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  • 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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I’m just back from the wildly successful CompTIA EMEA Member Conference in the UK where I was struck by how green everything was– and I’m not just talking about the lush landscape. The Green movement was evident everywhere in the UK, from things as simple as switched outlets and compact florescent lighting everywhere, to motion sensing escalators that “sleep” to conserve power and mirrored ceiling panels that reflect light and heat into the stands of the Ascot Racecourse where the event was held.

Green IT also was a prevalent topic among EMEA Conference speakers and attendees. Environmentalism was mentioned as a planetary imperative and as an economic opportunity during formal presentations and informal conversations alike. The energy efficiencies of virtualization and cloud computing were hot topics at the conference, in part because the UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment will soon require large organizations to monitor and report energy usage, and to pay fines for poor performance.

Green IT is an important global issue and CompTIA has several Green IT initiatives in the works. A recent CompTIA survey of IT executives entitled Green IT: Insights and Opportunities found that most are committed to Green IT even if the return wouldn’t be realized for some time. Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents said that Green IT was a mid- to high-level priority for them and 60 percent of organizations already have in place either a partial or comprehensive Green IT strategy covering issues such as energy consumption, equipment usage, recycling, carbon footprint and green behaviors.

To help IT professionals determine how their green ideals are best applied to information technology, we are exploring evaluation tools, identifying industry best practices and developing resources for Green IT. For example, we are gathering state-level information on recycling for our members and identifying processes for the proper disposal of IT equipment. Also, we are working on a Green IT certificate that we hope to have available in early December. Clearly, most IT executives are thinking green proactively and progressively – and so are we.

CompTIA is working to leverage Green IT practices to help those in need. The CompTIA Educational Foundation is asking companies to purge their technology closets on November 6, 2009 and to send their outdated equipment to the Bids 4 Futures Auction. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund the Creating Futures program, which provides career opportunities to groups of people historically under-represented in the IT industry, including military veterans, individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. Training, mentoring, courseware, practice exams, and certification vouchers are provided at no cost to these individuals.

CompTIA is committed to improving the environmental impact of IT. We’ll be offering more research, tools and materials to help you in your Green IT efforts in the coming months, so stay tuned!