CompTIA and MSP Partners Join Forces to Extend Managed Services
Leading IT association acquires premier research and education provider.
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and Ottawa, Ontario (Vocus) September 30, 2009 -- CompTIA, the leading trade
association for the global information technology (IT) industry, and MSP Partners announced today that they will
join forces, bringing together two leaders in education, events and research for the burgeoning global market for
managed IT services.
CompTIA said it has entered into an agreement to assume the operations of MSP Partners, subject to closing
"CompTIA's mission is to further the interests and growth of the IT industry," said Todd Thibodeaux, president
and chief executive officer, CompTIA. "We're fulfilling this mission by creating a series of robust vendor-neutral
communities for the IT channel. The addition of MSP Partners to our managed services community positions us
as the leading voice for managed services."
Since its launch in 2007, MSP Partners has experienced explosive growth - attracting 5,000 members and more
than 40 sponsors; and has earned status as one of the best known and most respected providers of managed
services education programs for the IT channel.
"MSP Partners will continue to offer the educational programs and events that our members, sponsors and
partners have helped us develop over the past three years," said Jim Hamilton, executive director, MSP Partners.
"With the additional reach and resources of CompTIA, we'll be able to develop the preeminent community for the
managed services market, featuring valuable business solutions, research, networking and discussion forums, and
Hamilton will join CompTIA and be responsible for leadership of its managed services community, including the
MSP Partners program.
"Since MSP Partners launch at XChange Solution Provider in March 2007, this vendor alliance has successfully
leveraged the resources of the Institute for Partner Education and D