Flock to Chicago in April
More than 240 technology leaders already have registered for
CompTIA’s inaugural Annual Member Meeting, and another 58 are
expected at the co-located CompTIA Colloquium in Chicago this
CompTIA members will help define the direction the IT industry
will take, and CompTIA’s new communities will meet to build
partnerships and share best practices. Some of the sessions
include candid discussions about where the channel is headed and
how CompTIA can pave the way; proven approaches to vertical and
niche security markets; and what IT solution providers need to
do to capitalize on cloud computing.
Top executives in the technology training world gather each year
at the invitation-only Colloquium symposium, which helps shape
the future of tech learning. Executives from leading IT
training, content, publishing and testing companies gather to
discuss trends in learning technologies, global workforce
development issues and what is on the horizon.
All attendees can network at the joint Welcome Reception on
April 7 and participate in the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s
Charity Miniature Golf Classic. Pearson VUE and Xerox are the
title sponsors for the event, where CompTIA members and
technology leaders will help fund training for the disadvantaged
and disabled. Attendees also can match shots with George McLeod,
the second highest ranked professional mini-golfer.
Not signed up?
Register for the
Annual Member Meeting or
Learn about the Mini-Golf Classic.
TOPICS IN FOCUS
Stimulus Funding Could Be a Boon to Healthcare IT
The HIT funding through the U.S. economic stimulus package
includes $2 billion in immediate, discretionary funding for the
Office of the National Coordinator and an estimated $29 billion
to be paid out through Medicare and Medicaid incentives.
Read the whitepaper (CompTIA members
Building a Better Business Model for IT Security
Many VARs and MSPs offer security applications to their
clients, but could use help developing this expertise and in
transitioning from a reactive focus on security to a proactive
Read the blog post
Hear more tips from security experts at AMM
IT Services & Support
Benchmarking Services Performance
On average, IT Services and Support Community members state
that between 50-80% of their total net profit margin comes from
services. How can we benchmark success?
Managed IT Services
No Longer a Niche Offering, But a Core Market
MSP Partners has just published its 2010 IPED managed
services research and education courses and the emerging
industry trends are truly compelling.
New Certificate and Tools to Go Green
Organizations increasingly factor "green" into their decision
making processes. Check out the CompTIA Webinar that covers
green IT market potential, sales strategies, and both existing
and proposed environmental regulations.
View the Webinar
Learn about the new CompTIA Strata Green IT certificate
Small Business Owners
BOOM! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual
BOOM! is about creating a culture of
commitment and accountability—one choice at a time!
Hear from author Kevin Freiberg at AMM
COMPTIA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
All the Key Players Going to Texas
The top VARs, vendors, distributors and IT media will be in
San Antonio this August for CompTIA Breakaway, North America's
premier event for the IT channel. Watch for updates to the
agenda and more details coming soon.
Sign up to get the latest Breakaway news
Breakaway Booth Included with Vendor Membership
Technology vendors who join CompTIA — for as little as $625 a
year — receive a FREE 10x10 booth at CompTIA Breakaway (valued
at $5,000). In addition, CompTIA provides monthly show specials
for vendors to layer on more visibility at no extra cost! In our
effort to facilitate more networking opportunities, CompTIA’s
new My Breakaway site provides an innovative online matchmaking
service for the IT channel, vendors and the media to engage and
network before the event.
Read the press release
Learn more about CompTIA Breakaway 2010
New EU Benchmark Helps Companies Evaluate Performance
CompTIA’s new Cost-to-Serve Benchmark for technology services
companies in the European Union measures some 50 key performance
indicators to help providers gain insight into how optimized
their service operation is compared to others in the industry.
CompTIA Returns to its Roots
In the 1980s CompTIA originated as an organization that
allowed like-minded individuals to sit around the same table and
look for ways to help the industry grow through group action.
The CompTIA of today has rediscovered those roots. Learn about
CompTIA’s recent accomplishments and its goals for 2010.
Download your copy of the Annual Report
Regional Workshops Focus on Strategy and Execution
Feel an immediate positive impact on your business. Workshops
designed to help technology solution provider companies develop
and implement strategic plans will be offered in six cities this
year by CompTIA.
Learn more and register for the workshops
New Recurring Payment Plan for VARs
Resellers can save $10 a year on a CompTIA membership by
signing up for the new CompTIA recurring payment plan. Small
business owners can now pay just $20 a month instead of the $250
annual fee! Spread the word...
Save Money on Your Credit Card Processing
First National provides CompTIA members with a payment
processing solution that provides competitive rates and
unparalleled customer service.
CompTIA Strata Green IT Exam Now Available Worldwide
Green IT is at the heart of virtually every aspect of
sustainability, from the power grid, smart buildings and
environmental control systems to telepresence, telecommuting and
virtualization. To fulfill the promise of green IT, technology
professionals must add new skills unique to its environment.
Chicago Academy Challenges Students to Think Big
To lead the way for the industry and help transform the lives
of students who lack socioeconomic advantages, CompTIA donated
$150,000 to the Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology, (CAAT),
a new Chicago public high school pioneering the college and
career-prep approach to education for the city’s underserved
Donate to the Academy (email us)
Teachers: Nominate Outstanding Students for IT Merit Awards
IT teachers can recognize their outstanding students who have
trained for and received a CompTIA certification and help them
win at least $250 to further their pursuit of an IT career.
Nominations for the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s spring IT
Merit Awards are open until May 1.
Nominate a student
Endow a scholarship
RESEARCH & TRENDS
CompTIA Research: E-Discovery Trends and Practices
As Dwight Schrute would say, “Fact: the small and medium size
business (SMB) sector is critically important to the IT
industry.” From the sheer number of SMB establishments to the 60
million plus Americans who work in small or medium businesses,
the sector represents a large and diverse market for IT products
and services. But, the SMB market is not without its unique
needs and challenges, as any IT firm operating in the space will
tell you. Join Tim Herbert, VP of research at CompTIA, Tuesday,
April 27, from 1-2 p.m. CT if you are focused on strategic
planning, sales, or marketing and looking to better understand
the SMB market.
Learn more and register for the Webinar
Liz Hyman Named New Head of CompTIA Public Advocacy
Liz Hyman will be responsible for the Association’s outreach
to members of Congress, the Executive Branch, government
agencies and other organizations at the federal, state and local
levels of government that shape and influence public policy
affecting the IT industry. “We intend to strongly convey to both
elected officials and government executives the impact,
importance and value of the IT industry,” Hyman said.
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