Addressing the generation gap, the Technology Lifecycle Services and Future Leaders communities held a workshop to address the ways communication methods have changed. In “You’ve Been Slacked, NowWhat?” they came up with solutions to the challenges of getting five generations on the same page, whether they prefer the phone, email or a unified communication system. Community Meetings In addition to joint workshops, CompTIA Communities held their annual meetings where members define their latest projects and make headway on initiatives. CompTIA’s Advancing Diversity in Technology (ADIT) Community hosted three talks about accelerating workplace diversity.
“You must ensure you have a meritocracy process,” said Kim Thornton of BP, delivering six actionable steps to bringing more diversity into technology. Thornton recommended things like foregoing the traditional routes to hiring, like partnering with diverse external organizations and understanding how your company is perceived in the community. If you’re having trouble finding diverse candidates, look harder, she said. “You have to be very intentional in this space,” Thornton said. The ADIT Community will continue its partnership efforts with the National Urban League and Creating IT Futures, CompTIA’s charitable arm, to expand the IT-Ready program and reach additional underrepresented populations. In the Future Leaders Community meeting, CompTIA members developed the IT-Ready Graduation Toolkit, a set of resources designed to prepare graduating students to put their best foot forward when searching for a job in IT. The project is a collaboration between Creating IT Futures and the member community for the industry’s youngest members—a good stepping stone for people new to the business of technology. The Advancing Women in Technology Community launched discussion groups on
AWIT Connect, a directory of likeminded organizations that support women in technology. They’re also developing a new podcast series about the realities of women working in technology, hosted by Cristina Martin Greysman of Amazon and Janet Schijns of the JS Group. “We’re going to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Schijns. The Managed Services Community covered executing a one-year process and the quarterly rock—an objective that should take a quarter to produce—in their ongoing discussion on how to futureproof your business. The Technology Lifecycle Services Community kept their recurring revenue conversation going with expert talks on how to build a more profitable business. Members plan to write a book on the recurring revenue lifecycle and used their time to plan out the table of contents. The Emerging Technology Community is planning deep dives with content on IoT, AI and 5G, based off their top 10 list.
CompTIAWorld | FALL 2019
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