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02 April 2017
Here's the blog summary:
Expand your skills / career opportunities in the cloud with offers that combine training and industry-recognized Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications.
Choose the tools that can help you to succeed - from free on-demand learning to full Microsoft Azure certification packages including MCP exam prep and retake opportunities.
Choose the Azure training offer, possibly with certification, that best meets your needs:Read more...
02 December 2016
Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies.
Our December promotion is being very well received and we've the last couple of places remaining for next CTT
Join this exclusive group of Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership, including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; readiness resources and access to a members-only online community; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.
Mahdi B. travelled to Sheffield from Algiers and completed his three day course, passed the TK0-201 Computer Based Test and then completed his TK0-202 Video Submission all within a few working days. This, combined with his Microsoft certifications enables him to achieve MCT status.
Ninety-three percent of US companies say they are “not where they want to be” in terms of IT skills (CompTIA, State of the IT Skills Gap, February 2012).Read more...
01 December 2016
If you're training or teaching Abobe products then the best qualification is to be certified by Adobe.
By becoming an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) you'll receive industry recognition and direct support from Adobe to make your classes successful. You'll have access to training materials, timely product updates and promotional materials.
An Adobe Certified Instructor needs to be an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) with an instructor qualification - CompTIA's Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) is ideal.
You can attain the certifications in any order, CTT+ first or ACE first.
It may be most efficient to gain your CTT+ first from a course timing perspective. You don't need to have Adobe certifications to achieve your CTT+.
18 November 2016
You + Microsoft Exam Replay = Certification Success! Choose the best Exam Replay option for you now.
Getting certified can boost your career, and now you have another chance at success. Microsoft Exam Replay gives you more options and can help improve your exam odds. Whether you get an exam retake or an exam retake combined with a practice test, you choose what you need to succeed.
Rezound are offering Microsoft Exam Replay in two variations:
If you need multiple Microsoft Exam Replays, contact Rezound.
24 October 2016
Below, we discuss the need for project management and related project roles. We also describe why achieving your project management qualification matters.
Maybe you've watched with amusement/horror as the candidates on The Apprentice trample over each other while demonstrating their 'project management' skills. Often the result is a less than fit-for-purpose solution and the team resort to back-biting and recrimination.
Grand Designs almost always concludes with an amazing build though its rarely on time and on budget. Unlike in the real world, extra funding magically appears at the last minute.
Both shows make compelling viewing though neither meet the ideals of true project management. You'll know you can do better, even distinguish yourself.
26 September 2016
Project Management skills are in demand - banking, construction, healthcare, IT plus many other sectors can all benefit.
AXELOS have announced a refresh of PRINCE2. Below in the blog we cover the key points:
|Provider||Class Capacity / Makeup||Duration||Pass Rate||List Price (Ex. VAT)|
|QA||5 Days||Not on website||£1869 - QA Website 15/3/2017|
|Rezound||5 Days||100% Foundation / Excellent Practitioner||£995 - multiple offers available|
24 July 2016
The Crowd-Train Initiative proposes a new, technology driven, model to provide realistically priced essential IT training and certification for businesses and individuals.
Ideally, the initiative will be developed and administered by a not for profit organisation. An MP has been approached to help provide advice, backing and impetus.
Post Brexit the UK is at risk of losing the substantial skills provided by European workers and in any case, suffers from a gap in provision for realistically priced vendor skills training and certification. An affordable, requirements driven, agile, learning and development provision that can keep pace with a fast changing world is needed.
While there's excellent provision in place for longer term apprenticeship programmes and for raising occupational standards, a more immediate solution appears to be missing.
The goal of Crowd-Train is take a UK-Wide view and provide core IT and Business Skills at a frequency, location and price that meets the real demand across the UK. Discussions with a statistical analysis consultancy have shown a workable solution is attainable.Read more...
23 July 2016
Agile skills are in demand and are no longer just for IT projects - banking, construction, healthcare plus many other sectors can all benefit.
The flexibility and responsiveness in gaining real business value is attractive to start-ups and established organisations alike.
|Provider||Class Capacity / Makeup||Duration||Pass Rate||List Price (Ex. VAT)|
|QA||5 Days||Not on website||£2363 - QA Website 15/3/2017 |
£2239 on 23/7/2016
5.5% rise (UK inflation 1.6%)
|Rezound||4 Days||100%||From £1195 - offers available|
21 July 2016
Whether you're upgrading from 2008 or 2012 or entirely new to SQL Server 2016 we're very pleased to announce our new schedule to enable you to attain the necessary level of skill required to succeed.
Possibly you'll also be looking to gain your MCP / MCSA / MCSE with convenience and at an excellent price.
|Training Provider / Product||Class Capacity / Makeup||MS 10986 Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016|
|QA / 'Attend from Anywhere'||16 combined Physical & Virtual Attendees||£1464|
|Rezound / 'Attend Virtually'||8 Attendees - Virtual Only||£945|
17 July 2016
Introducing our newly extended virtual training with greatly increased bandwidth and system resources.
