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The NET+ Business, Procurement and Legal Advisory Committee (BPLAC) has sponsored a working group to focus on vendor management in higher education IT.  The working group will develop and document best practices to share with the community and Internet2's NET+ program.   


BPLAC has identified the following areas where vendor management activities are performed as foci for the Working Group:

  • Operational (technical) - performance related.  
    • Management of day-to-day or operational interactions with vendors. Maintaining good relationships with vendor technical staff for operational activities, security requirements, and monitoring SLAs.
  • Procurement Management - internal process and price related.  
    • Selecting vendors (RFPs/contracting), maintenance of vendor information, legal risk mitigation, payment relations (Procure-to-pay), tax information and documentation
  • Strategic Relationship - relationship and value related.
    • Bigger picture relationship activities with vendors, shared vision of product(s) roadmap within the institution.  Quarterly business reviews, partnering activities to gain value from the contract and overall vendor relationship (wide-scale adoption initiatives, donations/development, internships, etc), planning budgeting/finance


If you see yourself in any of the focal areas and have a passion for improving vendor management practices in research and higher ed, we invite you to join the working group!  Please email netplus@internet.edu if you are interested in participating.  

NameInstitutionRoleFocus Area(s)
Sean O'BrienInternet2Sponsor
Emily PerryUniversity of ArizonaChair
  • Procurement
  • Strategic
Lester GreenmanNorthwestern UniversityParticipant
  • Procurement
  • Legal
Cindy GriffithsCarnegie Mellon UniversityParticipant
  • Operational 
  • Procurement
Dan LewisClemson UniversityParticipant
  • Procurement
  • Finance/Accounting
Marra AustinCollege of William & MaryParticipant
  • Procurement
  • Strategic
Rebecca KinkeadCollege of William & MaryParticipant
  • Procurement
  • Strategic
Joseph HolewaHarvard UniversityParticipant
  • VM Lifecycle
Sean NicholsonMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyParticipant
  • Finance/Accounting
Emma LevettMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyParticipant
  • Operational
Alicia KleinUniversity of Maryland Global CampusParticipant
  • Procurement
  • Strategic
Phan TruongUniversity of Maryland Global CampusParticipant
  • Procurement
  • Strategic
Steve TannerUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonParticipant
  • Operational
  • Strategic
Sue GavazziInternet2Coordinator

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