Continuing Education/Training

Navigating IT Procurement in Texas Government (Edinburg)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | Edinburg, Texas 8:30AM - 12:00Noon OR 1:30PM - 5:00PM (same content both sessions) A complimentary educational briefing presented by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)


PROGRAM OVERVIEWState agency information resources are strategic assets that must be managed appropriately, starting with planning and procurement. DIR negotiates master contracts that cover a wide variety of information technology products and services. These leverage the bulk buying power of the State of Texas, providing aggressive discounts without the need for a lengthy procurement process. All DIR contracts are competitively bid and comply with state purchasing requirements.
DIR serves a wide spectrum of customers including Texas state agencies, county or local government offices, and public education entities of all sizes. State agencies are required to use contracts established by DIR.Join us for a half-day training presented by DIR staff to discuss how to navigate and optimize the IT procurement process. Topics include:

  • Determining the appropriate IT procurement method
  • Making the most effective use of DIR Cooperative and Shared Technology Services contracts
  • Tips and tricks for searching for DIR contracts
  • Maximizing HUB utilization on DIR Contracts
  • Best practices for procurement file documentation
  • Tips for contract negotiations
  • DIR Innovative Procurement Lab (IPL) & Agile Procurement



The primary audience for this session is personnel from public sector organizations, inclusive of state higher education. (Those who purchase technology products and services using DIR contracts.)


Edinburg Community Engagement Student Success (ECESS)1407 East Freddy Gonzalez Dr.Edinburg, TX 78542


March 5, 2020 Time: 8:30 am-12:00 pm (Morning Session) 5, 2020 Time: 1:30 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon Session) is limited so it is very important that you cancel should your plans change.

Additional Information

  • This free event is hosted by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)
  • DIR will award 3 units of continuing education (CTCD/CTCM, IRM CPEs and general contact hours).

Contact Lynn Hodde or Tom Hay with questions

Date & Location

Date & Time

Thursday Mar 5, 2020
8:30am - 5:00pm CST


Edinburg Community Engagement Student Success (ECESS)
1407 East Freddy Gonzalez Dr., Edinburg, TX 78542

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