Discounts Across Our Entire Range Of Microsoft Technical Courses

Special Offers for March 

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Book any two Microsoft technical courses and get the third completely free. 

• Book any two Microsoft Technical courses and get two free exams included. 

• Take any Microsoft Technical exam during the month of March and if you don’t pass you get a free retake.  

Window Server – Gain the skills needed to use Windows Server technology to power the next generation of cloud-optimized networks, applications, and web services. 

Exchange Server Get trained in Exchange Server technology and gain the skills needed to simplify administration, protect communications, and meet user demand for greater business mobility. 

SharePoint Server - Do SharePoint 2013 training and SharePoint developer training and then help people in over 100,000 companies around the world share and manage information. 

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What Makes Microsoft Office Training So Useful in Today’s Workforce

Microsoft Office Training is imperative in today’s job market. 

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Companies are desperately searching for individuals that possess IT knowledge. When an employer considers the many hire options, he or she is certainly looking for a proficient, technically minded professional with Microsoft experience. An individual that can bring an impressive set of skills, i.e., supporting businesses with the best tools and solutions that Microsoft Office has to offer. The talent of a particular team depends on how the organisation performs, and roughly two-thirds of hiring managers believe that individuals possessing Microsoft Office knowledge are far more productive than those without expertise. About half of every successful business team has at least one expert in Microsoft Office. To expand one’s horizon, taking a training course can only improve the current business at hand. Microsoft Office 365 is the latest addition to the Microsoft suite. Office 365 gives users access to productivity services enabled over the internet (cloud services) which is becoming increasingly important in today’s environment. Microsoft Office will teach you very important business tasks, data management, email presentations, and other ways of becoming proficient in the business world. 

Click here to see what Microsoft Office can do for your career »


Implementing Your Cloud Strategy Through Best Practice Methodologies

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Best Practice is a fluid concept, but it will always remain just that; the ‘best' 

Implementing Best Practices makes success more realisable, especially when adapted to a particular context/situation. SureSkills in conjunction with our strategic partner AXELOS (the owner of ITIL, PRINCE2), will deliver a practical event to demonstrate the value of utilising Best Practices. Aiming to build on and continue the theme of our last event we will explore how the application of these methodologies provides a practical and common sense framework to guide you through the process of; identifying, planning, delivering and supporting the successfully execution of your Cloud strategy. 

The session will include a practical case study delivered by Ian Fitzgerald, Director of Cloud Platform Services at EMC. Ian will share EMC’s experience, the challenges they faced and quick wins implementing this in a real world environment. This is designed to be an interactive session so attendees and speakers can share opinions, ideas and experiences around Best Practices, the Cloud and how the two come together. The event will increase confidence in your organisation’s approach to implementing its Cloud strategy and will help you formulate a plan with the experience and knowledge gained from a real-life example. 

Who Should Attend: IT Management, Business Unit Managers, IT Services Managers, Supplier Managers, Consultants, CTO’s, CIO’s or any IT professional looking into new solutions for their environment for 2015 and beyond.

Date: March 12th, 2015 

Venue: Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4 

Time: 8:30 - 12:30 

Click here To View The Full Agenda & Register For This Unmissable Free Event »


The Challenge In 2015 Is Change Management

What do you need to do to gain access to the skills you need while protecting your investment? 

(As told by SureSkills CTO Kevin Reid  pictured right) - After over half a decade of tough times, it is heartening to see the economy moving back on the right path. Businesses are increasingly in a position to invest in new systems or to upgrade those that have exceeded their useful life and, equally important, to plan for their next generation of ICT. As a result, there are lots ofSureSkills-Kevin-Reid predictions around this time of the year that 2015 will be ‘The Year of X’, whatever X might be. There are certainly plenty of candidates for hype. 

But in truth that’s all fairly superficial. This increased activity that the industry anticipates, brings with it a more fundamental challenge - access to the necessary skills and experience. Another factor to be considered is the relative scarcity and increasing expense of those skills. Acquiring them or upskilling existing staff also raises other questions in an IT labour market that is becoming fluid again. 

So the 2015 question for business ICT is what do you need to do to gain access to the skills you need while protecting your investment? The answer, or at least one effective answer, is a limited form of outsourcing. Most organisations do not want to hand over everything. That is not necessarily just being conservative; after all there is much truth in that old outsourcing mantra ‘do what you do best….’ 

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Why Enterprise Search Can Justify Your eDiscovery Investment

CommVault’s Self-Service Enterprise Search and eDiscovery empowers end users to increase their productivity while legal, regulatory and compliance risk is greatly reduced..... 

A relatively new concept and one which must be a cause for celebration for lawyers everywhere, eDiscovery has grown quickly into its’ own industry, with Gartner* predicting that it will be very high on the agenda of all CIOs for the immediate future. Of course, the concept itself is nothing new – ‘discovery’, the practice whereby litigating parties are required to share information relevant to a legal case has been a feature of systems around the world derived from English common law for decades – but the importance of electronic discovery or eDiscovery or e-Discovery (take your pick) is increasing hugely for an organisation’s legal and compliance departments. 

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It is a response from the IT industry to cater for the needs of the legal world which is trying to keep pace, or more accurately, to catch up with changing technology and the exponential growth in electronically-stored information (ESI). Gone are the days when lawyers would spend endless hours sifting through boxes of files searching for relevant documents; now an eDiscovery search, in response to investigations, litigation or regulatory requests, can search, retrieve and analyse all relevant documents at the push of a button. 

 All good so far but although the economically-improving times are allowing organisations to loosen the purse strings a little and invest in technology, many bean counters will want to see a definable, definite need being satisfied and that’s where the argument for investing in eDiscovery falls down a little. Why pay for something which may not be used and if it is, will probably only be used once or twice? Sure, it will be expensive for an organisation that ends up in a situation where they need to retrieve documents for those purposes but if they don’t then the return on investment might seem pretty unappealing. The question to be answered is do you pay now or, maybe, pay later? 

