Skype For Business Has Arrived

For any business that currently uses Microsoft Lync video and Web conferencing platform, April 14th brings a changeover to Skype for Business. 


Redmond is rolling out the new Skype for Business client as part of its April monthly update for Office 2013 and Office 365 users worldwide. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of May, at which point all businesses using Lync Online will be transitioned over to Skype for Business. 

"Skype for Business is based on the familiar Skype experience that more than 300 million people use every month to connect with friends and family," the Skype for Business team wrote in a blog post. "It is built right into Office, so features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience." 

Click here to find out what to expect from Skype for Business »

Saba and SureSkills To Bring Intelligent Talent Management Solutions To Ireland

Companies to Deliver Cloud Solutions that Focus on the Continuous Learning, Engagement and Development of the Entire Workforce 

Bracknell, UK – 17th of April, 2015 – Saba, a global leader in cloud-based intelligent talent management solutions, announced today that it has chosenSaba-Partner-Logo  SureSkills Limited as a solution provider and reseller in EMEA. Founded in 1993, SureSkills provides a portfolio of services in training and certification; IT consultancy and corporate education services for many of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies. 

The new alliance will enable Saba and SureSkills to deliver end-to-end learning and talent management strategies for customers in Ireland. Saba Cloud is a unified platform including solutions for recruiting, performance, learning, succession planning, workforce planning and compensation. Each module taps powerful machine-learning into delivering more predictive, personal insights on the skills, aspirations, network impact and potential value of all members of a company’s team. Leveraging Saba’s 15 years plus of leadership in the learning and talent management sector, Saba Cloud is built to transform traditional processes for organisations around the world. 

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AXELOS Announce New ITIL Practitioner Level

ITIL Practitioner level is being developed to help organisations and individuals increase the value they obtain from using ITIL.


This is achieved by offering additional practical guidance to adopt and adapt the framework to support the business. It will be the next step after ITIL Foundationfor professionals who have already learned the basics of IT Service Management (ITSM) and the business value of well-designed and delivered services.

Addressing the demand from ITSM practitioners and organizations of all sizes worldwide, the first ITIL Practitioner exam will be available globally by the end of 2015 and will equip ITSM professionals with added practical guidance to enhance leveraging ITIL in line with their organizations’ business goals. 

Click here to see what AXELOS CEO Peter Hepworth has to say about the new ITIL Practitioner »

Catch the Full Value of Simpana®Software with CommVault® Training

Why Do I Need CommVault® Simpana® Software Training? 


There are numerous data management and protection software products that have been around for many years. Most IT staffs are familiar with the basic conceptsof data management and protection, and have various degree of expertise with their current legacy products. Like a new car, CommVault’s technology is a distinct departure from the norm and takes data management and protection to a new and higher level. Hence, experience in a company’s legacy data management and protection product is most likely not sufficient to make effective use of the robust features and functionality of the CommVault® Simpana® software suite. 

Training is an essential component of any product’s value. Billions are spent every year on software that promises new capabilities and time savings but ends up yielding a fraction of the promised value or even worse, no value at all. Decision makers are often careful to fully evaluate and test new software so the problem of improving production rarely lies in the software itself. Of course, consultants can be brought in to facilitate installation or help with specific issues, but once gone, who is capable of administering or operating the software effectively on a day-to-day basis? CommVault Simpana software training is the difference between struggling along as before with possibly different problems or effectively taking advantage of those differentiators that led you to purchase the CommVault software. 

Click here to see the benefits of CommVault training for your business »

Implementing Your Cloud Strategy Through Best Practice Methodologies - Post Event


SureSkills recently organised an unmissable event where SME's took the attendees through three interactive presentations which included Phil Hearsum, ITSM Portfolio Manager for AXELOS, discussing how cloud computing is a disruptive innovation and what it means to IT organizations across the globe. Phil then explored the effect of the cloud on existing best practice frameworks such as ITIL and shared examples of how to adapt the existing framework. Next was our very own Ruaidhri McSharry, COO of SureSkills, who took us through the facts about getting business value from best practice. Last but not least was Ian Fitzgerald, Director of Cloud Platform Services at EMC. His session covered a real life case study and showed our audience what it really takes to implement your cloud strategy using best practice. Our three speakers from left to right: Ian Fitzgerald, EMC; Ruaidhri McSharry, SureSkills and Phil Hearsum, AXELOS.

Click here to see a video of the event »


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