PRINCE2 2017 Update

Patrick Costello

In January 2017 our partners and owners of PRINCE2®, AXELOS, announced the upcoming arrival of updated PRINCE2® guidance and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. Together, these form PRINCE2 2017 and represent the first major update to PRINCE2 since 2009. 

Why has PRINCE2 been updated? 

The success of PRINCE2 lies in its compilation of proven best practices in project management taken from academics, business professionals, and consultants across the years. Since its creation, at least two million PRINCE2 exams have been sat in over 150 countries worldwide. This is a clear testament to the value of PRINCE2 to individuals all over the world.

Are You Ready For GDPR? - Infographic

Patrick Costello

In today’s digital business, information is currency. But is your data really protected and delivering value? How can you gain competitive advantage, while ensuring you stay compliant with the onerous upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation?

Whether you’re a business leader who wants to get ahead of potential exposure to financial penalties under EU GDPR, or you’re an IT leader who sees the chance to manage your data more efficiently, this infographic can work as your guide to preparing for GDPR.

Bridging the skills gap: Why personalized learning saves you time, money … and people.

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Employers are always looking for skilled workers but cite a significant skills gap in the talent pool available to them, particularly when it comes to IT skills. According to the Harvard Business Review, 35% of 38,000 employers reported difficulty filling job vacancies due to lack of available talent. 

Once hired, many employees commonly report that they have been given insufficient training to handle a constantly shifting workplace landscape. In fact, a mere 21% of respondents from an Accenture survey said that they had acquired new skills from formal training. Digital IQ has become an essential aspect of workplace learning, and potential employees want assurances that employers will not only provide them with engaging roles, but that they will invest in a culture of continuing development to support their personal career ambitions. 

Ultimately, the world of work is currently facing a skills gap that is hampering performance in companies across the globe.

The World’s Highest Performing Organizations LOVE Competency-Based Training (And Why You Should, Too!)

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What impact has the last training course your employees attended had on their work? Has it helped improve their ability to do their job more efficiently and effectively? Has it increased their productivity (and, as a result, your bottom line)? Has it helped them achieve any of their professional development goals? Or has it helped them understand what determines success in their role? If you can’t answer any of these questions, then you should probably read on! 

High-performing organizations are quickly realizing that their success depends on how capable their people are. They are also aware that many formal training methods aren’t equipping their employees with the skills they need to thrive in the workplace. Properly equipping staff to effectively do their job can only be done by helping them to meet the specific requirements of their organization. Which is why many organizations are now turning to competency-based training.

What's New: VMware vSphere 6.5

Patrick Costello

VMware 6.5 is not ‘just’ another update – it has many features that more than justify the effort. Allow me to highlight just a few of the exciting reasons why VMware 6.5 is NOT just another update. 


The vCenter Server Appliance is taking charge in this release with many new features.: 

  • The appliance comes with a built in Migration Tool (So those of you with older versions) (5.5 and 6.0) that are currently running on a Windows Operating System can easily migrate to the improved vCenter Appliance. 
  • vCenter Server 6.5 has a new (native) High Availability (HA) solution that is available exclusively for the vCenter Server Appliance. This solution consists of Active, Passive, and Witness nodes. The VMware vCenter® High Availability (vCenter HA) cluster can be enabled, disabled, or destroyed at any time. 
  • The Update Manager (VUM), which previously was a stand-alone installable solution is now an integral part of the vCenter Server Appliance.