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IT Contracting and Licensing

Date:   Jul 28, 2020 - Jul 29, 2020
Time:   9:00 AM (EDT)
Location:   Zoom (Virtual Platform)

Workshop Dates:

July 28-29 from 9AM - 12:30PM EST (ONT. TIME)

July 28-29 from 7AM - 10:30AM MST (AB TIME)

As a response to the COVID -19, we are conducting this professional development session online . We are fully cognizant of the difficult decisions you are making everyday, as supply chain professionals driving the Canadian economy during this extraordinary time. We applaud your commitment to continued education. 

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.

Program Overview and Learning Outcomes

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.

Debby Shapero Propp, B.A., LL.B.

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 few years Debby has developed practical and well-received professional development seminars including– Capital Equipment Procurement and Contracting, Service Contracting – Challenges and Strategies, Information Technology Procurement and Contracting,  Contract Management Strategies for Success, Drafting a Statement of Work, Service Contracting II, Competitive Dialogue and Innovation Partnership.  

Debby also regularly writes for Canadian publications.

Debby is a founding and active member of the Health Lawyer Network, which provides a broad range of legal and educational services.


Regular Registration

  • Member: $595.00 + HST (13%)
  • Non Member: $895.00 + HST (13%)
    • Non member registration includes membership until April 30, 2021
    • Membership Bundling Available to Ontario Members Only
    • Membership will be activated after this course is completed
This seminar is worth 5 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Maintenance Credits

Interactive Workshop Cancellation/Refund Policy:

A full refund will be issued on cancellations received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the workshop start date. An administration fee of $150.00 is applicable if notification is received between three and nine days prior to start date. Thereafter no refund will be available. Substitutions and transfer of registrations is permissible when received in writing three business days before the workshop start date.  Credits to be used for future offerings are valid for 12 months from the date of initial payment and will expire if not used in that time frame.  

Interactive Workshop Cancellation/Rescheduling:

In the event of a workshop being cancelled or rescheduled, prior notification will be given to registrants by phone or e-mail, with the option of a full refund of registration fees or transfer of registration to another Supply Chain Canada offering.

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