Developing the Skills of the Future to Make Digital Transformation Real

Successful digital transformation requires more than technology: it requires people.

New Dell Technologies research REALIZING 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future shows that lack of workforce readiness is one of the top three barriers to digital progress. But people can’t “go digital” without help – they need education and support to develop new skills.

Organizations as well as individuals realize that investing in workforce readiness and new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation. Dell EMC recognizes successful digital transformation requires more than technology, so we are helping our customers develop the critical talent – in-house and within technology partners – needed for the future.

4 New Transformational Certifications

On February 22, Dell EMC Education Services launched a set of transformational certifications that help develop the highly skilled talent that can make transformation real.

These new additions to the industry-recognized Proven Professional certification program are designed to help individuals build and validate their next-generation skills, and give organizations the confidence that they possess the best talent to achieve their business goals and lead the competition. The positive response we’ve received reinforces our belief that these new certifications will establish the industry standard for validating skills required in tomorrow’s workforce.

Here are some very encouraging first reactions to this launch from the industry.

After recently identifying inadequate skills and expertise as being among the top three causes of slow digital progress, Dell EMC took steps to do something about it. The company announced that it would add four new certification tracks to validate the levels of expertise needed to manage today’s modern information technology infrastructure.” Mark Albertson, SiliconANGLE

The tech giant has launched four new certifications, covering security, converged architecture, multi-cloud environments and the business implications of introducing cloud to provide transferrable accreditation for practitioners.” Clare Hopping, Channel Pro

New Dell EMC certifications elevate what was EMC’s Proven Professional Program, prior to the Dell acquisition, to another level.” Lynn Haber, Channel Futures

Why We Created the New Transformational Certifications

From speaking with our customers, partners and our own expert practitioners, it became clear that many IT professionals lack the skills to design, implement and operate transformed IT – or to partner with the business in creating their digital future.

We decided to help bridge that gap by creating new transformational certifications that address each aspect of transformational maturity. The four certifications described below establish and validate skills required for digital, IT, workforce, and security transformation.

1. Understanding How to Manage Converged/Hyper-Converged Platforms

Dell EMC Certified Associate Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud

Associate is the first step toward either the Hyper-converged Specialist or Converged Specialist for administering the Hyper-converged or Converged solution. This is also a step toward the Dell EMC Expert Multi-Cloud certification.

2. Developing Expertise to Enable Automation and Service Delivery with Multi-Cloud Solutions  

The Multi-Cloud – Systems Administrator Expert Certification focuses on Dell EMC infrastructure and VMware vRealize Suite and the associated automation capabilities. It validates both knowledge and real world experience in managing a multi-cloud environment. It recognizes expertise in working in environments requiring integration into different public cloud providers.

Dell EMC Certified Expert Systems Administrator – Multi-Cloud

Multi-Cloud Expert
certification will be available in conjunction with Dell Technologies World starting April 30.

3. Incorporating Critical Security Controls for Dell EMC Enterprise Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Security course provides a holistic perspective that enables system administrators to identify strengths, weakness and opportunities in their environment when defining security strategy.

Dell EMC Certified Specialist Infrastructure Security

The Specialist Infrastructure Security certification validates knowledge and skills to take a security-first approach to administering Dell EMC infrastructure across the data center and cloud. It will be available in June 2018.

4. Translating Emerging Business Trends into the Technology Solutions and New Operating Models of the Future-ready Organization

The new highest level certification, Master Enterprise Architect, is an experience-based board review certification that identifies and validates those unique individuals who possess the technical acumen to architect modern and secure IT as a Service (ITaaS) solutions, coupled with a holistic understanding of the business drivers that fuel digital transformation.

Dell EMC Certified Master Enterprise Architect

Earning Dell EMC VMware Co-Skilled Badges

In addition to Proven Professional certification, IT professionals who are already certified or plan to be certified in VMware as well as Dell EMC’s new certifications can earn VMware co-skilled badges that recognize their broader solutions-oriented skills and experience.

Offering Availability

Education offerings and certification exams for converged systems and hybrid cloud platforms are available now, while the infrastructure security course and exam is expected later this year. Take advantage of our onsite exam discounts while attending the conference. First attempt of any exam is free.

IT professionals interested in earning the Dell EMC Certified Master Enterprise Architect credential can apply to be considered to appear before the Review Board; the first review session will occur at Dell Technologies World. We are also accepting applications to be considered for future board reviews. Check your eligibility and Board schedule >>

This Is Just the Beginning

The unrelenting pace of digital transformation in the marketplace is creating new challenges for all of us. The Dell EMC Education Services team is focused on enabling customer success by expanding our education and certification portfolios for today’s market. Plans are underway to build on the powerful momentum created by our latest new certifications. Stay tuned for news about additional offerings that meet the needs of our customers and partners as digital environments continue to evolve.

Visit Dell EMC Education Services for IT Transformation to develop the skills of the future to make your digital transformation real.

About the Author: Charles Atkins

Charles has been with Dell since 2000 and serves as Vice President of Dell EMC Education Services, a global, results-based organization focused on Education, Learning and Development through information technology (IT) to optimize customer and employee outcomes. Charles represents Dell EMC Education Services with industry leaders as Chief Learning Officer and serves as a member of conference executive board for Learning & Development. Charles has a 30-year background of expertise in enterprise technology and business.