Certification training is a "cottage industry." Recently, there has been a proliferation of certification training programs offered by vendors, industry associations, and private companies. Some programs are thinly-veiled promotional vehicles for proprietary products or services. Others are offered by sources that may have expertise in the principles of adult education, but no real subject matter expertise at all. Too often, vendors of expensive certification classes deliver little value, but at a high cost.
Truth be told, there are significant shortfalls in key technology skills areas - particularly at the management level. Critical thinking and common sense are not innate; the value of experience is too often dismissed. Not surprisingly, skills gaps are increasingly blamed for the failure of organizations to meet their IT-dependent goals and objectives.
Addressing this problem requires both instruction (from the Latin "to put in") and education (from the Latin "to draw out"). Certification training is only as effective as the knowledgeability and experience of the trainer -- both in terms of how to engage adult learners and in the real world problems that the training addresses. Toigo Partners offers both the adult education background and the "in the trenches" experience that has made our training programs very successful.
We have trained and certified over 80,000 IT operatives over the years in storage technology and infrastructure, data management and archiving, continuity planning and security planning, and even business-savvy IT strategy. Are programs have been so successful, in fact, that we spun off our basic training courses for free delivery, via the web, at our Data Management Institute e-training portal. There, trainees can take courseware - either hosted by us or by one of our partners - at any time that is convenient and receive a certification just for completing each course. There is no charge for this service as we are seeking to help cultivate the capabilities that will make our clients successful.
Toigo Partners also develops custom training and delivers it via the web or on premises as our client needs dictate. Some clients - vendors like CA Technologies, for example - have used us to provide workshops for their customers on data management and data protection. Their goal was to maintain and build upon the existing knowledge of their customers and prospects in order to facilitate critical thinking about specific challenges and to increase awareness of solutions offered by CA and its competitors. We have performed similar work for other vendor clients.
In other cases, clients who are users (rather than vendors) of IT have brought us in to train their personnel to develop data archive strategies, business continuity plans, or data protection strategies using common sense methodologies we have developed and used in customer consulting engagements ourselves over the years. Toigo Partners has assisted in the development and implementation of over 200 disaster recovery and data protection plans for clients ranging from the NFL to Edison Electric and the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey. We have published five books on disaster recovery planning, two books on storage management and storage infrastructure, one on automated training development and adult education, and nine other books on technology subjects. Many are foundational texts used by businesses worldwide.
If you need assistance with realizing your business IT objectives, we may be able to help. Let's talk.