Press release: Mariana Carroll Consulting Brings World Class Cloud Computing Competency and Skills to Africa


AFRICAN BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONALS CAN REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH GLOBAL RECOGNIZED CLOUD TRAINING

Palo Alto, CA / Capetown, South Africa, 9 December 2016 – Mariana Carroll Consulting has partnered with the U.S. based Cloud Credential Council (CCC) to deliver the recognized portfolio of cloud certifications in South Africa. Dr. Mariana Carroll, founder and owner of specialist technology advisory and training firm, Mariana Carroll Consulting (MCC), understands the skills gap when it comes to emerging technologies. Her experience as an academic and advisor to both multinational enterprises and small – medium size businesses has put her in touch with the aspiring professionals and companies across (continental / South) Africa. The missing link? A shared set of best practices to reskill these aspiring professionals and ready their organizations to utilize cloud technologies effectively.

Africa’s professionals are ready to differentiate themselves and add that competitive edge to their careers. On the other end, businesses are struggling to fill gaps in cloud competence so as to leverage the benefits of cloud computing. The MCC team is passionate about equipping and empowering professionals through fit-for-purpose, practical training and globally accepted certifications to support in this pressing need.

Cloud computing is fast becoming the driver for efficiency, productivity and differentiation. The fast paced growth and adoption of emerging technologies is leaving a gap when it comes to cloud computing skills and capabilities. The demand for cloud skills and capabilities is growing daily, but the means to bridge this gap is lagging. To leverage the power of cloud-solutions and services, we need professionals with the right level of skills in business and technology. The partnership between MCC and the CCC offers a comprehensive solution to this problem through a broad, role-based, program of training and certification for the critical roles in cloud adoption. Asked about the partnership, “Our aim is simple – we want to be your value-adding partner” says Dr. Carroll.

To ensure best in class training, MCC offer web-linked, hybrid virtual and classroom training. Course participants situated in Johannesburg will be led by world-class instructors situated around the globe and supported by subject matter experts in the classroom to facilitate practical exercises and discussion. The courses are already being offered, available via the MCC website. Dr. Carroll will also be speaking at a webinar in cooperation with the CCC on Dec. 13, 2016 – register online to get an understanding of the African Cloud Skills Gap.

About Mariana Carroll Consulting

Mariana Carroll Consulting’s tailored training approach, extensive training portfolio and global partnership with the Cloud Credentials Council (CCC), a top certification institution, ensure that they deliver differentiating, value-add training services and solutions to bridge the competency gap. At Mariana Carroll Consulting, they are passionate about developing and enhancing cloud computing skills through fit-for-purpose training, providing practical applicability and relevancy, under-pinned by globally recognised certifications. They offer training and certifications to help you develop, validate and demonstrate professional cloud skills and expertise to your employers, project leaders, and clients.

For more on this press release please contact:

Liezl van Staden

Mariana Carroll Consulting

Email the Cloud Credential Council

Bringing Cloud Computing Down to Earth for Your Company Needs


Have you lately been confronted with questions like:

  • How can technology help us to differentiate ourselves and create that much needed competitive edge?
  • Are new technology-solutions the answer to cost saving and efficiencies?
  • What is needed for IT to become a trusted technology partner to the business?
  • The technology landscape is changing too quickly, how do we keep up and stay relevant?

If so, you are not alone. These are the questions facing management more than ever today.  Asking the right questions is absolutely critical in leading change and truly understanding the value proposition of technological developments. Perhaps even more so is facing the truth of why these questions exist in the first place. We have seen way too many instances where it is often the very person or department that is supposed to lead the charge of keeping up with game changing new technologies that can be the very thing that is hindering businesses to change quickly with the times.

The truth is that in general, we find a large adversity to change, coupled with an attachment to legacy systems and traditional ways of doing business. This phenomenon can be contributed largely to the vast amounts of money and time invested in legacy or in-house developed systems, the complacency to learn and introduce new processes, and hypersensitivity around control, or perhaps just the fear of the unknown. Venturing into areas where weaknesses could be exposed is quite daunting. So coupling the glaring lack of skill and capability, coupled with the speed at which change is happening and it’s understandable why IT management and departments are struggling to find its “Uber” moment and keep up with modern business demands.

Over and above, complex legacy systems and IT environments, limited budgets, security threats and keeping abreast of day to day operations – the skills crunch is finally rearing its head, especially when it comes to new game changing emerging technologies.

Cloud computing is one of these technologies that have already changed the game of business and it affects every organisation in some way.  There is an upward trend in organisations utilising Cloud-based solutions, but most of them do not have the skills to optimise their solutions for maximum return on investment or to deliver differentiating value.

There is a large Cloud skills gap in the market and this trend is widening.

Cloud related skills are listed on the top of the skills shortage list to be recruited by CIO’s.

LinkedIn just released that Cloud and Distributed computing has moved to the number 1 hottest and most difficult skill to find in 2017.

Up until now the problem has been that this “new skill” requirement comes at a top dollar cost and an even greater threat of limited return on investment (mostly because job hopping is the order of the day).

What is the real problem you may ask? There is a massive scarcity of Cloud skills in our current market.

At Mariana Carroll Consulting we’ve seen the needs in the market and with our global partnership with the Cloud Credential Council (CCC), we are bringing to Africa, an industry first. Our Cloud Certification portfolio is based on globally accepted, vendor neutral content that is practical and highly relevant to close this skills gap.  We pride ourselves in delivering value-added services. For us, practical applicability and relevancy are key. We want to put something of value into your hands and help you accelerate, not only your career, but the value you deliver to your organisation.

