Joachim Worf – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services https://infocus.dellemc.com DELL EMC Global Services Blog Tue, 07 Aug 2018 19:04:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Learning Subscriptions – an easy way to get “All you can learn“ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/learning-subscriptions/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/learning-subscriptions/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:05:11 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=27779 Corporate budgets for Professional Learning & Development are always tight. This is often due to a disconnect between the “business“ and “IT“. Typically, the former discounts the impact that a trained and skilled IT organization can have on the bottom line. Meanwhile, the latter sees training as essential to ensuring that modern IT infrastructure can […]

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mobile_learningCorporate budgets for Professional Learning & Development are always tight. This is often due to a disconnect between the “business“ and “IT“. Typically, the former discounts the impact that a trained and skilled IT organization can have on the bottom line. Meanwhile, the latter sees training as essential to ensuring that modern IT infrastructure can be optimized to deliver the services that meet business requirements.

In essence, the business side views training as an “expense“while IT views it as an “investment“. The mantra from the IT perspective is, “If you think training is expensive, try going without it“.

The good news is that there are various ways to purchase training to ensure that you get the most out of your available budget. Purchase options are typically aligned with how many people require training, whether you or your teams are preparing for certification, or whether your entire team requires the same class.

Training purchase options from EMC Education Services include:

  • paying direct (using a credit card)
  • pre-purchasing Training Currency (e.g. EMC Training Units)
  • packaged training offering (e.g. ValuePak’s)
  • Onsite Training Delivery (for those having a large number of people that need the same training, a dedicated class can be purchased that is conducted at your office premises)

Now, there is an additional option that many people don’t have on their radar: the Learning Subscription.

A Learning Subscription provides access to learning content at a set fee for a pre-defined period of time. For example, EMC offers customer subscriptions that remain valid for either one or two years. The subscription holder receives 24/7 access to an ever-growing library of both digital training content as well as virtual and traditional open-enrollment classroom training for the duration of the subscription chosen.

Learn at anytime and from anywhere

By providing access to the latest content, a Learning Subscription stimulates continuous learning. Residual benefits of IT practitoners who engage in continuous learning include:

  • increased productivity
  • fewer support calls
  • reduced risk for the employer (due to just-in-time training that can take place before implementing something new)

Want to learn more about Learning Subscriptions?

Have you ever used a Learning Subscription service? What was your experience with it?

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Certifications in the IT Industry https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/it-certification/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/it-certification/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:22:31 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=26741 I’m holding an IT Certification but is it still relevant? It’s a digital world and Information Technology (IT) has become embedded into nearly every aspect of our business and personal lives. Like the physical IT infrastructure, the IT organization must be well prepared and the workforce appropriately skilled. This is where IT certifications show their value; they help the […]

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I’m holding an IT Certification but is it still relevant?

It’s a digital world and Information Technology (IT) has become embedded into nearly every aspect of our business and personal lives. Like the physical IT infrastructure, the IT organization must be well prepared and the workforce appropriately skilled. This is where IT certifications show their value; they help the workforce validate relevant capabilities and competencies.

IT organizations should seek to maximize the skills of their employees by leveraging a robust training and development program (including IT certification).

According to the CompTIA 2015 International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study, the TOP 5 areas where businesses should focus to minimize the Skills Gap are:

  1. Infrastructure and Networks
  2. Information Management and Database
  3. Storage and Data Backup
  4. DataCenter and Server Management
  5. Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

The Study states that certification helps build a more loyal workforce, citing that

84% of certified workers remain with their current employer.

Major reasons to become certified include:

  • Improving employment opportunities
  • Building new skills/knowledge
  • Career advancement opportunities (raise/promotion)
  • Preparing for a career or job role change

Another CompTIA research study cites additional facts that make it hard to ignore the need for certification.

