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CompTIA has just announced two new initiatives within their network of member communities. Typically these communities are driven by designated thought leaders to foster solutions, support and networking among businesses and individuals in the IT space. New this year, Mobility and Advancing Women in IT have their own communities.
The new mobility group has similar aims as some of CompTIA’s other communities (Cloud/SaaS, Unified Communications), and coordinates resources for members ranging from blog posts to sponsored events.
These additions to CompTIA’s Communities program are particularly interesting because of two different reasons: the growing call for mobility solutions throughout the IT workspace, and a social issue within the industry.
Mobility On The Rise
Mobility affects areas of security and communications. This new community will have an executive group of tech leaders to advocate for best practices and training requirements for enterprise mobile technology by developing resources to support industry standards. The community will be directed by David Sobel, director of partner community for software company Level Platforms. In the committee’s mission, they released statements on the objectives:
“Our group is committed to developing a comprehensive selection of best business practices, education and training regimens and other resources on how to best accommodate mobile technology within the enterprise,” said Heather Murray, director, sales and marketing, TDMobility, Tech Data Corporation, and community vice chair.
Advancing Women in IT
It’s no surprise that IT is a male-dominated industry, but the rapid growth of the information technology sector in conjunction with the greater reach of our social channels calls for more active thought leadership. Vendor neutral initiatives (as close as neutral can be) are needed for a job world with such a broad stroke. CompTIA’s new community will aim to provide mentoring services and other programing to advocate for women’s education and career advancement in IT.
CompTIA’s annual meeting for its members is March 12-13 in Chicago this year, and the community groups will discuss topical issues related to the tech industry’s outlook in 2013. The organization describes the two-day conference as a meeting of the IT “channel ecosystem,” focusing on the industry’s core business challenges. One of the keynote presentations is called, “How to Win (and Keep) Business in a Competitive Environment,” and contrary to what you think the presentation might cover, it’s about customer loyalty from a pro sports agent’s point-of-view.
CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting is reserved only for association members, but these new initiatives show how IT continues to change. Organizations like CompTIA, though loathed by some, are tasked with addressing the shortcomings of the industry as a whole.
These community groups, whether headed up by the likes of VMware or CompTIA or the startup community, are starting to serve their industry peers with applied value. Our expanded social space allows for more efficient collaboration, and venues like blogs, open-source communities, e-learning services, user forums, social networks and more are developing the same knowledge-share benefits for coming generations of IT.
Also announced this week, CompTIA introduced free memberships for Academy Partner Program participants. Aimed at high schools, colleges and other not-for-profit institutions, the CAPP program will allow IT education providers to secure discounted exam vouchers and instructor resources, which are actually pretty good. The CompTIA A+ for example is reduced from $183 to $84 for 2013 partners. Perhaps this will incentivize more traditional schools to partner with CompTIA and other vendors to provide IT resources.
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