Click Here To See Why eDiscovery Is Vital To Your Business »


An Independent Look At The Clouds - Event Video

Microsoft Azure, AWS & VMware Cloud Overview Event

SureSkills recently organised an information packed event “An Independent look at the Clouds” where SureSkills SME’s and industry experts gave an independent overview of the Cloud offerings from the three top vendors; VMware, AWS and Microsoft. We also heard from technical representatives from AWS, Microsoft and VMware during a Q&A  session where attendees had some provocative queries. 

 

 

 

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If your interested in training or consulting for AWS, VMware or Microsoft or you simply want to attend our next event email info@sureskills.com


AXELOS Selects SureSkills as Strategic Partner

SureSkills partnership with AXELOS strengthened to collaborate working best practices 

The admission of SureSkills into the AXELOS Strategic Partner Scheme is a significant event which will assist, support and help grow the AXELOS global best practice portfolio for the benefit of the best practice community. This announcement strengthens SureSkills’ position as a first-tier training & development organisation, practicing to the highest standards. The organisation will play an integral part in delivering innovative solutions to its customers and reaffirms its commitment to offering IT and Service Management professionals the best possible training and certification, which will contribute greatly to their performance.  

“This is a significant announcement and we are delighted to have been appointed by AXELOS in this important initiative and we look forward to expanding our partnership in other areas" said Ruaidhri McSharry, Chief Operations Officer, Director of Service Management at SureSkills (pictured top right). Ruaidhri went on to say "SureSkills and AXELOS recognise the value of learning and accreditation to individuals, teams and businesses. With our focus on ensuring that learning is applied in the work environment our learning services are designed, developed and delivered in a practical manner and in context – all ensuring a realising business value and return on investment." 

AXELOS have a commitment to nurturing best practice communities on a worldwide scale. The goals of AXELOS are aimed at helping businesses and individuals reach or sustain success; empowering them to truly stand out in a competitive market. 

Click Here To See What This Partnership Means for You »


AWSome Day Roadshow Ireland 2015

Join Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the AWSome Day Roadshow (previously AWS Cloud School) taking place in Dublin. This free, one-day event is delivered by AWS Education's technical instructors and is ideal for IT pros, developers and technical managers who would like to learn about how to get started in the AWS Cloud. 

AWSome Day is based on the AWS Essentials Course and will take you through a step-by-step deep-dive into AWS core services such as Compute, Storage, Database and Networking. At the end of the session, you will be able to build scalable and secure applications on the AWS Cloud. 

Why Attend? 

• Gain a deeper understanding of AWS core and application services

 • Learn how to deploy and automate your infrastructure on the AWS Cloud 

• Get your questions answered by our AWS experts

 • Network with the AWS team and your industry peers 

Who Should Attend? 

• Technical Users: Developers, Engineers, System Administrators and Architects 

• Decision Makers: IT Managers, Directors and Business Leaders 

AWSome Day Location and Dates

 City               Venue                          Date 

Dublin      Red Cow Moran Hotel     29 January 2015 

Click Here To View The Agenda For The Day »

 

3 Crucial Factors To Consider When Formulating A Hybrid Cloud Strategy

SureSkills Consultant Cian O'Callaghan explains how a hybrid cloud solution has become an integral part of many organisations’ IT strategy but designing one to fit your company’s requirements will be key to its’ success...

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2008 was the year the IT industry first began discussing the hybrid cloud computing model, a time which coincided with the beginning of the economic meltdown on these shores. Seven years later the positive news is the economy appears to be firmly on an upward curve and businesses are more confident about planning for their future, investing in new systems or upgrading those that have exceeded their shelf life. This increasing focus on the long-term, of course, includes planning for the next generation of ICT and in the intervening time period, a hybrid cloud strategy has become an integral part of many organisations. 

A 2014 State of the Cloud Report * showed that 74% of organisations in the US have a multi-cloud strategy and you could be sure that assessing or planning for adoption of the hybrid model is on the agenda for a majority of Irish companies too. 

 

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6 IT Workforce Predictions From CIO for 2015

2015 promises to be a banner year for IT workers 

As the unemployment rate continues to plummet, salaries increase and organizations double down on retention and engagement strategies. CIO.com askedIT-Workforce-Predictions experts to predict the biggest trends, technology and strategies that will make an impact on hiring and recruiting in 2015. Every new year brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities for IT workers as existing technologies evolve and new technologies emerge. The first half of 2015 looks promising based on these six predictions from career experts. 

Prediction 1: Emphasis on Education and Training 

Education and training will be a major focus for 2015, says Cristin Sturchio, global head of talent at Cognolink -- especially for millennials. "When you invest in training your people, you're providing them with skills and tools they can not only use today, but also continue to draw upon throughout their career," says Sturchio. "We're also confident this approach significantly enhances their loyalty to our company. For example, initiatives like Corporate Universities, which are multi-year programs built with learning and development in mind, aren't just for large, Fortune 500 companies. When it comes to developing your people, size doesn't matter; the results do. Employees are engaged as teachers and facilitators, and they are invested in teaching others," says Sturchio.For the newer generation entering the workforce, engagement isn't just about having a ping-pong table in your office or hosting happy hours after work. "It's about knowing that as the company grows, so will they. It's about creating an environment that encourages active participation and engagement. [It] makes them feel like a valued part of the company from day 1. It's about providing rewarding opportunities like being selected to serve as campus ambassadors to represent the company at their alma maters and teaching training courses that give back to the employee community," says Sturchio. 

 

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