NOVELL and IBM are hosting joint Linux workshops to give local customers and partners the low-down on the business opportunities of open-source software.
As part of a global initiative that is being brought to New Zealand this month, the one-day technical workshops aim to provide local businesses with the basic knowledge necessary to investigate the applicability of Linux.
At the same time, Novell New Zealand is running certified sales training to help partners prepare for its Certified Linux Engineer training course, which will be introduced in August and is based on the SuSE Linux operating system Novell acquired in January.
Novell country manager Matthew Christie says the workshops aim to “firm-up” technical understanding of the SuSE platform, while making partners and users aware that local SuSE users now have access to support from Novell and certified hardware from IBM.
Christie says the sales training falls under Novell’s PartnerNet channel programme and will outline the opportunities and benefits of the Linux system to resellers.
“This is also an opportunity for our partners to think differently and be innovative, and to become familiar with the different licensing options of Linux.”
Meanwhile, the technical workshops will offer introductory training on Linux.
Paul Plester of Novell distributor Express Data, which added the Linux range to its portfolio in April, says there is a great demand for open-source training, even on a basic level, in New Zealand.