News | July 26, 2010

CompTIA Cloud Computing Community Developing Common Definitions, Business Models And Skills Requirements For Emerging Technology

Industry leaders gather at CompTIA summit

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:

  • standardizing cloud computing definitions
  • developing "ecosystem" business models for the IT channel; and
  • 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 Antonio, Texas.

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 certifications are relevant to cloud computing; and identify skills gaps that can be closed through the development of new certifications and credentials specific to cloud computing.

The Cloud/SaaS Community is one of several member-driven communities created by CompTIA to provide thought leadership on critical issues and emerging technologies. To learn more, visit

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