|By Business Wire
|July 2, 2014 04:57 PM EDT
Knowledge, the world’s leading IT and business skills training
provider, today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2014
Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored
among a global field of top Microsoft Corporate Partners for
demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer
solutions based on Microsoft technology.
“Our expert instructors and learning solutions teams spend a great deal
of time with students to understand their evolving needs. We understand
the increasing demands on their time and responsibilities, as well as
the shifts Microsoft is driving with iterative software advancements.
Accelerated pace expectations, coupled with evolving business
environments, are placing unprecedented skills acquisition and
development needs on IT teams,” said Michael Fox, SVP, Enterprise
Solutions for Global Knowledge. “We lead the way in offering our
students the most flexibility, the most convenience and the most
innovation in delivery options and continuous learning initiatives to
support their Microsoft learning.”
Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a
set of more than 2,800 entrants from 117 different countries worldwide.
Global Knowledge was recognized for providing outstanding learning
solutions and services.
The Learning Partner of the Year excels in providing innovative training
or marketing solutions to drive skills and certification growth. The
Award spotlights a new solution brought to market, a new platform, a
leading-edge marketing and sales practice, or a new business model that
the Partner has successfully implemented. Recognized Microsoft Learning
Partners demonstrate alignment with advancing adoption and deployment of
Microsoft technologies through training and certification, and exhibit
more creative ways to engage with innovative and exceptional training.
“Microsoft’s success as a company depends on great partners, and Global
Knowledge is a shining example of the kind of innovation our partner
ecosystem drives year after year,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice
president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “We are honored to
recognize Global Knowledge as this year’s finalist for the 2014
Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Award, and we applaud Global
Knowledge’s dedication to providing innovative solutions that drive
results for our mutual customers.”
Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive
Microsoft training worldwide and offers continuous learning through
instructor-led courses that include access to live practice labs, 24x7
mentoring and unlimited class retakes, along with six months of indexed
class recordings for virtual students. Global Knowledge was recognized
for also offering Microsoft classes in a new, innovative flexible
virtual format, combining the benefits of live, instructor-led
training with the convenience of self-paced learning for six hours per
week during a 30-day period.
“Being recognized as an innovative Microsoft Learning Partner with
awards during three of the past four years is a huge accomplishment,”
said Ben Watson, Global Knowledge Senior Product Director. “Working
closely with students all over the world, we understand how critical it
is to provide them with the most flexible delivery options and schedule
balanced with the benefits of real-world expertise from a live
instructor. We know that having ongoing access to your actual class
recordings and labs is imperative to skills development – and retention.
Everyone can use a little help when they get back to work and implement
best practices in their own unique environments, so we continuously
evolve our learning solutions to meet those needs. This includes
post-course peer community support and 24x7 mentoring to help clarify a
concept, troubleshoot a challenge or shave valuable time off of a
Global Knowledge has been enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network
since 2007 and has enjoyed ongoing recognition for continued innovations
in providing learning services, being named Learning Partner of the Year
in 2013 and Learning Competency Marketing Acceleration Partner of the
Year in 2011. The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize
Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional
Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.
About Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is the world’s leading IT and business skills training
provider. Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the
best instructors, we provide customers around the world with their
choice of convenient class times, delivery methods and formats to
accelerate their success. Our business skills solutions teach essential
communications skills, business analysis, project management, ITIL
service management, process improvement and leadership development. With
thousands of courses spanning from foundational training to specialized
certifications, our core IT training is focused on technology partners
such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Red
Hat and VMware. We offer comprehensive professional development for
technologies like big data, cloud, cybersecurity and networking.
Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people
worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, N.C. The company is owned by New
York-based investment firm MidOcean Partners. Learn more at www.globalknowledge.com.
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