  • 96 percent of HR managers use IT certifications during recruitment for screening or hiring criteria.
  • 72 percent of employers use IT certifications as a requirement for specific job roles.
  • 66 percent of employers find IT certifications valuable.
  • 65 percent of employers use IT certifications to differentiate between candidates that are equally qualified.
  • 60 percent of employers tend to use IT certifications to confirm a job candidate’s expertise or subject matter knowledge

EMC Proven Professional Certification

Established over 12 years ago, the EMC Proven Professional Program is a comprehensive education and certification program. It develops and validates skills required to plan, deploy, manage, and leverage the information infrastructure. EMC’s own workforce as well as its Partners and Customers sign up for exams that are delivered globally at PearsonVUE Test Centers.

There are 72 certification options and three main levels of EMC Proven Professional: Associate, Specialist and Expert.

Certified EMC Proven Professionals enjoy several benefits. Along with use of the program logo and program acronym on business cards, there is also Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Maintenance.

Knowledge Sharing is a platform for EMC Proven Professionals to share expertise, unique deployments, best practices, or any relevant topic of interest through articles submitted to the annual Knowledge Sharing Competition. Written exclusively by EMC Proven Professionals, articles selected for publication reach a broad IT audience. Anyone can learn from these Knowledge Sharing articles.

Knowledge Maintenance (KM) is an exclusive benefit for EMC Proven Professional Specialists and Experts who hold the most recent version of the certification aligned to their technical speciality. The KM benefit provides free and proactive training updates.

EMC Proven Certification Benefits

Keeping current on EMC’s rapidly changing technologies helps sustain the value of your EMC Proven Professional certification.

 

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5 Quick Tips for an Effective Virtual Learning Experience https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/basic-principles-attending-training-virtual-classroom/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/basic-principles-attending-training-virtual-classroom/#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:00:18 +0000 http://dev-infocus.ovrdrv.com/?p=26364 “Digital Transformation” has become firmly established in the Learning Industry for some time now. Over the last couple of years, the addition of eLearning solutions have enhanced the traditional classroom and learning experience, contributing to the emergence of virtual classroom training. In this post, I offer some basic principles for attending training in a virtual […]

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“Digital Transformation” has become firmly established in the Learning Industry for some time now. Over the last couple of years, the addition of eLearning solutions have enhanced the traditional classroom and learning experience, contributing to the emergence of virtual classroom training. In this post, I offer some basic principles for attending training in a virtual classroom environment.

1) Mark your calendar– In the same way you schedule your training participation in a traditional classroom, you should also make sure to block your calendar for joining a virtual classroom event.

OILTjoiningInstructions_Sample2) Make sure to review the Joining Instructions.They are typically sent electronically prior to the start of the session and include useful information on bandwidth requirements, audio requirements (e.g. the need for a headset with microphone), as well as network-related access details (e.g. certain ports on the firewall need to be open).It is recommended that you not access virtual classroom deliveries while connected to a company VPN as it may drastically slow down the performance.

 

mobile access3) Interaction & Active Participation are important in every training delivery format but even more so in a virtual environment. You’ll gain the most out of the virtual learning if you are actively engaged in it.As you are not physically in a classroom together with others, it’s easy to get distracted if you do not focus on the training delivery. Participation in virtual events is best in quiet environments. It’s not recommended to join sessions from a desk in an open office space.Another important factor for learners to consider is to take breaks occasionally to relax. I sometimes take a quick walk outside to refresh my batteries.

4) Once you complete your virtual training, make sure to provide your Feedback. For us at EMC Education Services, we take learner feedback very serious. All evaluations are reviewed and we use the comments to further improve the learning experience of our customer.

5) If you enjoyed your class, make sure to share your experience with others. For instance, I created a Twitter Hashtag #HowILearnAtEMC. Feel free to tweet your experience also using Social Media. You can also follow us @EMCEducation and receive the latest news on education-related topics.

Here is an example of one of our latest tweets to our followers:

 

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Check our virtual classroom schedule: EMC’s OnlineILT Delivery Mode
(a “Training without Travel”option): EMC Education Services Portal

I’ve found that these 5 tips have been very helpful in optimizing the virtual learning experience. I encourage you to share your thoughts on the suggestions I’ve offered as well as any additional tips that have worked for you.

