A Guide to IT Contracting – new book from CRC Press offered for program and project management


1 January 2013 – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book of potential interest for many program and project managers: A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools, and Techniques by Michael R. Overly and Matthew A. Karlyn. Published by Auerbach Publications in December 2012, the book includes CD-ROM with reusable checklists and glossary to define key legal, business, and technical terms essential for understanding technology agreements.  References are also provided to Internet resources and online aids on contract drafting and negotiating.

a-guide-to-IT-ContractingAccording to the CRC release: Even leading organizations with sophisticated IT infrastructures and teams of lawyers can find themselves unprepared to deal with the range of issues that can arise in IT contracting. Written by two seasoned attorneys, A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools, and Techniques distills the most critical business and legal lessons learned through the authors’ decades of experience drafting and negotiating IT-related agreements.

In a single volume, readers can quickly access information on virtually every type of technology agreement. Structured to focus on a particular type of IT agreement, each chapter includes a checklist of essential terms, a brief summary of what the agreement is intended to do, and a complete review of the legal and business issues that are addressed in that particular agreement. Providing non-legal professionals with the tools to address IT contracting issues.  Costly mistakes can be avoided, risk can be averted, and better contracts can be drafted if you have access to the right information. Warning you of the most common pitfalls, the book arms you with little-known tips and best practices to help negotiate the key terms of IT agreements with confidence.

Michael R. Overly is a partner in the Information Technology & Outsourcing Practice Group in Foley & Lardner’s Los Angeles office. As an attorney and former electrical engineer, his practice focuses on counseling clients regarding technology licensing, intellectual property development, information security, and electronic commerce. Michael is one of the few practicing lawyers who has satisfied the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certifications. He is a member of the Computer Security Institute and the Information Systems Security Association. Michael is a frequent writer and speaker in many areas including negotiating and drafting technology transactions and the legal issues of technology in the workplace, e-mail, and electronic evidence. He has written numerous articles and books on these subjects and is a frequent commentator in the national press (e.g., the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, ABCNEWS.com, CNN, and MSNBC). In addition to conducting training seminars in the United States, Norway, Japan, and Malaysia, Michael has testified before the US Congress regarding online issues. Among others, he is the author of the best-selling e-policy: How to Develop Computer, E-mail, and Internet Guidelines to Protect Your Company and Its Assets (AMACOM 1998), Overly on Electronic Evidence (West Publishing 2002), The Open Source Handbook (Pike & Fischer 2003), Document Retention in the Electronic Workplace (Pike & Fischer 2001), and Licensing Line-by-Line (Aspatore Press 2004).

Matthew A. Karlyn is a partner in the Information Technology & Outsourcing Practice Group in Foley & Lardner’s Boston office. Matt has represented companies in information technology and outsourcing transactions for his entire career in both private practice and in-house for two software companies. A sought-after writer and speaker in the area of information technology and the law, Matt has published over forty articles, written chapters in several books, and given more than fifty presentations on topics ranging from the latest developments in information technology to best practices for drafting and negotiating information technology contracts. Matt chairs the New England Chapter and the Legal Process Outsourcing Chapter of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, is a member of the Corporate Law Advisory Board for Stafford Publishing, and for several years served on the Board of Directors of the International Technology Law Association. Matt is also the Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section’s Computer & Internet Law Committee. For the last two years, Matt was named a judge for the CIO-100, an award program published by CIO magazine that recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. In addition to his law degree, Matt also earned a MBA from the University of Chicago in economics and strategic management and regularly advises companies on the business aspects of IT including IT strategy, pricing strategies, RFP development, governance, relationship management and reporting structures, and transition planning and implementation. In 2010 and 2011, Matt was selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers—Rising Stars list, an honor given to the top 2.5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers under the age of forty.

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A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools and Techniques;  by Michael R. Overly and Matthew A. Karlyn; published by Auerbach Publications, © 2012, 448 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781439876572; List price = $79.95; For more information, go to http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439876572;jsessionid=DcmUcnKas8vek1sJpngMTg__

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