IBM Training Moves to Partner-Led Model
IBM has transitioned its IBM Training function to a partner-led model with four key channel partners providing training on IBM software and systems.IBM has transformed its training business from an internal IBM-run model to a partner-led one, farming its IT training capability out to four key channel partners. Big Blue has long offered a comprehensive portfolio of technical training and education services designed for individuals, companies and public organizations to acquire, maintain and optimize their IT skills in IBM Software and IBM Systems. That function will now be handled by partners. "To make our training more impactful, we are taking a new approach," said Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president of software and systems, in a blog post about the transition. "Until now, our training has been based on an internal model—completely run by IBM. But that model has reached a point where we can no longer deliver everything we need on our own. So over the last year, we've been working on an important initiative to enable our IBM Business Partners to become major participants in the training challenge." IBM has selected Arrow ECS, Avnet, Global Knowledge and LearnQuest as its Global Training Providers to deliver software and systems training to clients, IBM Business Partners and IBM employees.
"This is an important initiative, one which we did not approach lightly," Mills said. "We've placed a strong focus on quality and certification. We're providing our IBM Global Training Providers with robust curriculum and will continue to participate with them to create world-class, highly effective training, delivered everywhere in the world."