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CompTIA launches new open access model

Association brings more value to IT industry and greater exclusivity to CompTIA members

The Middle East IT industry is changing rapidly and channel partners are eager for real-world insights and resources that will help them make more informed decisions, says Thibodeaux.
The Middle East IT industry is changing rapidly and channel partners are eager for real-world insights and resources that will help them make more informed decisions, says Thibodeaux.

CompTIA, the non-profit association for the IT industry has unveiled a new open access model that will dramatically change how businesses and individuals interact with, leverage and perceive CompTIA.

Announced during CompTIA's annual members meeting held recently in the US, the new open access model is now available in the Middle East region and marks a fundamental shift in the association's 30-year membership strategy.

"The Middle East's IT industry is changing rapidly and channel partners, as well as IT professionals, business owners and consumers, are eager for real-world insights and resources that will help them make more informed decisions and offer guidance on the future of IT," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO at CompTIA.

"CompTIA is uniquely positioned to be that voice and resource, which is why we are opening up the vault to registered users and introducing greater exclusivity and value for our members."

The association said the new model has been designed to advance the IT industry and help make channel partners more successful with three game-changing initiatives.

CompTIA said the first tier is a no-cost level of engagement called "registered user" that gives individuals access to select high-quality channel education, industry research, news and tools designed to help channel partners achieve their business goals.

The association said the next enhanced and expanded membership tier called "premier member", is made available only to solution providers, vendors and distributors, and companies serving the IT channel.

According to CompTIA, premier members receive exclusive business tools and priority access to all of CompTIA's research, training and education resources. All current CompTIA members automatically receive premier member status.

The association stated that a re-designed, mobile-friendly website will go live in June 2014 and make it easy for registered users and CompTIA premier members to find what they are looking for, engage with CompTIA and interact with others within the association.

Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations at CompTIA added: "CompTIA's new open access model and complementary digital platform will bring greater visibility, value and voice to CompTIA and our premier members, while empowering the IT industry with the knowledge and resources they want and need to be more successful.

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