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Global Knowledge Accelerates IBM’s Cloud Transformation
|By Business Wire
|July 17, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Knowledge, the world’s leading IT and business skills training
provider, today announced the worldwide delivery of learning services to
help Business Partners build skills for SoftLayer, an IBM Company, as
part of an ongoing education initiative – allowing them to maximize
cloud services opportunities with their customers.
IBM is expanding its industry-leading support for SoftLayer and IBM
Business Partners to help them capture the growing cloud market
opportunity with significant, focused investments in accelerated partner
education. As the global provider of IBM SoftLayer partner enablement
training, Global Knowledge is delivering learning services to facilitate
rapid skills acquisition and development in order for IBM Business
Partners to maximize their opportunity with SoftLayer cloud solutions.
Cloud computing is transforming the way that IT services are consumed
and delivered and, according to a recent
Gartner study, will account for the bulk of new IT spending by 2016.
For Business Partners specializing in streamlining integration and
delivering value-added solutions, cloud presents an unprecedented
opportunity to capture new revenue and enter new markets at
exponentially faster rates, with vastly lower capital expenditure
“Our Business Partners see technical training as the number one need, so
investment in a world-class education program is a high priority for
us,” said Ed Bottini, Director of Global SoftLayer and Cloud Services BP
Sales, IBM Global Technology Services. “Global Knowledge has enabled us
to expand our global reach to more cities than ever before and offer an
on-site training option. Through this program, our partners are gaining
the skills they need to build and deliver differentiated cloud solutions
to their clients.”
two-day course Global Knowledge provides introduces SoftLayer
Fundamentals through lectures and hands-on activities. Training sessions
are being offered in more than 20 locations around the world, including
markets where IBM is expanding its global network of cloud hubs and in
several other key markets like North America, Latin America, Asia,
Middle East and Europe.
“We are thrilled that IBM chose us to enable this segment of its
industry-leading partner program and to deliver SoftLayer training to
IBM Business Partners around the world,” said Michael Fox, SVP,
Enterprise Solutions for Global Knowledge. “Offering learning services
on an exclusive worldwide basis truly speaks to the trust that IBM has
placed in us. They trust us to skill up and onboard one of their most
valuable assets – the business partners that sell SoftLayer solutions.
IBM is committed to their partners’ success, investing in best-of-breed
professional training to enable them to truly realize the benefits of
the significant cloud solutions opportunity.”
Global Knowledge is an IBM
Global Training Provider, was recognized with the IBM Choice Award
for Global Training Provider of the Year, and has been selected as the
sole provider of worldwide partner enablement and learning services for
IBM SoftLayer cloud solutions.
*Source: Gartner Press Release: Gartner Says Cloud Computing Will
Become the Bulk of New IT Spend by 2016
About Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is the world’s
leading IT and business skills training provider. Offering the most
relevant and timely content delivered by the best instructors, we
provide customers around the world with their choice of convenient class
times, delivery methods and formats to accelerate their success. Our
business skills solutions teach essential communications skills,
business analysis, project management, ITIL service management, process
improvement and leadership development. With thousands of courses
spanning from foundational training to specialized certifications, our
core IT training is focused on technology partners such as Amazon Web
Services, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. We
offer comprehensive professional development for technologies like big
data, cloud, cybersecurity and networking.
Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people
worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, N.C. The company is owned by New
York-based investment firm MidOcean Partners. Learn more at www.globalknowledge.ca.
About IBM Cloud Computing
IBM has helped more than 30,000
clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. Since its
acquisition in 2013, IBM SoftLayer has served 4,500 new cloud clients.
Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep
industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data
centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in
17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high
value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving
innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual
list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M client
transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information
about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud.
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