Computer Trade Groups: Computer Associations that Matter

Computer Trade Groups: Computer Associations that Matter

Posted 09.04.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

There are different reasons to join a trade organization, and as a result several international computer associations have sprouted up over the years. With so many different industry associations to consider, it's difficult to decide where to begin. You can begin right here, where we have listed some of the most recognized industry associations around the world, what they're all about, and what they can do for you.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is a nonprofit membership organization for companies in computer and information technology, and the telecommunications industry. Their goal is to promote open markets, open systems, open networks, and fair competition. The CCIA lobbies in many areas of legislation and is the leading edge of policy making, including intellectual property, privacy protection, competition, policy, and e-commerce. Dish, eBay, facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo are all members of the CCIA. The CCIA is revered for uniting its members to influence and shape events in congress. The relatively small size of this computer association allows for a higher level attention to your company, making sure all of its members have a voice, no matter how big or small. An application for membership is downloadable online.

Another standout computer trade group is the DCIA, Distributing Computing Industry Association. The DCIA is an international trade organization focused on the commercial advancement of cloud computing and related technologies as they are released for high-value content delivery. The DCIA's main priority is to eliminate copyright infringement, strategically focused on proliferating legitimate commerical services to displace unauthorized media file sharing. DCIA members are granted access to business/technology consultants, research/data services, sales/marketing support tools, trade publications, and events. Members of the DCIA include Skype, Verizon, Vuze, AT&T, Cisco, and Comcast.

DCIA Membership requires an annual fee with initial dues and the option to pay quarterly. The three tiers of membership include Basic, Standard, and Sustaining Membership. New members of the Basic program enjoy a feature in the DCIA weekly newsletter, meetings with existing members, invites to conferences and opportunities to speak on panels, and an in-depth effort to structure trade shows. The Standard Membership gets the same benefits of the Basic, plus a review of all government submissions by the DCIA for comment and additional business development support. The highest level of benefits is the Sustaining Membership. Sustaining Members get the benefits of Standard Membership, plus individualized campaigns based on the member's marketing objectives, including licensing, financing, distribution, and PR.

The last computer association in this showcase of noteworthy computer industry organizations is the Association for Rehabilitation Programs in Computer Technology. For almost 30 years, the ARPCT has provided training and job placement services in the computer technologies field for people with disabilities all around the world. Membership gives access to the SkillSoft library of web-based training software for member program students. The annual ARPCT conference provides the latest info on disability issues, technological developments, and the job climate. Members can share best practices and connect with other member programs with expertise in areas related to disability, adaptive technolgoy, education and emplyment. The quarterly newsletter and membership directory make for great promotional opportunities. The Member Program costs $395 a year, while Associate Mameberships for individuals are offered at $50 a year.

Listed here are three great industry associations to consider. They not only help its members succeed individually, but also work to further the industry. While these associations might not be for everyone, they serve as an excellent example of the many advantages you and your business can enjoy by simply signing up.


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Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 16:22:37
Thanks for the suggestions. Been trying to get more involved in learning more about the industry beyond my degree and joining an organization seems to be the consensus. I've also looking to certifications and wanted to know what else is out there besides compTia

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