You know that technology and communication trends are becoming accepted and entrenched when CompTIA picks them up and starts running with them. I don’t mean this as a criticism: the organization can’t afford to get too far ahead of the curve, or it risks leading the rank and file of its membership into cul-de-sacs or blind alleys. But I always find it an interesting form of validation and vindication when CompTIA picks up various technology trends that have been blazing brightly for some time, perhaps as a sign that a trend is “for real” or that the organization risks leaving its membership out in the cold if it doesn’t make training and information available to them.
That’s how I interpreted this press release from the 2012 CompTIA Annual Member Meeting, entitled “CompTIA Expands IT Channel Training Program.” Therein, CompTIA touts the availability of new IT channel training programs and materials “…designed to help IT channel companies diversify, grow and strengthen their business by identifying actions and strategies for embracing new technology solutions or entering new markets…” (from Kelly Ricker, CompTIA SVP for Events and Education) with a special emphasis on “… two of the hottest and fastest-growing areasa of corporate IT — mobility and social business.”
Offerings include a mobility channel training course “Maximizing your Mobile Management Solutions,” plus “Crafting a Mobility Offering,” along with a 10-week “Guide to Mobility” (please note that most offerings, as well as market intelligence information, are available only to CompTIA members and not the general public). At present only a single Social Media for Marketingoffering (from Autotask) is available through CompTIA’s Channel Training Calendar.
But hey, it’s now official that mobility and social media are out there and worth taking up, if you haven’t done so already, thanks to this confirmation and validation for the CompTIA rank and file!