CompTIA Buys MSP Partners for Managed Services Focus

IT association CompTIA is shoring up its managed services focus with the purchase of fellow educator MSP Partners.

The deal accomplishes two aims: It strengthens an alliance for end users, more of whom are turning to managed services, according to a new CompTIA survey; and it positions CompTIA as a formidable rival to the MSPAlliance. The MSPAlliance claims it’s the largest professional and accrediting body for the managed services sector. MSP Partners, founded in 2007, claims 5,000 members.

Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, said adding MSP Partners to its managed services community “positions us as the leading voice for managed services.”

“CompTIA’s mission is to further the interests and growth of the IT industry,” Thibodeaux said in a prepared statement. “We’re fulfilling this mission by creating a series of robust vendor-neutral communities for the IT channel.”

MSP Partners will continue offering educational programs and events for members, sponsors and partners, said Jim Hamilton, executive director of MSP Partners.

“With the additional reach and resources of CompTIA, we’ll be able to develop the preeminent community for the managed services market, featuring valuable business solutions, research, networking and discussion forums, and continuing education,” Hamilton said in a press release.

Hamilton will oversee the managed services efforts at CompTIA.

CompTIA didn’t say how much it’s paying for MSP Partners.

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