HP has launched a new set of training and certification programs, dubbed HP ExpertOne, as the company attempts to train IT pros to operate and manage converged infrastructures. As an added incentive, HP (NYSE: HPQ) will fast track those with existing Cisco certifications, according to this report from Enterprise Networking Planet.
“HP today launched new training and certification programs under the name ExpertONE. As part of the ExpertONE program, HP is adding new certifications for training IT personnel about converged infrastructure. For those with existing Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) certifications, HP has a fast track program that will recognize prior learning as part of the ExpertONE certification process.
“‘What we’ve heard from our customers and partners is that today’s IT certification and training programs develop skills for yesterday’s IT environment,’ Lyle Speirs, director, sales and marketing, Global Certification and Learning at HP told InternetNews.com.
“Speirs noted that the HP ExpertONE programs aims to improve the content, relevancy and delivery model of IT training and certification. At the top level of ExpertONE program is the new Master Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) Converged Infrastructure Architect Certification.
“As a way to help IT professionals leverage their existing skills and certifications, HP Networking is also providing what they call ‘Fast Track’ options for those with Cisco certifications. Under the Fast Track programs, candidates for HP certification will get credit for their existing Cisco certification to help expedite the training curriculum.
“The Fast Track option for Cisco certified professionals may be seen as a competitive attempt to lure people to HP Networking platforms. Competition between HP and Cisco has accelerated this year with HP’s acquisition of 3Com, and Cisco dumping HP as a certified partner.
“‘Any opportunity you have to bring more people on board and make them knowledgeable about your products, the more opportunity you have to build loyalty and increase sales,’ Harvey said. ‘But I wouldn’t say that is necessary the main goal.’”
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