CompTIA Cloud Computing Community
Developing Common Definitions, Business Models
and Skills Requirements for Emerging Technology
Industry leaders gather at CompTIA summit
July 26, 2010 11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Industry leaders participating in the recent
CompTIA Cloud/SasS Community summit here agreed to work collaboratively on educational resources, standard
definitions, business models and skilling requirements aimed at improving the delivery and customer adoption of
cloud computing solutions.
More than a dozen industry leaders met to discuss strategies aimed at moving beyond the hype that envelopes cloud
computing. The group’s goal is to define how industry participants can best deliver technology solutions that provide
value to customers and profits to technology solution providers. Among the areas the CompTIA Cloud/SaaS
Community intends to address are:
l standardizing cloud computing definitions
l developing “ecosystem” business models for the IT channel; and
l assessing the need for a cloud computing skills certification for the IT workforce.
“One of the challenges is to find common ground, not just on how to sell cloud computing and software-as-a-service
solutions, but how to define these emerging technologies in language that’s understandable to laymen and business
people both inside and outside the IT industry,” said Jim Hamilton, senior director, member relations, CompTIA.
The community’s work on standardized definitions and ecosystem models will culminate in a whitepaper scheduled
to be delivered at Breakaway 2010, North America’s premier event for IT channel companies, Aug. 9 – 12 in San
Another area where the CompTIA Cloud/SaaS Community is working is evaluating what level of training is required
for IT professionals selling and servicing cloud computing solutions. The group intends to identify and define job roles
specific or fundamental to cloud computing; evaluate which existing IT ce