HP Invests in Making IT Grads More Real-World Savvy

Michael Vizard
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Top 11 Highly Requested IT Skills

Just about every IT organization that is working with leading-edge technologies has the same basic problem: They can’t find enough people with the skills required to deploy technology in way that would actually derive meaningful value for the business.

The reasons for this are two-fold: Most organizations don’t have the time or resources to invest in the skills of their IT people, and IT people don’t have the time to learn new skills because they spend most of their time trying to hold the existing environment together.

The second reason this situation exists is that most kids coming out of college these days take years to additionally train before they can do anything that will truly have meaningful impact on the business. To specifically address this latter issue, Hewlett-Packard is now working with major universities to improve both the technical skills and business savviness of new graduates.

A new HP ExpertOne Accredited Technical Associate certification being administered by the HP Institute is intended to better equip students for the workplace by exposing them to actual real-world business scenarios. Specifically, the course requires student to monitor three technology deployments from end to end in order to get a better understanding of the challenges associated with deploying IT in an actual enterprise IT scenario. The test itself is being administered by Certiport, which has 12,000 worldwide testing sites, on behalf of HP.

According to Brian Beneda, director of HP Institute worldwide, the HP effort is a direct response to customers that want to move to next-generation IT technologies but simply lack the available talent to execute an actual plan.

Naturally, there will probably be a lot of competition for anyone that HP certifies through this program. But from a practical standpoint, the HP ExpertOne Accredited Technical Associate certification is a significant step in the right training direction.

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