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  • Small Business Owners Community- Members Take the Reins

    by Brian Sherman  | April 08, 2010
    The morning session of the Small Business Owners Community meeting, at the CompTIA Annual Members Meeting in Chicago, concluded with two members stepping forward to highlight the development of the programs they are leading. Each of the initiatives the group is working on was listed as a priority in previous meetings, and significant advances are coming from the collaborative efforts of each project team.Norbert Doeberlein, President and CEO of Netzbahn is leading the discussion on the MicroVAR, ...
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  • SBA Resources Available for IT Providers

    by Brian Sherman  | April 08, 2010
    The Small Business Owners Community had the opportunity to learn more about the government services available to support their company growth and projects. While most people are aware of the loans supported by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), Carole Harris of the Illinois office pointed out they actually provide other services to support small business. The three areas that the SBA focuses on include: 1.  Counseling and training The SBA works with an allian ...
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  • Small Business Owners Community Focuses on Company Value

    by Brian Sherman  | April 08, 2010
    At 7:30 AM, it’s typically hard to get a good crowd to show up for conference presentation, but that wasn’t the story for the morning CompTIA Communities sessions at the Annual Member Meeting. The Small Business Owners Group had a packed room to start the day, with discussions that focused on the challenges, and related opportunities that face IT services businesses with less than 50 employees. Bob O’Malley, the CEO of InFocus and Chair of the CompTIA board of directors, lead ...
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  • Confidence is Key to Recollection

    by Matt Swanston  | April 07, 2010
    “Are you sure that’s your final answer?” If you ask Steve Ernst, the first part of that sentence – “are you sure?” -- is every bit as important as the answer itself. Individuals who are confident in their answers and knowledge can retain that information longer, according to Ernst, Vice President, Client Services, Knowledge Factor. The company focuses on measuring both knowledge and confidence in its learning software, he said at a CompTIA Colloquium sessi ...
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  • Renewed Commitment to IT Workforce Development

    by Matt Swanston  | April 07, 2010
    With high unemployment, growing high school dropout rates and increasing numbers of baby boomers reaching retirement age, the IT skills gap continues to grow, according to Terry Erdle, CompTIA Senior Vice President of Skills Certification. Erdle opened CompTIA Colloquium today by speaking about how the IT training and certification industry can help match unemployed workers with IT jobs. There are roughly half a million open IT jobs in United States, many of which remain unfilled due to a short ...
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  • IT Business Confidence on the Rise

    by Matt Swanston  | April 07, 2010
    The results of the latest CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index suggest that the majority of tech companies are optimistic about future business conditions and the outlook for their own firms. The survey found that 48 percent of companies in the study expect to increase investments in research and development and other new revenue generating initiatives, while nearly a third plan to increase staff.The CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence is likely to continue its upward trend as sixty ...
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  • Mentoring the Next IT Workforce Generation

    by Matt Swanston  | April 07, 2010
    Want to know what the next generation wants in a tech career? The best info can be gleaned face to face. To that end, CompTIA board members, CompTIA Educational Foundation board members and CompTIA staff met with 15 students from the Chicago  Academy for Advanced Technology over lunch. IT leaders got to know the students on a direct basis as they gave them advice on how to land a career in IT and as the students told them what they hope for the  future. The students discussed their ...
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  • CEO and SVP Discuss Annual Member Mtg and Colloquium

    by Matt Swanston  | April 05, 2010
    In this audio podcast, CompTIA’s president and CEO, Todd Thibodeaux and Senior Vice President Dan Liutikas shared their thoughts on CompTIA’s upcoming Annual Member Meeting and Colloquium events taking place April 7th and 8th at the Swisshotel in Chicago. Click Todd_Dan_Events to listen![podcast]http://blog.comptia.org/wp-content/uploads/Todd_Dan_Events1.mp3[/podcast]
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  • Health Care... Now What?

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | April 02, 2010
    You know the saying “it’s all over but the shouting”? That’s probably a good characterization of where we are now with health care reform. It’s been passed. It’s been signed. And as it loosens it’s myopic mental hold on DC politics, the hard realities for US businesses of all sizes will start to take shape. In the IT industry, and for solution providers in particular there are going to be a new set of challenges. With the institution any new bill of this size and complexity will come a myriad of ...
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  • Lessons from Nintendo & Breaking from the Managed Services Pack

    by Jim Hamilton  | April 02, 2010
    An often quoted Albert Einstein definition for insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Based on this definition, most of us must be one card short of a full deck.  Our tendency in business is to play it safe and follow the pack; yet, none of us goes into business with the goal of being average.History teaches us that those who break from the pack and discover new ways of doing business reap the rewards. Take the development of the latest generation ...
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