Breakaway 2009 Rocked!

  • Six Trends in IT Security – and How CompTIA Can Help You React to Them

    by Estelle Johannes  | January 19, 2018
    IT security is a complex, continually changing field. Here are six ways in which it’s evolving and tools from CompTIA that will keep you, and your clients, safe.
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  • The Top Five IoT Opportunities for 2018 and Beyond

    by Brian Sherman  | January 18, 2018
    IoT is the perfect opportunity for those in the business of technology. Not just from an infrastructure perspective ‒ which many providers, vendors, and distributors have taken part in building and enhancing over the past several years ‒ but from all the related solution, support and consulting opportunities that come with it.
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  • Smart Cities, IoT, and Augmented and Virtual Reality Explored at CES

    by Susan Kostbar  | January 17, 2018
    The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas last week, and CompTIA’s Susan Kostbar was on hand, learning about the latest in new and evolving technology, and finding that CES 2018 was truly at the pulse of futuristic implementations.
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  • Three Big Tech Trends From CES – For 2018 and Beyond

    by Matthew Stern  | January 12, 2018
    The CES show in Las Vegas is the main event of the consumer technology world, giving the public an eyeful of the bleeding-edge tech being developed across industries. We’re exploring some of the biggest trends at this year’s show, and what they might mean for all of us.
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  • CompTIA Community Forum Puts a Face on Tech

    by Daniel Margolis  | January 10, 2018
    CompTIA’s communities are great places to connect with like-minded peers and share best practices on a wide range of topics, and this spring they’re coming together at the CompTIA Community Forum (CCF), March 20, 21, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.
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  • Veteran Turned IT Pro Victor Johnston Pays It Forward

    by Brian Sherman  | January 09, 2018
    After completing the Wounded Warrior Project's Transition Training Academy, Victor Johnston spent several years honing his IT skills before building his own successful consulting firm. The current vice-chair of CompTIA's Future Leaders Community now spends a substantial amount of his time helping fellow veterans and others in need.
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  • Born-in-the-Cloud CompTIA Member Advocates for Mentorship, Diversity

    by CompTIA  | January 04, 2018
    As National Mentoring Month begins, get the story of Keith Strong, co-founder and president of Network Insiders, who advises new IT pros how to grow their tech careers.
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  • ChannelTrends: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of the Channel

    by Brian Sherman  | December 28, 2017
    The channel’s future won’t solely depend on IoT, cybersecurity and advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Core technology competencies such as remote monitoring and remediation, backup and disaster recovery, cloud management, and desktop/ mobility device support will be needed more than ever.
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  • Check Out CompTIA’s Top 10 Most Downloaded Resources for 2017!

    by CompTIA  | December 21, 2017
    You want the best of the best? Here it is – according to you! CompTIA publishes content year-round on a variety of topics to bring our membership and the tech industry at large coverage on everything from industry trends and forecasts to specific thoughts on how to adopt new technologies and expand your business. Check out our top 10 most downloaded resources of the year.
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  • ChannelTrends: Connecting the Dots Between Tech and Business

    by Brian Sherman  | December 20, 2017
    With technology no longer the sole domain of IT teams and the expansion of work-enhancing applications, departmental procurement, and rogue IT, provider responsibilities have shifted. That's why channel professionals must boost their business acumen. Less conversations around "speeds and feeds."
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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!