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Two giants in advocacy for the IT channel are joining forces.
CompTIA, the nonprofit that bills itself as the "voice of the world's IT industry," has acquired TechAmerica, a merger that CompTIA says combines its strengths in education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy with TechAmerica’s public-sector expertise and member base of large technology companies.
The combined entity retains the CompTIA name, brand, leadership and board of directors, with a member from TechAmerica’s board joining the CompTIA board.
The acquisition unites complementary segments of information technology and communications under one umbrella to enhance voice, reach and influence, the groups said. The combined organization now represents and supports member companies along a growing and diverse ICT spectrum, a $3.6-trillion global industry driving innovation, connectivity, jobs and efficiency in business, government and consumer sectors around the world.
“The merging of CompTIA’s and TechAmerica’s membership bases enables our organization to pursue the best interests of the ICT sector as a whole, eliminating an artificial barrier that has divided efforts in the past. Moving forward, CompTIA will champion member-driven business and policy priorities that impact the entire continuum of companies from the small IT service provider to the software developer to the equipment manufacturer to communications service providers," CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux said. “The transaction clearly amplifies the industry’s already powerful voice in Washington, D.C., at a time when policies critical to continued innovation and economic growth are at stake."