IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - (Page 43)

TECH SHOWCASE A Smart Investment Today's flexible training options fit time and budget constraints By Shirley S. Savage oes this scenario sound familiar? Tom, an employee, will be joining a team to work on a new project and would like to improve his skills that relate to the new challenge. He speaks with his supervisor, Amanda, about education and training options. Amanda says she has a limited budget and might be able to spare him for two or three days but not an entire week, as Tom still needs to finish the billable project he's working on. Amanda promises Tom that she'll look into options. As his manager, Amanda wants Tom to do well, but she feels constrained by the tight budget and the time that Tom will be away from his work. She knows options must be available. She calls HR D and discovers she can get Tom into an online training class taught by an instructor in real time. The scenario could have ended in a different, less proactive way. Companies want a welltrained workforce, but too often time constraints and budgets make it difficult for employees to get necessary training. That needn't be the case. Various training options are available to help your employees get the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Education has expanded from the traditional classroom setting to include virtual classes and self-paced instruction. More than ever, training providers are willing to work with companies to craft training offerings that meet time and budget criteria. "Training is not an expense, it is an investment," says Amy Purdy, director, Technical Training, IBM Systems. "Investment in training will get paid back by your employees. An expense is where you don't necessarily get anything back, whereas an investment will give you a return." Training Solutions Like any worthwhile investment, training requires creativity, a needs assessment and a survey of options. And many different options are available, as today's training methods are adaptable and flexible in terms of delivery methods, duration and timing. Classroom training, known as instructor-led training, is the traditional option where students are face to face with the instructor and other students in the classroom. While instructor-led training has many benefits, it can require travel and additional time, Purdy notes. An option that's growing in popularity is instructor-led online instruction (ILO). With ILO, employees utilize computer technology, webcams and connectivity suites MARCH/APRIL 2015 // 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Transforming today
IBM Perspective: Move at the speed of z
SHARE Outlook: Celebrating 60 years of people and enterprise computing
TechBits: A mixed bag for cyber security
Partner PoV: Take advantage of data virtualization to boost business intelligence
Trends: Workload-specific open-source solutions offer flexibility for success
Currents: IBM zEnterprise Systems leads in uptime and reliability, ITIC survey finds
R&D: Bluemix makes it easy to build applications securely and quickly in the cloud
IT Today: Is your infrastructure prepared for cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social?
Cover Story: Transforming IBM Systems: Senior VP Tom Rosamilia leads a technology sea change at IBM
Feature: Finding Insightful Information: IBM offers cost-effective solutions to keep mobile analytics on the mainframe
Feature: Propel Your Cloud Infrastructure: Transformational IBM Spectrum Accelerate brings software-defined high-function storage
Tech Showcase: Today's flexible training options fit time and budget constraints
Administrator: How IBM zHyperWrite improves performance
Solutions: Alignia; Intelligent Capping for zEnterprise; MegaCryption 6.4.1; JES2RSS; zOSEM 6.2; SecureData z/Protect 4.3.0; DR/DFI 4.5
Stop Run: An IBM Distinguished Engineer bonds with his family while visiting US historical sites
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015