1,000 academic institutions using EMC courseware
One great way a solutions supplier can create a preference for its technology is to train the next generation of IT professionals on it while they're still in school. Although built to be vendor agnostic, EMC said this week that more than 1,000 colleges and universities are using its courseware for information infrastructure, cloud computing and big data analytics.
Through its EMC Academic Alliance program, students develop the skills to become IT and data science professionals. The alliance also provides faculty with free training and resources to teach information infrastructure technologies.
The industry has been wringing its hands over the lack of people with qualified analytic skills and data science knowledge and this is EMC's response. EMC's own study, "Managing Storage: Trends Challenges and Options 2012-2013," claims that this lack is a key impediment in the adoption of cloud technologies. It will likely have the same effect on big data adoption.
Nearly 65 percent of respondents in its survey said they needed to "reskill" their staffs and only 18 percent said their staffs had the necessary skills.
So far, more than 150,000 students in more than 60 countries have completed courseware in storage networking, cloud migration and big data analytics.
Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc., said there is a well-demonstrated need for more professionals to develop the necessary competencies. He added that 92 percent of companies feel that vendor-agnostic training is critical, very important or important, and said it is equally important that they be based on industry standards.
EMC is not alone. IBM (NYSE: IBM), Teradata, SAS and other companies are contributing to the education of college students. IBM, for example, recently gave Northwestern University a large grant for its Masters program in analytics.
- see the EMC Academic Alliance