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Trends such as cloud computing and mobility are affecting staffing requirements

CompTIA puts learning front and centre
Thibodeaux: CompTIA courses force you to really know your stuff.

CompTIA, which addressed this week’s Cloud Confex, says that trends such as cloud computing and mobility are affecting the skills and staffing requirements of IT organisations around the globe. Todd Thibodeaux, President and Chief Executive Officer of the industry association, told the Confex how IT roles are changing with the emergence of different types of cloud, with less clarity of what the IT staff role is in public cloud.

“People are getting a better sense of what data needs to be in what sort of cloud. It is not an all or nothing solution, so IT staff have to figure out what is critical data and what is not. Suppose you are a restaurant, the information on your menu is not critical data, whereas payroll, financial information, that is the stuff that is ending up in private cloud,” he explains.

It is important that individuals continue to learn, Thiboodeaux says, and to maintain awareness of trends in cloud. The association is introducing new certifications and ways of learning to enable IT professionals to achieve this.

“We have just launched a new Cloud+ certification, which is focused on the technical aspects of cloud, virtualisation, security in the cloud, application deployment, and later in the year, towards the beginning of next year, we will release Mobility+, which will look at the same kinds of issues in the mobile space,” he adds.

CompTIA has just launched a new online learning platform, CertMaster, that is intended to help deliver new courses.

CertMaster is available in five languages at present, and CompTIA aims to make it available in Arabic in the first quarter of next year. The system is also intended to have 80% better learning retention than other online learning platforms. “The difference with this program and the way that it works is that you can’t progress through the material until you actually know the material,” Thibodeaux says.

“It is not like traditional elearning where you can fly through it as fast you see fit, and may not learn anything. With this, to master the material you to have demonstrate that you know the material.”

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