CompTIA's newly-formed Emerging Technology Community recently announced a Top 10 list of emerging technologies it believes will have the greatest near-term impact on vendors' bottom lines, channel opportunities, and end users' ability to drive business value. The purpose of the list is to help separate hype from reality.
Shortly thereafter, CompTIA released its 7th State of the Channel Report which reveals the emerging technologies channel companies are experimenting with or currently offering. While the technologies identified in the channel report and the Top 10 list are almost identical, the priorities reflected differ somewhat.
The CompTIA Emerging Technology Community is chaired by Michael Haines, director of partner incentive strategy and program design at Microsoft. Other members include executives from Forrester research, global technology and supply chain services provider Ingram Micro, SaaS marketplace and distributor SaaSMAX, Cronin Corp. Business Consulting, e-learning consultancy Enlighten; management consultancy FinTest Ltd. and IT helpdesk application provider CrushBank.
The following table presents the committee's top 10 picks compared to the channel implementations covered in CompTIA's channel report. As the table reflects, the top three priorities track and the greatest divergence occurs around blockchain. Channel companies appear to be implementing blockchain more aggressively than is reflected in the Emerging Technology Community's priorities. Then again, the Top 10 list does is not limited to channel activity.
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