Procurecon Indirect West 2017

September 18-September 20, 2017

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ


Marc Gerdy

Head of Corporate Procurement
Discount Tire
Marc is currently leading the new Indirect, Corporate Procurement Department at Discount Tire and previously ran the Technology Vendor Management department at Charles Schwab. Marc has a proven track record of developing and managing high caliber procurement and sourcing teams. Marc has over 20 years of industry experience in management and over 14 years in procurement and sourcing. He is accomplished in all areas of procurement including vendor management, pricing and contract negotiations with heavy focus in IT. He has vast experience over many industries and with companies that have mature processes such as American Express, AAA Insurance, and Delphi Corporation. Marc has his Business Management Degree from Pennsylvania State University and is involved with a number of professional affiliations including ISM-Arizona where he had held many officer seats including the President.

09:40 AM The Great Migration: Flocking to the Cloud

It’s crystal clear: the majority of businesses are flocking to the cloud. So how can you sharpen your edge when moving from a perpetual license to a subscription based service for your organization? Simple: by knowing the cloud, its costs, and complications inside and out. This working group will cover:

•The basics: Clarifying the differences between SaaS and the cloud, and private, public and hybrid cloud
•How you can determine what service level agreement is the best fit for your organization
•What is the financial case for moving to the cloud, and are the desired cost benefits really being achieved?
•What are the important IT and data security issues and regulations you need to be aware of when migrating to the cloud, and how do you best prepare for them?
•How does sourcing deal with a lack of maintenance offered by cloud services?

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