New IT Procurement Initiative Launched

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The Digital Agenda Stakeholder Community on Procurement, IT & Standards (PITS) just launched its public website, with guidance and resources on how to improve IT procurement through making the best use of open standards.

PITS spokesperson, Trond Arne Undheim, said:

“With the PITS community, we aim to bring together knowledge from a variety of stakeholders across the IT procurement chain”.

Three main contributions are underway:

  • A note on the major challenges.
  • An overview of good and bad practices.
  • Shared resources and links to ongoing initiatives.

PITS aims to be key contributors to Digital Agenda’ s Action 23, which is about European guidance on ICT standardisation and public procurement.

PITS is backed by individuals as well as the oraganizations APRILECISESOPFSFEOASIS,Openforum Europe and W3C, and with several governments as observers. There is still with room for others to join the community.

PITS will present its findings at the EU’s Digital Agenda Assembly on 16-17 June 2011.

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About trondau

Trond A. Undheim (39), Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting, has over fifteen years of multi sector experience in strategy, policy, communications, academia, and entrepreneurship. Formerly, he was a Director of Standards Strategy and Policy at Oracle Corporation, with wide responsibilities in long-term business development, strategy, public policy and standardization globally and in Europe. Trond is an executive, speaker, entrepreneur, author, traveler and blogger. With a doctorate on knowledge work and the internet in Silicon Valley, he is one of the world’s leading experts on technology and society. He has worked at Oracle Corporation, the European Commission, the Norwegian Government, and founded a start-up. He was awarded an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from NTNU, Norway’s top engineering university, as the youngest candidate at the Faculty. He is multilingual and has lived on three continents. He is always ready for strategic opportunities providing significant intellectual and managerial challenges.

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