Acquisition Technology & Innovation at the NCMA World Congress
Do you work in Federal acquisition or contract management? If so, you’re probably aware of the National Contract Management Association’s World Congress. It’s the most comprehensive training event for contract management and acquisition professionals, with session topics ranging from “Developing Winning Proposals” to “Decoding TS and CS” to “100 Worst Mistakes in Government Contracting.” It just so happens that nobody is a bigger fan of talking about acquisition mistakes (and how to fix them!) than Appian’s VP of Solutions and frequent blog contributor, Evan McDonnell — and if you’re at World Congress 2013, you’ll get to hear from him in person.
As a proud sponsor of World Congress 2013, Appian will be at the event in full force. You can find us in the following locations:
- Exhibit Hall – Booth 106: Visit us at our booth to see our accredited Acquisition Business Management solution in action, and enter to win a Starbucks gift card. (Fun note: Starbucks is a successful Appian customer!)
- Lunch and Learn Session: Our dynamic acquisition experts, Rick Bivin and Ben Allen, will give a live demonstration and question and answer of our software on July 22, at 1:45PM.
- Breakout Session: Evan McDonnell will give a presentation on the Technology & Innovation track, “How Government Purchasing Keeps Failing for Software”, on July 23, at 2:30pm.
The breakout session is a must-visit for World Congress attendees. As previously mentioned, Evan is passionate about teaching acquisition professionals how to choose the right software to meet their needs. The past year has seen dramatic announcements of federal government software purchases that have produced little results and had to be scrapped. That wouldn’t be such a big deal except that the price tags on these programs run into the hundreds of millions or even billions! Evan will look at how the software purchases went wrong, examine a typical federal acquisition purchasing cycle and RFP process, and point out the six major strategic mistakes that come about from purchasing software like you would purchase physical goods. Attendees will gain insight into how to structure RFPs for software applications to avoid these problems.
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