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CompTIA opens office in Dubai

Move to establish regional presence is part of CompTIA’s growth plans

CompTIA opens office in Dubai
CompTIA will add value to the local market by raising awareness and addressing the skills shortfall.

CompTIA, a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, has formally established regional presence after it opened an office in the United Arab Emirates.

The IT trade association, which focuses on four main areas including education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy, has set-up base in Dubai to raise awareness and address the skills shortages through the certifications and training programmes it offers.

John McGlinchey, vice president, Europe and Middle East at CompTIA, said in an exclusive interview with Channel Middle East, that the association has been working in the Middle East region for a number of years, mainly focusing on driving individuals to undertake its vendor neutral certifications. McGlinchey said to date over 30,000 exams have been taken across the Middle East region.

He pointed out that Dubai and the Middle East have been identified as key locations for CompTIA in 2012, hence a decision was taken to set-up local presence. "We started the whole process of setting-up an office in February 2012. We felt that in order to effectively serve the market and our customers in the region, having local presence was crucial. We now have the resources, time and strategy in place to effectively serve the Middle East," said McGlinchey.

McGlinchey added that CompTIA sees Dubai as a great hub and location within the Middle East region as a whole and that's why the regional office has been opened here. "We feel CompTIA will add value to the local market by raising awareness and addressing the skills shortfall through certifications and training programmes on offer.

CompTIA states that although it only has a few employees based in the Dubai office, its Middle East operations will be overseen by Mark Plunkett, Europe, Middle East & Emerging Markets, regional director and McGlinchey, with additional support from the global teams at CompTIA.

McGlinchey outlined that CompTIA will focus its efforts in various areas. "The key is to raise awareness and importance of certifications and the benefit that certification can bring to organisations, institutions and individuals," he said.

He explained that as a global IT association, CompTIA has continued to educate the IT channel, certify the IT workforce, advocate on behalf of the industry and give back through philanthropy.

He said CompTIA's aim in the Middle East is to engage with academia, Government, large enterprise organisations and their channel partners, as well as the authorised training partners (CAPP).

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