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Are IT Bootcamps offering effective training for IT professionals?

by Darren Briscoe

August 27, 2014

The knowledge gap in IT services is an ongoing issue for businesses.  The complexity of platforms, coupled with the increasing demand for leaner operations can make it difficult for IT professionals to do their job. The day to day running of businesses is tricky enough, but learning all about the latest technologies that are rapidly emerging and offering cost effective ways to manage services is a full time job in itself. 

This knowledge gap explains the rise in popularity of IT bootcamps– a fast food approach to learning key IT skills. These programmes are meant to offer useful and practical training to make it easier for IT professionals to do their work and gain skills that will enhance their careers.

These camps are popular in places like America, giving people training on important technology services such as virtualisation and cloud storage.  Before long, the UK will catch the learning bug too.

But how many of these programmes are good value for money?  Can a few days at a workshop prepare anybody for the complexities of storage infrastructure or networking?

Gauging the effectiveness of these programmes can be tough.  They can also be a waste of time, as a lot of so called training camps might just be marketing campaigns for a company that only offers skills for their product which may not be very useful over the course an IT employee’s career. Finding the right IT bootcamp also costs time and money-who is going to research the right programmes for employees?

No wonder the option of using a managed service provider sounds so appealing. For a start, a credible IT partner will provide real value to companies. They aren’t affiliated with one product or service because they can’t limit what they can support to businesses.  They need to be on top of all the new IT developments to be effective and to stay competitive.  Even more crucially, a reliable and credible provider can guide their clients in the right direction in terms of what training is needed to support the most advanced technologies and to help them achieve their long term goals.