Press Releases

CompTIA Helps Establish New Vendor Advisory Council in California to Formalize State’s Relationships with Tech Industry

Sep 29, 2016

Weighs in on IT Procurement, State’s Services Portfolio, and Emerging IT Initiatives

Sacramento, Calif. CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry, said today it is working with the California Department of Technology (CDT) and other tech associations to form a new Vendor Advisory Council that will be part of the CDT Governance Council.

The Vendor Advisory Council will advise the CDT on how to streamline its current IT services portfolio and discuss trending technologies that should be considered to enhance IT services. The council will also help evaluate services and propose new IT services offerings that align with the CDT’s strategic plan and provide business value. In addition, the council will review current services and tools for operational improvements, best practices and how to best leverage emerging technologies.

Currently, 30 vendors are members of the council, representing a mix of large, medium and small firms; and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises. The roster includes a variety of business verticals, such as system integrators and telecom companies.

Committee members from state government include Amy Tong, Department of Technology (CDT) director and state CIO; CDT Chief Deputy Chris Cruz, and several other Department of Technology executives. Department of General Services officials also are involved, along with representatives from other state agencies and departments.

“We are thrilled that the CDT has engaged CompTIA’s State and Local Government and Education Council to help form the Vendor Advisory Council,” said Jennifer Saha, director, public sector councils, CompTIA. 

“Our members look forward to weighing in on IT procurement, the state’s services portfolio and emerging IT initiatives,” Saha continued. “We believe our members can bring to the council information about what’s happening on the technology front in other states, including procurement vehicles, contract negotiation tactics and lessons learned on what’s been successful.”

“We look forward to working with CompTIA and the Vendor Advisory Council to get feedback on policies that not only impact state departments but many local governments in the State of California. The CDT’s intention is for membership of the council to represent the entire breadth of the IT vendor community,” said Amy Tong, CDT’s Director and State CIO.

The Vendor Advisory Council held its first meeting earlier this month in Rancho Cordova. The next meeting will take place in early 2017. 

To learn more about the Vendor Advisory Council, please send an email to Jennifer Saha at

About CompTIA
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 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.

Media Contact
Steven Ostrowski