Friday, 4 November 2016

CTU on Training Industry's Top 20 IT Training Companies List



Raleigh, NC – November 3, 2016 – Training Industry has announced its Top 20 IT Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of IT training services/technologies in support of corporate learning and development.

View the 2016 Top 20 IT Training Companies

Selection to this year’s Top 20 IT Training Companies List was based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership and innovation in IT training
  • Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Quality and number of clients/users
  • Geographic reach
  • Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation

“The 2016 Top IT Training Companies List recognizes the most prominent names in IT training,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “We found that these companies provide some of the highest quality corporate training available, often adapting their offerings to meet the specific training needs of their customers.”

“The IT training market is one of the largest and most constantly evolving segments within the training industry,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “These organizations are the key players in this space in part because they have demonstrated the ability to innovate and respond to market needs.”

View the 2016 Top 20 IT Training Companies

About Training Industry, Inc.
Training Industry spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. The company publishes the annual Training Industry Top 20 and Training Industry Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

Friday, 8 July 2016

CTU - 2016 Top 20 Workforce Development List Company


Raleigh, NC − July 7, 2016 – Training Industry has released the Training Industry Top 20™ Workforce Development Providers list, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies.

View the 2016 Training Industry Top 20 Workforce Development Providers.

Selection to this year's Training Industry Top 20 Workforce Development Providers list was based on the following criteria: 

  • Industry visibility, innovation and impact
  • Capability to develop and deliver customized corporate training services
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Depth and breadth of subject matter expertise
  • Organization size and growth potential
  • Quality of clients
  • Geographic reach

“The 2016 Training Industry Top 20 Workforce Development providers have proven themselves to be the best at supporting and developing workforces across the corporate landscape.” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “They have the credentials to support training across multiple industries, modalities and service areas.”

“Developing a talented and capable workforce is top of mind for nearly any organization,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected for this year’s list are excellent resources to meet your training needs ranging from curriculum development, certifications and workshops/seminars.”
Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list.

View the 2016 Training Industry Top 20 Workforce Development Providers.

About Training Industry, Inc.
TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. The company publishes the annual Training Industry Top 20 and Training Industry Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

CTU Training Solutions joins Boys 2 Men project

CTU Training Solutions joined the Boys 2 Men project in conjunction with Moving Ahead Development Agency – MADA.  CTU Training Solutions collaborated with CompTIA SA to assist in the nurturing of future leaders in South Africa. 

The Boys 2 Men project aims to mentor and build career paths for 45 Grade 9 boys without fathers who are passionate about studying Engineering and Technology. The main objective is to encourage creative thinking, foster love of learning, teach them to have faith and find their purpose in life. There is a perception that boys raised without both parents don’t become responsible men who play a vital role in society.

The agenda for the introduction of the MADA project included an introduction and orientation at the SABC Auditorium on the 27th of June.  Followed by an introduction to Engineering and Higher Education at TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) on the 28th.  On the 29th students visited FlyFofa (who pride themselves in the ability to provide unparalleled, high quality aeromedical services) for an introduction to aviation.

On June 30th we had the pleasure of hosting these young students at the CTU learning experience centre in Sandton. We provided the students a fun and creative introduction to CompTIA IT Fundamentals. Yusuf Mia was the facilitator who provided the CompTIA IT Fundamentals training on the day that covered topics such as networking, hardware, software and security. CTU, in collaboration with Dr. Annette Martins from Edu-profile, provided facilities where the students could complete an online profile based on everything they have learnt during the past 5 days. These online assessments give the students information they need to understand and distinguish between their learned behavior and the strengths and talents that they were born with.

16-year-old, Senzo Motha from Carolina, Mpumulanga said in an interview, “this is the greatest thing in my life”. We also spoke to Simon Hasjenda from the Platfontein Village in the Northern Cape approximately 15km from Kimberley. He said that the MADA project is a great initiative. "If you are a boy without a father, it’s very difficult looking up at other parents, helping us achieve. It’s very important to learn and become a father figure." "Don’t look back, look forward," he said. He continued, “don’t look down on yourself, don’t think that if you don’t have a father you a nobody, you are a somebody. I’ve never been in IT; I didn’t even know about the computer”.

Shortly after, students got back on the bus and drove down to Zoo Lake Sports Club to take part in the Boys 2 Men Football Challenge, where CTU Auckland Park’s SRC and other students participated.
This was a very inspiring opportunity for CTU and we look forward to our continued involvement in this project.








Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to contribute towards the skills, career, social, early childhood and enterprise development of disadvantaged communities in the country. They are also registered with the Department of Social Services.

CTU Training Solutions (PTY) Ltd, established in 1987, is a private tertiary education provider that specializes in career (full time and part time training courses) and corporate solutions. CTU offers a variety of up-to-date design, business and IT training solutions with national qualifications (full time studies only) and vendor-specific international certifications which develop skills and prepares the graduates for a future filled with exciting opportunities at its 15 campuses nationwide.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

CTU Sandton Grand Opening 2016

The grand opening for the new CTU campus in Sandton took place on Thursday, 17 March 2016.

The attendees were welcomed in the foyer of the building and enjoyed welcome drinks while being serenaded by violinist, Elena Zlatkova, before being led up to the campus for the opening speech by CEO, Ronald Meeske.

Referring to the campus as CTU’s new experience, Mr. Meeske added that CTU is all about adding value by adopting new technologies. “We do not want to do just another course. We want to do solutions that work.”

“The opening tonight of this experience centre has really been a milestone in the company and it’s taking training and development and solutions in technology to a total different level”, Ronald added.

Loraine Vorster, CompTIA, also had something to say about the new learning culture. “It’s not about the different companies and what they offer. Really it’s more about the new style of learning that’s being offered here.”

Once the campus doors were opened, attendees were treated to showcases by Xbox, Cisco, Addosoft, Red Hat, SUSE, AfriGIS and TGN Racing Simulators. The attendees could race on the racing simulator and those with the winning lap times received prizes sponsored by Digicube Marketing. The winners were Louwki Coetsee, Dimension Data (first place), Trent Simpson, Dimension Data (second place) and in third, Daniel Shaw from BPDC Investments.

After visiting the different exhibitions in the classrooms, attendees were treated with drinks and lovely platters from the CTU Sandton campus caterers.

Delegates from Microsoft, CompTIA, SUSE, Obsidian and other companies attended the event, making the grand opening a great networking opportunity and, in the end, a success.

Other feedback from our attendees:
Lesley Mamaila from Cisco said “It’s quite a unique centre, quite an open plan. We are liking the new feel of it”.

Charlene Fraser from Red Hat had the following to say: “This event has had an amazing turnout. There’s a lot of companies here that are very involved and intrigued with this branch.”

Jean-Pierre Rousseau, Addosoft, added “tonight’s event has introduced a new concept, a new culture of experiencing technology, rather than just learning about it.”

“They’ve created a modern environment that looks like a modern working environment, facilitating learning in a new way.” - Lutz Ziob from Microsoft.

View the video here.














The Sandton learning experience

CTU Sandton is a collaborative training environment that provides access to innovative learning and world-class expertise, enabling you to experience learning in a unique way. Want to explore modernized technologies, send your team on a unique bootcamp training experience or need an environment to build or brainstorm a new technology solution for your business? CTU Sandton is able to provide that high-end, value for money learning experience and environment that you expect.

Do you find it difficult getting time away from the office to attend a week or more of training in a traditional classroom? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! We have introduced an all new drive-time training schedule allowing you to beat the traffic and maintain the right balance between your work-related responsibilities and investing into your own professional development!

Technology Deployment & Collaboration Facilities

Do you have a group of software developers wanting to build prototypes? Build it at CTU Sandton! Deploying a new technology but not sure where to start? Consider using our synergetic facilities to test, troubleshoot and plan your implementation strategies.

Get access to skilled industry consultants available to help guide you in setting up your new technology within an easy and adaptable infrastructure. We also have the facilities to accommodate technology showcases, hardware demos, first look clinics and lab practice sessions.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

How to Fix CRC Errors for Hyper-V Virtual Machines

CRC errors can occur due to various reasons on a Virtual Machine. The most common cause could be due to the fact of host hardware failure or eminent host hardware failure. The easiest way to diagnose these errors is when a backup is started and it does not complete. 

Normally the backup will complete with warnings but the hard drive in question will not be fully backed up. When a restore is attempted from these backups, it will not restore which renders the backup useless in a disaster recovery situation. Thus it is critical to test backups on a regular basis to ensure that the backups can be used if and when needed.

