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IBM India Aims to Advance Young Talent

August 17, 2017

We’re hearing a lot lately about how there aren’t enough trained individuals to fill new tech jobs. That’s in large part because agile networking and digital transformation have created a skills gap, sources tell us.

So networking giants like Cisco have been evolving their training and certification programs. Organizations like CompTIA (News - Alert) are expending a lot of effort on training and discussing the skills gap too. Training and certification is an area of focus for IBM Corp. as well.

Earlier this month IBM (News - Alert) and the Telecom Sector Skill Council said they are creating and will deliver one-week courses in India. The curriculum will address big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and virtualization. Students will get access to IBM Cloud, the IBM Watson IoT platform, and Big Data Solutions.

“We are confident that this partnership will help bridge the skills gap and prepare young Indian professionals for the new collar jobs of today and those to come in the future," said Karan Bajwa, managing director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd.

The program begins this month. Students can apply for the program through TSSC partners. Those students who successfully complete the program will be certified by IBM Career Education and TSSC.

While industry veterans like IBM move to make life easier for network operators, they could use a little help of their own. Digital transformation and the rise of things like big data, connected things, and software-centric networks are creating new challenges for enterprises and communication service providers – as well as the companies that sell products and services to them. In fact, IBM has been particularly hard hit.

Last month IBM announced its second quarter earnings. As Forbes reported, revenue declined for the twenty-first quarter in a row and missed targets. “Profits have been eroding for years [at IBM] as competition and the internet displaced the hardware services segments that were once its core businesses,” Business Insider reported in April following Big Blue’s previous quarterly report.

The same Business Insider story noted IBM in the past had a strong corporate culture of valuing workers. It never did layoffs, the story said, but instead retrained its people to address changing business requirements.

However, in recent years IBM seems to have taken a 180. It has had a series of layoffs. And IBM has implemented a strategy to replace more experienced workers, even very productive ones, with younger ones in an effort to infuse its organization with young blood.

Edited by Alicia Young

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