BICSI, TIA tout renewed collaboration

April 10, 2008 -- Leaders from the two groups recently met at TIA's headquarters in Arlington, VA to discuss strategic direction and joint initiatives, including the development of environmentally friendly standards to the building industry.

April 10, 2008 -- BICSI has announced a renewed collaboration agreement with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), in an ongoing effort to promote and deploy new business systems that will benefit information transport systems (ITS) industry professionals. According to a press release, leaders from the two groups recently met at TIA's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss strategic direction and joint initiatives, including the development and promotion of environmentally friendly standards to the building industry.

"TIA is the cornerstone of the BICSI Outreach Program, a program specifically designed to collaborate with industry alliances in concert with the BICSI strategic plan and the BICSI NxtGEN business plan," states Edward J. Donelan, RCDD/NTS specialist and president of BICSI. "The newly crafted twenty-seven points of mutual reciprocity between our associations will enhance BICSI and TIA members' ability to deliver the best products to their customers through education, training and knowledge assessment."

The groups have agreed to cross-promote one another's services, including certification and market intelligence programs, standards, case studies and white papers. Marketing activities will include presence at one another's tradeshows and outreach through their Web sites and e-mail. They will also continue to jointly promote the efforts of several sub-communities, including the Fiber Optics LAN Section (FOLS).

BICSI is a professional association supporting the ITS industry with information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies. TIA leads advocacy, standards development, business development and intelligence for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Both groups have been engaged in similar activities for a number of years, addressing their mutual interests in information communications technologies and trends, including standards, certifications, knowledge transfer and global technology advancement.

"BICSI and TIA are at similar stages in terms of addressing the needs of their respective membership communities," concludes Grant E. Seiffert, president of TIA. "Our long-time collaboration has proven to be a solid foundation on which to build new joint initiatives."




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