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TekSource Executive Overview

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Who is TekSource Corporate Learning? …

Who is TekSource Corporate Learning?
Located in Toronto, Ontario, with a network of partner locations across Canada and in the United States, TekSource Corporate Learning is the leader in Interactive On-Demand Mentored Training, and we are experts in technology related corporate training. Our curriculum is divided into three focus areas:
IT Professional – Microsoft (all products excluding dynamics), Cisco* (French and English), Juniper, VMware Certified Virtualization Expert® (CVE®) Technology related business skills – ITIL*, IT Project Management and BA Information worker - Microsoft Office, SharePoint end-user and other end-user training

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  • 1. Learning Services Overview TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 1
  • 2. About TekSource Corporate Learning Located in Toronto, Ontario, with a network of partner locations across Canada and in the United States, TekSource Corporate Learning is the leader in Interactive On-Demand Mentored Training, and we are experts in technology related corporate training. Experience and Innovation TekSource management and staff are corporate learning professionals with extensive industry experience. Each of our senior staff have at least 10 years experience in corporate training and education and some of our staff hold advanced degrees in Adult Education. TekSource places a high level of importance on continuous learning, innovation, improvement and involvement in the corporate education community. We are active in several industry associations related to corporate education, learning trends and e-learning and we actively contribute to the ongoing discussion around best practices in corporate education today. This benefits our clients in two ways: We are Accredited Subject Matter Experts in corporate learning and education and act as a critical resource for our clients when assessing scope of a learning initiative, defining outcomes and determining best practices. We are experts in Emerging Education Technology which uniquely positions us to work with our clients’ learning organizations as they explore web based learning initiatives or the impact and efficacy of emerging trends in education such as blogs, wikis, twitter, second life, forums, collaboration, rapid e- learning, defining internal expert strategies, and social networking tools such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Business Objective Focus With every client engagement, TekSource recognizes that training is one critical success factor related to a technology initiative, and that ensuring that training supports the underlying business objectives is critical to our clients’ success. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 2
  • 3. Instructor Facilitated Training, Web Based Learning Solutions, and Learning Solution Consulting TekSource Corporate Learning addresses the business objectives of our clients More information about our Course through three solution sets: Instructor Facilitated Training which we support in our Delivery models, Learning Centre and through our network of partner sites and at client sites, Web please see page 4 Based Learning Solutions which encompass traditional e-learning as well as newer For additional collaborative learning technologies and Learning Solution Consulting where we information about the provide high value learning strategy consulting and technology related organizational vendors we support please see page 7 development initiatives. Instructor Facilitated Training TekSource delivers IT Professional, Technology Business Skills, and Information Worker Training in our innovative training facilities and we support our training with extensive value added components and comprehensive student support that is the best in the industry. IT Professional - IT Professional training is the core offering of TekSource Corporate Learning, and this area of our curriculum encompasses all server products, databases, web and application development, virtualization, Networking, Security and Telephony courses including open source offerings such as GNU/Linux. Our support for vendors includes Microsoft (CPLS), Cisco, VMware, Adobe, Juniper, redhat, and others. Technology Business Skills - TekSource complements our core IT professional training with focussed business skills training that is designed to support the business processes related to technology initiatives and deployments. This area of our curriculum includes IT project management, Business Analyst Courses, and IT infrastructure Library (ITIL) courses. Information Worker - This area of our curriculum is focussed on the end-users of technology and includes courses on commonly used applications such as the Microsoft Office suite of products, Graphic Design and Media software packages, Project Management Software and other applications commonly deployed on the enterprise desktop. Value and Support are two key differentiators of the instructor facilitated training offerings from TekSource. In the case of our On-Demand Mentored Training offerings, student support extends for 6 months from the beginning of the course and includes value add components such as access to related e-learning titles, ongoing access to our facilities and instructors, support from online mentors, access to our exclusive discussion forums, and the ability to re-take a course for any reason. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 3
