Global Knowledge acquires Nexient Learning

Approximately30 months ago IT learning and training in Canada was basicallyscattered everywhere across this great land.

What happenedin early 2007 between CDI, Polar Bear Training and Acerra changed theIT training business forever in this country. The three of them merged tobecome Nexient Learning. Today,Nexientis a powerhouse in the channel community for ITtraining.

The company has more than 300full-time employees and 400 contract associates. Nexient has offices in18 cities across Canada.

But that hasall changed again as Cary, N.C.-based Global Knowledge has acquiredNexient Learning today.

The skillsdevelopment company has more than 1,200 people worldwide. GlobalKnowledge is in 23 countries and 10 U.S. states.

What does thismean for Canada? Well the first thing is better financial footing. Anexpansion of skills development. Nexient, and I do not mean this as acriticism, was mainly focused on Microsoft. With Global Knowledge they cannow offer Cisco, Red Hat,VMwareand Citrix training.

Plus one of Global Knowledge's strengths is how itcommunicates with the IT industry in general. They constantly deliverexcellent content on the job market and skills development. Thisapproach has made Global Knowledge part of a community as opposed tojust a supplier or partner.

I haveinterviewed and met many of the executives at Nexient Learning over theyears such as Colleen Moorehead, Donna DeWinter andWendy Callaghan. I wish them all the best with GlobalKnowledge.

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