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SlashTCO.com: Growth of Linux leads to increased demand for training and certification

Jan 04, 2001, 14:18 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Linux has enjoyed rapid growth as a server operating system over the past couple of years. It has a 24% market share of the server market and, according to industry analysts, that figure is set to increase. The rise in demand for Linux has a knock-on effect - it leads to an increase in demand for skilled Linux staff. Experience counts for much, but for professionals and their employers, if Linux experience is lacking, the solution is training and certification in the Open Source operating system."

"One important cost consideration when weighing up the benefits of implementing a Linux solution is the price of re-training for the company's technical staff. This can discourage IT management from deploying a Linux solution. Re-training can be expensive, but it is usually outweighed by the savings that the Linux OS can bring over a longer period of time. Rather than looking at the cost of re-training as an expense, companies often end up seeing it as an investment."

"Holding on to good technical staff in the present industry climate is of paramount importance. The skills shortage has lead to experienced and certified staff almost naming their own figure when it comes to initial salary negotiations. The freedom to move easily between highly paid jobs means that more IT professionals are looking for a challenge, and job satisfaction in the workplace. Re-training of staff would offer that new challenge thus leading to greater job satisfaction and more loyalty to the employer. After all, the quick buck can be earned at any technology company, challenges and job satisfaction are harder to come by."

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