Professional training provider Sideris Courseware announced that it has enlarged its suite of courses, bringing its total number of titles to more than 500. In addition to developing new offerings around familiar topics like Linux, Oracle and Microsoft technologies, Sideris is rolling out content that goes beyond its traditional learning programs, said Dan Sideris, president of the company.
“There are three different directions we’re going in,” he said. “The first is with regards to high-end technical curriculum. The second direction we’re growing in pretty heavily is soft skills. The third direction we’re heading in is localized languages. We look at the market and customer feedback. That drives the content that we acquire. We try to proactively anticipate (industry trends), and I think we’ve done a fairly good job of that thus far. We also want to try to have the best-of-breed in broader areas.”
Although the soft skills covered in some of the courses are something of a departure for the company, IT professionals can still benefit from curricula that deal with subjects like employee management, communication, stress management and workplace conduct. Foreign language programs are another relatively new development for Sideris. “We’ve got a fairly strong customer base for our French titles,” Sideris said. “We’re talking to a German company about releasing the Oracle 10g content in German. That’s another kind of value-added specialty that seems to be paying dividends.”
Sideris continues to offer all of its technical learning content in the form of instructor-led hard-copy…
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