Expect to be Amazed at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting

  • D.C. Fly-In Sees Updates from the Hill on Patent Reform

    by Lana Sansur  | February 11, 2014
    This afternoon, we kicked off our much anticipated 2014 D.C. Fly-In, organized by TechVoice, the partnership of CompTIA and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), with an important panel on patent reform. Vishal Amin, majority senior counsel, House Judiciary Committee, discussed how the costs associated with abusive patent litigation are a considerable burden for small- and medium-sized IT businesses trying to get on their feet and compete within a $3.2 trillion global industry. Durin ...
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  • How Are Big Tech Firms Enforcing Their Own Training?

    by Lisa Fasold  | February 11, 2014
    During CompTIA’s Colloquium conference in Washington, D.C., today, executives from over 30 leading IT training companies heard from some of the largest tech companies on how they’re training their own staffs. How are they setting an example for their partners? How are they inspiring their employees to continually learn and improve their skills? CompTIA Executive VP Terry Erdle led off the conference and gave a quick rundown on the core education trends: Personalization. User control ...
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  • Is 2014 Finally the Time for a Federal Data Breach Notification Law?

    by Matthew Starr  | February 11, 2014
    In the wake of high-profile data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, among others, Congress held three hearings on data security and data breaches last week. The first, held by the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, dealt with specific financial sector issues related to data breaches, but the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings looked at data security and data breaches from a number of different angles. Following the hearings, there is ...
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  • Three Lessons from Lenovo’s Big Buys

    by Seth Robinson  | February 10, 2014
    In the middle of a bitterly cold winter, Chinese tech giant Lenovo has become very hot news. In a single week, the company best known for its solid line of laptops spent $5.3 billion acquiring two new product lines. The first move was made on January 23, when Lenovo purchased IBM’s x86-based server business for $2.3 billion. Six days later, Lenovo extended its reach in the other direction, picking up Google’s Motorola Mobility unit for $2.91 billion. The deals drew attention from all ...
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  • Learn How CompTIA Helps Collabrance Master Managed Services

    by Matthew Stern  | February 06, 2014
    When Lindsay Dick first dipped her toes in the IT channel, she expected — in fact, invited — the challenge. Her professional expertise wasn’t geared toward information technology, but what she lacked in a formal technical background she made up for in pluck. But when it came right down to it, the initial experience turned out to be a bit more overwhelming than she’d imagined. Luckily, Dick had the good fortune to connect with Lori Berry, an executive council member of Com ...
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  • North Carolina Tech Group Uses Events to Advance its IT Policies

    by Bob Moore  | February 05, 2014
    TechVoice recently spoke with Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and one of the recipients of the 2014 TechVoice Champion Awards. NCTA leverages events to advance its policy agenda, as well as links member companies with public sector contracts, fostering growth and opportunity for the North Carolina IT sector. What are some of the initiatives you’ve implemented that have advanced NCTA’s policy agenda the most? Back in 2008, whe ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Making 2014 the Year of Security

    by Brian Sherman  | January 29, 2014
    Add Neiman Marcus to the growing list of retailers that have announced information systems breaches over the past few weeks: In a company statement, the Dallas-based department store chain reported compromised servers, a hack that gave outside access to customer payment information. On the heels of Target’s holiday debacle, the news fueled the IT security discussion and elevated consumer angst. This should be a call to arms for solution providers, vendors and distributors. No business will ...
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  • The Trends and Anti-Trends Shaping 2014

    by Tim Herbert  | January 29, 2014
    Crystal balls and tea leaves have been in heavy use of late; as IT industry prognosticators prepare their predications for the year ahead. With so much innovation in the tech space, there is certainly no shortage of material for trends lists. The temptation, though, is to overhype the future, while understating the present. Trends take time to progress through the stages of adoption — often taking longer than many expect. The year ahead will certainly feature its share of surprises, but re ...
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  • The State of the Union: Why IT is a Key to Addressing Economic Opportunity

    by Liz Hyman  | January 27, 2014
    Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union speech, an opportunity to set forth a theme that will guide his administration’s agenda for the year. It is widely anticipated that the president will speak to the topic of economic opportunity and how to close a gap between those at the bottom of the economic ladder and those at the top. The IT sector has always had a role in this important discussion. The industry is a driver of the economy, with a steady stream of inno ...
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  • Thoughts on the D.C. Circuit’s Neutral Net-Neutrality Ruling

    by Matthew Starr  | January 23, 2014
    On Jan. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned two of the three net-neutrality rules initially passed by the Federal Communications Commission as part of its 2010 Open Internet Order. Despite what some have said, this ruling does not give carte blanche for ISPs to run roughshod over their customers. That’s because the overturn overshadowed perhaps the more important aspect of this decision: The court found that the FCC now has clear authority, under S ...
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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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