IBM Training Leads to Partner-Led Model
“Arrow demonstrated its capabilities to roll out IBM Training consistently across the globe as one of our IBM Global Training Providers,” said Bob McDonald, vice president of IBM Training, in a statement. “With our long history of successful collaboration, we look forward to teaming with Arrow to help business and technology leaders reduce the IT skills gap through greater access to skill building resources for advanced solutions such as mobile, cloud, analytics and social business.” Avnet Technology Solutions provides global IT solutions distribution with training centers to support this global training role to be rolled out beginning in mid-July in two phases, starting with the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Phase two will include Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Avnet will now offer its global network of partners, resellers and end users training programs to build competency and knowledge around the IBM software and systems portfolio. Global Knowledge provides IT and business skills training with operations centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and an extensive network of partners and affiliates around the world, Global Knowledge will deliver IBM’s portfolio of software and systems training to drive skills development and certifications for IBM products, including AIX, Cognos, DB2, Power Systems, Rational, Tivoli, and WebSphere. LearnQuest provides education solutions to help corporations and government organizations train their staff in the latest business skills and Information Technology tools, methodologies, and languages. Through this new partnership with IBM, LearnQuest will help clients expand IBM education for IBM Software Group (SWG) and IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) by accelerating skills growth, increasing adoption of IBM solutions in the global marketplace, and providing the training and expertise to clients.
“Our goal remains the same: help our clients, IBM Business Partners and employees build new skills and sustain the skills necessary to manage and maintain information technology for the long term,” Mills said. “We are confident that the four providers we have selected will help IBM accelerate the growth of skills and training for greater enablement and engagement of IBM solutions. The value of technology is realized through its implementation, and that implementation requires people who are effectively trained with the necessary skills to make the best possible use of information technology solutions.”