CompTIA Gets Back to Basics; Invests $4M In Technology Education
CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux offered a clear, concise message to channel partners today that CompTIA Breakaway conference in Washington, D.C. Indeed, Thibodeaux said CompTIA is investing $4 million this year in training and education. Thibodeaux also put a bright spotlight on CompTIA’s management team, each of whom explained an ECAP (Education, Certification, Advocacy and Philanthropy) strategy to several hundred channel partners and influencers.
Among the key takeaways from each CompTIA executive…
Nancy Hammervik, senior VP of industry relations, noted:
- CompTIA launched cloud and unified communications training in April, and the association is preparing mobility, social media and business foundations training for Q4, 2011.
- More than 1,000 people now participate in CompTIA’s ten communities.
Terry Erdle, executive VP, skills certification, noted:
- There are 400,000 IT jobs available in the U.S.
- CompTIA developed three of the top 10 certifications that impact IT hiring; they are A+, Network+ and Security+
- CompTIA is developing certifications to assist IT professionals with data storage and cloud computing expertise.
Elizabeth Hyman, VP of public advocacy, noted:
- CompTIA has launched a monthly Policy Watch newsletter to help members track public policy issues.
- CompTIA intends to work with the new Congressional Small Business Information Technology Caucus, led by Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam and California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
Charles Eaton, executive director, Creating IT Futures, shared a video case study showing how CompTIA is giving back to the IT community and empowering IT professionals to build careers.
Side note: Each of the four speakers who followed Thibodeaux are relatively recent recruits to CompTIA.
- Hammervik joined CompTIA in March 2011 after a 23-year career at Everything Channel.
- Erdle joined CompTIA in 2008 after working in various online education roles and also serving as VP of services at Sun Microsystems.
- Hyman joined CompTIA in April 2010; she previously worked in Lenovo’s government relations group.
- Eaton joined CompTIA in June 2010 after holding a range of association positions elsewhere.
Thibodeaux only spoke for a few minutes. By shifting the spotlight from himself to the CompTIA executive team, Thibodeaux essentially signaled that he believes the association’s leadership is ready to assist VARs, MSPs and IT service providers.
Still, The VAR Guy isn’t suggesting that CompTIA is now a perfectly performing association. The Breakaway event, in particular, continues to evolve. Some attendees say the event is a bit heavy on vendors and a bit light on channel partners. But this morning’s keynote session was well-attended by CompTIA community members — roughly half the room stood up and confirmed their community engagement when polled.
Bottom line: Gone are the days when CompTIA members receive perks to attend vendor presentations. Instead, Thibodeaux is linking CompTIA’s DNA (Education, Certification, Advocacy and Philanthropy) to trends in social media and community collaboration. The VAR Guy will continue to chart CompTIA’s progress…