CompTIA announced Tuesday it will launch a series of initiatives aimed at helping technology companies drive innovation and growth, including two online communities for the IT channel, a Channel Vanguard Council, a political action committee, and a member resource center.
First the association has created the CompTIA Channel Community (C3) as a channel-neutral online community, which will include not only discussion forums but exclusive content, such as white papers and webinars. CompTIA President Todd Thibodeaux said C3 is an open platform, which will invite other existing forums to join.
A second community, the CompTIA IT Pro Community, will provide a place for those who want to enter or advance an IT career to solicit expert advice, network with peers and find critical tools and resources. One of these resources is the CompTIA Career Center, which will match certified job seekers with employers trying to fill IT jobs.
CompTIA also will collaborate with Channel Insider to create the Channel Vanguard Council wherein invited executives of IT vendors, distributors, and service and solution providers will deliberate on a wide-range of issues including technologies, services, business models and processes and best practices, market influences and conditions and supplier relations.
“The forum will be a collaborative, moderated community exploring issues affecting the IT channel community today and in the future; and producing clear, actionable guidance for the overall channel community,” Thibodeaux explained.
Thibodeaux also announced the creation of a new political action committee, CompTIA PAC, which will “focus on the interests of the people in the IT sector as well as the needs of those who own and work for America’s 32,000 VARs.”
Other new programs for CompTIA members include the introduction of the CompTIA Member Resource Center, where members can find companies providing services in finance, logistics, HR, channel consulting, training, public relations, marketing, research, and more. CompTIA members will be eligible to receive significant discounts from providers. “Our goal is to aggregate an industry-trusted and vetted database of the best of the best in business services,” Thibodeaux said.
In addition, he said CompTIA will re-launch its annual member meeting in April 2010, bringing together the people who make up the CompTIA Sections, Executive Forums and Advisory Councils. CompTIA also will offer its members more events beginning this fall with the Managed IT Services Summit presented in partnership with MSP Partners. In addition, three regional events are planned for this fall where attendees will be able to participate in business simulations that provide great insights into improving their business.
To broaden its reach among the global IT industry, CompTIA this summer officially opened offices in New Delhi, India and Beijing, China. This adds to the association’s international presence, which includes offices in London, Brussels, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Poland, and Japan.
Earlier this week, CompTIA introduced Strata, a new credential that offers individuals a broad introduction to computing technology.