Breakaway 2009 Rocked!

  • How Martin Luther King’s Message Still Resonates Today

    by Michael Schuler  | January 16, 2019
    Michael Schuler, vice president, remarketing, HiTech Assets, and a member of the CompTIA Advancing Diversity in Technology Community Executive Council, reflects on Martin Luther King’s 1965 march.
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  • CompTIA Communities and Councils Forum (CCF) is Even Bigger in its Second Year

    by Daniel Margolis  | January 15, 2019
    CompTIA’s communities and councils are great places to connect with like-minded peers and share best practices on a wide range of topics, and this spring they’re all coming together at the CompTIA Communities and Councils Forum (CCF), March 11 to 13, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.
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  • Windows 7 is Going Out of Service, Which Could Mean Extra Business for You

    by Angel Pineiro  | January 09, 2019
    Microsoft’s end-of-service date for Windows 7 will be here before we know it, and you might be able to pick up some new clients from businesses behind on migration. Click here to get seven tips for a successful rollout of a Windows 10 migration.
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  • Four Questions To Help You Build An MSP For The Future

    by CompTIA  | January 07, 2019
    Business transformation should be a key strategy for companies engaged in the business of technology – but not all have to follow the same path. Consider these four questions to prepare for what’s ahead.
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  • Four Steps to be the Best Technology Vendor in 2019

    by CompTIA  | January 04, 2019
    Last year saw many changes for the industry, and we can safely say 2019 will bring many more. So, to kick off the year in the best way possible, we’ve pulled together a must-do list to ensure vendor success and growth for 2019.
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  • CompTIA’s Greatest Hits: Our 10 Most Trafficked Blog Entries of the Year

    by Daniel Margolis  | December 18, 2018
    The CompTIA blog was everywhere this year; we published a steady stream of articles covering everything about the business of technology and beyond. Take a look at what proved most popular.
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  • Six Can’t Miss Tech Attractions in Austin

    by Matthew Stern  | December 13, 2018
    It’s hard to think of a big-name tech company that doesn’t have a presence in Austin, and the latest company to throw its name in the ring is Apple, which announced today plans to build a $1 billion campus in the city. Check out these six tech draws sure to prove popular with the coming influx of techies in this Texas town.
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  • Why Business Partnerships Remain Essential to Growth

    by Emma Tomlin  | December 05, 2018
    Emma Tomlin, CompTIA ANZ Channel Community executive council member, shares her thoughts on how essential business partnerships remain to driving technology.
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  • Read All the Ways CompTIA Advanced the Business of Technology in 2018

    by Nancy Hammervik  | December 03, 2018
    The rapid pace at which technology evolves is no secret – especially to those of us immersed in the business of technology. It’s our job at CompTIA to provide you, our members, with what you need to flourish. Much was accomplished this year – make sure you’re taking advantage of everything we have to offer.
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  • How to Network on Twitter

    by Kelly Stone  | November 30, 2018
    With more than 328 million users around the globe, Twitter continues to be a relevant way for people to connect and stay updated. Twitter is one of the top five social media tools and a venue for breaking news, robust debates and observations on life. But it can also be a powerful way to augment your professional network. We asked CompTIA’s followers on Twitter what advice they’d like to see most in CompTIAWorld magazine, and they voted for how to network on Twitter itself! Learn how to use social media like a pro to find relevant contacts and endear yourself to potential peers.
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Wow, what a show! More than 1,000 IT executives -- including a lot of new faces -- joined us in Las Vegas, Aug 3-6, for a great few days of engaging speakers, informative panels and presentations, interactive vendor exhibits, and lots of networking time and peer-to-peer learning. Oh, and we had some fun too.

I received a lot of positive feedback from show attendees throughout the week, and there were two common themes heard throughout:

1. There was A LOT of relevant content to help me grow my business
2. I like CompTIA’s enhanced focus on members - how can I get more involved?

From the keynotes to the breakout sessions, I do feel there was a host of good content to be had – and just a superstar group of presenters, moderators, and panelists. Thanks very much to all who participated this year. Of course, your own peers are often the best source of information and advice, and that’s why we introduced peer-to-peer sessions this year, and they seem to have worked very well.

Member engagement is paramount to our success as an association and as an industry. While we see Breakaway as the annual, in-person rallying point for the IT industry – one which we expect to continue to grow over the coming years – it’s just one piece of the community that we’re in the process of developing.

I’m especially excited about two new online communities CompTIA announced at Breakaway this year. Both are designed to keep the IT channel engaged, to provide a forum for industry networking and collaboration, for asking and answering questions, and for offering and finding industry resources year-round.

The CompTIA IT Pro Community, is targeted at the certified IT professional. It will be a place for those who want to start an IT career or advance their current IT career. One of the most important resources the Community will host is the CompTIA Career Center which will help match certified job seekers with employers trying to fill IT jobs.

The CompTIA Channel Community (C3) is intended to be the world’s premier channel-neutral online community. C3 will offer rich content on business solutions and trends, discussion forums, webinars, white papers and other valuable business intelligence. The Member Resource Center (MRC) section of C3 will allow members to find companies providing services in finance, logistics, HR, channel consulting, training, public relations, marketing, research and more – many of which offer substantial discounts to CompTIA members.

Another key strategy in our community initiative is to engage channel executives vertically into the association’s work. To accomplish this, CompTIA will be teaming up with Channel Insider to create the Channel Vanguard Council. The Council will be a collaborative, moderated community of invited channel executives who will explore issues affecting the IT channel community today and in the future. The Council will deliberate on a wide range of issues and will produce clear, actionable guidance for the overall channel community.

In addition to CompTIA’s new online communities, the association will hold new regional events this fall. Attendees at the CompTIA MSP Business Simulation Experience will participate in business simulations that provide great insights into improving their business.

Overall, Breakaway 2009 was a reflection of what CompTIA strives to be, and a harbinger of things to come. With a renewed focus on community and delivering high-value, directly applicable programs and content, CompTIA continues to make great strides online and off.

I couldn’t be more proud of CompTIA, its Board of Directors, its staff, its members and the entire Breakaway community. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped put on the event. We couldn’t (and would have no reason to) do it without you!
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