The Future of Partnering in the Channel | Guest post by Tamara Hodkinson - CompTIA


CompTIA is the largest not-for-profit independent IT Channel Trade Association in the world and has set up an IT channel community here in ANZ. Coming into their second year in ANZ, CompTIA are holding their 7th ANZ Channel Community meeting in Sydney on July 20, to explore the topic of ‘The Future of Partnering in the Channel’.

 Karen Drewitt of The Missing Link, a valued Microsoft Gold Partner is the current Chair of the CompTIA Executive Council here in ANZ and Emma Tomlin of Microsoft sits on the Executive Council.

See below for what they have to say about why they got involved in CompTIA;

Karen, why did you get involved in CompTIA and what value do you see for people getting involved in the ANZ community?

I love the IT industry and feel very fortunate to be part of a vibrant channel. Involvement in CompTIA offers me the opportunity to give back to the IT community and help drive improvement.

I am very proud to be part of the ANZ community and of the level of involvement and commitment from many of the members. For some members, the value from membership can be through education, networking events, or the incredible number of tools, insights and legal documents that can be accessed. For others it may be the opportunity to get involved in initiatives such as Dream IT or our nominated charity for 2017, Young ICT Explorers. However members choose to get involved, I’m confident they will see value in the benefits CompTIA provides.

  Emma, why did you get involved with CompTIA and since your involvement what have you seen CompTIA bring to the ANZ IT Channel community.

 I have worked in the IT industry for 14 years across the UK and Australian markets, in that time I have seen the industry change beyond recognition already, as we truly begin this new digital age, the way our partner community engages and delivers solutions to end customers will irrevocably change.

As we move forward into the coming years, our industry will continue to be disrupted by the huge leap forward in the technological change we see in the world today. For me as an IT professional and someone who is passionate about supporting our partners through this journey, CompTIA is the association that will help guide and support our industry in these ambiguous times and enable our partners to succeed in the future, CompTIA for me is the place to help partners on that journey in ANZ.

 Come along to the July 20th  Community meeting in Sydney to see the community in action and learn what some of our industry leaders believe the future holds for Partnering in the Channel.  It  is FREE to attend for all IT Channel Professionals and not only offers you a fantastic opportunity to hear from some of our industry’s thought leaders but also to network with peers and colleagues.


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