2003/04. Additionally, Trappler served as the lead author and project manager for initiatives to develop UC-wide cloud computing contacnt and software license agreement templates.