Considering everything that’s happened in the IT industry so far this year, it’s hard to believe we’re only halfway through March. News wires in the tech community have been running at full throttle in 2017 and that activity is sure to heat up more, as it usually does, when spring rolls around. From IT business mergers and acquisitions to the latest cybersecurity threats and new customer compliance requirements, our industry (and the channel media) is off to an exciting and quite dynamic start.
The same holds true with CompTIA. We kicked off 2017 with a huge announcement – the launch of CompTIA AITP, a new membership opportunity for IT professionals. Response to this new group has been fantastic, with more than 2,500 individuals already expressing their interest in joining when it officially launches later this spring. And that big announcement isn’t the only thing we have up our sleeves. This year promises to be full of new opportunities, initiatives and resources that will benefit all our members.
Expanding Business and Tech Resources
CompTIA expects to release more than 20 new research studies on a variety of topics before the year is out. We kicked it off with our 2017 IT Industry Outlook report, which identifies the latest global technology-related trends and highlights a number of channel-related opportunities. Those looking for a comprehensive state-by-state drill-down or the IT security space, including gains and losses in employment and wages in the tech sector, should stay tuned for our soon to be released Cyberstates study.
In the IT space, staying ahead of the curve is a must, so training is crucial. We’re stepping up our game in 2017 with an even larger curriculum of live training courses, webinars and guides to help channel professionals do just that. For example, the soon to be released Six Steps to Success in the Internet of Things will help you understand the market, see what others are doing with these technologies, and then plan and execute your own programs.
CompTIA’s State and Local Government and Education (SLED) Council is also developing a highly anticipated Quick Start Guide to Winning Government Contracts. This first of its kind guide will evaluate market opportunities for providers and help them find and successfully bid on IT contracts with various state, local or federal government agencies.
New Networking Opportunities
If one of your goals for the is to expand your professional network, we’ve got you covered!
- Collaborate with peers, vendors and distributors at our Eighth Annual Member Meeting in Chicago next week (March 21st to 23rd).
- Join IT execs from all over the world at ChannelCon 2017 in Austin, TX July 31 to August 2.
- Take part in candid conversations about compliance best practices at the Global Trade Compliance Best Practices Conference in September.
- Team up with our State Government Affairs group to advocate for IT innovation and growth at the State Tech Policy Summit in October.
- Participate in numerous community and council meeting and member meet-ups throughout the year.
New CompTIA Initiatives
We’re also working with our member-driven communities and councils to develop new focal points and programs that will provide even more value to our member companies in 2017 (and beyond). For instance, we’re currently forming the new Business Application Advisory Council (BAAC) that will examine the complex as-a-service business arena experienced by specialized business consultants and solution providers.
Our Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG) will release its second annual HHS State of the States Survey in October and SLED will establish a recognition program to highlight positive and innovative government projects throughout the year. SLED will also collaborate with NASCIO and Grant Thornton to produce the popular annual State CIO Survey this fall.
If you’d like to become more involved in the process, please consider joining the conversation at CompTIA. Our peer-lead member communities are a great place to start! Have a great year and be sure to let CompTIA know what we can do to make your IT business better.
Nancy Hammervik, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations at CompTIA