Calix BOOSTER-Mag accepted into Food Innovation Australia Limited’s ‘Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations’ Book

Sydney, Australia – Calix BOOSTER-Mag has been accepted into the third edition of Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) book, ‘Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations,’ which showcases 50 diverse innovations that span the entire food value chain.

FIAL is an industry-led, government funded initiative that works to grow Australia’s food and agribusiness industry through innovation and collaboration.

BOOSTER-Mag has been manufactured using Calix’s mineral processing technology, Calix Flash Calcination (CFC), which produces unique, high-activity, and non-toxic minerals that are proving to be bio-active against common plant pests and pathogens.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “Global concern regarding the adverse environmental, production, and consumer impacts of chemical use in the agronomy sector is driving rapid change. Calix saw an opportunity to apply its CFC technology to pest and disease control in agriculture.

“The ability of bio-active minerals to inhibit common plant diseases and insect pests had already been established and reported. However, high production costs, the inability to manufacture at scale, and health and environmental concerns regarding nano-sized particles had prevented their use in agriculture. Despite these challenges, Calix knew it had the innovation, technological capacity, and scientific knowhow to develop safe and effective bio-active mineral products competitively.”

Following multiple trials in the lab and field, Calix developed BOOSTER-Mag as a low-cost, safe pest and disease control product. An Australian government ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’ grant let Calix undertake independent assessments to validate the product’s safety and effectiveness. The product can easily be applied via conventional farm equipment and, unlike many development products, BOOSTER-Mag can already be manufactured at commercial scale. A clear point of difference to other pest and disease control products is that BOOSTER-Mag’s magnesium base is an important contributor to plant health.

Phil Hodgson said, “BOOSTER-Mag is already being applied at full-farm scale by commercial growers and has the potential to minimise and, in some cases, even eliminate the use of conventional pesticides. It is also demonstrating reduced grower production costs without compromising yield and quality.”

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

CompTIA emerging technology community aims to separate reality from hype; identifies 10 tech trends to watch

CompTIA LogoFrom Internet of Things to artificial intelligence, these innovations have the greatest potential to make near-term impacts on business

Sydney, Australia – The newest member community established by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry, is encouraging the adoption of new and emerging technologies to improve business outcomes, but in a rational, thoughtful way that makes sense for tech companies and their customers alike.

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

“It’s an exciting time for innovation on many fronts,” said Estelle Johannes, CompTIA’s staff liaison to the community. “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.”

Among all the innovations generating a buzz in 2018, community leaders have identified 10 with the potential to make the greatest immediate impact on business operations for customers and to create business opportunities for IT channel companies.

  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

“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,” said Jay McBain, principal analyst, global channels, Forrester, and vice chairman of the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community. ”These 10 technologies were stack-ranked by partners who are engaging with customers and finding interesting niches in the market.”

“Emerging technologies are changing the business landscape and enabling people and organisations to engage, learn, serve and grow in new ways,” said Scott Zahl, executive director, global partner enablement, Ingram Micro Inc., and member of the Emerging Technology Community. “These technologies are transformative and bring with them a tremendous opportunity for the channel to lead and serve as the trusted advisor.”

The CompTIA Emerging Technology Community is chaired by Michael Haines, director of partner incentive strategy and program design at Microsoft.

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.; and David Tan, chief technology officer and co-founder, CrushBank.

The community is developing guidance for organisations on the factors to consider when contemplating which emerging technologies are best for them, whether as a seller of technology solutions or as a consumer of emerging tech. This includes examining the competencies and dependencies that they will need to know before they can properly engage with emerging technologies.

The group’s top 10 list is available in both infographic and video formats.

To learn more about the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community or to get involved with the group visit https://www.comptia.org/communities/emerging-technology.

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About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $4.8 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 35 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

Intergen secures digital transformation contract with the Department of Internal Affairs

Empired LogoIntergen, the New Zealand-based subsidiary of ASX-listed Empired Limited, has been selected to deliver core components for the Department of Internal Affairs’ Te Ara Manaaki customer experience transformation programme, which is set to reimagine the way New Zealanders access government services.

The execution of contract documentation was completed at a signing ceremony on Tuesday 11 September, with an initial term of 5 years, plus two 2-year options to extend. As a key partner to the programme, Intergen expects to assist DIA with a range of additional services throughout the life of the programme.