  • 4. Instructor Facilitated Course Delivery Options TekSource can provide training at our location, at our partner sites across Canada and the US, and at our client sites. IT Professional DeskSide Private Instructor Private Instructor Instructor Support and Facilitated Facilitated Facilitated Training at Training at Training at Client One-on-one TekSource Site training TekSource 1 2 3 4 1 IT Professional Instructor Facilitated Training at TekSource (R)Evolution - Interactive | On-Demand | Mentored | Training With (R)Evolution, TekSource is transforming the way IT professionals receive training. Our courses are led by Certified Instructors and supported by online course mentors. Course content is delivered through expert video modules and interactive features, in tandem with virtual lab exercises and progress quizzes. When you take training with TekSource, you get a comprehensive training solution that incorporates the following value add components into one “revolutionary” offering: Pre-class Facilitation Clear objectives | A tailored Learning experience | A prepared participant We start the learning process well before you arrive at our door with lots of communication and information including exclusive access to our online course forums. Our instructors, coordinators and facilitators will ensure that when course participants arrive, they will have all the tools they need to be successful and students will have already started to learn. Certified instructors Certified subject experts | Comprehensive course delivery | Personalized and consultative Every mentored training course is supported by a certified instructor who facilitates, coaches and mentors the students through the learning process - their only job is to ensure our students’ success. Students attend class in one day increments (which can be non-consecutive days for multi-day courses). TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 4
  • 5. — Since the course content is provided by the expert video modules, the in-class instructor can devote 100% of their time to individual instruction and guidance. — Our exclusive consultative learning approach ensures that the needs of each student are assessed and support during and subsequent to the course is tailored to them. Expert Video Modules Consistent | Industry experts giving their best delivery | Paced to the student (R)Evolution guarantees consistent, high quality instruction, and uniform delivery of the course material mapped to official vendor course curriculum with no missed topics. — Content is delivered by World Class Experts and Certified Trainers and it has been edited and produced so that students are presented the best possible delivery of the course material. — Self Scheduled progress matches the learning speed of each student – it allows for instant review, and results in improved retention. Interactive Content Real lab environments | Mapped to objectives | Ongoing concept reinforcement Throughout the Learning experience, instruction is reinforced with practical exercises, lab exercises completed in live lab environments and progress checks that give immediate feedback to the student regarding their progress. — Keeps students engaged, on track and in line with their objectives — Provides instant feedback, real time results and acts as a measure for the instructor to provide further mentorship Online Mentoring and Continuous Learning 6 months, 24/7 access | expert mentor | e-learning content and forums The online mentoring support that is included with (R)Evolution starts when the student enters the classroom and continues for 6 months. As both a 3rd training resource in the classroom and as a valuable support service that is available 24/7, students have yet another mechanism to support their learning. Access to e-learning content that mirrors the course content, and exclusive access to course related discussion forums make TekSource training courses the best supported training in the industry. — Reinforces learning and acts as a support during the classroom session — Assistance applying course concepts — Access to our facility, relevant e-learning content, course discussion forums and ability to re-take some or all of the training is absolute assurance that required learning is received. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 5
  • 6. 2 3 Private Instructor Facilitated Training at TekSource or at our Clients’ site Tailored to our clients’ unique requirements, Private Instructor Facilitated Training whether it be standard Instructor Led training our delivered through our (R)Evolution Mentored Training approach, provides for a higher level of customization and a more focussed delivery to a group of employees from one company. Project teams, task specific groups, and entire departments choose private training to allow for an open dialogue among participants regarding the courses application in the customer’s workplace and to ensure that training meets the specific objectives of a project or technology initiative. TekSource can provide private course deliveries at our facility or at a client site. 4 Desk-side Support and One-on-one Training Desk-side support If your organization is planning a shift in technology that will affect a large segment of your employee base, TekSource can provide critical support as new technology is deployed to users’ desktops. Typically desk-side support is employed in conjunction with other training efforts when introducing new Desktop Productivity tools, TekSource can provide Certified Trainers to act as roving Coaches and Mentors, ensuring that user productivity is not negatively impacted and to enhance other user training initiatives. One-on-One Training / Executive coaching In cases where an individual employee requires specialized focused training, One-on-one training allows students to work more interactively, with a dedicated certified instructor. Available for all curriculum areas (IT, BA, Project Management, and Information worker courses) this flexible training model has the advantage of concentrating on particular student's needs and at their own pace. Private and individual training sessions can be tailored to your specific requirements and held either on-site at your own facility, or at TekSource. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 6
