As the channel is sent to Coventry this week (For CRN Connect) – there’s another great reason – CompTIA’s 1st channel meet

May 10, 2011

On the eve of CRN Connect in Coventry this Thursday, another exciting bit of channel networking and knowledge sharing has come to light in that – CompTIA, a global IT trade association is co-locating its inaugural channelfest with CRN Connect.

We caught up with CompTIA’s Adam Harris to find out more.

“After the transition period from TCA into CompTIA we are now in the process of launching the UK channel Community, this community will drive best practice, benchmarking and research throughout the Channel. 

“During my time at TCA I attempted on many occasions to kick start such an initiative but didn’t have the resources to do it.  Now with the global reach of CompTIA as a not for profit we have both the resources and funds to drive it forward.  If you are able to attend that would be great.”

Hopefully you’ll catch up with him in Coventry later this week – if not you can reach him here: aharris[at]comptia[dot]org or +44 (0) 7779 714 387.

Here’s an overview of event itself.

The inaugural face-to-face UK Channel Community meeting and the long standing EU IT Services and Support Community meetings will be held in conjunction with CRN’s Partner Connect event on the 12th and 13th May 2011 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. On the 12th, CompTIA will be exhibiting at CRN’s Partner Connect event and Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA’s CEO will also be delivering a seminar. Straight after the CRN event, we’ll be running a networking drinks reception for all attendees. The following morning, starting at 8:30, we’ll be holding our face to face community meetings.

To access the agenda and to register for the UK Channel Community event, please click here: http://www.comptia.org/events/meetings.aspx?eventid=4df29d82-f9f8-477a-b8bf-248563c30814.

(Note from editor: PLEASE NOTE when asked if you are a member select that option to allow registration, you don’t actually need to be a member to register but the system won’t let you unless you select that. Computers eh?)

To entice you further here’s the agenda:

Thursday 12 May 2011


10:00 16:00

Participation in CRN Partner Connect Event

When you register for the UK Channel Community meeting, you are automatically

registered for the CRN Partner Connect event – an opportunity to meet with leading

IT vendors and benefit from a free seminar programme which will help you

understand where technology is heading so it can be applied to your business. See

http://exhibition.channelweb.co.uk/ for more information.


16:00 21:00

CompTIA Industry Networking Reception Legends Lounge

Join us to unwind and network with industry colleagues.


Friday 13 May 2011 Jaguar Lounge

8:309:00 Breakfast

All community meeting attendees are invited to join us for breakfast prior to our



9:00-9:15 Welcome & Introductions

Jim Hamilton, VP Member Communities, CompTIA

Jim will review the meeting purpose and agenda.


9:15-9:30 Chair and Vice Chair Introduction & Welcome

Richard Tubb, Independent Consultant (2011 Chair)

Lee Evans, Vital Technology Group (2011 Vice Chair)

Richard and Lee will introduce themselves and welcome members to the first

community meeting. They will then lead the community in general introductions.



State of the Industry & Executive Update

Todd Thibodeaux, President & CEO, CompTIA

Todd will be presenting on the state of the IT industry. He will also be giving an

executive update on how CompTIA is equipping its members to meet current

challenges and opportunities.





Business Keynote – The Shoe’s on The Other Foot Now

Linda Ockwell-Jenner, Motivational Steps

What we do once we are living our dream – small business owners, entrepreneurs,

large corporations. How do we come down off our cloud and be seen.

 You will learn how to build your own unique brand and how to use this to

your advantage. You will discover why you are your brand and how to stand

out in the crowd.

 You will take away simple, tried and tested methods to use when

networking face to face or on social media platforms.



Initiative Voting & Discussion

UK Channel Community

Members of the community will be making the case for adopting a proposed

initiative as one of our two 2011 initiatives. The community will then be voting on

the list of initiatives, with the top two becoming the topics for our meeting workshop.



Industry Initiative Workshops

UK Channel Community

Based on voting results, community members will help develop a business plan to

support the top two initiatives including, purpose, scope, resources required,

deliverables and timeline.



Community Business Adopt a Charity & Governance Proposal

Jim Hamilton, CompTIA

Jim will review proposed charities for community adoption and discuss a proposal

for community governance. Members will then vote on both proposals.



Meeting Wrap-Up & Close

Jim Hamilton, CompTIA

Jim will review the meeting purpose, next steps and close the meeting.



Lunch & Networking

All community meeting attendees are invited to join us for lunch & further


UK Channel Community

The UK Channel Community was created to give a voice to the concerns, issues, and positions of IT channel resellers, distributors and vendors in the United Kingdom. The group is currently forming, but will focus on best practices, business fundamental education and resources for companies engaged in the creation and delivery of IT services and solutions. The community will provide members and industry participants with an opportunity to pursue common goals for their industry through the development of CompTIA funded or managed initiatives; such as building business specific education programs and fostering best practices. More info: http://www.comptia.org/membership/communities/uk_channel.aspx


One comment

  1. Look forward to seeing anyone there, will be a very interesting and lively event

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