CompTIA Blog

  • New Talk Show to Help Individuals Begin “Creating Futures” in IT

    by Lisa Fasold  | February 04, 2010
    The Computer Outlook Talk Show and the CompTIA Educational Foundation are launching a new talk show series that will discuss the training and educational opportunities available to underprivileged and under-represented individuals, who normally could not afford the training on their own to work in the IT industry. Each month will feature a specialized CompTIA guest who will share with Computer Outlook’s growing listening audience, information about educational programs to stimulate a productive ...
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  • CompTIA IT Services and Support Executive Forum Sets New Initiatives

    by Brian Sherman  | February 04, 2010
    Prior to concluding the formal meeting sessions for day one in Tampa, the group held a lively interactive workshop to determine the key issues not being addressed by the services industry. This is always a great time to be in the meetings, to see the topics each company (and their representatives) is passionate about. With a varied audience of service providers, vendors, distributors, and parts logistics companies in one room, it tends to amplify the dialogue of this brainstorming session. ...
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  • Creating an Effective Project Management Organization

    by Brian Sherman  | February 03, 2010
    When you take on a new project and commit to a delivery date, how often are you able to meet that demand? As organizations grow and services/technologies get more complex, the task becomes even more difficult. Major project and service plans require a substantial amount of planning and painstaking attention to timelines, and the right people in charge to properly fulfill contract stipulations. These are the areas Michael Johnson of Insight Technology Solutions covered in his keynote at the CompT ...
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  • Tech Trends in IT Services Emphasized in Tampa Meeting

    by Brian Sherman  | February 03, 2010
    After a round of personal introductions, attendees at the two-day IT Services and Support Executive Forum meeting in Tampa started out with an interactive discussion by Heather Clancy on “Refining Your IT Services Strategy: 10 Trends and Technologies.” The renowned technology author and former editor of Computer Reseller News (CRN) has written articles for Entrepreneur magazine, Fortune Small Business, and the New York Times, and collaborates with numerous companies on channel s ...
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  • VARs Staff Up During Downturn

    by Matt Swanston  | February 03, 2010
    The phrase “in this difficult economy” is used so frequently these days that it has become a drinking game in some circles.  Count the number of times the phrase is used in your local evening newscast to see why it has become popular to raise a glass at every mention.But not everyone is drowning their economic sorrows at the local pub.  Many in the Value Added Reseller (VAR) community are busy leveraging the downturn to attract top talent and grow their businesses.  “During a downturn is the rig ...
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  • Energized IT Services Industry Leaders Converge on Tampa

    by Brian Sherman  | February 03, 2010
    The CompTIA IT Services and Support Executive Forum will kick off its first meeting of 2010 in Tampa later today, with a host of industry executives and thought leaders in attendance. The group heads to the “Sunshine State” with high expectations for the industry and many impactful topics on the schedule. For those of you familiar with the IT Services and Support Section, you’ll be happy to know that the group is the same, but with a new name and an enhanced commitment from C ...
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  • So, What are Members Telling CompTIA Anyway?

    by Amy Carrado  | February 02, 2010
    Results are in. The great majority of members are satisfied with their CompTIA membership. Are you one of them? Every single one of us at CompTIA certainly hopes so! And odds are, as the data shows, your satisfaction could be even higher the more familiar you are with the benefits and more engaged you are with CompTIA.So what are some of the top items we’re hearing from you that are important to members? And how is CompTIA making those accessible to you?A number of offerings are important to mem ...
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  • Are We There Yet?

    by Tim Herbert  | January 29, 2010
    Like a cranky kid on a long car trip, just about everyone these days eagerly wants to know how close we’re getting to our final destination. That is…a stable, healthy economy.Several key macroeconomic indicators, as well as CompTIA’s recently released 2010 IT Industry Outlook, suggests we’re making steady progress.CompTIA’s bi-monthly survey of over 300 tech companies points to improved business confidence, which moved into solidly positive territory on the 100-point scale (up 6.3 points to 56.6 ...
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  • Need a Tax Deduction?

    by Lisa Fasold  | January 27, 2010
    Got a vacation house? Extra seats to a sports event? We've got a way to help you turn them into tax deductions.The CompTIA Educational Foundation is soliciting the use of vacation homes, extra event tickets, products, services and personal items of value for its silent auction at Breakaway.  You get the tax deduction; the Foundation gets funds to help individuals in need get IT training and certification.  It’s a win-win.You set the parameters of your gift.  For example, when you're not using yo ...
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  • You Spoke, We Listened. Old Certifications Still Good For Life!

    by Susan Cato  | January 26, 2010
    We’ve listened to your feedback on our recent certification policy changes, and now we’re taking action. Today we made changes to the policy announced January 11, 2010.With this change, CompTIA will not require recertification for any current holders of CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications. Our certification renewal program will begin in 2011, but will not affect any certifications earned before that time.Please make sure to read the letter about the change from our C ...
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