IT industry group CompTIA has announced the agenda for its upcoming Breakaway Conference that runs from July 30 though August 2 in Las Vegas. CompTIA will be offering a two-day/three-session training on mobile devices in the business and enterprise environments during the event.
The training, which CompTIA refers to as CompTIA Executive Certificate in Mobility (Foundations) Course 1, 2, and 3, will focus on three distinct areas – a session on the shift to a mobile workforce and the challenges that this poses for businesses, a session on locking down mobile devices using mobile management solutions, and a session on mobile app development.
The event is one of CompTIA’s first public initiatives to tackle mobile technologies in the workplace. Like many of the organization’s other training and certification options, the training appears to be vendor neutral, meaning that each session will be more informational and general rather than focusing on specific mobile platforms and management tools.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it gives the opportunity to look at overall trends and issues that impact companies regardless of their choice of platform(s). An excellent example is the discussion of telecom expense management planned for the second session on mobile management. Expense management techniques largely apply equally to all mobile devices from entry-level “dumb” phones to smartphones to 3G and LTE iPads and other tablets.
While the event stops short of delivering a mobile management certification, it does seem to imply that CompTIA is looking to capitalize on the mobility and bring your own device (BYOD) trends that are becoming quite common across a variety of industries. Although there’s a definite feeling the CompTIA is a bit late to the iOS and mobile party, it’s a definite plus that the organization has finally shown up.
Advance tickets for nonmembers are $250 for individuals up till July 25. Later onsite pricing varies depending on affiliation with CompTIA.