The programme is charged with putting customers at the heart of identity and life event services, and making it easier for them to access these services.

With the development of online and mobile platforms, customers will be able to access the services they require, at a time and in a manner of their choosing.

The Department is the steward of New Zealanders’ identity and life event information, including birth and death certificates, marriage licences and certificates, passports, citizenship and other travel documents.

Simon Bright, Chief Operating Officer, Empired, said, “It is a true privilege for our team to be able to play a role in this highly impactful programme. We are excited to have the opportunity to change the way public services are made available to each of us in New Zealand.”

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About Empired

Empired Limited is an IT Services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients.

Our clients are medium to large corporate and government organisations within key industries including Energy and Natural Resources, State and Federal Government, Finance and insurance, Utilities and Transport.

We offer a broad range of services from managed services to digital transformation. Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies of similar pedigree allowing Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence. This combined with our strategy that is underpinned by initiative, innovation and growth ensures that in a dynamic and rapidly growing technology market place Empired is strongly positioned to capture market share and continue to build on its success.

About Intergen Limited

Intergen Limited, a subsidiary of Empired Limited, is one of Australasia’s leading dedicated Microsoft solutions providers member of the Microsoft Partner Network, with staff delivering information technology solutions across New Zealand and North America.

Intergen is an IT services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients. This breadth of service allows the delivery of ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

Australian Co-operation Legal Agreement and Australian Non-Disclosure Legal Agreement templates from CompTIA now available for Premier Members

CompTIA LogoSydney, Australia – CompTIA and its ANZ Channel Community have announced the availability of the Australian Co-operation Legal Agreement and the Australian Non-Disclosure Legal Agreement for Premier Members.

The Australian Co-operation Legal Agreement is for businesses establishing a formal business relationship with another individual, group or entity in Australia. This template is a complete document for businesses to develop a formal co-operational agreement between parties involved in conducting a business relationship.

The Australian Non-Disclosure Legal Agreement is for businesses establishing a formal business connection in which a party may disclose its confidential information with another individual, group or entity in Australia. It is a complete template for businesses to develop a formal agreement between parties involved in conducting a business relationship.

‎Moheb Moses, director, Channel Dynamics, and ANZ community director, CompTIA, said, “The aim of creating legal template documents such as these is to provide additional value to members, and is part of the benefit of becoming a Premier Member. CompTIA engaged an experienced local solicitor to make sure the documents comply with Australian law so that businesses can be confident that their legal agreement meets the unique needs of IT companies in Australia.

The resources that have been collated to date for Australian businesses go a long way toward providing a comprehensive, easy-to-use library to help MSPs with the legal issues which arise in day-to-day business operations.”

Locally, CompTIA has now produced Australian localised versions of the Co-operation Legal Agreement, Master Professional Services Legal Agreement, Managed Services Agreement, Non-Disclosure Legal Agreement, and the Quick Start Guide to Building a Managed Services Sales Team, demonstrating its continued commitment to delivering resources that help members in their businesses.

Visit CompTIA to become a Premier Member and access the new templates now. For a limited time, ANZ MSPs can become Premier Members for just US$149 (normally US$350) using the code SPAU.

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About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $4.8 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than seven million technology professionals, who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the U.S. economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

Brennan IT recognised as Australia’s No.1 Managed Services Provider by Channel Futures

Brennan IT LogoBrennan IT comes out on top for the 9th consecutive year in the 11th annual MSP 501 rankings

Sydney, Australia – Brennan IT, Australia’s leading managed services provider, has been recognised as the top-ranked Australian MSP in the Channel Futures 11th annual MSP 501 Company Rankings.

The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers. This year, Channel Futures received a record number of submissions from MSPs that compete in a wide range of verticals and offer a diverse mix of services. The winners placed in the top 501 because of their forward-thinking business strategies and ability to anticipate and act upon trends in the fast-evolving IT channel market.

Kris Blackmon, content director, Channel Futures and editor of the MSP 501, said, “This year’s applicant pool was the largest and most diverse in the history of the survey, and our winners represent the health and progressivity of the managed services market. They’re growing their revenue, expanding their customer influence and exploring new technology that will propel them for years to come.”

