At Interop New York 2010, HP introduced HP ExpertONE, a re-branding of its certification programs taught at more than 150 training centers and academic institutions globally. The training is provided to HP employees, partners and customers. More than just a re-branding, though, ExpertONE intends to close three important gaps in current certification programs, said Lyle Speirs, director of sales and marketing for Global Certification and Learning at HP.
Current programs suffer a "content gap," Speirs explained, in which training is often product-specific and doesn't recognize that data centers are built with multiple brands of equipment. Programs suffer a "relevancy gap" in that they don't take into account the knowledge a student may already have from on-the-job experience. They also suffer a "delivery model gap," in that they are too often delivered in a traditional classroom setting when they could also be delivered online, through social media or through self-directed learning.
HP is also going to offer a Master ASE (accredited systems engineer) Converged Infrastructure Architect Certification. This certification requires that students not just know all about planning, deploying and maintaining a converged IT infrastructure, but that they also demonstrate business acumen, he said, so that they can deliver a return on investment (ROI) to the business. In addition, to avoid redundant training, applicants who have many years of on-the-job experience can go right to taking a board exam to earn the certification.
"Converged Infrastructure" is a term HP has used recently to identify its business strategy for looking at the data center as a whole and designing and building it to deliver application services to an enterprise by bringing together servers, storage and networks all operated through one common management platform.