Five Out of the Top 10 Technology Companies Use Skytap to Accelerate Their Virtual Training Programs

Tina Aarsvold

SEATTLE, Wash. — November 11, 2015 Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Environments as a Service (EaaS), today announced that GE Healthcare, Informatica, and Schneider Electric have successfully deployed Skytap’s training solution to increase the effectiveness of their training programs and collaboration across global teams. Skytap’s comprehensive virtual training labs solution has seen strong adoption in the market as it helps these and many other companies deliver a highly scalable hands-on software learning experience, improve performance of employees and partners, and drive overall business success.

Today’s training departments are expected to deliver an increasing volume of classes, while controlling costs and IT support requirements. This places immense pressure on conventional training infrastructures as they are often time-consuming to provision, and their network requirements consume bandwidth quickly. The limitations of these physical and online classroom delivery models have created an immediate need for solutions that deliver fast, easy, and secure virtual training on a global scale.

For example, using Skytap’s virtual training solution, GE Healthcare has raised the bar in the effectiveness of its training “100-fold” in their words. Previously, training within the U.S. and Canada required expensive travel. With Skytap, the company can bring its training straight to employees living almost anywhere with a global reach expanding as far as Kenya. “In the past, I had to bring someone into the training center at headquarters so they could access hands-on environments,” said Doug McKelvey, Training and Organizational Readiness manager at GE Healthcare IT. “Leveraging Skytap, we’re actually able to give that student, in their home location the ability to actually do the hands-on training. When you’re dealing with technology, hands-on is the only way people learn.”

Using Skytap’s self-service web UI, trainers can provision new classrooms in seconds to provide a hands-on learning environment anywhere in the world, including self-paced course delivery that students can schedule around their own availability. Skytap’s virtual training solution also allows training organizations to take their existing instructor-led and remote training environments to the cloud without any application rewrites.

“Skytap is a very scalable solution, and you can replicate environments in a matter of minutes,” said Alex Gurevich, senior manager of global education services at Informatica. “The most important thing is that we can integrate with our learning management system and fire off labs that are available to students within two to three minutes from the point of registration.”

According to Andrew Garbutt, an instructional designer at Schneider Electric, the use of Skytap has allowed his team to triple its training base, while relying on the same number of trainers or less. “Skytap helps us very quickly deploy training resources so we can dive right into providing the software training people expect from us,” said Garbutt. “With Skytap, we’re now able to reach three times as many students.”

To learn more about how Skytap simplifies training programs across all industries, visit the Skytap customer page here: https://www.skytap.com/company/customers/.

About Skytap, Inc.

Skytap provides Environments-as-a-Service (EaaS) to transform the software development lifecycle and help customers deliver better software, faster. Today’s enterprise is challenged to continuously deliver new customer-facing applications, while overcoming increasing change and complexity in IT infrastructures. Our customers use Skytap to manage, share, deploy and decommission on-demand environments that contain everything needed to collaborate at each phase of the SDLC, without unnecessary costs and project delays due to manual configuration and dependencies. Enterprise IT organizations maintain full visibility and cost control, while allowing dev and test teams to self-provision labs and share complex environments with ease, for a lasting boost to agile DevOps initiatives. To try Skytap and learn more, visit www.skytap.com.

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