The Cloud Buyer’s Guide, from the TechAmerica Foundation

Join us on Wednesday, June 25th at 10:30am for a review and analysis of TechAmerica Foundation’s Cloud Buyer’s Guide. Providing their thoughts and insights will be two very special guests, Keith Trippie and Yogesh Khanna. Together, Keith and Yogesh bring significant industry and federal cloud experience, so participants will enjoy this interactive dialogue and have a chance to ask their own questions.

Federal participants will earn 1 CLP for attending this event. We will also provide information that will assist anyone planning to attend the acquisition hackathon session on June 26th at Amazon Web Service’s Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium.

Click here to register for the Buyer’s Guide webcast.

Click here to register for the hackathon.

Its not too late!

The Cloud Acquisition Dictionary

Terms of art don’t make business easier. They can be misused and lead to confusion, or wielded for intimidation and deceit. Plus they annoy me sometimes. So I was glad to learn that NYU’s Governance Lab (@TheGovLab) created the Tech-Policy Dictionary, a project to “break down the barriers between tech and policy so we can all better understand each other.”

It crowdsources shared knowledge to build consensus on technical terms and jargon. Words like “RFP” and “solicitation.”

I loved the idea so much, I posted a companion Cloud Acquisition Dictionary. Anyone may contribute definitions for cloud-related terms to this worksheet I put on Google Drive. If we get enough interest, we can move this from a Drive document to a real product. In fact, the Gov Lab put their code on GitHub and are encouraging that others use it to build-out the Tech-Policy Dictionary.

If you are a CLP-earner, I’ll award half a CLP for every 5 contributions you make.


The Open Risk Registry

Our goal is to create a Risk Registry of pitfalls and issues that impact a cloud acquisition. Building a risk  registry is pretty simple, but populating it with useful information requires the power of the crowd and input from practitioners who have navigated the acquisition channels.

Check it out and add your contributions – CLPs are available (see the Activity Tracker in the Google Drive).