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TCA

A Few Channel Associations

September 15, 2014

In case you didn't know, there is an association for agents, VARs, inter-connects and MSPs to get education and certification. The TCA is the only non-profit trade association for the channel.

There are other associations for channel partners. CompTIA for IT training and certs.

Technology Channel Association Changes Taking Place

June 13, 2014

The TCA (Technology Channel Association), a non-profit trade association for channel partners that I helped found in 2008, has made a few announcements.

TCA President Jeff Ponts writes, "We have expanded our relationship with Cloud Partners, and have signed strategic relationships with CompTIA, and the Baptie Group to meet our goals." The main goal of TCA is education of the channel - all segments of the channel.

"The cornerstone of the TCA has always been the Certified Telecom Professional (CTP) exam. It was rolled out in 2010 and is now on its third revision to meet our industry's expanding role in supporting our members.

Are Certifications Becoming Common?

March 4, 2014

If I Was Starting as an Agent Today

February 14, 2014

Yesterday the TCA launched "The Voice of the Agent" Webinar Series to provide advice for channel partners by agents. It was good content from the panelists - Michael Bremmer of TelecomQuotes.com; Evan Gillman of TransitBroker.com in NYC; and Jeff Sumner of Corporate Technologies Group. TCA board member, Nick Enger of ATC moderated the panel. [BTW, these are free to members and are archived on the TCA website.

The TCA Has a New Board

February 27, 2013

This was my last TCA Channel Chief Summit. Five years after co-founding this non-profit trade association for channel partners with Dany Bouchedid of COLOTRAQ, Ian Kieninger of AVANT (but then at CDW) and quite a few others, the last of the founders leave the Board. We left it in capable hands with Jeff Ponts of Datatel as president and Dave Wallace of Aligned taking my VP slot. Black Box, CDW and PCG are all new faces on the Board who seem eager to take TCA to the next level - and they have Mark from WTG to help them, as WTG, since Vince Bradley helped found TCA, has been a big proponent of TCA (and it shows.

Who Do You Want to Be?

November 29, 2012

Yesterday I presented the Secrets of Running Your Agency as a TCA webinar. A major part of the session was the mindset of the agency owner and the agent. For small businesses (employee size wise), the business owner or agent determines the fate of the business. Sometimes, we forget that it is a business.

Money, Market, Launch - News

October 12, 2012

I can't always write about everything happening, so here are some tidbits:

The TCA added 17 more members at the CPExpo in Orlando as the TCA closes in on 550 members - about 200 of whom have signed up to get certified as a CTP.

The US Secretary of Defense announced that Cyber-attacks could threaten US infrastructure. The DoD is working on a response.

More Agents Getting Certified

September 25, 2012

The Technology Channel Association has announced hitting two milestones: over 500 members and 200 members registered for the Certified Telecom Professional certification program. Those that have passed are listed on a special page. Why? Pride in being an Agent who takes this business seriously.

Cloud Will Be About Integration

September 21, 2012

John Zanni, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing and Alliances at Parallels, spoke at the 6th TCA Channel Chief Summit in Orlando. Zanni presented on studies that Parallels has conducted globally about the SMB space and cloud services. That data is extensive.

Parallels sells through a wide range of partners - LEC, ISV, VAR, MSP, Cable, VAD (see diagram).

The VAR/Agent Comparison

September 12, 2012

At Channel Partners Expo in Orlando for TCA. Our first member networking event last night went very well with a good sized crowd. Today we have the TCA's 6th Channel Chief Summit with guest speaker John Zanni of Parallels.

The top Channel executives and even the bigger Master Agencies are all chasing VAR's. And this show is so cloud themed an agent would be hard pressed to find a telco element, which I think leads to less Agents, but perhaps not more VARs, since they have their own shows, including DreamForce this week.

While taking with one channel head, he mentioned that the numbers guys always want justification to continuing paying on that line item called commissions.



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