June 15, 2006
The new, independent 3000 training begins
Veteran MPE trainers Paul Edwards and Frank Alden Smith are hunting this summer, searching for three IT professionals who want to learn more about running the HP 3000. Edwards and Smith have announced their first class at MPE-Education.com. HP has agreed to let Edwards and Smith overhaul the HP class materials for MPE Fundamentals as the duo's first step into independent, HP authorized training.
MPE-Education.com becomes the hub for 3000 training as of this week, since HP has called off its training courses for the platform. Many companies still have years of HP 3000 use in front of them. Considering how many 3000 customers have cut back on in-house 3000 expertise, fundamentals training could show some promise.
Edwards and Smith aren't looking for much to begin. They say they need three students for the first course to make. It will be offered online, using Virtual Classroom software. HP 3000 customers got a peek at this courseware last summer when OpenMPE conducted its 2005 meeting using the PC-based application.
A joint venture of Smith's Alden Research and Paul Edwards & Associates, MPE-Education.com had to rework and update HP's materials to get the MPE Fundamentals class ready. The company is also planning to offer on-site training, as well as staging classes around the US.
"The original training materials have undergone an extensive review and revitalization," according to a press release from MPE-Education.com. The five-day MPE Fundamentals course date is July 24-28, 2006 at a cost of $1,750 per person.
It will be held using the new Virtual Classroom Environment, VCE, which uses an instructor led, Web-based format. This format eliminates the cost and work disruption of travel to a classroom site. Registration and course details are available on the www.mpe-education.com web site. Full payment must be received one week prior to the start of the class for each student enrolled. A minimum of three students is required to commence the class.
More course offerings will be available as the materials review process progresses and the community interest in MPE training continues. Next up on the list appears to be MPE/iX system management; the educational firm also has plans for MPE/iX network administration, MPE/iX performance and tuning, and TurboIMAGE and IMAGE/SQL
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