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CompTIA merges with TechAmerica; Cloud4Wi's program expands; more news

CompTIA announces its acquisition of TechAmerica, strengthening its policy advocacy; Cloud4Wi opens its partner program to North America.; more news.

CompTIA merges with TechAmerica, debuts learning software

Nonprofit trade association CompTIA this week announced its acquisition of tech advocacy group TechAmerica. According to CompTIA, the merged organizations will keep CompTIA's name, brand, leadership and board of directors, with one member joining them from TechAmerica's board. The acquisition brings together segments of the organizations' information and communications technology (ICT) and puts them under one umbrella, CompTIA said. CompTIA has added the slogan "The ICT Industry Trade Association" under its logo.

CompTIA said the tech advocacy group will add federal, state and international expertise and resources to CompTIA's policy advocacy, which will be rebranded as TechAmerica. As a result of the acquisition, CompTIA said its premier members will have new business networking and intelligence opportunities and can tap expanded public sector programs.

In addition to announcing the TechAmerica acquisition this week, CompTIA released CertMaster, an online learning solution designed to help students and professionals study technical information and prepare for IT certification exams and careers. The software uses key principles from neurobiology, cognitive psychology and game studies to help its users learn and retain technical information, and its platform suits both consumer use and application in schools, businesses and government agencies, CompTIA said.

CompTIA said CertMaster will be available to the public next month.

Cloud4Wi brings partner program to North America

With its headquarters now in San Francisco, cloud Wi-Fi solutions provider Cloud4Wi this week announced it has expanded its global managed services provider (MSP) program into North America. The partner program provides MSPs with customized Wi-Fi offerings and value-added services, the company said.

Cloud4Wi's platform provides access to a Wi-Fi marketplace, which is a set of Cloud4Wi-hosted applications. The applications include tools for analyzing user demographics and behaviors, as well as tools for customizing the user experience based on preferences and interests. Additional applications for end users include Geo Chat; Net Coupons; Nearby, which provides detail about nearby businesses; Instant Win for contests; Pin-Up for visitor comments; and weather and news apps. There are also applications for improving monetization strategies, such as advertising, email marketing, social login, business analytics, surveys and click analysis, the company said.

Partner program benefits include a starter kit, which teaches partners about the Cloud4Wi platform and provides demonstrations for developing pilot projects with a minimum upfront investment in licenses, online training courses, multiple levels of certification based on training, customer support, discounts, deal registration, sales cycle assistance and more.

Tech Data adds new products and services to its Solutions Store

Distributor Tech Data Corp. this week announced distribution agreements with ConnectWise, a business platform developer, and LabTech Software, a remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform developer. Cloud-based unified communications (UC) provider IntelePeer and document, content and imaging solution provider Accusoft this week announced signing similar agreements with Tech Data, as well.

The agreements allow Tech Data's TDCloud business unit to offer ConnectWise's and Lab Tech Software's solutions, IntelePeer's CoreCloud SIP Trunking services, and Accusoft's Document Viewer for SharePoint in Tech Data's Solutions Store.

  • ConnectWise enables organizations to manage all their business operations on one platform.
  • LabTech's RMM platform provides tools for automation, working on multiple machines simultaneously, and management through a single console.
  • IntelePeer's CoreCloud SIP trunking is certified for all major UC platforms and telephony equipment vendors, IntelePeer said. Solution providers can implement IntelePeer Session Initiation Protocol trunking (SIP trunking) as an over-the-top service through the cloud. IntelePeer said it has integrated its CloudCentral Portal, which allows for account creation, service activation and management of services online through a customized dashboard, with the Solutions Store.
  • Accusoft's Document Viewer for SharePoint allows users to display a variety of document types -- including PDF, Microsoft Office files and CAD drawings -- on any device with an HTML 5 browser. Document Viewer also provides collaboration and digital rights management tools.

Calyptix Security offers alternative billing model for MSPs

Calyptix Security, a provider of network security and management solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, this week announced a new pricing model for partners selling Calyptix Security's AccessEnforcer, the company's all-in-one network security and management device. Instead of paying upfront annually, this model allows MSPs to pay on a month-to-month basis, which the company said eliminates the waiting period MSPs experience before profiting from their network security services.

Calyptix Security said it offered a similar pricing model in its The Managed Edge program in late 2011 that has since been reshaped and expanded. Beginning in January of this year, The Managed Edge became an end-to-end program to help MSPs manage and sell AccessEnforcer.

Through The Managed Edge, partners now get access to 10 AccessEnforcer units for a one-time fee of $1,000, as well as a private training class with Calyptix Security's support staff, the company said. Services and warranty for each unit costs $59 a month without a long-term commitment. Calyptix Security said the program also includes a customized, step-by-step installation guide and a free AccessEnforcer unit to manage the MSP's own network.

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