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More Than 1,000 Colleges And Universities To Date Have Joined With EMC To Close Technology Skills Gap

HOPKINTON, Mass., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Summary:
  • Through the EMC Academic Alliance program, now more than 1,000 colleges and universities worldwide are using EMC-developed courseware to prepare the next generation of IT professionals for careers in information infrastructure, cloud computing and Big Data analytics. 
  • EMC was one of the first to address the cloud and data science skills gap by offering open, vendor-agnostic training and certification programs to educate students and IT professionals in information infrastructure technologies for the evolving IT landscape.
  • The 6 th EMC-sponsored IDC Digital Universe study, " Big Data, Bigger Digital Shadows and Biggest Growth in the Far East" 1 projects that by 2020, the number of servers will grow 10x and information managed by enterprise data centers will grow 14x, yet the number of IT professionals will grow by a factor of less than 1.5, creating a huge technology skills gap, which EMC is helping to fill.

Full Story:

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced that, to date, more than 1,000 academic institutions have joined the EMC ® Academic Alliance (EAA) program, which provides universities worldwide with technology curricula to educate and transform the next generation of IT and data science professionals, and help meet the industry's growing demand for advanced technology skills. 

With more than 85,000 EMC ProvenTM Professional certifications worldwide, EMC is providing current IT professionals with the skills to adapt for the future, and the capabilities needed to successfully implement transformational technologies in their organizations. Now more than 1,000 colleges and universities have adopted EMC's "open" curriculum, allowing today's students to develop the leading-edge skills to become the next generation of IT and data science professionals. The EMC Academic Alliance provides faculty with free training and resources to teach information infrastructure technologies.       

EMC was one of the first companies to offer open, vendor-agnostic cloud and data science training and certifications, based on industry standards, to address the lack of skilled professionals 2 that is hampering widespread adoption of transformational technologies.  According to the study " Managing Storage: Trends Challenges and Options 2012-2013," the lack of professionals with the necessary technology skills was cited as a key impediment in the adoption of cloud technologies, with nearly 65% of respondents stating that reskilling of their staff was necessary and only 18% stating their staff had the necessary skills in cloud technology.  To date, EMC training and certifications in cloud architecture, data science and Big Data analytics, information storage and management, and backup and recovery have been aggressively adopted by hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide, across both corporate and educational institutions, to help meet this need.

Through the EMC Academic Alliance program, more than 150,000 students in 60+ countries have completed courseware that prepares them to contribute to, and make informed decisions about, projects that range from storage networking, to cloud migration, to Big Data analytics. The combination of adoption across business and academia is helping to close the technology skills gap by growing the industry's current and future base of professionals equipped to understand, implement and maximize new technologies in the evolving IT landscape.  EMC's education curriculum is conveniently offered in a number of modes for classroom or self-paced learning. As another means of educating the marketplace, EMC's Information Storage and Management textbook, referred to by publisher John Wiley and Sons as an "unparalleled bestseller," was recently revised and issued in a new second edition.

The technology skills gap is highlighted in the new EMC-sponsored IDC Digital Universe study, which reports that the digital universe is growing more quickly than expected and will hit 40 zettabytes (ZB) – or 40 trillion gigabytes (GB) – by 2020. Within that same timeframe, the number of servers will grow 10x and information managed by enterprise data centers will grow 14x, yet the number of IT professionals will grow by a factor of less than 1.5.  Even today, only 3% of potentially useful data is tagged, and even less is analyzed, causing the industry to face a divide that will continue to grow if left unaddressed.

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