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Digital Transformation is Everywhere – Industry to Help Close Digital Skills Gap https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/digital-transformation-is-everywhere-industry-to-help-close-digital-skills-gap/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/digital-transformation-is-everywhere-industry-to-help-close-digital-skills-gap/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:19:51 +0000 http://dev-infocus.ovrdrv.com/?p=26330 The global economic growth relies on innovation and successful transformation of businesses. No (or only very few) business sector will remain unaffected. The IT Industry is the most obvious but it’s also the bakery or the craftsman next door that is affected by the digital transformation. One of the attributes that is typically used when […]

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The global economic growth relies on innovation and successful transformation of businesses.

DigitalTransformationNo (or only very few) business sector will remain unaffected. The IT Industry is the most obvious but it’s also the bakery or the craftsman next door that is affected by the digital transformation.

One of the attributes that is typically used when we talk about Digital Transformation is “agility” – the power to move quickly and innovate fast. Other attributes that businesses must gain through their transformation:

  • The capability to predictively spot new opportunities in markets
  • The capability to demonstrate transparency and trust
  • The capability to deliver unique and personalized experiences
  • The capability to operate in real time

Last year, an article from Accenture stated: “How can companies develop a customer-relevant digital business when change is the only constant and best practices are being redefined at warp speed?

StudyResults

Now – here is our challenge:
According to the study “Digital Talent Gap” by Cap Gemini Consulting, 87% of companies realise digital transformation is a competitive opportunity but over 90% of companies lack digital skills (#skillsgap). 50% of companies realise ‘mobile’ is a key skill for digital transformation but over 80% face talent shortages.

 

An observation that was recently made is that the number of ICT jobs have been growing faster than any other job category.

How can the various educational systems globally
harness industry-led education?

According to the European Commission, our education needs “new and innovative models to adapt to the fast changing environment.”

Academic Institutions need to transform as well and so need their students in order to achieve a competitive advantage over others. While it’s important that students get to know the basics of technology, they also need to be aware and understand the new technologies. Given the current “War for Talent” for IT related jobs, knowledge advantages gained can be tremendous – especially if they can be proved with an industry-acknowledged certification.

Various multinational corporations provide programs to colleges and universities by offering open curriculum at no or little cost. There is the EMC’s Academic AllianceVMware’s IT Academy, CISCO’s Networking Academy, the LINUX Professional Institute (LPI) and many more.

By instituting these programs, the corporations seek to create a collaborative relationship with academic institutions whereby their students can obtain industry relevant knowledge and certifications which could enable employment in firms seeking skilled workers in these technology sectors.

It’s a win-win situation. Lecturers are provided with latest technology curriculum (updated on a regular basis), while the corporate partner will receive benefits like visibility in the academic community and a good network into future employees, customer or partner.

If you are a university or college representative and interested to join the EMC Academic Alliance program, you can either use the hyperlink above to submit your application OR you can post further questions to this post.

If you are somehow linked to a university or college and you would like us to contact them with further information on EMC’s program, do not hesitate to contact us via Academic_Alliance_Program_Office@emc.com

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Hybrid Classroom Delivery – Why yet another training delivery format? https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/hybrid-classroom-delivery-why-yet-another-training-delivery-format/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/hybrid-classroom-delivery-why-yet-another-training-delivery-format/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:00:31 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=25722 EMC Education Services recently introduced a new Hybrid Classroom Delivery format on top of the also recently released small private online course [SPOC] offering. While the SPOC offering is currently only aligned to ‘Information Storage and Management v3‘, the Hybrid Classroom option is offered for many more training titles. Both delivery formats allow globally dispersed customers the ability to […]

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EMC Education Services recently introduced a new Hybrid Classroom Delivery format on top of the also recently released small private online course [SPOC] offering. While the SPOC offering is currently only aligned to ‘Information Storage and Management v3‘, the Hybrid Classroom option is offered for many more training titles. Both delivery formats allow globally dispersed customers the ability to learn together, physically or virtually.
But why offering the new delivery options?

remote learningCustomer Scenario: The majority of learners are located in one site and the rest spread across the region or even the globe.

