The challenges that IT professionals face have never been more complex: new waves of technology innovation that need to be implemented and maintained, an increasingly mobile workforce, new communication and collaboration technologies, security threats, concerns about energy consumption – the list goes on and on. As Microsoft drives towards the biggest enterprise product launch in its history later this month, it is helping make the transition to using these new products easier by offering a variety of training and certifications for these often unsung heroes.
|Lutz Ziob, General Manager, Microsoft Learning|
PressPass spoke with Lutz Ziob, general manager of Microsoft Learning, about the importance of readiness for new technology, and how innovations in training will help IT pros in the future.
PressPass: How does training and certification for Windows Server 2008 benefit IT pros?
Ziob: The short answer is that earning a certification helps IT professionals be recognized for their deep technical knowledge. Every era has its unsung heroes. In the last century, it was the men and women who designed and built the physical infrastructures that fueled much of that era’s social and economic progress. In the information age, our unsung heroes are the millions of IT professionals and developers who work behind the scenes to build and support the information systems that drive our global economy.
PressPass: Beyond recognition, how else is training designed to help IT pros when new products like these come to market?
Ziob: With the launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, we are delivering powerful new tools that can transform the way IT professionals and developers build and support IT systems. The more knowledge you have of our software, the better equipped you are to exploit its full capabilities. That gives credentialed professionals a real competitive advantage over their peers, and gives their employers an advantage over their competitors.
|Chris Pirie, General Manager of Marketing & Sales for Microsoft Learning, talks with MCT Michael Johnson, President and CEO of Advance Career Development, about some of the new training options available to IT Pros interested in Windows Server 2008.|
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