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NIIT and EMC form first of its kind Global Alliance for Storage Technology Education
NIIT and EMC form first of its kind Global Alliance for Storage Technology Education
To offer advanced training programmes in information storage and management technologies
New Delhi, March 20, 2007: EMC, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, and NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, today announced a global alliance to address the emerging knowledge gap in the global storage technology space and develop a resource base of trained and certified information storage professionals. Through this strategic partnership, NIIT and EMC will offer advanced training and certification on storage technologies in India and 31 other countries worldwide, where NIIT has its network of education centres. This will be the first such global alliance signed by EMC.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed by Tom Clancy, Vice President, Education Services and Productivity, EMC Corporation and G. Raghavan, President, NIIT’s Individual Learning Business, in the presence of Vijay K. Thadani, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT and Manoj Chugh, Country Manager, EMC India and SAARC.
As part of this initiative, EMC and NIIT will offer product-agnostic storage technology training and certification to NIIT students and professionals, globally. EMC will bring to the table the latest tools, technical resources and open curricula on emerging storage technologies, while NIIT will leverage its rich expertise and inherent strengths in Instructional Design and Education Delivery, through its large network of Education centres across the globe.
Commenting on the relevance of the programme, Tom Clancy, Vice President, Education Services and Productivity, EMC Corporation, said, “Information storage and management is among the top concern areas for organisations globally. Rapid information growth, multiple storage technologies and solutions, and regulatory compliance pressures have further increased storage complexity. As a leader in information infrastructure technology, EMC is committed to help the industry and academia bridge the emerging storage technology knowledge gap.
“Our partnership with NIIT will help make a significant impact in building a technically superior workforce, both within the academic community, as well as among IT professionals,” Clancy added.
According to a recent IDC study titled ‘The Expanding Digital Universe: A Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2010,”, information will grow at a CAGR of 57 percent between 2006 and 2010 and in non-Japan Asia Pacific markets it will grow 30 to 40 percent faster than the mature economies.* According to industry estimates, the booming information market is expected to create a demand of one million new storage professionals by 2012 globally.
Speaking at the press conference, NIIT CEO Vijay K. Thadani, said, “Excellence in Information and Storage Management is very crucial in supporting the growing IT industry. NIIT’s global partnership with EMC will enable prepare thousands of professionals to fulfil the ever increasing demand for talent in this area, worldwide.”
Commenting on the India significance of this partnership, Manoj Chugh, Country Manager, EMC India and SAARC, said, “India is among the fastest growth markets for information storage in Asia Pacific but a skills shortage could negatively impact the growth. This partnership will help create a proficient storage workforce to meet the growing needs of our customers, partners and industry at large. Additionally a specialisation in this emerging discipline will provide a competitive edge to technology professionals both in the Indian and global markets.”
Initially, NIIT will offer the new storage programme under its “Edgeineers Series”’ aimed at engineering students and working professionals. The courses will be mapped to international certifications in this field—EMCSTA, EMCST and EMCSTe. These courses will also be incorporated into NIIT’s career programs such as NetworkLABS, in due course. In India, the programmes will be made available at 50 NIIT centres, in the first phase. The programmes will also be available in 31 other countries where NIIT has its network of education centres.
As a part of the partnership, NIIT and EMC will soon undertake a joint exercise to educate technology professionals, IT career aspirants and industry at large on the benefits of new skill sets. The storage curriculum offered will be product agnostic and will enable learners to work in a heterogeneous, multi-vendor IT and storage technology environment.
About EMC
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at
About NIIT Limited
NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions in 30 countries. At nearly US$ 250 million size, NIIT together with the recently acquired Element K, is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2006. Rated among India’s Superbrands (2003-05), NIIT’s education offerings include: GNIIT, an industry-endorsed program for students seeking careers in the IT segments; Integrated ANIIT for Engineers (IAE)—a dual qualification program for engineering students under the NIIT Edgeineers series of training programs on advanced technologies for IT professionals and skill up gradation programs for engineering graduates. NIIT also offers a turnkey IT integration program that provides computer-based learning in 3,906 government and private schools.
In the Corporate Solutions Business, NIIT’s offerings are bolstered by its SEI CMM Level 5 assessed learning services capability. The Corporate Solutions Business offers integrated learning solutions that include strategic consulting, learning design, content development, learning delivery, learning technology services and learning administration.
NIIT’s customers include many Fortune 500 companies, universities, technology companies, training corporations and publishing houses.
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