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FI$Cal Announces Monthly Virtual Vendor Days

The Financial Information System for California is offering vendors an invitation-only chance to pitch their IT solutions once a month before a virtual audience of department executives and technologists. Each month’s topic will vary. The department began accepting applications Tuesday for this month’s gathering.

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The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is starting a new monthly forum for vendors – and it’s by invitation only.

FI$Cal, which handles the budgeting, procurement, cash management and accounting functions for state government, began accepting applications Tuesday from vendors who would like an opportunity to present their solutions to FI$Cal’s leaders and team members.
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“These new monthly forums will provide vendors the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase their technology solutions, in both products and services, to FI$Cal executive leadership and teams,” FI$Cal says in a news release. “Vendors will have the opportunity to share with us the leading information technology trends and best practices and how they can be leveraged to support us in our goal of providing continuous improvement to FI$Cal end users.”

FI$Cal's new chief information officer, Toquyen Collier, told Techwire via email Tuesday that she’s looking forward to the forums.

“We are excited to engage with vendors and give them the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase the leading information technology trends and best practices that will foster our ability to meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Collier, who is both CIO and FI$Cal’s deputy director for IT.

Interested vendors are invited to complete a detailed online survey about their goods and services. If a vendor’s offering matches one of FI$Cal’s needs, the vendor will be invited to present at an upcoming vendor day. Each month, FI$Cal will announce the general area for which it needs a solution. The virtual gatherings are not open to the public.

In the online vendor survey, vendors are asked such questions as whether their company is on the California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS); what is the solution’s name, and what is its core competency; whether the solution has a cloud component; and, if so, whether it’s certified with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) as moderate or higher.

This month’s gathering, scheduled for March 23, has the theme “Governance, Risk and Compliance.” Registration for this event began Tuesday and runs through March 16. Registration is available on the survey site.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.