IT industry association, CompTIA, has launched a channel community specific to the A/NZ region. This new group is dedicated to local technology resellers, solution providers, distributors, vendors and channel associates.
This non-profit trade association will initially focus on helping A/NZ solution providers transition their current businesses to alternate emerging pathways, such as new service delivery models, new economic business models and new distribution models.
This will be accomplished through the creation of new educational resources, financial benchmarking and organisational credentials.
Nearly 90 business owners and executives from the A/NZ channel have joined the CompTIA A/NZ channel community They include VMware A/NZ channels director, John Donovan; Nextgen Distribution managing director, John Walters; Insentra managing director, Ronnie Altit; Distribution Central managing director, Nick Verykios; and th ehead of Staples Technology Solutions A/NZ, Karl Sice.
“These early adopters are benefiting from having a dedicated forum for A/NZ specific discussions on issues and opportunities impacting channel companies in the region. They’re also providing great direction and feedback on how CompTIA can best serve the local channel and its members,” CompTIA member communities vice-president, Jim Hamilton, said.
ARN Hall of Fame inductee and noted analyst, Moheb Moses, has been appointed director of the A/NZ channel community, while continuing in his co-founder role at boutique channel sales consulting firm, Channel Dynamics.
According to Moses, the creation of the local CompTIA channel community comes at an opportune time as in 2015, as many of the technology solutions companies plan to invest in IT security, data storage and analytics, mobility and Cloud computing. He claimed these are the areas where A/NZ channel companies excel.
“It’s important for our industry as there hasn’t been to date a forum that is entirely vendor neutral and aimed for no other purpose than to promote the interests of the community where solution providers, service providers, and resellers can have a voice and change views and ideas and form relationships,” he said.
Moses added one of the initial goals of the organisation is to appoint an elected council to run the entity by early 2016.
“Right now, it’s a group of champions that might have worked with CompTIA in the US and have volunteered to be a part of the A/NZ establishment. But in the coming year, there will be an appointed chair, a vice chair, and so on. I will still be a key part of it but there will be a much more formal structure to it.”
The first of the official face-to-face community meetings is scheduled for August 18 in Sydney at the Sheraton on the Park hotel. It will look into what the committee means, and see who is interested in being part of the executive council.
Distribution Central managing director, Nick Verykios, (one of those championing the launch of this new CompTIA community) said the A/NZ channel is at a point of maturity where the participation of global institution such as CompTIA is vital.