EAGLE Education has been contracted as Sun Microsystems’ dedicated trai-ning provider in New Zealand.
Although the arrangement has been in place since February, it was only formalised into a contract this month.
Eagle won the deal after respon-ding to a request for proposals (RFP) from Sun.
While the contract will be reviewed annually, Peter Idoine, Sun New Zealand country manager, says he expects the agreement to be ongoing.
“We are not going to put it out to tender every year,” he says.
Idoine says Eagle won the contract as its skills, facilities and coverage stacked up well.
Eagle Education will provide the full range of Sun training services, including Java technology, Solaris 10, Unix and network system design, to customers and partners.
Sun used to deliver the training itself, but decided it made more sense to outsource it, says Idoine.
“We still provide the trainers, but Eagle provides the facilities and administration,” he adds.
Idoine says outsourcing its training to a partner demonstrates Sun’s commitment to its partner programme.
“Our partners play an important role in our plans going forward,” he says.
Although Eagle Education is a subsidiary of Sun integrator partner Eagle Technology and operates from the same premises in Auckland and Wellington, Idoine says this has not caused a concern among other partners.
“The businesses are separated enough. I have had no feedback from partners indicating they are concerned about it,” he says.
Steve Nisbet, group manager of business solutions at Eagle Education agrees, saying the two firms operate independently from each other.
He says the agreement brings training that was previously not available in New Zealand to the country.
Eagle provides onsite and classroom instructor-led training courses, as well as one-to-one and web-based training. Learners can also find outlines of courses and register online.