The technology utilised provides not just the ability to attend from anywhere but to achieve from anywhere. You're able to study in a true online and real-time learning environment and you're now also able to take your exams in your own office or home!
|Training Provider / Product||Training Platform||Class Size / Makeup||Hands-On Equipment|
|QA / 'Attend from Anywhere'||Citrix GoToMeeting||16 combined Physical & Virtual Attendees||QA Managed|
|Rezound / 'Attend Virtually'||Citrix GoToMeeting or GoToTraining||8 Attendees - Virtual Only||Commercial UK Data Centre Hosted & Managed or Microsoft Hosted|
01 June 2016
Windows Server 2016 is here to transform the way you work in the best ways:
Contact us now for your FREE 'Windows Server 2016 First Look Clinic' lab access key! Limited numbers: First-come, first-served.
10 March 2016
We're very pleased to be able to provide you with an additional approach to learning Microsoft technologies.
Now you've yet more learning options and can learn at your own pace, in your own time wherever you've internet access!MOC On-Demand Webshop
Contact us for your FREE demonstration lab access key!
We've much more detail and further instructional videos further down the blog - full demonstrations of the product!
20 January 2016
QA - the UK's largest training provider and 'preferred supplier' for many organisations has what might be described as a 'Jekyll and Hyde' approach to their customers.
Here's just two examples for EXACTLY the same QA course, on the same date and at the same location!
|QA||£2231||Installing and Configuring Windows 10||Birmingham - Hill Street, B5 4UA||17/07/2017|
|Focus On Training (QA Owned*)||£1495 - 33% less!||Installing and Configuring Windows 10||Birmingham - Hill Street, B5 4UA||17/07/2017|
|QA||£3345||VMware vSphere 6.5: Install, Configure, Manage||International House, London, E1W 1UN||10/07/2017|
|Focus On Training (QA Owned*)||£2395 - 28% less!||VMware vSphere 6.5: Install, Configure, Manage||International House, London, E1W 1UN||10/07/2017|
Prices shown on respective websites 15/3/2017.
Here's an example for Installing and Configuring Windows 10. There's been over a 6% price rise in under 8 months on the main QA site while Focus on Training remained constant for the example courses. Other prices changed with a different pattern - QA's main site generally showing a greater increase.
You will find literally hundreds of equivalent listings for:
Its surprising to find that QA are selling their courses at two vastly different prices for exactly the same product on the same dates and at the same locations!
*QA openly state that they own Focus on Training and both companies are registered to the same address. The disparity in pricing doesn't appear to be down to marketing practices such as 'Early Bird' or 'Late Deal' discounts as the price differences run consistently over many months. So the conclusion must be they have a two tier approach which could be viewed rather cynically and is contrary to the statements on the 'Our Values' and other sections of their website.
This pricing strategy, where the same product is sold at differing prices, is often referred to as 'Price Discrimination'. Usually they'd be a clear differentiator such as reduced rates for students or pensioners but in this case it appears to be based purely on prospective customer's web search habits and savviness - a vague demographic at best and potentially very costly to busy HR departments sourcing training!
Many organisations, including local government, have negotiated 'preferred supplier' agreements with QA based on their reputation and reach. A reasonable public question is what pricing model these have been negotiated in line with and hence whether value for money is being achieved?
Another aspect to this is that lower volume customers, paying the higher of QA's prices, may well be subsidising some otherwise non-viable preferred supplier contracts!
This would allow QA to exercise control over purchasing by major customers including local government.
The UK training market has relatively few independent providers remaining and virtually all the major players are now at least part owned by overseas investors. Once the fixed costs of an event have been met adding further attendees greatly increases the potential profit. Here's an example:
16 attendees on a 5 day Microsoft course at QA's advertised price the revenue for a single event will be:
There's so much revenue in practice that QA actually negotiated a £50 million refinancing package - not something that can easily be done without evidence of substantial potential rewards!Read more...
09 December 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Here's our quick video to help you prepare for any Microsoft Exam:
We've included a light-hearted introduction that's based on conversations we've had with learners.Read more...
03 December 2015
For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass!
The Second Shot requires you to have scheduled an exam to take between between July 12, 2015, and January 12, 2016. If you don't pass then you need to schedule an appointment for your free retake within the next 30 calendar days of the initial appointment.
Disclaimer - we're providing this information purely to illustrate the main rules and can take no responsibility for your exam bookings made directly via Pearson / Microsoft.
Here's an example:
15 November 2015
As you're browsing our website we hope that you'll find one or more of our courses or services that are appropriate for you immediately.
If you see something that will be appropriate for a colleague then simply refer them to us and we'll forward a £50 Amazon Voucher to you as soon as the booking is confirmed and paid for!
Why are we doing this? Simple - it means we can concentrate on our course delivery and less on marketing. Of course you'll benefit too!Read more...