Expect to be Amazed at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting

  • Do You Understand the New Decision Makers’ Needs?

    by Brian Sherman  | April 23, 2014
    Society and technology are evolving faster than our ability to adapt. That point was strongly emphasized by Bob Humphreys in his presentation that helped kick off the recent CompTIA IT Services and Support Community meeting in Woodbridge, Ontario, just north of Toronto. The leader of Demand Programs and Digital Strategy for IBM Canada underscored how technology has become the most important external force that impacts today’s businesses. Back in the day, most businesses used IT for process ...
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  • Freeing up More Unlicensed Spectrum Would Benefit Consumers, Companies

    by Cameron Camp  | April 22, 2014
    As a wireless internet service provider (WISP) in a rural, sawmill region of Oregon, IV Data Center is the last frontier when it comes to serving areas other ISPs can’t or won’t serve. We help bridge the digital divide for the most underserved customers in the country. Our company, also known as Illinois Valley Data Center, serves Josephine County, Ore., which consistently ranks as the second poorest county in the state. The small lumber mill region has seen its industry decimated o ...
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  • CompTIA Premier Members Make a Good Showing on IT Best-Of Lists

    by Michelle Peterson  | April 18, 2014
    The annual PCR Brit List features the 50 most influential people in tech, from directors to CEOs, retail buyers to doctors and even a few celebrities. The list by PCR – a universally read UK IT publication – includes people who are inspiring innovations, evolutions and progression in the IT channel. This year, CompTIA’s membership was represented among the movers and shakers in the IT world, first with our own Vaughan Shayler. Shayler, CompTIA’s director of channel strate ...
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  • CompTIA Supports New Net Neutrality Rules to Protect Small Businesses

    by Matthew Starr  | April 18, 2014
    Recently, CompTIA filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal for new net neutrality rules. CompTIA believes that transparency, no-blocking and nondiscrimination rules are essential to protect and promote the interests of small businesses operating online. Without such rules, broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) could charge any business operating online for access, or prioritized access, to an ISP’s customers. Small busines ...
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  • The Women and Men of the Channel are on a Mission

    by Jim Hamilton  | April 16, 2014
    At the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT (AWIT) meeting at AMM in San Diego this month, community staff leader Cathy Alper welcomed attendees by announcing “In other CompTIA communities people say they want to join. In AWIT they say they want to get involved.” Get involved they did! I had the pleasure of watching over 50 professionals participate passionately in concrete initiatives designed to encourage and help women of all ages establish fulfilling careers in IT. In addition, the comm ...
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  • Use These Three Es to Develop and Assess Your Channel Relationships

    by Matthew Stern  | April 15, 2014
    Building a solid foundation with your channel partners will help your business go down countless avenues in the future. For a vendor, finding the right channels to sell cloud services can play a key role in expanding business and reaching new, untapped markets. Local markets and others formerly out-of-reach for a cloud provider can open up with the right partnership. But the prospect of forging partner relationships can be intimidating. PartnerPath has created a helpful three-step process that d ...
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  • Patent Troll Demand Letters a Growing Concern on the Hill

    by Matthew L. Evans  | April 15, 2014
    Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing titled “Trolling for a Solution: Ending Abusive Patent Demand Letters.” The hearing focused on the regulation of demand letters sent in bad faith to businesses by patent trolls or patent assertion entities (PAEs). There has been an upswing in the number of issued demand letters, which many times are vague, misleading and deceptive. The recipients, who are often smal ...
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  • The Key to Managed Services Adoption is Clear Messaging

    by Carolyn April  | April 09, 2014
    What value does your company add? It’s a perennial business question, one that channel firms face each and every day in interactions with customers, vendors and other partners. In this era of cloud computing and ongoing business model upheaval, everyone is looking for a way to stand out, especially to the customer. If you can’t answer the fundamental question – Why do we matter? – your business is at a disadvantage. The managed services model is one example of a channel b ...
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  • Get CompTIA’s Strategies for Cloud Service Success

    by Matthew Stern  | April 08, 2014
    There’s no denying it: cloud is growing. IBM just announced an aggressive expansion of its cloud services, and TheInfoPro’s “Wave 5 Cloud Computing Study” predicts a 36 percent compound annual growth rate for cloud into 2016, according to Forbes. Moreover, 69 percent of enterprises with cloud budgets in 2013 are expecting to increase them in 2014. These expanding market projections also mean expanding budgets for cloud computing, so if you’re not in the game already ...
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  • A People Person Finds her Niche in IT Channel Recruitment

    by Matthew Stern  | April 08, 2014
    Pat Martin, a national account manager at SmartSource, spends her days with her two dogs — her “big babies,” she calls them — developing business relationships for her company and recruiting IT staff from the comfort of her own home. Martin’s two-pronged role gives her plenty of satisfaction. She’s been at it for about three years now, after a mutual contact put her in touch with the owners of Illinois-based SmartSource Inc. “It was just love,” Mar ...
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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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