Industry urged to act on workforce issues, cybersecurity challenges, customer engagement and legislative policy matters
Downers Grove, Ill. – CompTIA ChannelCon, the information technology (IT) industry channel’s premier education and networking event, closed a three-day run in Hollywood, Fla., with a challenge to industry leaders.
From the need to diversify and expand the industry’s workforce to building stronger relationships with customers to raising a collective voice in the legislative halls of government, ChannelCon attendees were encouraged to take on the critical issues facing the industry.
“Each year ChannelCon brings the IT channel’s movers and shakers together to debate and discuss the issues affecting the businesses,” said Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education, CompTIA. “The issues and challenges identified this year – led by significant workforce issues – seem at first blush to be daunting. But ChannelCon attendees left the conference energized and determined to take them on.”
Preliminary attendance reports indicate more than 4,200 people participated in ChannelCon either in person or online. More than 1,000 were on hand in person in South Florida, including representatives from 375 technology solution providers, the companies that provide the vast majority of technology expertise and service for businesses and organizations. ChannelCon Online, the companion virtual conference, attracted another 3,200 attendees.
Best of Show Awards
The ChannelCon Technology Vendor Fair attracted more than 150 technology vendors, distributors and solution providers who launched and showcased innovative channel-focused products, solutions and tools. The following companies received ChannelCon 2016 Best of Show awards as determined by the votes of solution provider attendees.
- Best Channel Partner Program: Datto, a provider of comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by thousands of managed service providers worldwide.
- Best Innovation: StorageCraft, a provider of best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops.
- Best Services and Support: Intermedia, a “one-stop shop” for cloud business applications.
- Best of Show: Datto
- ChannelCon Recruitment Challenge Winner: Datto
Overheard at ChannelCon
“Young people just aren’t interested in a career in IT. We need a different approach. It’s a challenge we must accept. How do we convince the workers of the future that IT is a place to be?” – Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA
“The only way to get great people is to invest in workforce, diversity and social responsibility. You are not going to get the talent you want unless you have those types of commitments.” Heather Terenzio, Techtonic Group
“Learn about investing in ourselves. Understand the need and benefit of diversity. Make more meaningful connections – have the right relationships all the time, not just when you need them. Think differently and lead differently. Make sure you and your company are putting your best everything forward.” Meredith Caram, AT&T Partner Solutions
For more highlights visit the ChannelCon Virtual Press Office and the CompTIA Blog.
Upcoming CompTIA Events
- EMEA Member & Partner Conference, London, Oct. 11-12, 2016
- D.C. Fly-In 2017, Washington, D.C., February 14-15, 2017
- CompTIA Annual Member Meeting 2017, Chicago, March 21-23, 2017
- CompTIA ChannelCon 2017, Austin, Texas, July 31 – August 2, 2017
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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 80,000 registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
 Final attendance numbers will be confirmed by an independent third-party audit.