To rectify the problematic drive the following can be done:

  1. Scan the disk using the Scandisk utility provided by the operating system. If the drive in question is the C: drive, a restart will be necessary and a boot scan needs to be performed.
  2. After completion of the scan, the Virtual Machine must be exported using the Export utility in Hyper-V Manager, ideally to a different hard drive as to where the current Virtual Machine is hosted. It is critical to export the Virtual Machine as soon as possible to ensure the integrity of the drive and the Virtual Machine.
  3. After the export has completed, a full backup of the Virtual Machine must be attempted so see if the backup will succeed.
  4. If the backup succeeds and the Virtual Machine is fully backed up, the Virtual Machine can then be moved to a different storage location to prevent this error from reoccurring.
  5. In the event of the backup not succeeding, the Virtual Machine must be switched off and renamed to a specific name which will identify it as the VM with CRC errors.
  6. An import of the Virtual Machine exported in step no. 2. Ensure that the Virtual Machine is not imported onto the physical drive that caused the CRC errors.
  7. After the import is completed, ensure that all services are started and the server is back up and fully functional.
  8. A full server backup must then be conducted to ensure that a most recent backup is available.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Obsidian, Red Hat, CTU unite to support open source skills development

Leading provider of open source software and services Obsidian Systems has joined forces with global open source software leader Red Hat, ICT training service provider CTU Training Solutions and the MICT Seta to host an induction day on 31 March for 20 potential Red Hat Linux System Administrators and open source professionals.

The orientation programme will take place at CTU campus in Sandton and will offer students a full overview of the first learnership involving Red Hat in South Africa.

As a recognised leader in the open source market Obsidian understands the market requirement for candidates to possess structured practical experience and in-depth theoretical background.

“We are encouraging candidates to pursue a career in IT and become certified and qualified professionals who are able to add value to South African business that have adopted Linux or open source solutions.” says Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems.

Van Staden says the demand for open source skills is driven by the increased relevance of this software within the South African market.

More businesses are having to streamline operations, reduce cost, operate more productively and efficiently, says van Staden and this is where open source systems adds value.

“The fact that this is the first of its kind learnership in South Africa reflects the increasing popularity of open source and the desire for companies to bring in skilled individuals to help administrate these systems to enhance operations,” van Staden adds.

This Obsidian, CTU Training Solutions and MICT Seta-backed learnership is a sure route to recognised certification, in-depth knowledge of Red Hat Linux and training/ tuition from accredited providers.

Read more here.

Some photo's of the induction day:





SUSE, CTU in open source training partnership

31 March 2016 - Enterprise Linux solutions provider, SUSE South Africa, has entered into a strategic partnership with CTU Training Solutions that will see the institution provide training based on the current SUSE certification programme.

This includes Certified Linux Administrator, Professional, and Expert levels, as well as advanced technical tracks such as for SUSE’s private cloud IaaS-solution SUSE OpenStack Cloud, the comprehensive Linux server management solution SUSE Manager, and the software based storage solution SUSE Enterprise Storage. Additionally, CTU will offer new SUSE courses and updated versions of existing programmes as they become available throughout its network in South Africa.

“With the country experiencing an increased demand for open source skills, this partnership with CTU, who is known as a provider with a refreshing approaching to training services, could not have come at a better time. CTU will not only provide corporate training services, but also assist in the development of skills at a grassroots level,” says Matthew Lee, Regional Manager for Africa at SUSE.

Rhynier de Klerk, Corporate Director at CTU agrees. “Following the successful opening of our Sandton training facility, we are proud to work closely with SUSE on an innovative training programme that provides real value to our students eager to pursue a career in ICT. Open source continues to be one of the most widely adopted technology platforms. Empowering our students with the knowledge they need to become employable in a competitive job market or by developing their current expertise - through this partnership - is incredibly exciting,” he says.

Lee believes the way CTU approaches its training was key in identifying the institution as a partner.

“Having someone like CTU that offers both grassroots and corporate training mean the open source skills base in the country can be grown more effectively. CTU also has an extensive presence throughout South Africa so we can maximise the exposure students have to our certification programmes,” says Lee.

About SUSE
SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com

About CTU
CTU Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd, represents the highest level of competence and expertise in delivering training and development solutions through multiple learning methodologies across South Africa and Africa.

