August Overheard: Tech Integration, Culture Shift, IT Careers & More

CompTIA podcasts covered a variety of topics in August 2020. They included how workplaces can make major cultural changes and how the pandemic changed the trajectory for technology. CompTIA podcasts this month covered a variety of topics with CompTIA staff and member-experts providing insight into today’s most talked-about tech topics. These topics included how workplaces can make major cultural changes and how the pandemic has affected the trajectory of technology. Take a look at the August CompTIACasts. Then subscribe to our podcasts and start listening right away.
Trajectory for Technology: Integration
The first episode of a three-part series on the technology trajectory was created by Carolyn April and Seth Robinson, CompTIA research analysts. They discuss how the pandemic has accelerated technology adoption as well as the impact it has had on business priorities. This episode was all about integration. A blog post from a few months ago provides more information about the technology’s trajectory.
“The way companies approach [integration] has changed. Companies are now procuring different pieces of technology and tools with cloud systems. This is allowing them to access even more tools and systems. They need all these pieces to work together. Although they have always needed to work together in the past, I believe that this need has changed. It’s crucial for companies to ensure that everything is working together in the most efficient manner possible. This goes beyond just having proof of concept that all pieces are connected.
Cultural Shifts in Your Organization
The world is going through a cultural shift that will affect everything, from our personal lives to how we hire people. Leaders need to listen and adapt their processes and behaviors in order to be of great service. Part one of a series of four episodes examining culture shifts features Rachel McGuiness (chief vitality officer, Wake Up with Zest); Susanne Tedrick (cloud engineer, IBM); Karl Palachuk (owner, Small Business Thinker); and Jill Chapman (sr. performance consultant for Insperity). Yvette Steele (director of the Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Community, CompTIA) will discuss how to grow the talent pipeline with remote employees and how to access a wider range of workers and to increase the diversity of workers and to expand the ability to reach out to connect with a greater diversity of workers to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to the to expand the to the to the to the diversity of workers and to the to the to the to the to the to be more diverse to the a a pool of a
“Everybody must be involved in this shift. Everyone, from the leaders down, must be involved in this shift. However, I want to emphasize that it cannot be a mandated shift by the leadership. It must be felt in the hearts of all those who are doing the work. Right? This must be a collective effort to improve the future. Listen to the episode.
Talking about IT Career Pathways with a First Generation Technologist
Volley addressed the topic of how to find a career in IT later in the month. Juan Fernandez (Vice President of Managed IT Services at ImageNet Consulting), joins Carolyn April and Seth Robinson as CompTIA research analysts. He shares his IT journey and discusses how certifications are becoming more important for candidates looking for jobs in technology. The group also discusses the acceleration of corporate digital transformation efforts as well as how businesses plan to integrate more cloud solutions and automation.
“I thought to myself, maybe you’re not good at technology, maybe it’s best not to be here. Perhaps you should return to what you are doing. This is something that none of your family members do. I was a first generation technologist and didn’t know it at the time. It was a huge shift for me, my family, and everyone else. Juan Fernandez is Vice President of Managed IT Services at ImageNet Consulting. Click here to learn more.
Biz Tech Podcast welcomes Bob Stegner, Hall of Famer
Bob Stegner is the latest inductee into IT Hall of Fame. He is senior vice president of North America marketing at SYNNEX. Stegner, a passionate advocate and champion for the tech channel and industry for over three decades, recently spoke to Scott Campbell, CompTIA, about the challenges and rewards of SMB markets, how the business has changed and what it takes today to be successful.
“I was raised as the son of an SMB. My father started in the tire business. You go to the grocery store and look at how much money you have in your coffee cup. It was ingrained in me, the ups and downs. It’s been amazing to see some of the very small ones grow and become bigger. They’re all the same to me.”

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