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State Tech, Procurement Departments Announce December Vendor Forum

The California Department of Technology and the Department of General Services will hold the event Dec. 14. Several top IT and procurement executives from state government will speak.

The California Department of Technology and the California Department of General Services are holding a virtual Vendor Forum next month.

The event will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec 14. It will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform, and a link will be sent to registrants.

“The California Department of Technology and Department of General Services will provide the vendor community with valuable information on how their companies can partner with the state of California,” says the event announcement, which includes a registration link.

The agenda for next month’s forum includes:
  • DGS procurement
  • Statewide technology procurement
  • Security Operations Center
  • Technology Stabilization Fund
  • Technology Modernization Fund

As with past forums, this one will feature top executives from CDT and DGS, including state Chief Information Officer and CT Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins, DGS Director Ana Lasso, state Chief Procurement Officer and DGS Deputy Director Angela Shell, and CALNET Program Chief Veronica Dodd.

In addition to comments from department leaders, previous end-of-year forums have included a year in review and a look ahead to the coming year, followed by a question-and-answer session for those in the industry. Virtual forums for vendors have become increasingly popular in the past three years, as more state workers and industry members work remotely.

CDT and DGS are among several state departments that hold these periodic events as a way to solicit solutions from vendors for various needs. Other departments that have held vendor forums include the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal).
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.