So where to from here?

As a first step, it’s worth exploring and testing your current Cloud skills. You can take the quiz here: https://cloudcredential.typeform.com/to/Abl2Hq (Or why not, for a yet even bigger challenge, get your entire team to take the test and compare your Cloud Skills aptitude).

Secondly, explore our very exciting 2017 training catalogue and commit to differentiate yourself and your team by enrolling to one of our Cloud Certifications.

Thirdly, let us know your requirements. We would love to come alongside you on this exciting journey of exploring the “art of the possible”, differentiating yourself to create that much needed competitive edge, cost savings, efficiencies and productivity, and to truly become that trusted technology partner to your organisation.

We look forward connecting with you. Contact us today at mariana@marianacarroll.com.

Mariana Carroll Consulting soars to new heights with world class Cloud Training!


Cloud Computing Competency & Skills – A scarce commodity!

Are you ready to differentiate yourself and add that competitive edge to your career?

We would like to partner with you! We understand the skills gap when it comes to emerging technologies. We are passionate to come alongside you to accelerate your career through certified, globally accepted certification. To add that little extra…

Connect with us today! We cannot wait to meet you at one of our Cloud training courses.

Want to know more about us and our training?

We have a vision to accelerate successful cloud adoption through world-class training and certification. We are honoured to be integrating the Cloud Credential Council’s certification courses to offer a first in Africa Cloud training program, including certifications in becoming a Cloud Technology Associate, Professional Cloud Solutions Architect, Professional Cloud Administrator, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud Service Management, or Professional Cloud Security Manager. We are also working with the University of Pretoria and is developing a first in class, Cloud Auditing Course.

Our aim is simple: We want to be your value-adding partner. Transforming through connectedness!

Join our first of its kind Internationally recognized vendor neutral Cloud Training and Certification in Africa with International trainer, Bart Castle.

Course dates (Johannesburg – 3-day class-room based training)

  • Cloud Technology Associate (Cloud Foundations): 30 November – 2 December 2016 (Brochure / Syllabus)
  • Cloud Solutions Architect:  5 December – 7 December 2016 (Brochure / Syllabus)

Register today!

Register for the training here, or visit our website (www.marianacarroll.com) for more information.

Should you have any questions or would like to speak with our team, please do not hesitate to contact Liezl van Staden @ +27 (0)82 444 8455 or Liezl@marianacarroll.com.

We cannot wait to welcome you at our next training class!

 

About Mariana Carroll Consulting

Mariana Carroll Consulting’s tailored training approach, extensive training portfolio and global partnership with the Cloud Credentials Council (CCC), a top certification institution, ensure that we deliver differentiating, value-add training services and solutions to bridge the competency gap. At Mariana Carroll Consulting, we are passionate about developing and enhancing cloud computing skills through fit-for-purpose training, providing practical applicability and relevancy, under-pinned by globally recognised certifications. We offer training and certifications to help you develop, validate and demonstrate professional cloud skills and expertise to your employers, project leaders, and clients.

Connect with us today!  – Visit us at www.marianacarroll.com

About the Cloud Credential Council

The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is an international member-based organization mandated to drive cloud readiness through effective competence development. The CCC has established critical cloud certifications for key IT roles in order to cultivate cloud-ready IT professionals. As an independent and vendor neutral certification body, the CCC has an expanding list of members consisting of public sector and academic institutions, cloud service providers, cloud users, cloud training providers, professional associations and international certification bodies across the world. Visit www.cloudcredential.org for more information.

For more on this press release please contact:

Liezl van Staden (Mariana Carroll Consulting) @ Liezl@marianacarroll.com

Tristano Vacondio (Cloud Credential Council) @ info@cloudcredential.org

Cloud-ready? World-class training and certifications!


With ever demanding pressure on IT to deliver beyond budget and agility beyond system capability, the skills crunch is finally rearing its head, especially when it comes to new emerging technologies. No wonder that cloud related skills was listed at the top of the skills shortage list to be recruited by CIO’s in 2016/2017. Cloud and distributed computing skills were rated the hottest skill of 2015 on LinkedIn global. But this “new skill” requirement comes at a top dollar cost and at an even greater threat of limited return on investing, as job hopping is at the order of the day. Cloud skills are becoming a scarce commodity!

We are passionate to fill this gap and looking forward to welcome you at one of our Cloud Certification Training classes in Johannesburg at the end of November / beginning of December. Our consortium with the Cloud Credential Council invested over 2 years developing best in class professional cloud computing practices and certifications with leading industry subject matter experts and technology vendors. This training is not your traditional vendor based tech training – we strive to complement practitioner industry knowledge and IT vendor experience with professional certification in cloud computing best practices.

Our aim is simple: Accelerate successful cloud adoption through world-class training and certification.

YOU ARE INVITED!

Join our first of its kind Internationally recognised vendor neutral Cloud Training and Certification in Africa.

Course dates (Johannesburg – 3-day class-room based training)

  • Cloud Technology Associate (Cloud Foundations): 30 November – 2 December 2016 (Brochure / Syllabus)
  • Cloud Solutions Architect:  5 December – 7 December 2016 (Brochure / Syllabus)

Want to know more?

Register for the training here, or visit our website (www.marianacarroll.com) for more information. Should you have any questions or would like to speak with our team, please do not hesitate to contact Liezl van Staden @ 082 444 8455 or Liezl@marianacarroll.com.

We cannot wait to welcome you at our next training class!