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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Saba @Work 2015 conference

SureSkills, a European and North American Partner of Saba sent a team of management, HR and Learning & Development experts to the highly anticipated Saba @Work 2015 conference in Las Vegas last week. SureSkills-and-Saba-partnership

There was a number of highlights and big announcements over the 4 days with the biggest takeaway being the Saba Cloud spring release! Saba Cloud is focused on enabling customers to build leaders at all levels of the organization, and empowering them with the intelligent tools to make it happen. As the economy improves and organizations grow, new leaders need to be brought on or up more rapidly than ever, to help drive the business from all levels. This is encouraging organizations in a race to: attract the right candidates with key leadership qualities, identify and advance hidden leaders internally who are ready for the next step, and measure talent processes vs industry peers to quickly address issues that could result in their attrition. 

The Saba Cloud Spring Release delivers powerful new capabilities and enhancements to address this challenge, helping our customers to attract, advance, and empower their leaders - and ultimately build a culture of leadership throughout the organization. While there are many features and enhancements available with this release, below are my top three focused squarely at this challenge. 

It’s time for us to reimagine leadership. 


Leadership is no longer about command & control, about hierarchy, or status. Rather, leadership is about doing something that has purpose, exerting your influence, achieving mastery, and seeing the direct linkage between your contribution and the success of the business. 

Learn more about the big announcements from Saba @ Work & how you can find the leader inside»

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 »

Is the end of support for Windows Server 2003 a cause for panic?

As with ‘Y2K’ at the end of the millennium, clear, logical planning is key to guarding against the worst-case scenario.


Unless you have been living under a rock or have an impressive gift for auto-filtering what information enters your brain, you will be aware that as of July 15thextended support will no longer be available for Windows Server 2003. Of course, this translates into a seemingly nightmare scenario whereby your IT dept will no longer receive patches or security updates to fix bugs or performance issues, meaning your applications and business will be at risk. Any new threats to your systems won’t be tackled and they will become a security risk as well as a big headache on the compliance front. 

Countless blogs and articles have been produced warning of the looming deadline and the huge risk a company will take by not being fully prepared for it. Some companies, like during the Y2K ‘scare’, have tried to take advantage of this by indulging in a little scaremongering, conjuring up all manner of disastrous scenarios in the hope that they can take a sizeable bite out of your IT budget. 

Click here to see what the best course of action is for ending Windows Server 2003 »

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 »

Cloud computing is a disruptive innovation - ITIL best practice helps you adapt

This white paper sets out to describe at a high level what cloud computing is, how cloud computing is a disruptive innovation and what this means to IT organizations across the globe. Under examination will be the effect of cloud computing on existing IT management practices, including IT service management (ITSM) and ITIL best practices. This paper contains a number of real-life examples where current approaches require some adaption to cater for cloud computing. The summary concludes with an approach on how an IT organization can retain its current ITIL best practices in an environment using and adopting cloud computing and cloud based services.

IT Service Management oils the growth of a global car fleet company

With the global fleet management industry expected to grow from $12.06bn in 2014 to $35.35bn by 2019, organizations involved in car leasing are being urged to recognize the importance of a quality, structured IT Service Management (ITSM) system during periods of growth. Sandra Duigenan, the Service Delivery Manager responsible for the Service Support Department which sits in the Customer Experience Division of LeasePlan Information Services (LPIS) shares her experiences in this insightful case study.

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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. 


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. 

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