  • 7. IT Professional Curriculum Detailed By Vendor TekSource is a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, and as such is uniquely qualified to provide training solutions on the full Microsoft Product Suite. Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions are the only training companies that meet the Microsoft international standards of excellence and are committed to the following: Microsoft Certified Trainers Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) deliver the training classes our Learning Solutions partners offer. MCTs are product experts who meet stringent certification requirements; they are the only individuals who are authorized to deliver training that is based on Official Microsoft Learning Products. Official Microsoft Learning Products TekSource uses Official Microsoft Learning Products that are designed in cooperation with the Microsoft product development teams that built the software. As a result, the materials come straight from the source. These products offer real-world scenarios and in-depth content for an unparalleled learning experience. Guaranteed Customer Satisfaction TekSource offers a comprehensive learning guarantee that ensures that you will meet your learning objectives including the ability to re-take a course even if you were 100% satisfied the first time. Early Access to New Products TekSource, in conjunction with Microsoft delivers First Look Clinics and hands-on labs well before production software is released. Special Offers and Promotions As a Microsoft Partner for Learning Solutions, TekSource can help you take advantage of special offers on training and certification. Software Assurance Voucher Redemption As a Microsoft Partner for Learning Solutions, TekSource is authorized to redeem Software Assurance Training vouchers and can provide assistance to clients who require guidance on the use of SA vouchers. TekSource’s Microsoft IT Professional training curriculum covers the following areas: Infrastructure Including Hyper-V, System Center, Cluster Server, Storage Server, SQL Server and Querying, Windows Server, Vista, Windows 7 Business Productivity Including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Groove, Project Server, Unified Communications. For a complete listing of Development courses please go to Including Visual Studio, Commerce Server, .NET Development, BizTalk www.teksource.ca TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 7
  • 8. TekSource resells Cisco certification training from ARP. TekSource’s Cisco offerings include market-leading Cisco IPC, security, routing and switching, networking, and wireless training. Courses are created by Cisco product teams, taught by ARP’s Certified Cisco instructors and authorized by Cisco. Certified as a Cisco Learning Partner Associate, ARP is focused on providing exceptional, professional training to clients who need to successfully install, configure, and manage Cisco solutions. As a trusted Cisco partner, ARP is the only company in Canada to employ bilingual Certified Cisco Wireless Instructors and Contact Center Instructors. ARP’s Cisco Certified industry experienced instructors, exceptional curriculum, and state of the art lab equipment promote rapid skills development and provide a learning experience that has earned ARP a 98% client satisfaction rating. With over 100 courses, ARP offers foundational to specialized training and certification in a wide range of Cisco training solutions: — Voice — Unified Collaboration — Network Security — Routing & Switching — Wireless — Storage / Data Center TekSource is partnered with Global Training Solutions to provide: VMware VI3 Bootcamp Training The Ultimate Bootcamp® is taught by the top virtualization experts, with hands-on labs designed to expose the student to advanced virtualization concepts and VMware’s VI3.5 Product. This comprehensive class prepares the student to become a professional virtualization expert with the certification Certified Virtualization Expert® (CVE®). VmWare vSphere 4 Boot camp Training The VMware® vSphere 4.0 Ultimate Bootcamp® is taught by top virtualization experts and offers hands-on labs designed to expose the student to advanced virtualization concepts and the VMware® vSphere 4.0 product suite. This comprehensive class prepares the student to become a certified professional virtualization expert with the Certified Virtualization Expert Certifcation. Advanced VMware Security A critical and often overlooked aspect of migrating to a virtualized environment is security and setting up security properly. Like physical machines, virtualization technologies are not secure “out of the box” and VMware is no exception. The Advanced Virtualization Security course focuses on “where the vulnerabilities lie” and how to reduce the attack surfaces in the virtualized environment. It goes beyond the typical security protocols administrators use to secure their environments and delves much deeper into the actual working (and short comings) of the VMware environment. TekSource provides a full range of courses designed to exceed the content and coverage of equivalent redhat training courses. The redhat training provided by TekSource is not official redhat curriculum. Redhat training from TekSource is vendor neutral, and non-biased. TekSource is partnered with Cosmos Security to provide Certified Juniper Training and we support a full schedule of Juniper training across Canada covering all Juniper certification tracks. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 8
