HIGH TECH… IBM-Red Hat: Get Open Source Training to Prepare for Acquisition

IBM’s not too long ago introduced acquisition of Pink Hat is ready to shut mid-2019, so channel companions not offering a variety of open-source applied sciences to shoppers may take into account getting on top of things quickly to allow them to provide new providers and herald extra income.

That is particularly if channel companions are already working with IBM or Pink Hat individually. The brand new alliance of the 2 IT powerhouses will probably make it attainable for extra income streams and new alternatives within the open-source market.

To assist with that transition, open supply teams akin to The Linux Basis present instruments, coaching and occasions throughout a variety of open-source initiatives to assist construct and mature open-source ecosystems and communities for enterprise IT.

One such course is an Introduction to Open Supply Improvement, Git and Linux, which is an internet, self-paced course that gives a wealthy curriculum of open-source schooling for builders who’re simply beginning out with the applied sciences. The $299 course, supplied by way of the nonprofit Linux Basis, contains coaching on open-source software program, together with an introduction to Linux programs and classes on tips on how to use the net Git revision management system.

The course, generally known as LFD201 within the Linux Basis’s course catalog, is an outline about how open-source software program works, its benefits in comparison with proprietary software program, descriptions of tips on how to work inside open-source communities, governance fashions, licensing selections and extra.

Linux system classes embody set up; desktop environments; textual content editors; vital instructions and utilities; command shells and scripts; file programs; and compiling software program. The teachings for Git use embody an introduction to Git and explanations about tips on how to work inside an open-source group, tips on how to submit code, and a variety of different particulars on utilizing Git to function effectively inside a challenge.

The web course, which requires a bodily or digital Linux atmosphere, is made up of 43 hands-on lab workout routines the place college students can follow their expertise, in addition to as quizzes and greater than 20 movies demonstrating vital duties. The course is geared toward skilled pc customers and builders of different working programs who’ve little or no expertise working in a Linux atmosphere, or for these with some Linux expertise who search deeper information about utilizing Git.

Clyde Seepersad, normal supervisor of coaching and certification for The Linux Basis, instructed Channel Futures that the introductory open supply and Linux course supplies a broad overview of open-source construction and capabilities in a self-paced atmosphere.

“That is the primary course [from the Foundation] that has been particularly focused at getting began as a developer in open supply,” he stated. The group additionally provides a variety of different newbie and superior coaching programs on different open-source platforms and applied sciences, together with 14 completely different beginner-level programs on Linux, blockchain, networking, cloud, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Hyperledger and extra. Lots of the newbie programs are out there totally free to college students who wish to take them, he added.

Channel companions and different IT companies that wish to enroll a number of college students may reap the benefits of coaching reductions for a number of college students.

Along with a full catalog of on-line programs, The Linux Basis provides a wide selection of open supply certification exams protecting Linux, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry and extra.

Maribel Lopez, principal analyst for Lopez Analysis, instructed Channel Futures that as open-source applied sciences together with Linux, containerization and Kubernetes use proceed to realize dramatically in enterprise IT, that the way forward for software program will probably be based mostly on these tendencies.

Maribel Lopez

“It is sensible that the channel ought to prepare for this,” stated Lopez. “The channel has been searching for value-added alternatives for some time, and I feel this can be a good one. It is standardized, it is repeatable and it’s a necessity for companies. You are going to have to get these expertise.”

What the channel can do to arrange for revenue-enhancing alternatives akin to IBM’s pending Pink Hat acquisition is to maneuver now to reap the benefits of instructional applications, she stated. On-line programs from different sources, together with Udemy, Coursera and others, are additionally out there, stated Lopez.

“The problem is in case you are a person and wish to stand up to hurry rapidly, simply selecting the best way to get such coaching is difficult,” she stated. “Realizing which one you must take is problematic. Some may be great and a few may be horrible, and you do not know which one will get you the place you wish to go.”

One other analyst, Rob Enderle of Enderle Group, agreed that the channel must prepare for the impacts of the IBM acquisition of Pink Hat.

Rob Enderle

“Now that IBM is behind Pink Hat, the alternatives for Pink Hat Linux and associated instruments has expanded significantly, supporting extra channel assets being utilized to Pink Hat’s options,” stated Enderle. “With this acquisition, IBM is planning on constructing a wave of gross sales — and driving that wave is what the channel ought to be aggressively planning on doing.”

The necessity for extra coaching in open supply and Linux can also be supported by latest research, such because the 2018 Open Supply Jobs Report launched by The Linux Basis and IT employment web site Cube.com in June, which discovered that Linux expertise once more lead the wants of some 80 p.c of hiring managers around the globe. The examine stated that discovering sufficient certified and expert open-source builders to rent continues to be an issue for enterprises and the channel because the demand for open-source directors and code creators continues to climb.

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