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F5's New Technical Certification Program Helps Define and Measure the Skills Required for Today's IT Complexities

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:00 AM

F5 to partner with educational institutions to deliver specialized training for Application Delivery Networking

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced a new F5 Technical Certification Program designed to address the growing complexity and the resulting knowledge gap in today’s IT organizations.

As IT organizations deploy mobile and cloud-based solutions, their application environments are becoming more complex than ever, and users are becoming dissatisfied with slow and unreachable applications. This IT trend is driving the need—and raising the bar—for skilled technologists who have expertise in networking and applications and, more importantly, an in depth understanding of the interaction between the two.

In a recent report1, Gartner, Inc. noted, “Application delivery and optimization solutions are underutilized and poorly understood in many IT organizations. The skills required to fully utilize these solutions are broad and touch on multiple IT disciplines.” The report further states, “One of the challenges is to find individuals with the appropriate skill set and, more importantly, retaining the people with these difficult-to-find skills, as there is a recognized shortage and many with this skill will gravitate to the vendor community. The role played by the application delivery architect demands strong people skills and broad technical skills.”

Launching in third quarter of calendar year 2012, the new F5 Technical Certification Program is unique in that it focuses not only on F5 products and technology, but also emphasizes the underlying application delivery expertise required to design, deploy, and manage solutions in complex Application Delivery Networking environments, which often include multiple vendors’ solutions.

“F5’s new Technical Certification Program completely reevaluates the skills and knowledge that are necessary to meet the demands of application delivery, without regard for where those skills traditionally have been taught or used—in the network, application, or some other area of IT,” said Ken Salchow, Program Manager for Technical Certification at F5. “We are committing more than 12,000 hours of subject matter experts’ time to create the skills assessments, learning tools and a rigorous examination process for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of application delivery, elevate their professional standing, and expand their ability to deploy world-class solutions.”

Training + Certification = Success

F5, customers, and partners recognize the benefits and business value of hiring exceptionally qualified individuals to manage sophisticated application environments. To date, the challenge has been how best to identify whether someone has the necessary knowledge and skills.


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