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Chapter 11 - IT Procurement Planning and Strategic Sourcing

11.2 IT procurement planning principles

Here are several key IT procurement planning principles:

  • Sourcing should be consistent with market capabilities and available spend rather than driving solutions toward prescriptive requirements.
  • Strive for quick and easy IT solutions.
  • IT solutions should be forward facing and positioned for future supportability.
  • Procurement planning can prepare agencies for negotiating mutually collaborative agreements with IT suppliers. These agreements should reflect the best agreements in the marketplace.
  • Agency stakeholders including the business owner, project manager, information security officer and procurement lead should be in constant collaboration.
  • Consider all required processes and approvals (VITA, federal, other) in your procurement timeline for a realistic versus reactive procurement process.  

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