Thousands of IT professionals descended on Washington, D.C., July 31-August 2 for the annual CompTIA ChannelCon event, and BPO Media was there to bear witness. The focus this year was "The Business of Technology," and to our eyes, it seems that a large portion of that business is now focused around cybersecurity.

Comptia Channelcon

In addition to an outstanding keynote address by General Stanley McChrystal, a luncheon address by Pete Peterson, president of Xerox Channels, and more than 40 educational sessions, more than 150 exhibitors and sponsors participated in the vendor fair.

"Our industry is in the midst of market-altering changes that are reshaping the landscape for technology solution builders, sellers and buyers," said Kelly Ricker, CompTIA's executive vice president for events and education. "The best and brightest in our industry come together to share their insights and viewpoints on how to make the right choices for their business and for their customers in this changing marketplace."

 Stanley McChrystal

General McChrystal walks us through leadership lessons learned from the battlefield, with Todd Thibodeaux, President & CEO, CompTIA

 The Vendor Fair

BPO Media CompTIA Channelcon

BPO Media ready to rumble

 Webroot  Webroot

Weirdest vendor swag award goes to Webroot


Cisco’s pyramid of love


Brother with one of our favorite dealers – Vince McHenry from LaserLab


The backup superheroes at Altaro

 continuum LMI

eset Tigerpaw

A few more scenes from around the vendor floor

Party Time

CompTIA is famous for their evening event and this year was definitely not a disappointment! Attendees were treated to a private soiree at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, sponsored by Datto. The hands-on experience included the VR transporter and 360-degree barrel rolls in the flight simulator – easing up on the martinis at that point was definitely advisable – yikes!

party sign datto air and space crowd

Enterprise air and space museum

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $4.8 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 35 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit to learn more.

Patricia Ames
Patricia Ames

is senior analyst for BPO Media, which publishes The Imaging Channel and Workflow magazines. As a market analyst and industry consultant, Ames has worked for prominent consulting firms including KPMG and has more than 10 years experience in the imaging industry covering technology and business sectors. Ames has lived and worked in the United States, Southeast Asia and Europe and enjoys being a part of a global industry and community. Follow her on Twitter at @OTGPublisher or contact her by email at