  • 9. Technology Business Skills Curriculum TekSource in Partnership with Ahead Technology, now offers Accredited ITIL Online training and instructor led training – ranging from introductory (foundations level) to intermediate and advanced titles. This solution offers one of the most effective ways to deliver ITIL training to a geographically dispersed department in a timely manner. This Solution, designed to eliminate the travel expense and course scheduling challenges normally faced by organizations attempting to provide a high level of ITIL training to their staff is exclusive to TekSource in Canada. ITIL online classes use a series of accredited video lectures combined with online student courseware and classroom or remote mentors to recreate the actual classroom experience. All programs can be delivered in a group (public or onsite) or individual (desktop or mobile) classroom environment. Upon completion of each training segment, students who have purchased the optional exam vouchers can go online to register with our exam agent who in turn will collect all the necessary documentation to set them up with a location and proctor to administer the exams. Our current* ITIL online Curriculum includes the following titles: ITIL Foundations V2-V3 Bridge ITIL ORIENTATION ITIL V3 Foundation Service Manager Bridge Service Capability – SOA Service Capability – PPO Service Capability - Operational Support and Analysis (OSA) Service Capability - Release, Control & Validation (RCV) Lifecycle Strategy Lifecycle Design LifeCycle Transition LifeCycle Operations Lifecycle CSI Managing Across the Lifecycle TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 9
  • 10. Project Management Curriculum In today’s dynamically changing business environment projects are initiated under tighter budgetary, resource and time constraints than ever before. TekSource focuses on the core project management skills required to manage an Information Technology project supported with proven "real life" tools and techniques required to successfully manage IT Projects. Our courses are designed for Information Systems Project Leaders, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Line of Business I.S. Coordinators, who are responsible for the delivery of projects in a cross-functional environment. TekSource will customize the delivery of project management courses to meet the specific requirements of your team and may incorporate aspects of the following: Core IT Project Management Courses: — Project Scope Management — Project Time Management — Project Cost Management — Project Communications Management — Project Risk Management — Project Quality Management — Project Procurement and Human Resource Management IT Project Management Elective Courses: — Project Risk Management — Project Quality Management — Project Procurement and Human Resource Management — Project Management Using Microsoft® Project 2003 or 2007 — Project Management Simulation — Scope Change Management — Earned Value Management — PMP® Test Prep Advanced Level and Executive Overviews: — Basics of Business Consulting — Leading High Performance Teams — Managing Chaos and Complexity — Managing Public Sector Projects (Workshop Suite) — Managing the Outsourced Organization — Rescuing Troubled Projects — IT Project Portfolio Management — Advanced Earned Value Management — Essentials of Program Management — Executive View of Project Management TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 10
  • 11. Business Analyst Training According to the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™), Business Analysts are responsible for identifying the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to determine solutions to business problems. TekSource provides training to BAs are responsible for requirements development and requirements management. Solutions often include a systems development component but may also consist of process improvement or organizational change. Business analysts are a key facilitator within an organization, acting as a bridge between the client, stakeholders and the solution team. Many people who are responsible for business analysis activities do not have the job title business analyst. TekSource provides Business Analysis training to a variety of stakeholders in our customers’ organizations: Business systems analyst Systems analyst Computer systems analyst Information systems analyst Application developer Business process analyst Customer Liaison Project Manager The Essential Business Analysis Skills Course (©2008 International Institute of Business Analysis) This course is designed to give participants the following skills and tools: — Analyze and understand the business problems — Identify and document requirements — Communicate effectively (written and spoken) — Manage client relationships — Facilitate discussions — Negotiate and build consensus — Model data and processes — Plan and manage activities — Facilitate and develop business strategy — Understand and manage organizational change TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 11