Efficiency Impact: Either you could fly in all the students locally OR alternatively, you make use of a “Hybrid Classroom Delivery” approach.

The hybrid model is used by training delivery organizations to allow for a better classroom utilization and minimize the risk of low enrollment class cancellations.

And what is it all about?

The “Hybrid Classroom Delivery” is a model where you mix students that are physically located in the same room as the instructor with people that are logged into a virtual classroom environment.

One big success factor to this format is a properly equipped “hybrid classroom”. The “hybrid room” allows you to deliver training to students in different locations and without much distraction to the learner that are physically attending the classroom training alongside with the instructor.

The virtual students follow the class via a virtual classroom software which includes a live video feed. At EMC, we are using digital smart boards, microphones and a tracking camera (the video camera is following the instructor – no personal interaction needed) – all of that, to make the training experience as easy and smooth also for the instructor.

e learningThe use of a Smart-Board allows us to transmit the whiteboard content directly into the virtual classroom software. This results in the virtual students to follow the whiteboard content digitally rather than via the video feed. This is especially important as obviously the quality of the video transmission is based on internet bandwidths and there is an option to participate virtually even without the video feed (used by learner with limited internet access).

One of our best practices is to ask all students to log into the virtual classroom software. This allows all students to stay connected with each other via a Chat function – independent of the attendee’s physical location.

Example of a student’s feedback:

… I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE FORMAT OF THE COURSE … it ALLOWED ME TO WORK AS NEEDED ON THE SIDE AS I HAVE TO MANAGE A TEAM OF 6 ENGINEERS. …

<The Instructor> students HAD AN EXCELLENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATERIAL AND were FULLY ENGAGED.

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European Commission on “eLeadership Digital Skills” https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/european-commission-eleadership-digital-skills/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/european-commission-eleadership-digital-skills/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:20 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=25556 Today I would like to summarize some facts out of the eLeadership and eSkills publication from the European Commission (revealed back in November 2015). europe will be short of 1 million people with digital skills by 2020 As per the document, there is a shortage of over 800,000 for digital professionals and 200,000 for eLeaders by […]

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Today I would like to summarize some facts out of the eLeadership and eSkills publication from the European Commission (revealed back in November 2015).

europe will be short of 1 million people with digital skills by 2020

As per the document, there is a shortage of over 800,000 for digital professionals and 200,000 for eLeaders by 2020.

Back in May 2015, the European Commission launched a Digital Single Market strategy. Once implemented, the Digital Single Market could contribute over € 415 billion per year to the European economy.

Emerging competition, digitisation, disruptive technologies and an ever-increasing amount of customer data are shaping the various industries.
The pressure is on to transform. e-Leadership will be of crucial importance for industries in Europe to distinguish themselves in their business operation.

The European Commission launched various initiatives to recognize the importance of the digital skills and IT professionalism. Just to give two examples:
1. “Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs”: It’s goal is to intensify and accelerate the efforts to fill the digital skills gap. Companies like EMC, CISCO, Google or Oracle (just to name a few) have added pledges.
2. e-Leadership Skills: started in 2013 with a focus on large enterprises and was broadend to include small and medium sized enterprises, gazelles and start-ups.

A research revealed requirements with regards to the format of the training:
Self-learning and one-to-one coaching being very important but there was also a preference for affordable training of a few days with flexible hours.

 

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The full “eLeadership Digital Skills” report can be viewed at http://eskills-scale.eu 

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Remote Learning Trends: Format, Content, and Tools https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/remote-learning-trends-format-content-and-tools/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/remote-learning-trends-format-content-and-tools/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:30:22 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=25542 There is a trend of moving classroom training into remote learning options (interactively via a virtual classroom, or asynchronous via MOOC style learning formats, etc.). Does the increase in attractiveness of these formats only come from managers who see the learning formats as more cost effective OR are learners also as impressed by these new […]

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There is a trend of moving classroom training into remote learning options (interactively via a virtual classroom, or asynchronous via MOOC style learning formats, etc.).

