Don't Be Left Out Of The Cloud

VMware RE-Certification – What, How and When  recertification-image-VMware-blog

The IT environment tends to be a reactive environment with regards to issues and problems, and this is particularly true towards the end of the year. Not only are the days short, but the year end will soon be upon us and IT projects tend to be put on hold until the New Year. 

This is true of training and certification - BUT if you're a VMware Professional - NOW is the time to have a quick look at your VMware certification expiry date.... For many of us the final day to re-certify or cross-certify is going to be the 10th of March 2015. Knowing the reactive industry that IT is - many people are going to miss out on taking their re-certification exam purely because of the demand in volume and lack of capacity. 

If you fail to re-certify it will mean having to partake in another full course before taking your exam which for some people might make sense due to the many changes to the newer versions. Whatever you decide to do just be aware of the options available to you: 

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An Independent Look At The Clouds - Invitation


AWS? Azure? VMware?

Are you responsible for a complex IT infrastructure? Are you trying to decide on which cloud offerings best suit your organisation?

A 2014 State of the Cloud Report showed that 74 percent of organizations have a multi-cloud strategy. Therefore, companies need to develop capabilities to manage across clouds, migrate existing workloads to the cloud, and provide ongoing portability between clouds. A multi-cloud management platform is a critical foundational technology for organizations looking to operate in these heterogeneous environments, but with so many solutions out there how do you make an informed decision that will benefit your working environment?  

On Jan 23rd SureSkills will be running An Independent look at the Clouds event where SureSkills SME’s and industry experts will give an independent overview of the Cloud offerings from our 3 top partners; AWS, VMware and Microsoft. We will also be inviting leading industry SME’s and representatives from VMware, AWS, and Microsoft for a Q&A overview session where you can ask all your burning IT queries!

The day will be broken down into 3 informative overview sessions followed by a Q&A session.This event will be extremely beneficial to IT professionals tasked with making and implementing crucial software/hardware decisions such as CTO's and IT managers.We hope that upon leaving the event that attendees will be in a position to make an informed decision, be it the public, private or hybrid cloud that is best matched to their organisation/environment.

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Corporate Spend For Training Increasing

The economic recovery is clearly here: spending on corporate training is soaring. 

Since the economic recession that occurred six years ago, many companies cut overall costs, including their expenditures for training. This went a long way to making companies leaner and more efficient. Now that the economy is trending up, corporate earnings are strong and companies are spending on training at apace we haven’t seen since before the recession. 


The global market for training expenditures in 2013 was about $306.9B, an increase from $291.7B in 2012. We believe N.A. represents about 46% of the global market ($141.7B) and Europe to be about 29%, or $89B of the global market. Asia comes in at $31B (10 percent), India $21.5B (seven percent), Australia $9.2B (3 percent), South America $6.3B (2 percent), Africa $3.6B (1 percent), and the rest of the world $4.6B (1.1 percent). Approximately 75 percent of the global spend for training is in North America and Europe. Asia and India, the two most populated regions in the world, combined make up about 17 percent of the global market. Companies spend about 44 percent of their training related dollars on employees, compared to 49 percent on customers, and seven percent on suppliers and channel partners. 

Last year, we expected corporate spend for training to increase by a conservative 1 to 2 percent, but now reflecting on 2014 it appears spend is up by as much as 5 to 7 percent across most industry segments. We expect that trend to continue into 2015, with growth in spend for training services to grow in excess of 5 percent. Why the rapid growth? All our research tells us that organizations today suffer from a “skills supply chain” challenge. Not only do more than 70% of organizations cite “capability gaps” as one of their top five challenges, but many companies also tell us that it takes 3-5 years to take a seasoned professional and make them fully productive. 

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AWS or VMware – Are they right for your business?

Is virtualization right for your business? How about cloud computing? Don't know the difference? That's OK — most non-IT folks don't either. The word "cloud" is often thrown around as an umbrella term, while "virtualization" is often confused with cloud computing. Although the two technologies are similar, they are not interchangeable, and the difference is significant enough to affect your business decisions. Here is a guide to help demystify the tech behind the jargon.


How is virtualization different from cloud computing?

Essentially, virtualization differs from cloud computing because virtualization is software that manipulates hardware, while cloud computing refers to a service that results from that manipulation."Virtualization is a foundational element of cloud computing and helps deliver on the value of cloud computing," Adams said. "Cloud computing is the delivery of shared computing resources, software or data — as a service and on-demand through the Internet."Most of the confusion occurs because virtualization and cloud computing work together to provide different types of services, as is the case with clouds. The cloud can, and most often does, include virtualization products to deliver the compute service, said Rick Philips, vice president of compute solutions at IT firm Weidenhammer. "The difference is that a true cloud provides self-service capability, elasticity, automated management, scalability and pay-as you go service that is not inherent in virtualization." 

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Utilising Your Training Budget is Vital to Staff Turnover


 A recent survey indicates that 40 per cent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. They cite the lack of skills training and development as the principal reason for moving on. 


Consider the cost of turnover. With one fewer worker, your company’s productivity slips. Sales decline. Your current staff members are required to work more hours. Morale may suffer. To find a replacement, you spend time screening and interviewing applicants. Once you hire someone, you need to train that person. The cost of staff turnover adds up. Figures vary, but it can cost as much as €2,500, depending on the position, to replace a frontline employee. That is a hefty price to pay for not training staff. 

The value of training is in the application of the knowledge gained from a course that has been delivered in the context of the company from which the delegate has come from.  It is critical to ensure that the learning is practical and can be applied post course to ensure both employee satisfaction and training budget ROI.  Learning is a journey and the delivery of training is just one part of the process. It is important to integrate the learning across the company to ensure that learning complements each division and individual and does not negatively impact areas of the business.It is important to have a learning programme and competencies road map that works across the business and is focused on measureable business value and ROI. 

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