Stephen Sims, CEO, Brennan IT, said, “Brennan IT is highly focused on delivering outstanding service for customers throughout Australia. Our commitment to customer service and deep expertise in legacy, evolving, and emerging technologies means Brennan IT’s customers are achieving the best results from their ICT investments. It’s an honour to be recognised again as the number one Australian MSP, as it validates our strategy and reinforces the importance of continuing to exceed customer expectations as a managed service provider.”

The complete 2018 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures.

About Brennan IT

Brennan IT supports and manages the ICT infrastructure of more than 1,000 Australian companies, helping make their lives easier. It’s why Brennan IT has been ranked Australia’s No. 1 Managed Services Provider for nine consecutive years.

With capability spanning hybrid IT, networking, end user services and security, our promise is to continually innovate and evolve to deliver on the needs of our clients. Brennan IT aspires to be the best mid-market technology and business partner—today, tomorrow and in the future.

Background

The 2018 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from February 28 through May 31, 2018. The MSP 501 list recognises top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Informa

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

Informa has over 10,000 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

CompTIA Board sees mixed signals emanating from IT channel

CompTIA LogoOpportunities to expand customer engagement and boost profitability countered by abundance of product and service options and tight labour market

Sydney, Australia – Technology companies have seized opportunities to expand their engagement with customers outside the IT department and to find new ways to boost profitability, according to the Board of Directors of CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry.

But challenges – many related to workforce considerations – are keeping tech firms from making even greater progress, the association’s Directors say.

The discussion on the current and future state of the market took place during a meeting at the recent CompTIA ChannelCon 2018 conference.

Board members said one of the most positive signs coming from the market is the progress companies are making to expand their engagement with customers.

Companies in all layers of the channel are gaining footholds and cementing relationships with decision-makers in marketing, HR, accounting, operations, and other departments and team that are engaged in the evaluation and purchase of technology solutions. With greater insight into the operations and objectives of individual business units and departments, technology providers are better able to create specific solutions to meet the unique needs of each customer.

Many companies are embracing specialisation in their own portfolios of technology solutions. The movement to the cloud and to extensible platforms has prompted them to engage in the development of proprietary intellectual property, turning some managed service providers into independent software vendors and boosting profitability.

The CompTIA Board of Directors identified the following areas as other current industry trend that are impacting business.

Customer Spending: As the economy has improved, more customers are spending money on technologies that don’t necessarily result in an immediate return on investment but will prepare them for future growth and profitability. Software defined networks and unified communications are two examples.

Voice: The market is experiencing rapid advancement in the buildout of voice-based solutions in many product areas. Having made tremendous inroads in customer service, these new solutions look to simplify products for customers in their day-to-day usage.

More Options: The expanding variety of options for tech products and services is a boom for some companies, but it’s creating challenges for others. Even some of the largest technology vendors are confused about their go-to-market strategies. Wide variances in margins have clouded decisions about which products and services to emphasise.

Speed to Market: In some instances, the quality of products and services is suffering because the window to bring new solutions to market is as small as it’s ever been.

What’s Old is New: Some companies are reverting back to “break-fix” services as a contributor to the financial bottom line. This is true for progressive companies that have identified new service niches; and those challenged by shrinking profit margins in cloud services.

Workforce Woes: Workforce challenges related to the tight job market are a concern. According to the latest “CompTIA IT Employment Tracker” the July unemployment rate for IT occupations was 1.9 percent, one of the lowest rates across all occupation categories. For some companies, this has resulted in an uptick in staff turnover among IT support technicians and other job categories. Finding workers will skillsets in consultative selling, cybersecurity and product integration remains problematic. Other employers are balking at investments in training for incumbent employees out of fear that a worker who’s trained in new skills will leave the company for a new opportunity.

State of Security: There is confusion in the market about how companies should incorporate the recommendation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. Customers don’t understand which elements of the framework are “must haves” and which are “nice to have.” This has placed an additional burden on MSPs and vendors, who must train their sales teams on many possible combinations.

MSP vs. MSSP: Market confusion also persists about the differences between a managed services provider (MSP) and a managed security services provider (MSSP). Without clear definitions, companies don’t know where they fit in the spectrum, which limits opportunities and clouds focus.

International Scene: Outside the major economies, MSPs are building business models similar to what emerged in the U.S. market over the past decade, with heavy reliance on usage-based consumption pricing.

M&A Activity: The channel continues to see a huge amount of merger and acquisition activity. The impact or private equity have never been bigger. But as large rollups occur due to consolidation, there is some concern over the lack of transparency over what happens, or could happen, if private equity dollars disappear.

