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When it comes to ensuring that customers have access to people with the right skills there is a major role to be played by vendors.
Research this week from CompTIA has highlighted just how many customers are concerned they will not be able to recruit qualified staff and there have been warnings from some in the security world that further education courses are not cutting the mustard.
Vendors can provide certification programmes and training not only to keep resellers up to speed on specific products but also to try and get them in a strong position on some of the big industry trends.
With that in mind Dell EMC has introduced four certifications that will help get more IT professionals up to speed in areas including cloud and security.
“Organisations as well as individuals realise that investing in workforce readiness and new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation,” said Charles Atkins, vice president, Dell EMC Education Services.
“Dell EMC recognises successful digital transformation requires more than technology, so we are helping our customers develop the critical talent – in-house and within technology partners – needed for the future," he added.
The four certifications include a certified master enterprise architect which will indicate that those having gained the mark can deliver secure ITaaS solutions that underpin digital transformation projects.
The second is an expert systems administrator - multi-cloud that shows someone can managed a varied cloud environment and a specialist systems administrator - infrastructure security, which indicates the IT expert understands how to protect data.
Finally, the certified associate - converged systems and hybrid cloud platforms provides an individual with a firm grip on some of the main issues facing customers undergoing digital transformation projects.
There are some concerns that with Brexit it might be even harder to attract skilled people from Europe and calls have gone out to warn the government of failing to keep an open door policy.
“We regularly experience at first-hand how a lack of people with the necessary skills and capabilities can limit commercial potential,” said Michael Drew, Head of the Technology Practice at Odgers Berndtson UK.