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Your Top Association News to Use this Week — June 27, 2012
  Technology Transforms the Retail Sector
  What Does the IT Industry Think about the U.S. Presidential Election?
  New Training Options for UK IT Channel Companies
  CompTIA & TLPAC Create New Southern California TechVoice Chapter
  Resources to Help your Business Succeed
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Three out of four healthcare providers expect to increase their budgeted IT spending this year.  CompTIA members can learn more in our Healthcare IT Insights & Opportunities report.
 
 
Technology Transforms the Retail Sector
Google WalletAre mobile payment technologies becoming more commonplace in retail shops? To better understand and quantify tech trends in retail, CompTIA conducted a study among 500 U.S. retail businesses. Retailers have begun to experiment with emerging technologies that improve upon point-of-sale (POS) systems or leapfrog those systems altogether and leverage new platforms for payment processing. For example, 13 percent of retailers report using a mobile payment system, such as Square or Google Wallet, while another 19 percent indicate they plan to deploy this technology over the next 12 months. Read more.
 
 
What Does the IT Industry Think about the U.S. Presidential Election?
John ZogbyDuring our Breakaway conference next month, renowned national pollster, author and opinion leader John Zogby will present results of a specially commissioned CompTIA opinion survey of U.S. IT business executives and their views on innovation and its broader meaning in the context of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are increasingly staking out distinct policy positions. What does this mean for the IT sector and the advancement of technology generally? Learn more.
 
 
New Training Options for UK IT Channel Companies
UK Channel OptionsWe launched a slate of new training resources for IT channel companies in the United Kingdom. Members can access a full portfolio of channel training, including live workshops, downloadable training guides and market research in fast-growing technology areas such as cloud computing, IT security, managed IT services, managed print services and unified communications. A limited selection of these materials is available at no cost to non-members. Visit CompTIA Channel Training for details.
 
 
CompTIA & TLPAC Join Forces to Create New Southern California TechVoice Chapter
David KapposWe’re forming a new Southern California chapter of TechVoice in conjunction with locally-based TLPAC.  The new Southern California TechVoice Chapter will focus on creating and channeling a powerful grassroots voice for the IT industry.  Its first event will be hosted by Powerwave Technologies on July 23 and feature David Kappos, undersecretary of commerce and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos will discuss intellectual property policy and the need for increased focus on STEM education for kids at all levels. Register.
 
 
Resources to Help your Business Succeed
Noel EberlineLearn how a corporate-wide CompTIA membership for IT solution providers can benefit you and your entire organization. Join Noel Eberline, director of member relations at CompTIA, during a webinar on July 12, to discover how you can leverage the discounted global certifications and business credentials, free live channel training, and unlimited access to market research. Whether you're looking to start a new business model, implement a new service offering or enter into a new business market, we have valuable training and educational tools to guide you. Register.
 
MEMBER CONNECTIONS
VSR Business Optimization Summit
Join 200 growth-oriented resellers, ISVs and channel vendors for two days of networking and business building at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Register by Friday, September 14, for a complimentary pass using promo code: BOSCOMP.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Reforming Immigration Laws
June 27 at 10:30 a.m. (CT)
Free CompTIA webinar

 
Career Planning / Pathing
June 27 at 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Free CompTIA webinar

 
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MEMBER CONNECTIONS
ChannelLine’s Sales Xcelerator Program
This affordable, automated and targeted sales and marketing program includes content, delivery and monthly metric reports with a "no hassle guarantee," helping vendors and channel partners to easily grow their SMB sales. Contact Robert Cohen, CEO/business editor of ChannelLine, to get involved.
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