Expect to be Amazed at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting

  • Channel Coverage for Industry Mentors Program

    by Matt Swanston  | November 16, 2009
    The CompTIA Industry Mentors Program was highlighted in a story from eChannelLine, a media outlet that covers IT channel business in North America. The story noted that the program offers CompTIA members access to a panel of experts who can answer tough questions that have a daily impact on business operations and success. (CompTIA unwraps new member resources, eChannelLine, Oct. 1, 2009) Other stories on the program were published by dBusinessNews Chicago and Certification Magazine. ...
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  • Press Covers CompTIA’s Work on IT Careers

    by Matt Swanston  | November 15, 2009
    CompTIA executives participated in several media interviews in October to get the word out about career opportunities in the IT industry.During a media tour to Washington, D.C., Todd Thibodeaux spoke with Washington Times tech writer Mark Kellner and delivered the message that there are tech jobs to be had by workers with the right skill sets. "Other than health care, information technology has more jobs open than any other sector," he said. (KELLNER: Technology sector hiring, expanding, Washing ...
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  • CompTIA BCI Gains Foothold as New Industry Measurement

    by Matt Swanston  | November 14, 2009
    The new CompTIA Business Confidence Index (BCI) continued to gain traction with the media as a reliable indicator of industry activity. The CompTIA BCI was referenced in trend stories in InformationWeek, Insurance Networking News and IT Chanel Planet. ...
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  • Board Spotlight

    by Matt Swanston  | November 13, 2009
    CompTIA Board of Directors member Lester Keizer, CEO of Connecting Point Las Vegas, was quoted in an Oct. 26 USA Today business section story on hiring trends. Lester told the reporter that he plans to hire up to five employees in the next two months at his two Las Vegas firms that now employ 41. (More companies plan to hire rather than cut workers, USA Today, Oct. 26, 2009)
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  • Health Care IT and the Health Care Reform Debate

    by Matt Swanston  | November 12, 2009
    As U.S. lawmakers debate changes in the nation’s healthcare system, CompTIA representatives are focused on the role of information technology in the delivery of healthcare. H.R. 3014, which passed the House on November 18th, would allow the SBA to guarantee loans up to 90% for the acquisition of HIT systems by small business health practitioners.  The maximum loan amount is the lesser of $350,000 for any single qualified eligible professional, or $2,000,000 with respect to a single gr ...
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  • End User IT Security Tips

    by Matt Swanston  | November 11, 2009
    Among the findings of CompTIA’s IT security research, is that most breaches are caused by simple user error, suggesting that no amount of IT security measures can protect an enterprise from accidental breaches caused by careless or uninformed employees.Several organizations including the National Cyber Security Alliance have developed guidelines for individuals to stay safe online, while CompTIA’s Security Trustmark program validates that a business adheres to the industry’s best security practi ...
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  • CompTIA's Green Thumb

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | November 04, 2009
    I’m just back from the wildly successful CompTIA EMEA Member Conference in the UK where I was struck by how green everything was– and I’m not just talking about the lush landscape. The Green movement was evident everywhere in the UK, from things as simple as switched outlets and compact florescent lighting everywhere, to motion sensing escalators that “sleep” to conserve power and mirrored ceiling panels that reflect light and heat into the stands of the Ascot Racecourse where the event was held ...
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  • We want you!

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | September 23, 2009
    As in any relationship, CompTIA’s connection with the industry we represent is ever-evolving. This is especially true of our rapport with the vendor community—a relationship which is undergoing a dramatic transformation. In the past that relationship was based largely on sponsorships (dollars and cents) rather than on membership (engagement and participation). Participation in CompTIA was presented as an “investment” and the ROI for a vendor was calculated almost solely from CompTIA’s ability to ...
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  • Breakaway 2009 Rocked!