We believe that companies should have a suitable skills development plan to optimise the technologies that are deployed, systematically developing employees to address the skills gap as a great way to achieve empowered human capital. The CTU Corporate division provides consultative training and development solutions to corporate organisations, government, SMME’s, technology partners and vendor partners. For more information, visit www.ctucorp.co.za

Friday, 20 November 2015

CTU Training Solutions on Top 20 IT Training Companies list

TrainingIndustry.com Announces Top 20 IT Training Companies List


CARY, NC − November 20, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 IT Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of IT training.

View the 2015 Top 20 IT Training Companies

Selection to this year's Top 20 IT Training Companies List was based on the
following criteria:

  • Leadership and innovation in IT training
  • Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Quality and number of clients/users
  • Geographic reach
  • Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation

“Our Top 20 IT Training Companies are all excellent examples of organizations that provide training programs on new technologies in a continuously evolving space,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry Inc. “While the segment itself has shown relatively slow growth, these organizations stand out covering all critical topics in engaging and effective ways.”

“The 2015 Top 20 list demonstrates the strength of training providers in the technology segment,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry Inc. “The IT training market has seen significant growth in demand for online virtual classes, and these providers continue to adjust to the needs of their clients.”

Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list.

View the 2015 Top 20 IT Training Companies

About Training Industry, Inc.
TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Avoid the 10 Most Common Web Development Mistakes: A Tutorial for Developers

Monday, 5 October 2015

IBM courses now available at CTU Training Solutions in partnership with Ingram Micro


Having the right skillset in today’s dynamic world of information technology gives you and your customers an edge on the competition. CTU Training Solutions in partnership with Ingram Micro offers a wide variety of IBM training courses. With high-quality IBM training content and the reach and experience of CTU and Ingram Micro instructors, you can develop a strong skills portfolio to grow your career and stay competitive in an ever-changing technical marketplace.

IBM believes that training is an essential part of customer success with enablement and engagement. IBM has selected world-wide IBM global training providers to provide the highest quality training on IBM solutions. IBM global training providers are the only partners authorized by IBM to leverage the award winning IBM technical training content and combine this with expertly trained and experienced trainers and coaches to provide you with an exceptional learning experience.

IBM certification can assist in laying the groundwork for your personal journey to become a world-class resource to your customers, colleagues, and company, by providing you with the appropriate skills and accreditation needed to succeed. Not sure what course to take? Use the training paths and register for a course at CTU Training Solutions today.

New versions of many IT certifications are released as products and technologies improve. By staying up to date with your certifications, you are giving yourself the ability to work with the latest technology and removing many barriers. Updating your IT certification can lead to a bigger paycheck, but even if that doesn’t happen right away, you’ve strengthened your position for future financial gain.

6 Reasons to Update your Certification:
Withdrawn Certifications
Did you know that Certifications can be withdrawn?

Certifications become withdrawn and retired when there is a new certification with current information, current products and versions. It is important to stay aware of retired certifications and get ahead of withdrawal dates by preparing for the new certification. This also shows that you are in touch with the industry.

Learn Something New
In all career paths, there is always room for professional growth. Learning the latest technology or techniques can help you stay on top of industry changes and apply your knowledge to your job and tasks.

Whether it’s a desire to perform better, expand your skill set and knowledge base or increase your marketability. The presence of updated IT certifications on your resume demonstrates that you are dedicated and able to keep up with change in the industry.

Improve Productivity
Outdated certifications can leave you with inefficiencies and a lack of productivity.

Pursuing and earning an upgraded certification presents you with the ability to learn new skills and you may discover a few tricks to increase speed and efficiency in your current processes.

Career Enhancement
Updating your IT certification can lead to a bigger paycheck, but even if that doesn’t happen right away, you’ve strengthened your position for future financial gain.

You can also consider pursuing a certification in a new product to broaden your knowledge of multiple products and technologies. An employer’s knowledge of your newly upgraded skill set can be an advantage and enhancement in many work environments.

New Certification Version
New versions of many IT certifications are released as products and technologies improve. By staying up to date with your certifications, you are giving yourself the ability to work with the latest technology and removing many barriers.

IBM Certification Program works to ensure that the latest technology is available to members and certifications are released often to help you work with these technologies.

Stay Current
Staying up to date with your certifications will keep you on your technical toes.
Certifications are a great way to show your dedication to your career and technology but did you know that it’s important to stay current and updated with your certifications. Vendor-specific certifications are often related to a product version, so when a newer version of the product is released, it’s important that you upgrade your certification to keep your skills up to date.