Thomas Trappler

Biography

As Senior IT Commodity Manager for the University of California system, Thomas Trappler leads enterprisewide IT procurement and vendor management initiatives and negotiations focused on cost reduction and risk mitigation, with an emphasis on cloud computing contracts and software licensing agreements.

Per the Los Angeles Times, "When Thomas Trappler talks clouds, companies listen." Thomas is an internationally recognized expert in cloud computing risk mitigation via contract negotiation and vendor management, and was named a "Cloud Luminary" by CA Technologies alongside such distinguished thought leaders as Vivek Kundra and Nicholas Carr.

Dubbed the "Cloud Contract Adviser" by Computerworld, Thomas has presented at numerous events, including Cloud Expo, Gartner Catalyst, Educause Annual Conference, Security Threats Conference, IT Sourcing and Procurement Summit, CA World, The Business of Cloud Computing Conference, and the Security Professionals Conference. He has written a monthly column for Computerworld regarding cloud computing contracts, co-authored the book "Contracting for Cloud Services", and has published articles on cloud contracting and open source software for Educause Quarterly. Thomas has lectured at UCLA and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and teaches "Cloud Computing Risk Mitigation Via Contract Negotiation & Vendor Management", the original seminar focused on cloud computing contract issues.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Building a Migration Plan
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    The ECAR-CLOUD Working Group is developing this series of seven papers, Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud. The fourth paper, Building a Migration Plan, helps you develop a cloud migration plan to guide your future efforts.

  • Transforming the IT Organization
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    The ECAR-CLOUD Working Group is developing this series of seven papers, Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud. The third paper, Transforming the IT Organization, addresses the impact that cloud computing is making in the evolution of the changing roles of IT staff in higher education.

  • Developing Cloud-Aware IT Governance
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    The ECAR-CLOUD Working Group is developing this series of seven papers, Preparing the IT Organization for the Cloud. The second paper, Developing Cloud-Aware IT Governance, shows how a cloud-aware IT governance strategy helps increase awareness of cloud computing throughout the organization and highlights the considerations that come with adopting cloud solutions.

EDUCAUSE Presentations

Memberships

EDUCAUSE Member
ECAR Subscriber
ELI Member

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Constituent Group Leaders
    • Adhoc Group, 2015 - 2018
  • EDUCAUSE 2015 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2015 - 2015
  • ECAR Cloud Working Group
    • ECAR, 2014 - 2018
  • ECAR Total Cost of Ownership for Cloud Services Group
    • HISTORIC, 2013 - 2015
  • EDUCAUSE 2013 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2013 - 2013