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IT Contracting and Licensing II

Date:   Nov 16, 2020 - Nov 16, 2020
Time:   8:30 AM (MST)

Virtual Delivery


CPD:     5 Credits
Price:     Member:  $425

Non-member:  $495


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Course Overview


Information Technology (IT) contracting and licensing covers a broad range of IT arrangements, can be highly complex, and is often associated with a relatively high failure rate.

Whether you are contracting for off-the-shelf software, a customized IT system, SaaS or just services, this interactive and one-day advanced session will provide you with strategies to improve your IT contracting practices and mitigate risk in your organization.  

If you have a solid understanding of the basics of IT contracting and licensing or attended the IT Procurement and Related Contracting workshop before and are looking for advanced IT strategies, then this course is for you.  Whether you work in the public sector or private sector, this session will highlight the challenges of purchasing IT systems and services, familiarize you with IT failures and software licensing mistakes, be better equipped in dealing with IT contracting in crisis, such as Covid-19 and much more.


Key Learning Outcome(s):    

 At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Incorporate strategic lessons for IT transactions by reviewing high-profile IT failures;
  • Be familiar with the challenges of Enterprise/ERP Software, strategies to consider in the implementation of an ERP system and recognize the top enterprise software licensing mistakes;
  • Understand the challenges of purchasing IT professional services and recognize the distinguishing features of purchasing services versus goods, securing IT service consultants and IT service considerations;
  • Explore the considerations that would need to be addressed before a migration from on-prem to cloud for example functionality, cost and contractual terms;
  • Analyze key components of a SaaS agreement vs an on-prem software agreement, such as licensing rights, fees, security requirements, warranties and others;  
  • Understand what open source code is, why there is a preference for open source code licensing and different types of open source licensing;   
  • Be familiar with how a letter of intent (LOI) can strengthen an IT contract, review the legal nature of a LOI (binding vs non-binding) and consider the range of items that should be included in the LOI that will be used in an IT transaction;  
  • Work with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and integrate it in your IT service provider relationship and identify practices for keeping information confidential;
  • Recognize the legalities of electronic signatures and some best practices for using electronic signatures;
  • Utilize service level agreements to improve the performance of IT service providers by examining background and definitions, purpose, features of a service level agreement and guiding principles;
  • Obtain a better understanding of post signing considerations in IT contracts such as implementation, contract governance, supplier relationship management, termination of existing contracts and winding down processes; and
  • Be better equipped for dealing with IT contracting in a crisis (such as Covid-19) by exploring a range of strategies such as business continuity/disaster recovery, project governance, project and payment milestones, scalability and others.


About the Instructor:

Debby Shapero Propp is a commercial lawyer with a focus on procurement, technology and health law and has provided legal services in the private, public and broader public sectors for over 25 years.  Debby both provides advice on challenging procurement initiatives and major group procurements and develops and implements procurement processes and related agreements. Debby acts for her clients in major technology acquisitions and negotiations for both traditional and emerging technologies. Debby is a seasoned and dedicated public presenter and instructor and regularly teaches across Canada. Drawing on her experience working both with a wide range of clients and as in-house counsel, over the last number of years Debby has developed practical and well-received professional development seminars that are being presented across Canada for private, public and broader public organizations. Debby also regularly writes for Canadian publications. Debby has been recognized as one of the 100 Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain TM  and is the only recipient in the Legal Services Category ( Debby is a founding and active member of the Health Lawyer Network, which provides a broad range of legal and educational services. For more information about Debby, you can visit her website at or contact her at



Refund and Cancellation Policy: 


  • Registrants will receive a full refund to courses cancelled by Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute.
  • Registrants who have received written acceptance into a course and provide written notice to Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute of their withdrawal from the course 14 days or more prior to the first day of class, will be provided a full refund. After 14 days prior up to 2 days prior to the start of the class, Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute will refund half the course registration fee. After the 2- day period, refunds will not be granted.


Due to unforeseen circumstance if Supply Chain Canada - Alberta Institute cancels an event all registrants will be offered the option to transfer the registration to a future event or receive a refund.

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