The mobility training program will be the newest addition to CompTIA's training curriculum for the IT channel.
CompTIA, the nonprofit
association for the IT industry, announced it is developing IT channel training
programs and resources focused on enterprise mobility management. The
association extended an invitation to all sectors of the mobile universe,
including carriers, device and infrastructure manufacturers, mobile application
developers, solution providers and others, to join a content advisory board.
This group will help direct the goals and objectives for CompTIA's mobile
technology channel training initiatives.
Topics the group will
consider include the bundling and marketing of offerings such as mobile device
management, telecom expense management, mobile security, mobile help desk,
mobile application development and management. The mobility training program
will be the newest addition to CompTIA's training curriculum for the IT
channel. The current training portfolio includes live workshops, training
guides and other resources to help IT solution providers expand their business
in areas such as IT security, cloud computing, unified communications, health care
IT and legal IT services.
"With tablets, smart phones
and related devices high on the shopping lists of many organizations, the shift
from -immobile' networks to conducting business on the go clearly is gathering
momentum," said Kelly Ricker, vice president of events and education with
CompTIA. "The move to mobility allows organizations to become more nimble and
more productive, but it also creates new challenges."
Along with the mobility
training curriculum, CompTIA has also initiated a study on mobility,
telecommuting and remote workforce trends. The study is designed to assess the
benefits of using mobile and remote work solutions, identify challenges
associated with supporting and managing a mobile workforce, and highlight
potential business opportunities for IT solution providers. The mobility study
is scheduled for publication in the next few months, the organization noted.
"We're committed to working
with the mobile technology community to develop education and training regimens
to address these issues," Ricker said. "Our new channel training program will
focus on how to leverage the need to accommodate mobile technologies within the
enterprise. The advisory group will be asked to consider the business acumen
required for crafting an effective mobile offering."
The training initiative
comes as continued uncertainty about the economy is impacting staffing levels
at IT companies, according to the organization's latest IT Industry Business
Confidence Index. In the quarterly survey, 54 percent of IT firms say they are
understaffed by 5 percent or more. Another 22 percent of firms are fully
staffed, but would like to hire more workers to expand their business.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.