IBM has announced its collaboration with Syracuse University in order to build computing skills aimed at both traditional and modern infrastructures in large global enterprises.
A recent study conducted by IBM, "Leveraging Software Delivery for Competitive Advantage" which is due to be published later this year, found that a lack of employee skills in particular areas is the top concern of organizations attempting to use software to gain a competitive edge.
In particular, the training to tackle disruptive technologies including cloud and mobile computing, industry-sized systems and enterprise-focused software is lacking.
Without employees training to control, maintain and improve these systems, corporations who are relying on enterprise software cannot necessarily maximize the potential of new technology for their businesses.
Syracuse University, NY, runs the Global Enterprise Technology (GET) curriculum -- an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for roles in the enterprise.
IBM and its partners provide multiple platforms and systems for the GET participants. To train the students in enterprise-focused software, IBM's Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and zEnterprise Systems are used to build applications on platforms including z/OS, AIX, Linux and Windows.
David Dischiave, assistant professor and the director of the graduate Information Management Program in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University said:
"Our students need to build relevant skills to address the sheer growth of computing and Big Data. These courses and the IBM technology platform help prepare students to build large global data centers, allow them to work across multiple systems, and ultimately gain employment in large global enterprises."
Close to 500 students have enrolled in the Global Enterprise Technology minor since its launch. According to IBM's study, 71 percent of CEOs across the global view technology as the core factor that will effect an organization's profitability and competitiveness over the next three years.