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(NYSE: EMC) has announced the start of EMC Proven Professional training and
certifications to help businesses address skills transformation and the looming
cloud computing and data science skills gap. Building on the company’s Cloud
Architect training and certification program—the an "open" training
and certification for cloud computing that focuses on the principles, best
practices and underlying technology prevalent in the industry—EMC expanded the
cloud computing curricula to include foundational cloud infrastructure and
services and expert-level EMC cloud architect IT-as-a-service training and

to a global survey of the data science community that was released by EMC, the
most commonly cited barrier to data science adoption is a lack of employees
with the right skills or training, and 65 percent of data scientists believe
that in the future, demand for data scientists and data-driven teams will
outpace the supply of talent. To address this, EMC is announcing a data science
and big data analytics training and certification program with an open

cloud infrastructure and services associate-level training and certification
provides a foundation of technical principles and concepts to enable IT
professionals to collaboratively make business and technical decisions on
migration to the cloud. The expert-level cloud architect IT-as-a-service
training and certification helps IT professionals, including cloud architects,
designers and consultants, evolve virtualized infrastructures into cloud-based,
IT-as-a-service environments.

is offering data science and big data analytics training and certification to
build a foundation for data analytics with a particular focus on the
opportunities and challenges presented by big data. The cloud infrastructure
and services, cloud architect and data science training and certifications are
accessible for customers, partners, students and those in the industry at large
who desire knowledge of these technologies and professional disciplines.

offers learning options by providing participants the choice to learn at their
own pace via Video-instructor-led Training (VILT) or attend classroom
instructor-led courses. The cloud architect and virtualized infrastructure
training and certification is available currently. VILTs for cloud
infrastructure and services and cloud architect IT-as-a-service can also be
ordered. The company noted since the inception of the cloud architect program
in spring 2011, more than 3,000 individuals have participated in the training.
Data science and big data analytics training will be available in the first
quarter of 2012, EMC said.

survey of a global community of data science professionals also revealed that
university partnerships for data science are critical, with nearly two-thirds
of data scientists seeing current university students as the future of the
profession. EMC said it will also expand on its commitment to educate and
transform the next generation of IT and data analytics professionals by providing
more than 700 institutions in approximately 40 countries participating in the
EMC Academic Alliance program access to, and support for, both cloud
infrastructure and services and data science and big data analytics curricula.

industry is facing a bold new world with the amazing technological developments
of the cloud and big data, and the challenges and the opportunities this
presents are unprecedented. EMC’s extensive cloud training and certifications
help IT practitioners develop the skills that are crucial as businesses embark
on this massive transformation,” said Ben Woo, vice president of storage
systems and lead analyst on big data for IT research firm IDC. “IDC believes
these training and certifications are a positive step to help both the industry
and businesses move forward and quickly take advantage of the benefits that the
cloud and big data present."