Does the increase in attractiveness of these formats only come from managers who see the learning formats as more cost effective OR are learners also as impressed by these new offerings?

Can I simply use classroom training content and deliver it in a remote learning environment?

Is it only the Generation Y and Z who is in favor of these trends or is it of more general nature?

According to the 2015 Learning Survey of the Learning and Performance Institute in the UK, 50% of the survey participants said that formal face-to-face courses still account for the majority of the Learning & Development mix.

Developing content for remote learning requires new content. If you only convert 1:1 the classroom training content into remote learning content , you probably will fail to gain much interest from your customer.

Make sure you carefully select your remote learning tools. It is important to understand the capabilities of the various virtual classroom software in the market, as well as to understand the software and physical environment needs to create creative videos, consider software/tools to add gamification, etc.

Looking at the audience that consumes remote learning, there is no clear indication that only a certain type of learner or learners of certain age prefer one over the other. Obviously, the younger generation feels more comfortable with remote learning as they are used to retrieve lots of their knowledge via the digital world (e.g. youtube).

Remote Learning has lots of benefits and if delivered properly, it will also be accepted by the majority of your training consumer.

Consider a flipped classroom approach! Deliver basic knowledge and skills via remote learning and the more advanced content and activities in a face-to-face format.

Remote Learning formats are only slowly gaining attraction – we’ve talked about the disturbance to the classroom training already several years ago and still face-to-face training is favoured by the majority of learner.

As a Learning Provider it is important to contribute a flexible and wide course offering in all sorts of learning formats to my customer. The customer can then decide which option to choose.

 


What are your thoughts?
Please comment on this blog post.


 

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Learning@Work & Work@Learning – Thoughts on the Working Environment 4.0 https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/learningwork-worklearning-thoughts-on-the-working-environment-4-0/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/joachim-worf/learningwork-worklearning-thoughts-on-the-working-environment-4-0/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:01:11 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=25528 There are two buzzwords that you cannot miss in today’s work life: Digitalisation and Transformation. In fact, one might say, that even in private life there is an impact of both. Mobility = Flexibility ?! We are living already in a more and more mobile world. It’s not unusual to see people carrying two smartphones. […]

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There are two buzzwords that you cannot miss in today’s work life: Digitalisation and Transformation. In fact, one might say, that even in private life there is an impact of both.


Mobility = Flexibility ?!


We are living already in a more and more mobile world. It’s not unusual to see people carrying two smartphones. Many people work from their home office or at varying work places. But does mobility also mean more flexibility in our working environment?

I’d say – it can ! But companies also need to adjust the working environment to allow for more mobility & flexibility. I mentioned home office above but also think about a shared office option. And don’t forget the ICT infrastructure (WiFi access, band-widths, life cycles). Last but not least it is also the appeal of the office that can make a difference. Think of the office spaces of Google or Pixar. They build open spaces with lots of design features, more common areas to meet and collaborate than necessary, or the purpose-free generic “thinking” areas in open-plan spaces to encourage worker to do their thinking with other people and not alone.

Organisations also should consider more learning & development opportunities.
Many companies are on the look to adopt their working place to allow for more communication & collaboration. With more communication & collaboration automatically comes more learning & development.
Latest Corporate Learning strategies to support the business and the CEO on the transformation journey offer plenty of great ideas and examples.


Ideas and examples for the learning transformation journey


Social and collaborative learning, brown-bag development activities (lunch & learn), learning nuggets, and also the offer of new eLearning formats (Gamification in Learning, Virtual or Hybrid Classrooms, MOOC’s & SPOC’s) are just a few examples to widen and enhance the traditional classroom offering. Have you considered activities like Reverse Mentoring, Local Speaking Events, or fostering Communities of Practice to support your organisational development and innovation?


What else can you think of?


 

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