Tarsus bootcamps drive up Microsoft cloud certification

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Tarsus On Demand (TOD), a division of Tarsus Technology Group, has introduced countrywide bootcamp to support channel partners in their drive to improve cloud competencies and get their skills certified.

Since October 2019, TOD has offered training covering Office 365 Fundamentals and the MS-900 certification for 98 participants, as well as Microsoft Azure Fundamentals training, coupled with the AZ-900 certification, for 106 people from 73 partner companies.

Mpho Nyembe, program manager at TOD, says the bootcamps are among the benefits the organisation offers its partners. “We embarked on this initiative with Microsoft’s backing to give participants an opportunity to recap everything they had learned about cloud services and the cloud model, which is particularly important for people involved in selling cloud-based solutions. The bootcamps include group discussions with lecturers as well as information exchange between participants.”

She says these intensive half-day learning sessions have resulted in TOD seeing a satisfying pass rate. Fully funded exam vouchers were also made available to participants. “Bootcamps were helpful for people who had not had the opportunity to study for the exams.”

According to Nyembe, certification is important for channel partners because it empowers their workforce, assisting employees to improve their core competencies and their technical and sales knowledge about the latest Microsoft products and solutions. It is essential for developing these partners’ businesses and gives their organisations a significant competitive advantage.

“As the number of certifications increase, so partners receive greater incentives and benefits, as well as the confidence of knowing that their people are better able to do their jobs and solve customer problems,” she says. “We know that everyone who took part enjoyed the training and there was a lot of buzz about the various sessions on LinkedIn.”

Bootcamps are generally run by Microsoft and TOD representatives, and are by invitation from TOD. Previously held face-to-face at various centres around the country, they are now virtual sessions with people attending from their home offices.

“Because it’s a model that is working well for us, we are also hosting Webinars via Microsoft Teams, on topics like keeping the sales momentum going during the COVID-19 lockdown, working securely from home, how to hold effective meetings, and how to manage a crisis,” Nyembe notes.

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