Group will address mobile technology challenges, opportunities for IT channel
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, today launched a new forum to address challenges and opportunities associated with mobile technology.
The CompTIA Mobility Community brings together thought leaders from vendors, solution providers and others active in the fast-growing market for mobile technology and mobile apps.
Implementing new mobile technology solutions tops the priority list for many organizations. The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets; an increase in the number of people who work from home or other non-traditional office locations; and customer expectations for mobile interactions that are easy, fast and safe are all factors in the drive to greater mobility.
"Many businesses have embraced mobile devices as a way to make their employees more productive and to become more accessible to their customers," said Dave Sobel, director of partner community for Level Platforms and chair of the CompTIA Mobility Community.
"But devices are only a small part of a necessary mobile strategy that makes sense from both a financial and technology standpoint," Sobel added. "The IT channel's leadership can and will help them address these issues."
The community's first major initiative is to create a mobility roadmap, including an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for IT channel companies either currently engaged in or contemplating entering the mobile market.
"Our group is committed to developing a comprehensive selection of best business practices, education and training regimens and other resources on how to best accommodate mobile technology within the enterprise," said Heather Murray, director, sales and marketing, TDMobility, Tech Data Corporation, and community vice chair.
Other members of the community's executive council include:
-- Ruchhir Agarwal, chief executive officer, Elan Emerging Technologies -- Jacob Braun, president and chief operating officer, Waka Digital -- Frank Gurnee, vice president, community, ExchangeDefender -- Richard Hutton, director, channel marketing, Samsung -- Susan Krautbauer, director, Jabil -- Shiv Kumar, executive vice president, ZSL Inc. -- Vince Plaza, vice president, information technology, TeamLogic IT -- Michael Romero, vice president and general manager, mobile business, Ingram Micro
CompTIA also supports member communities in cloud computing, IT security, IT services and support, managed services, managed print services, small business, the UK channel, unified communications and women in IT. Visit CompTIA Communities to learn more.
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