CompTIA’s new community will encourage businesses to adopt new and emerging tech

CompTIA has created a new member community focused on encouraging the adoption of new and emerging technologies to improve business outcomes.

The CompTIA Emerging Technology Community is comprised of renowned industry executives and thought leaders who have both a keen sense of new technologies and insight into how to create and transform business opportunities and operations.

The community will highlight technology such as blockchain, AI and AR/VR, and members include Chairman Michael Haines, director of partner incentive strategy and program design at Microsoft; and Vice Chairman Jay McBain, principal analyst for global channels with Forrester.

Other members of the community’s leadership group are Ted Cole, vice president, partner optimiser relationships, SaaSMAX; Paul Cronin, facilitator of excellence, Cronin Corp. Business Consulting; Suzanne Edwards, CEO, Enlighten; Julia Moiseeva, director, FinTest, Ltd.; David Tan, chief technology officer and co-founder, CrushBank; and Scott Zahl, vice president and general manager, advanced solutions, data center solutions, Ingram Micro US.

The group has identified 10 emerging technologies that IT channel companies, industry influencers and drivers of technology business solutions should keep an eye on. These have the potential to make the greatest impact on business operations in the coming years.

1. Internet of Things
2. Automation
3. Artificial Intelligence
4. Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
5. 5G Wireless
6. 3D Printing
7. Drones
8. Biometrics
9. Blockchain
10. Quantum Computing

“It’s an exciting time for innovation on many fronts,” said Estelle Johannes, Director, Member Communities, CompTIA UK. “The challenge for many organisations is to separate hype from reality, and to identify those new technologies that make the most sense for them. We’ve recruited some of the brightest minds in our industry to help lead that effort.”

Jay McBain, principal analyst, global channels, Forrester, and vice chairman of the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community, added: “The channel is looking to cut through the consumer hype and build practices around those technologies that provide near-term and profitable extensions to their businesses.

”These 10 technologies were stack-ranked by partners who are engaging with customers and finding interesting niches in the market.”

To learn more about the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community or to get involved with the group visit

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