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Channel Insider and CompTIA announced Aug. 4 their new partnership to
develop and facilitate the Channel Vanguard Council, a new collaborative forum
that will provide strategic, actionable guidance to the entire channel

Channel Insider, the leading source for channel intelligence and analysis,
will chair the Channel Vanguard Council, which will comprise invited executives
of solution providers, integrators, vendors, distributors and services
companies. The forum will tackle pressing issues including new technologies,
services, business models and processes, and best practices, market influences
and conditions, and supplier relations.

“The channel is dynamic, and the IT marketplace is undergoing tremendous,
unprecedented change. Channel Insider’s mission is to provide guidance and
intelligence to the community, and we’re proud to partner with CompTIA on the
Vanguard initiative to provide deeper insights and analysis,” said Lawrence M.
Walsh, vice president and group publisher of Channel Insider.

The Channel Vanguard Council is the continuation of a longstanding
partnership between Channel Insider and CompTIA, the leading international
association of solution and service providers. Channel Insider and CompTIA
recently completed a joint survey of opportunities in security products and
services, and collaborated on the development of this year’s Breakaway

Channel Insider and CompTIA struck upon the idea for the Channel Vanguard
Council as a means to collaborate on rapidly changing market conditions and the
desires of CompTIA members to become more engaged in the community.

“We are gratified by the response in the last several months from channel
executives looking for ways to get more engaged with CompTIA. The Channel
Vanguard Council provides a home for those individuals who want to help shape
the future of CompTIA and the overall channel community. We think Channel
Insider will be a great partner in delivering a high-quality experience for
Council members,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO
of CompTIA.

The Channel Vanguard Council will begin inviting select executives for
participation this month and announce its first meeting in September.