CompTIA UK Resellers Forum and TCA Conference – 25th February – Walkers Stadium, Leicester

I  recently had the opportunity to sit down with William Linard and Matthew Poyadigi from CompTIA UK. You may be familiar with CompTIA for their IT Qualifications – the CompTIA A+, Server+ and so on. I was personally most familiar with CompTIA due to their strong presence in the US, working with groups such as HTG.

What I wasn’t familiar with was CompTIA’s presence within the UK and the work they do globally within the industry, and this was something William and Matthew opened my eyes to. Just about every major vendor (including Microsoft) is a member of CompTIA, and thus CompTIA listen to these vendors feedback, and through it help to shape the future of the Channel for their members.

After my meeting with Matthew and William, I was invited to attend the CompTIA UK Reseller Forum – an afternoon of CompTIA members sitting and discussing the IT industry we work within. The session was excellent, some great companies and personalities involved, and felt very HTG-like in it’s nature – companies sharing Best Practices and ideas to help mutual acceleration of their growth as businesses. In fact, CompTIA were recently an invited guest at the last HTG 11 Quarterly meeting in London, and we can see many opportunities for members of the two groups to work together.

There was also discussion of plans that CompTIA is working towards in creating an official standard which the public and our own industry recognise as benchmark for ensuring the end user is using competent ICT professionals.

In short, there was a lot of value to the group and I’d recommend it highly to those who perhaps aren’t willing or able to make the large commitment of time and resources that peer groups such as HTG requires, but still want to engage and collaborate with their peers for mutual growth.

You can find out more about the UK Reseller Forum by contacting William Linard, or checking out their LinkedIn Forum. The next UK Resellers Forum is on the morning of Thursday 25th February, 2010, at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester, which, incidentally is also the date and location of the TCA Conference!

If you’re not familiar with the TCA – they are the Technologies Channels Association. Like CompTIA, the TCA have a goal of raising the bar of Professionalism within the IT industry. I met Adam Harris of the TCA at the aforementioned CompTIA UK Reseller Forum where he was a fellow attendee, and have since had a number of really interesting conversations with Adam on some of the challenges facing the IT industry.

Full details and Booking information for the Conference can be found here.

I’ll be attending both the CompTIA UK Reseller Forum and the TCA Conference, so if you’re attending either or both, let me know!

Richard Tubb is an Independent Consultant who works with IT companies to enable them to feel more in control and to grow their business. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn .


2 Responses to “CompTIA UK Resellers Forum and TCA Conference – 25th February – Walkers Stadium, Leicester”

  1. 1 Richard February 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    As an update to the above – I\’ve now been asked to speak at the TCA Conference – looking forward to it!

  1. 1 The new CompTIA UK Channel Community « TubbBlog Trackback on April 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

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