Intel unveils SMB training programme for partners

Training to provide Intel partners with skills to help small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) with built-to-order server products.

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By  Robin Duff Published  February 17, 2002

Intel Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has initiated a ‘build-to-order’ IT server training programme for its regional distributors and assemblers, in a move to satisfy the growing needs of small to medium businesses (SMBs) in the region.

The programme will provide specific training on server assembly and configuration, as well as assessment of specific SMB needs. The programme will also include a session on future technology and how it will affect server stability and performance.

“We are addressing a very clear need to help local businesses compete in the international arena,” said Gilbert Lacroix, general manager, Intel MENA. “Accordingly, we are providing our leading distributors and assemblers in the local IT industry with the skills to allow them to address the needs of local SMBs. We intend to roll out the programme to our channel leaders throughout the region.”

Lacroix pointed out that local IT companies had long been able to assemble PCs and Intel already runs specific training programmes to develop such skills for businesses.

“The server business is different,” commented Lacroix. “The assembler must be able to understand the nature and needs of the business and how to translate these needs into the configuration of a server. Tailored software solutions for small to medium businesses are already available in the market, but, until now, the local IT industry has not been equipped to address needs for built to order hardware.”

The programme has been started in Dubai, and will be rolled out to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

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