If you’ve ever been part of a good brainstorm session, you understand what it feels like when the group knows they’re on to something. The energy levels increase, the chatter gets louder and innovative ideas are born. It’s a great feeling and it’s part of what makes the CompTIA Communities & Councils Forum (CCF) so important and valuable to members and the IT industry.
Now it’s your turn. Join us in Chicago, March 13-15, 2023, for your chance to engage in important (and exciting) brainstorms with other industry thought leaders. It's an opportunity to discuss and respond to the most pressing issues and trends in the tech industry today and share how they are impacting technology businesses like yours.
And if that’s not enough, here’s a list of 10 more reasons why you should attend.
Connect With Other Tech and Business Leaders
If you’re not already part of a CompTIA regional community (or committee focused on cybersecurity, emerging technology, managed services and IT workforce), this is a great chance to learn from other members on how to grow your business and thrive in a challenging environment. Make a point to attend our welcome session for tips on maximizing your experience and enjoy plenty of networking opportunities during the meeting and while exploring Chicago.
Stay Informed About the Latest Channel Trends
Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis at CompTIA, will cover data from the 2023 State of the Channel report, including the evolution of the channel, the state of partner-vendor relationships, opportunities and challenges ahead for managed service providers (MSPs), the health of the channel workforce and more. Consider this keynote your blueprint for the year ahead as you make business decisions.
Get Tips To Integrate Innovative Tech Into Your Portfolio
It’s easy to say that you should integrate new technologies to move your business forward and create new revenue streams, but talking the talk is different than walking the walk. Learn some practical applications of emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, IoT and how they are helping business operations today in the Emerging Technology Committee meeting. Learn what you need to do to start implementing these technologies in your own business, as well as your customers’ businesses.
Learn How the CompTIA Cybersecurity Trustmark Can Benefit You
In an effort to help MSPs establish a starting point for their security journey, the new CompTIA Cybersecurity Trustmark offers a path for solution provider members looking to differentiate themselves in the industry by earning an accreditation certification. Get details about the two ways to earn the Trustmark and find out why earning it provides your customers with tangible proof of your high-quality service.
Hear What’s Important and Will Impact Your Business
The first order of business for CompTIA’s North America Community is to hear the latest industry trends. CompTIA’s research team will present on four major areas of interest for 2023: channel, cybersecurity, workforce and digital transformation. Learn how these subjects will impact your business and what you can do about it.
Consult an Expert at the Business Genius Café
Book one-on-one time with industry experts to get advice on a range of topics such as cybersecurity, marketing and sales. Business experts will answer questions, share tips and provide insights on strategies and challenges unique to your business. Reserve an appointment by emailing [email protected].
Celebrate CompTIA Spotlight Award Honorees
Enjoy dinner as we congratulate the winners of the 2023 CompTIA North American Spotlight Awards. Winners will be recognized in Future Leader, Advancing Women in Technology Leadership, Advancing Diversity in Technology Leadership, Community Leadership and Industry Advisory Council Leadership categories. Join us as we honor your peers and colleagues with these esteemed awards.
Build Your Own Cyber Responsibility Matrix
The Cybersecurity Committee will hold its first in-person meeting where members will discuss the challenges of cybersecurity, including stack alignment, customer compliance, vendor due diligence and quantifying risk—and how to address them. Plus, members will work to build out a responsibility matrix for MSPs and their clients, a resource that will document multiple aspects of a cybersecurity strategy and detail who is responsible for what.
Leverage Tech Workforce Development Insights
The best way to maintain a qualified team is to offer training and career development opportunities. Members of the Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Committee will discuss the resources needed to build the right training programs for your business. Join us to hear how fellow tech companies utilize CompTIA programs to upskill their workforces and how you can implement a plan of your own.
Come Ready to Work: MSP Committee Session
CompTIA’s Managed Services Committee will explore what’s next for MSPs, including how to stay profitable in uncertain economic climates, solve customer challenges with new solutions and open new avenues for your business through partnerships. Learn how you can transform your business model to take advantage of the rapid change occurring across the IT channel.
CompTIA counts on our member-led communities and Advisory Councils to serve as influencers and ambassadors to the technology industry, and we welcome new faces and voices to add unique perspectives and insights to these important discussions. There’s a place for everyone at CCF. Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute your ideas and create the partnerships that help shape the future.