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Your Top Association News to Use this Week — October 26, 2011
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ASCII SMB IT Success Summit
October 27
New York City, NY


CompTIA Unified Commnications Channel Training Workshop
October 28
Downers Grove, IL


GovComm11
Nov. 1-2
Washington, DC


CompTIA Washington D.C. Fly-In
November 1-3
Washington, D.C.


Cloud Channel Summit
November 7
Mountain View, CA
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CompTIA UK Channel Community Meeting
November 8
London, UK


CompTIA EMEA ITSS Community Meeting
November 8
London, UK


EMEA Member Conference
November 9
London, U.K.


CompTIA MPS Community Meeting
November 14-15
Suwanee, GA


COMDEXvirtual
November 15-16
Online


How to Leverage the CompTIA Security Trustmark™ in Your Business
November 15 at 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Free CompTIA webinar


SecureWorld Expo
November 16-17
Seattle, WA


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Help Save the Planet
Recycle your used toner cartridges with Computability Ltd. in the U.K. New cartridges are available at competitive prices. Computability also supplies stationery and office equipment.

Take the Presidential Challenge: Hire a Vet
Troops to Tech CareersPresident Obama is challenging businesses to hire or train 100,000 returning veterans by the end of 2013. Step up to his challenge—commit to hiring veterans. CompTIA’s new Troops to Tech Careers program is designed to ease the transition from military to civilian life by providing a pathway to a successful career in IT. We aim to certify more than 92,000 veterans by the end of 2016. Employment of highly qualified veterans is the main goal of the program. We are asking companies of any size with key dependencies on IT to participate as charter members in the corporate registry part of this program by committing to hiring certified veterans. Learn more.

Managed IT Services Users Benefit from Real-Cost Savings
Organizations that rely on managed services providers for some or all of their IT needs are reaping significant annual costs savings, according to a new CompTIA study. Among current users of managed services, 46 percent of firms have trimmed their annual IT expenditures by 25 percent or more as a result of their shift to managed services, including 13 percent that have slashed annual IT expenditures by 50 percent or more. An additional 50 percent of organizations have saved between 1 percent and 24 percent in IT costs annually. Read more.

Meet CompTIA Member Steve Harper
CompTIA member Steve Harper is president and CEO of Network Management Group Inc. (NMGI) , a managed services provider and consulting business based in Hutchinson, Kansas. He is a long-time contributor to CompTIA and has been with the association in a number of leadership and support roles over the years, including an appointment to the Board of Directors. Find out more about his business and get some valuable advice on improving your business.

Overcome Sales Hurdles with Service Blueprinting
In our November 2 webinar at 1:00 p.m. (CT), we'll introduce you to service blueprinting, a proven approach to developing compelling, high demand services. You will learn a step-by-step framework for designing services specifically focused on satisfying customer needs, creating a solid foundation for selling the value in your services. Using this powerful approach, you will be able to equip your sales team with all of the necessary tools to accelerate your services sales. Register now.

Participate in the IT Skills Survey
Global Knowledge and Tech Republic are conducting their fifth annual survey on IT, business intelligence, and business salary and skills. The study is one of the largest and most comprehensive and covers topics including:

  • Determinants of work satisfaction,
  • Importance of training and professional certification,
  • General business conditions outlook and
  • Trending areas of opportunity and concern for 2012.

Survey participants will receive the summary report free of charge and are entered into a drawing for one of three $500 American express gift cards and a free Global Knowledge training course. Please contribute your experience and sentiments. Then review the feedback and trends as reported by peers in your industry and summarized in a professional report.

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