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Computing Technology Industry Association breakaway conference

Twenty-five years ago, five micro-computer dealerships banded together to find a better way to do business, launching the Computing Technology Industry Association. Today, their creation CompTIA counts more than 22,000 member companies from more than 100 countries, and is considered the leading association in the $1 trillion-plus IT industry.

Growth of that magnitude requires a tremendous amount of innovation. And at this year's Breakaway conference, CompTIA will recognize innovation and creativity in the software industry when it presents the first SoftwareCEO Software Innovation Awards. (More information appears in the release pasted below my e-signature.)

This is the first program announcement for CompTIA's Breakaway Conference, being held July 31 to August 2 at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to attend.

In addition to seeing the presentation of the SoftwareCEO Innovation Awards and having the opportunity to be on hand for CompTIA's 25-Year Anniversary Celebration (details to come), media attending Breakaway have the chance to meet face-to-face with executives from leading technology manufacturers and vendors from around the world.

CompTIA is organizing a great educational program and will have industry leaders on hand to share research results on converged communications, IT security, RFID technology, managed services and more – and as an attendee, you will have access to all of these informative sessions.

Breakaway will also host three great keynote presentations: Technology Futurist Dr. James Canton opens the show on Monday July 31, followed by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner on Tuesday and Christopher Gardner, business leader and author of the book that was converted into the box-office hit The Pursuit of Happyness.

If you are interested in attending Breakaway and would like to register to attend, just send me your contact information and I will be happy to register you.

If you are interested in speaking with a CompTIA representative about the SoftwareCEO Awards, feel free to contact me any time to schedule an interview.

CompTIA Announces Inaugural SoftwareCEO Software Innovation Awards

Products that deliver innovative business solutions for customers will be recognized at Association's Breakaway event

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced today it will recognize innovation and creativity in the software industry with the presentation of the first SoftwareCEO Software Innovation Awards later this year.

Winners of the SoftwareCEO Software Innovation Awards will be honored at Breakaway, the information technology industry's premier partnering and educational event, scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

“The software industry is driven by its ability to develop innovative ideas; and to turn those innovations into products that deliver real business value to customers,” said David Sommer, vice president, e-business and software solutions, CompTIA. “The inaugural SoftwareCEO Software Innovation Awards will single out the companies that have made technological or business model breakthroughs in the highly competitive software market.”

Software companies, software service providers and companies serving the software industry are eligible for the awards. Criteria for the awards include:

. Scope – What business problem or opportunity does the software innovation address? What is the size of the problem/opportunity?
. Impact – What practical results, such as sales, users or profits, has the innovation had on a software product or on the software industry? The innovation must be new and have both a current and future impact.
. Novelty – How does the innovation break with traditional ideas or processes?

The deadline for submitting nominations is April 30. For more information on the awards, or to submit an entry, visit http://www.softwareceo.com/awards/innovation_awards.php.

SoftwareCEO is a resource-packed electronic newsletter and web portal built by software executives for software executives. It is “Page One” for software industry information and education on topics such as software marketing, sales, business, pricing, financing, and services. For more information, visit http://www.softwareceo.com/.

About CompTIA

In 2007, CompTIA is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Just as the IT industry it serves has grown, CompTIA has also enjoyed remarkable growth over the past 25 years. The organization was founded by representatives of five micro-computer dealerships working together to find better ways to do business. Today, CompTIA has more than 22,000 member companies in over 100 countries around the world; and serves as the voice of the world's $1 trillion-plus IT industry. CompTIA is committed to advancing the long-term success and growth of the IT industry by helping organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their investments in technology; and by helping individuals to obtain the skills and credentials they need for productive careers in IT. For more information, please visit: www.comptia.org.

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