Current members of the CompTIA Board of Directors include Chairwoman Amy Kardel, president and co-founder, Clever Ducks; Vice Chair Quy “Q” Nguyen, founder and CEO, Allyance Communications Inc.; Vice Chair Gordon Pelosse, vice president, technology support delivery Canada, Hewlett Packard Enterprises; MJ Shoer, director of client engagement and virtual CIO, Onepath; James Afdahl, vice president, business services and state relationship manager, GED Testing Service; Scott Barlow, vice president of global MSP, Sophos, Inc.; Toni Clayton-Hine, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Xerox Corporation; Eric Hughes, chief operating officer, Intigry, Inc.; Jason Magee, chief operating officer, ConnectWise; Tracy Pound. managing director, MaximITy; John Scola, global vice president, cloud channels and strategy lead, SAP; Dan Shapero, president, TeamLogic IT; and Raja K. Singh, principal architect, advanced solutions and emerging technologies, Verizon.

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About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $4.8 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 35 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

ASX Announcement

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FY18 Audited Results – Confirm no change to unaudited numbers released 16 July 2018

  • Revenue of $174m, up 4% YoY
    • Australian Revenue of $117m, up 12% YoY
    • New Zealand Revenue of $59m, down 9% YoY
  • Underlying (1) EBITDA of $17m up 10% YoY
  • H2 FY18 EBITDA of $9.7m
  • NPAT $4.9m up 55%
  • Operating cash flow of $15.5m up 58% from $9.8m YoY
  • Net debt reduced to $9.3m down from $13.8m at June 2017

FY19 Outlook

  • Expect double digit growth in FY19 underpinned by:
    • Strong exposure to Digital Solutions
    • Solid recovery in New Zealand
    • Australian FY19 Services Run-Rate up 13% (July 17 v July 18)
  • Expect double digit EBITDA, NPAT & EPS Growth
  • Strong cash conversion and declining CAPEX requirements will deliver strong cash generation
  • As balance sheet approaches Net Cash at the end of FY19 expect acquisition opportunities to be pursued to accelerate strategy in FY20

About Empired Limited

Empired Limited is an IT Services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients.

Our clients are medium to large corporate and government organisations within key industries including Energy and Natural Resources, State and Federal Government, Finance and insurance, Utilities and Transport.

We offer a broad range of services from managed services to digital transformation. Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies of similar pedigree allowing Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence. This combined with our strategy that is underpinned by initiative, innovation and growth ensures that in a dynamic and rapidly growing technology market place Empired is strongly positioned to capture market share and continue to build on its success.

Important notice re forward looking statements

Certain statements made in this communication, may contain or comprise certain forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, changes in economic and market conditions, success of business and operating initiatives, changes in the regulatory environment and other government actions, and business and operational risk management. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after today’s date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Reference:

(1) Underlying EBITDA excludes one off redundancy costs of $436,000 and doubtful debts $122,000 relating to prior period revenue

Brennan IT wins Sophos Partner of the Year Award

Brennan IT LogoSydney, Australia – Leading managed services provider, Brennan IT, has been announced as the winner of the Sophos Partner of the Year Award.

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, recognises the best-performing partners that have achieved exceptional success each year. At the 2018 awards, Brennan IT was recognised for the company’s leading performance and stellar growth.

Stephen Sims, CEO, Brennan IT, said, “IT security is one of the most common challenges customers talk to us about. Ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated and more expensive for those organisations that fall victim. The threat landscape has shifted from ‘known’ to ‘unknown’, making defenders’ jobs harder and harder. Brennan IT is committed to partnering with the world’s leading vendors to provide the strongest possible security solutions according to our customers’ needs.

“Partnering with Sophos lets Brennan IT continue to offer our customers the exceptional solutions they require to meet their business challenges.”

Jon Fox, Channel Director ANZ at Sophos, said, “Brennan IT has been a fantastic partner to engage with over the last year. The team has demonstrated time and time again, their commitment to understanding Sophos, the technology, and our direction, and perhaps most importantly have been able to deliver top service to our customers.

“We are pleased to announce Brennan IT as our Partner of the Year ANZ 2018, and sincerely thank them for the continued contribution and commitment to Sophos, this award is very well deserved.”

