ARMONK, NY, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an array of programs and resources to help
students and IT professionals develop new technology skills and prepare
for jobs of the future. The initiatives include new training courses
and resources for IT professionals, technology and curriculum materials
for educators and expanded programs to directly engage students with
real-world business challenges.
The new resources will help reduce a critical technology skills gap
outlined in IBM's 2012 Tech Trends Report released today. The report, authored by the IBM Center for Applied Insights, found
that only 1 in 10 organizations has the skills needed to effectively
apply advanced technologies such as business analytics, mobile
computing, cloud computing and social business. In addition, nearly
half of the educators and students surveyed feel there is a major gap
in their institution's ability to meet the growing demand for advanced
To view an interactive graphic that illustrates key findings from the
report visit: IBM.com/developerworks/techtrendsreport/fasttrack.
"Having a highly skilled workforce is critical to an organization's
ability to innovate, meet client demands and grow," said Jim Corgel,
general manager academic and developer relations, IBM. "In response to
the growing IT skill gap, IBM is expanding its skill development
programs in key areas such as cyber security, mobile computing and
New Curriculum, Technology & Training for Faculty
In the U.S. alone, IT jobs are expected to grow by 22 percent through
2020 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help faculty
better prepare students for these opportunities, IBM today unveiled the
largest expansion of its Academic Initiative since the program began.
For the first time, IBM will offer access to curriculum and training
resources on IT security to help students gain market-ready cyber
security skills. Cited as the top barrier to adoption of advanced
technologies in the IBM Tech Trends Report, cyber security is also a key job growth area. The information cyber
security workforce is expected to nearly double by 2015. The new cyber security offerings include:
Pre-Packaged curriculum that brings real-world technology security scenarios into the
classroom, helping students understand enterprise challenges and do in
depth analysis of the trends uncovered in the IBM X-Force report.
No-charge access to security software that professors can use in the
classroom to teach students how to test applications for bugs and check
network and virtualized servers for vulnerabilities. Professors and
students can remotely access the newest zEnterprise mainframe, a highly
secure system that can be used to prepare students for real-world
computing challenges using enterprise IT skills.
The ability to bring the latest enterprise technology directly into the
classroom at no additional cost is critical in building skills. In
addition to cyber security, IBM now provides software licenses and
how-to training materials in three new areas:
Big Data & Analytics: Now professors can bring big data software directly into the classroom
with access to a variety of IBM big data offerings. E-Books and
learning modules on Hadoop geared for business and computer science
students are also available.
Commerce: Now professors can download digital marketing and analytics software
from IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative for use in the classroom.
Through a series of hands-on learning modules, students study topics
like benchmarking and learn how to develop code to uncover online
Mobile Computing: New hands-on learning modules on HTML 5 and DOJO prepare students to develop mobile applications. Professors can also
download IBM mobile development software to give students hands-on
To help faculty update their skills on advanced technologies, IBM today
unveiled a Knowledge Exchange. This online resource allows professors
from around the world to share and collaborate on courseware and best
practices. The initial offerings in the Knowledge Exchange will feature
curriculum from winning IBM Smarter Planet grant faculty members.
New Training Courses and Resources for IT Professionals
As more organizations turn to technology to solve tough business
challenges, the need for skilled IT professionals continues to grow in
all industries. For example, a recent report from TechAmerica outlines the need for government employees to sharpen their skills in
the area of big data. In addition, the 2012 IBM Tech Trends reports
cites the lack of professionals with business analytics expertise as
the number one barrier to adoption for that technology.
To make it easier for IT practitioners to stay current with rapidly
evolving technologies, IBM is providing:
New, no-charge, learning materials, technical resources and online
technical communities on mobile computing, cyber security and commerce
technologies through IBM developerWorks. For example, in the new security section, developers can access
examples of weaknesses in applications, learn about typical web attacks
and collaborate with peers around best practices for responding to
New in-person training and certification for IBM Business Partners
seeking to engage in Smarter Commerce and digital analytics that
complement the new educational materials, installation guidelines and
best practices resources on developerWorks.
New Programs to Engage Students
IBM is also working more closely with students to help them understand
how advanced technologies like business analytics and security are
critical for a variety of career paths such as business, marketing and
Virtual Career Event: In early 2013, the company will host IBM Career Exploration: Make a difference. The global virtual event will give current university students and
recent graduates the opportunity to interact with IBM executives and
leading experts, learn how to build and apply their expertise, further
their networks and best position themselves in a highly competitive job
In-Class Challenges: IBM is expanding its work to bring real-world challenges into the
classroom through activities like Watson Case Study Competitions, The
Great Mind Challenge and special events like the Student Innovator
Challenge recently held in Singapore where more than 100 students
developed solutions to address Smarter Planet related challenges.
Job Board: In December, IBM's Power Systems Academic Initiative will launch a
Power Skills Job Board, emphasizing entry-level opportunities for
member school students with interest in IBM's Power Systems.
Expanded Access to Higher Education Resources: IBM recently joined the National Coalition for Advanced Technology
Centers, providing IBM's Power Systems Academic Initiative member
schools access to a wider network of higher education resources,
specifically those that advocate and promote the use of technology
applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs
Online competitions: In mainframe contests across the world, students gain hands-on experience with enterprise
systems, tackling technical challenges that give them exposure to
security, cloud and big data issues experienced by the world's largest
companies. In 2012, over 13,000 students have registered to compete in
13 mainframe contests running across 25 countries.
IBM and academic experts have shared their views on the specific skills
needed in cloud computing, business analytics, social business and
mobile computing. To view the videos, visit the IBM Ecosystem YouTube channel.
The IBM Center for Applied Insights conducted the research and analysis for the 2012 Tech Trends Report.
The report is based on a survey of more than 1,900 IT and business
professionals, students and professors from around the world.
To access the new resources for professors and academic institutions: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative/
To access the new resources for developers: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/
To read the 2012 Tech Trends Report: www.ibm.com/developerworks/techtrendsreport
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