CompTIA Partners with Orange County Tech Alliance

Technology industry association CompTIA has formed a new partnership with the Orange County Tech Alliance  focused on increasing grassroots advocacy for small and medium-sized technology (SMB) companies. The deal falls under CompTIA's  TechVoice organization, a partnership of CompTIA and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. TechVoice is focused on influencing government policy makers on behalf of the technology industry.

"This partnership will strengthen our industry's voice and provide additional benefits such as strategic networking events and shared best practices with other Techvoice Chapters. It's really a win-win for all of our respective members," says Peter Craig , Chairman of OC Tech Alliance, in a statement.

Influencing government policy for technology is certainly a big deal in California, given all the technology firms and startups located there. Plus, advocacy is particularly important in this era of patent wars and litigation.

CompTIA noted that in July, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce and Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos briefed Southern California innovators on the many ways the USPTO is advancing U.S. innovation. Director Kappos met with technology executives, entrepreneurs and academia at Powerwave Technologies in Santa Ana, California, hosted by Southern California's TechVoice chapter in conjunction with CompTIA and the Technology Leadership Political Action Committee (TLPAC).

TechVoice is currently launching chapters in several states around the nation to develop local grassroots networks to support the SMB policy agenda. Lobbying, of course, is just one portion of CompTIA's work. The organization is also well known for its vendor-neutral technology certifications.

 CompTIA recently updated its CompTIA A+ certification, recognizing that today’s professionals’ skills must go beyond the traditional break/fix PC work to encompass a number of emerging technologies. Among the new technologies included in the CompTIA A+ exam and certification are mobility, wireless, security and virtualization. Earlier in September, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, Creating IT Futures Foundation, funded two CompTIA member communities with a $20,000 donation for six organizations across the United States.

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