Stephen Sims said, “This is the third time that Brennan IT has won the Sophos Partner of the Year award. Being recognised by our partners for the outstanding work we do validates our approach and is a testament to Brennan IT’s commitment to servicing and securing our customers.”

About Brennan IT

Brennan IT supports and manages the ICT infrastructure of more than 1,000 Australian companies, helping make their lives easier. It’s why Brennan IT has been ranked Australia’s No. 1 Managed Services Provider for eight consecutive years.

With capability spanning hybrid IT, networking, end user services and security, our promise is to continually innovate and evolve to deliver on the needs of our clients. Brennan IT aspires to be the best mid-market technology and business partner — today, tomorrow and in the future.

Brennan IT wins Legendary Partner of the Year at the Greatest Mimecast Partner Awards

Brennan IT LogoSydney, Australia – Leading managed services provider, Brennan IT, has been announced as Legendary Partner of the Year at the Greatest Mimecast Partner Awards during a gala event in Sydney on August 2. Legendary Partner of the Year recognises the Mimecast partner who generated the greatest number of opportunities.

Brennan IT is the one of Mimecast’s first Australian certified partners and has been a partner for three years. Brennan IT is an elite partner, which is the highest tier with Mimecast. Mimecast specialises in cloud-based email management for Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office 365.

Brennan IT has significant capability and a large install base for Mimecast, with more than 30 certified Mimecast experts and more than 13,000 seats.

Stephen Sims, CEO, Brennan IT, said, “Cybersecurity is only growing in importance and email security is absolutely critical for mid-market businesses. Mimecast is a key vendor for Brennan IT as we work to keep our customers’ information protected. Winning this award provides vital validation that the work Brennan IT does with Mimecast is valuable and delivers results. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Mimecast well into the future.”

Brennan IT has delivered solutions and services to the Australian market for 21 years, spanning infrastructure, cloud, networks, and everything in between. Regardless of what services customers consume from Brennan IT, security comes first.

Stephen Sims said, “This is the second year running that Brennan IT has won Mimecast partner awards, winning Partner of the Year in 2017. Our strong capabilities in Mimecast deployments are attributable to the exceptional quality of Brennan IT’s team members. Their hard work and dedication has been recognised by this award. We will continue to work with our partners to deliver the right mix of solutions to meet our customers’ business challenges.”

About Brennan IT

Brennan IT supports and manages the ICT infrastructure of more than 1,000 Australian companies, helping make their lives easier. It’s why Brennan IT has been ranked Australia’s No. 1 Managed Services Provider for eight consecutive years.

With capability spanning hybrid IT, networking, end user services and security, our promise is to continually innovate and evolve to deliver on the needs of our clients. Brennan IT aspires to be the best mid-market technology and business partner — today, tomorrow and in the future.

CompTIA invites technology workers around the world to share #MyTechStory

CompTIA LogoLeading industry association aims to inspire young people to explore tech career options

Sydney, AustraliaCompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, is encouraging tech workers around the world to join its #MyTechStory campaign to inspire the next generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Starting at CompTIA ChannelCon 2018, the industry’s premier annual education, networking and partnering event, anyone working in a technology job or for a tech company is invited to share #MyTechStory in a three- to five-minute video clip.

“The people in our industry have great stories to tell,” Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA president and CEO, said. ”We need to pass those down to younger generations. We still have 600,000 open jobs in our industry. If we are ever going to fill that we need to attract new people.”

Thibodeaux shared his tech story with the ChannelCon audience; from building Erector Sets and Heathkit electronic devices as an adolescent; to his first computer, the ZX81 home computer produced by Sinclair Research in the early 1980s; through five colleges and universities; to 2018, his tenth year as the leader of the world’s leading technology industry trade association.

“Tell the world about why you love the job you have,” Thibodeaux said. “It might be a role model who inspired you, or an innovation that intrigued you. And if you arrived in the tech industry after a long and winding career path, we want to hear your story, too. Everyone has a unique tale to tell, a story that can encourage or inspire someone else.”

CompTIA invites anyone with a connection to the technology industry workforce – whether in a technical or non-technical job role – to share their tech story in a short video of five minutes or less.

Completed videos can be tweeted to @CompTIA using #MyTechStory; or submitted via email to kstone@comptia.org.

Later this year CompTIA will unveil a video library of the #MyTechStory submissions.

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About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $4.8 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 35 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.