Avnet Debuts Cloud Computing Training Modules

Technology distributor Avnet is now offering a series of training modules on cloud computing.

These modules are hosted by Dr. Timothy Chou, who launched Oracle into the application cloud service business, started the first class on cloud computing at Stanford University and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences on six continents. The series will be available exclusively to Avnet’s solution provider community in the U.S. and Canada through the Avnet Knowledge Network, a training and enablement community.

The cloud curriculum has beenselected to support Avnet’s cloud strategy of helping partners and customers transform IT with data center automation and cloud solutions that embrace new consumption models and enable services delivery. The content is presented in TED Talk-style videos, with a knowledge test after each chapter.

“Services-based delivery is rapidly affecting traditional technology consumption, and solution providers increasingly need to understand all aspects of the cloud market,” said Tim FitzGerald, vice president of Avnet’s Digital Transformation business unit in the Americas. “Avnet’s new series of training modules is designed for sales, sales management, client management and client technologists. Dr. Chou will take Avnet partners through critical cloud training content from the fundamentals and operational efficiency to business transformation.”

Chou recently published a cloud computing trilogy comprising the titles Cloud Computing: Fundamentals, Cloud Computing: Operation Efficiency and Cloud Computing: Transformation, which are designed to teach the fundamentals of cloud computing, improve operational efficiency and explore how cloud computing will reshape and transform the industry – both for consumers and producers.

“Solution providers are critical to guiding companies of all sizes on their cloud journeys,” Chou said. “This three-part series starts with the fundamental business models that underlie cloud computing and then goes on to describe a cloud computing framework using no acronyms or buzzwords and plenty of examples. For those more technically inclined, the second part describes how to develop a plan to move to the cloud and goes further into the key aspects of security, availability and performance management. The final part discusses how cloud computing will transform business.”