  • 12. Information Worker TekSource supports a full breadth of Information worker (end user) courses for Microsoft Office, Microsoft Sharepoint, Adobe Products, Crystal reports and others. Web Based Learning Solutions In addition to instructor facilitated learning, TekSource fully supports our clients requirements for online learning solutions including Pre-Produced web based content from the world’s leading content vendors. TekSource maintains a vendor neutral stance and has no exclusive contracts with any content vendor so as to ensure that the solutions we present to our clients are done so without bias and are in keeping with our clients business and learning objectives. Microsoft Official E-Learning courses are designed for maximum skills-transfer in minimal time and provide accurate, relevant, and engaging learning on Microsoft Technologies direct from the source. With Virtual Labs, Microsoft E-Learning runs testing environments on live servers giving you a chance to test your knowledge before installing the application. Video Trainer and Learning Zone features high quality video instruction, demonstrations, and lab exercises on core Microsoft Technologies as well as introductory Cisco topics and an extensive library of Network Security titles. All Video Trainer titles can be supported by online 24/7 course content mentoring. ITIL online content from ITSM Exclusively available from TekSource in Canada and produced in partnership with Video Trainer, the content features high quality video and presentations from some of ITSM’s leading instructors and course authors. This series includes intermediate and advanced certification courses that are often difficult to secure in an instructor led format without significant travel expenses. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 12
  • 13. Content Sourcing, Custom Content and Rapid Course Development where web based learning needs to address a customer specific procedure or set of procedures or where content is not available from an existing source, TekSource leverages our internal expertise, network of consultants and subject matter experts to develop content that meets the expected learning objectives and outcomes in a time and cost effective manner. We utilize the most respected adult learning methodologies in our course development, and our focus is on expected outcomes and learning objectives as they relate to the business objective of the training. Web Based Strategies and Tools Web based tools and technologies continue to evolve, and TekSource is your reliable source for best practices and advice about emerging trends in education such as blogs, wikis, twitter, second life, forums, collaboration, rapid e-learning, defining internal expert strategies, and social networking tools such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Learning Solution Consulting TekSource applies our experience and expertise when consulting with our clients on learning strategy, developing best practices and in the planning and delivery of learning. These services may include: — Conducting needs assessments to identify assess and define learning needs. — Creating scoping documents and learning plans to drive desired results and workplace behaviours. — Recommending appropriate solutions to address current and emerging learning needs. — Manage all training activities within specified area of responsibility including planning, vendor management, scheduling, delivery and train-the-trainer development. — Managing programs and projects to ensure timely delivery of instructional products that are within budget and at the highest possible level of quality. — Interface with internal clients to accurately diagnose instructional problems and identify exceptional solutions. — Support learning optimization within our clients’ business units to ensure that learning is relevant, scheduled appropriately, and has its best impact. Instructors TekSource Corporate Learning has carefully selected professional staff and trainers who meet the highest standards both from a skills perspective and an aptitude perspective. We only work with trainers that truly enjoy training. Our trainers are highly skilled professionals, each required to have a minimum of 5 years experience in their field of expertise. Each trainer has specialized degrees from recognized universities, as well has recognized certification in his/her areas of expertise. This unique combination of professional trainer and expert practitioner gives our content leaders a real world understanding of the issues and challenges our clients face every day. Our trainers include consultants, authors, curriculum developers, and learning specialists who have proven teaching and facilitation skills to ensure a quality learning experience. TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 13
  • 14. Facilities and Locations Toronto Head Office We have modern professional training facilities fully equipped with seating for up to 35 participants. TekSource Corporate Learning maintains very current computer configurations including 64bit machines. Displays are minimum 22” LCD monitors and we provide wireless internet access throughout our facility. Each room is brightly lit and floor to ceiling windows provide lots of natural light. Major Centres across Canada TekSource has built a network of partner locations across Canada to provide national coverage to meet the needs of clients with a national presence. Furthermore we have relationships with tier 1 training organizations in major centres across the Unites States that we can employ to address our clients’ requirements outside of Canada. Mississauga, Ontario Vancouver, B.C. Edmonton, Alberta Calgary, Alberta Regina, Saskatchewan Winnipeg, Manitoba Ottawa, Ontario Montreal, Quebec Moncton, N.B. Halifax, Nova Scotia St, John’s, Nfld. Quebec City, Quebec TekSource Corporate Learning | 36 Lombard Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X3 Phone | Toronto: 647.827.0488 | Toll Free: 877.827.0488 Email | info@teksource.ca | Web Site: www.teksource.ca Page 14

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