I’ve spent the past three days in Chicago, attending CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting. The gathering of the IT industry is highly unique among all the events that take place throughout the year.
CompTIA, the Computing Technology Association, is the global non-profit IT trade association. Association members range from certified IT professionals to household name technology companies like Apple, Cisco, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard to name just a few. The Annual Member Meeting is not your typical conference or trade show. The focus for this event is to bring Association members together to talk about the state of the industry and review staff and volunteer initiatives for the coming year.
CompTIA is the vendor neutral certifying body for IT. It’s most well known certifications are A+, Network+ and Security+. The newest certification, CSA+, Cybersecurity Analyst, was a hot topic throughout the last three days.
CompTIA is also organized around member Communities and Councils, of which there are presently ten Communities, five Councils and three Public Sector Councils. Following is the list of Communities and Councils that met this week:
Advancing Women in Technology
ANZ Channel (Australia/New Zealand)
Canadian IT Business
IT Services & Support
Diversity in Technology (Announced this Week)
Personally, I participated in meetings of the Cloud, IT Security and Managed Services Communities. As a current member of the Board of Directors, I also attended our Governance, Executive Committee and Board meeting. I also heard a keynote session presented by Tom Wujec, Fellow at Autodesk. He gave a very engaging talk on using drawing to solve complex problems and make significant decisions.
As always, the quality of the material presented and the discussions throughout the week, were insightful, thought provoking and forward looking. The future is bright, for CompTIA as an Association and for the IT industry as a whole. Keep an eye on CompTIA and if you are part of the IT industry, including a certified professional, get engaged. You won’t be disappointed.