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Training specialist Knowledge Cube is heavily upping its efforts in the Middle East solutions education sector.

Training specialist Knowledge Cube is heavily upping its efforts in the Middle East solutions education sector.

Knowledge Cube - which is known as the main source of Oracle training and certification in the region - is  confident that it can ride any slowdown in the ERP and software solutions market, so much so, that it is adding two  extra classrooms to its Dubai facility and plans to set up an office in Abu Dhabi.

"We are looking at hopefully the first quarter of next year," reveals Jacques van der Merwe, training director at Knowledge Cube, about the projected opening date of the new office. "The thing about Abu Dhabi is you have to have an office there to do business there. There are increasingly more Oracle customers in Abu Dhabi, especially with oil and gas being the main industry.

A lot of them are expanding the products that they are using from Oracle, it is not just the database, it is all of the other products that they have brought to the market and that we can offer
training and certification on," continues Van der Merwe.

Although Knowledge Cube is primarily an Oracle-centred training provider, it also works with Microsoft and Linux. Van der Merwe says adoption of the latter has been slow in the region thanks in large part to the fact enterprises are yet to feel budgetary constraints that might lead to them opting for an open source system.

The company may well be increasing its efforts in the training domain but Van der Werwe is under no illusions that if the financial down-turn has a significant impact on the region, enterprises might look to trim spending and the first thing to go is likely to be training spend.

"We will have to see what will happen in the next six to 12 months, but there will be an impact. The first thing that a company cuts if they are having financial difficulties  is the training budget," warned Van der Merwe.

"It is always vital to secure your IT infrastructure and if you don't train your people over a period of six months to a year, you will really feel the impact of that, so my advice to companies that are considering cutting training, is that they really think long and hard about this strategy."

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