CompTIA Blog

  • Growth Opportunities in the SMB Market

    by Brian Sherman  | February 24, 2010
    In discussions with owners of small technology businesses we find, almost without exception, that growing their business is a top priority for this year. There is no shortage of information resources suggesting where the new business opportunities may be found. New technology products are introduced each month, novel partner programs are announced frequently and innovative services, such as security or cloud offerings, are outlined in the industry news each week. With all of these options, how d ...
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  • For Government IT Professionals, Training = Success

    by Tim Herbert  | February 22, 2010
    Unless you are skier Bode Miller, who can apparently win the trifecta of Olympic medals with relatively little preparation, success requires hard work and lots of training. CompTIA’s recent study Government IT Buying Plans confirms that government IT professionals recognize the need for on-going training as an important step in ensuring success on the job.According to the survey of over 500 government IT decision makers, approximately 3 in 4 expect to invest in IT training in 2010. The data reve ...
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  • E-Discovery: A Growing Opportunity for VARs

    by Brenda Chan  | February 18, 2010
    Popular crime TV shows like CSI and Law and Order often portray fictional investigators discovering and using evidence in e-mails and other computer files when conducting investigations. While these shows often exaggerate and misrepresent the ease of electronic discovery, they have nevertheless sparked interest in the field.Digital forensics refers to a branch of forensic science pertaining to legal evidence found in computers and digital storage media. Closely associated with digital forensics, ...
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  • What does Google broadband mean for the IT industry?

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | February 17, 2010
    Google announced plans to “build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.”  The gigabit fiber broadband service is expected to be available at “a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people,” according to Google’s official blog post on the subject.  The goal of this ambitious project is to foster development of new bandwidth intensive applications, to experiment with new broadband deployment strategi ...
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  • Podcast: Todd Thibodeaux discusses CompTIA's role and the IT Industry

    by Matt Swanston  | February 11, 2010
    In our first official Podcast, we interview CEO Todd Thibodeaux about the IT Industry and how business and members can get involved.[podcast]http://www.comptia.org/media/Todd_Thibodeaux_CompTIA_021110.mp3[/podcast] download the .mp3 file
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  • Creating the Future of the IT Services Industry

    by Brian Sherman  | February 11, 2010
    Putting the “rubber to the road,” as the saying goes; the IT Services and Support Executive Forum meeting in Toronto spent the second half of the afternoon focused on new initiative discussions. Sticking to the CompTIA Communities philosophy of sharing ideas and industry experiences, attendees offered up a variety of potential programs and topics in this part of the meeting. These sessions provide an opportunity for attendees to submit subjects that matter to their business and the i ...
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  • Customer Demand Driving Managed IT Services and Managed Print Services Growth

    by Brian Sherman  | February 10, 2010
    As mentioned in previous articles, managed IT services and managed print services are moving beyond the adoption cycle to become readily accepted by both providers and end users. The topic was a large part of the discussion at the IT Services and Support Executive Forum meeting in Toronto today, with discussions on the core business drivers and the opportunities that exist for the various players. Matt McLeish, Director of Field Sales and Managed Print Solutions at Parts Now! started his manag ...
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  • Canadian IT Services Group Drives Key Industry Initiatives

    by Brian Sherman  | February 10, 2010
    It’s been a busy day so far at the IT Services and Support Executive Forum meeting in Toronto, as the group shifted into discussions on certification and initiatives updates, as well as a review of the new CompTIA Communities.Initiatives are central to many of the organization’s goals. CompTIA members have started a variety of industry programs to strengthen the services industry and promote the groups’ initiatives. One example of this is the Canadian OEM PDI+ adoption program, a unique initiati ...
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  • Diversify the IT Workforce

    by Lisa Fasold  | February 10, 2010
    As we honor black history this month, we find more African Americans entering the IT workforce, but are we doing enough as an industry?African Americans are finding tech career success, although they are still somewhat under-represented in the IT workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 calculated that approximately 574,000 African Americans worked in IT and related fields. African Americans make up roughly 12.5 percent of the entire U.S. population, compared to only 8.6 percent of the ...
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  • Canadian Services Community Receives Optimistic Outlook

    by Brian Sherman  | February 10, 2010
    MSPs, VARs, vendors and other service providers converged in Toronto this morning for a meeting of the IT Services and Support Executive Forum. Excitement among the attendees was very high, with many expressing optimism at 2010 business and revenue prospects. This economic confidence was supported by the keynote presenter, Sebastien Ruest, Vice President of IDC Services and Technology Research. His discussion, From Virtualization to Cloud: Dealing with the Changing Economics of IT focused ...
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