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Why Linux and OSS training?

By   |  January 9, 2005

I get asked this question a lot. The best answer is that training makes you more competent. Of course, there are other reasons to get trained, but that\’s the main one.

Things are changing rapidly in the world of IT, and have been for many years. This trend shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. How many times have you finally come to grips with product X version 1, and then found that version 3 is due for release next week? Good training, properly done, can shorten that learning curve dramatically, letting you get value out of the product before the next best thing comes along.

If you manage people, you also know that they don\’t automatically know everything about their job. Your juniors have to learn it, just like you did. But the junior will still draw his monthly pay cheque, whether he is fully competent at his or her job or not. Rather send the person for training and get by without them for the period. When they come back they will be more competent. And deliver value to the company, earning more of that pay cheque than before.

Some people (only a few) like to go for training so they can have a week off work, get a pay rise, or have greater status. I
believe these are all wrong reasons to get trained. Why? Because even if he achieves these goals, he still can\’t make another person\’s life easier, still can\’t deliver a better product or service to the customer. And certainly doesn\’t know more than he did before he went for training.

If you approach training with the intention of becoming more competent, you can do all those things, and more.

In this series of articles I will be looking at the field of IT training with regards to Linux and OSS in South Africa. We will look at the various certifications, current trends in the industry, and advice on how to go about it. Hopefully you will find information here to help you decide what route to follow with regard to training.

Alan McKinnon is head trainer at Afribiz. This column will be published every two weeks.

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