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | August 17, 2009
    Wow, what a show! More than 1,000 IT executives -- including a lot of new faces -- joined us in Las Vegas, Aug 3-6, for a great few days of engaging speakers, informative panels and presentations, interactive vendor exhibits, and lots of networking time and peer-to-peer learning. Oh, and we had some fun too.I received a lot of positive feedback from show attendees throughout the week, and there were two common themes heard throughout:1. There was A LOT of relevant content to help me grow my busi ...
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It’s that time of year when a literal who’s who of channel professionals gather to take on some of the industry’s biggest opportunities and concerns. CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting convenes April 1 in sunny San Diego with a full slate of interactive group discussions, thought-provoking presentations and numerous networking opportunities. Attendees will also get to partake in this year’s IT Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner, as Robert Faletra and Susan Kare are honored for their contributions to our industry.

Prepare to increase your professional acumen, challenge your current practices and forge new business relationships through all the interactive sessions and networking on tap at this year’s event. You’ll get to engage with some of the best minds in the industry and share your ideas to help advance the IT channel. CompTIA members are a savvy group of entrepreneurs and sales and marketing professionals who give their all to develop initiatives, programs and materials to help IT organizations succeed.

Those are just a couple of the reasons so many solution providers, vendors and distribution executives and other channel professionals come to AMM. They also enjoy the educational discussions and gain new perspectives on their own businesses. Many profit from the top-notch channel connections at the event and forge friendships that can last a lifetime. That professional camaraderie is a core value of CompTIA membership — giving everyone an opportunity to grow their minds, businesses and careers.

That philosophy is clearly demonstrated in the individual CompTIA community meetings at AMM. Each of the collaborative groups works closely with their respective industry specialists.     

The Cloud Community will host a panel discussion led by the respected channel expert and research guru Ryan Morris. “Trends in Channel Business Adaptations for the Cloud” will cover some of the top issues facing those who offer these services, including proper channel alignment, business development and planning, and transformation and business agility.

The IT Services and Support Community is bringing its A-game to AMM with a full agenda of initiative discussions, workshops, research and other activities. Get there early, since Jean Mork Bredeson will lead off the session by addressing one of the most valuable and underutilized tools channel companies have at their disposal. Her presentation, “The New Customer Satisfaction: Using It To Make Money,” will offer insightful information and key recommendations for any business looking to improve its client relationships and revenue goals.  Get your morning started right!

Join the Advancing Women in IT Community’s breakfast meeting and learn about its recent developments, including the rollout of its Dream IT program, including tools and educational resources that will inspire girls and women to pursue careers in the IT industry. With a goal of reaching 10,000 people with its message of encouragement, educational and training suggestions and mentorship opportunities, it can surely use your help. With a greater pool of qualified talent with more diverse ideas, the prospects will be even brighter for channel organizations in the future.

The Managed Services Community has a lot of insightful information to share in its AMM meeting, including some highlights from the group’s recently completed survey. Several of the top managed services challenges identified in this research will be discussed in this session, as well as what the group intends to do to address those areas of concern, including organizational management shortfalls.

Leaders in the Tech Convergence Community will focus a lot of attention on business innovation and what members can do to better achieve their long-term goals. Patrick Houston of CloudBase3 will offer sage advice and lead attendees through a variety of improvement exercises in his business agility workshop, “Planning for Business Change and Managing the Ripple Effect.” Tech Convergence Community members should expect to have some fun and gain a lot of valuable insight.    

Insightful business practices and valued industry research will be key topics in the Managed Print Services Community meeting. Attendees will work on building strong offensive strategies and learn more ways to leverage MPS offerings to grow their businesses. They’ll also get the first look at the latest MPS research from CompTIA and discuss how to changes in the customer-decision-making-process could actually boost their revenue opportunities.

The Mobility Community is bringing together some of the industry’s best and brightest to tackle the toughest questions in the channel with its “Mobile Rumble in the Jungle.” This member debate will cover a number of the hottest practice-related issues in an insightful brainstorming format, intended to inspire some innovative ideas and create a lot of peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Everyone may not always agree and there may be some controversy, but everyone should leave better prepared to make money delivering the mobility solutions and services that their clients want and need.

Regardless of your IT services specialty or the role you play in your particular organization, AMM attendance can help boost to your business acumen, alliances and professional opportunities. If you haven’t already signed up, be sure to register today, scheduled your travel, and start packing for the most collaborative event of the spring.
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