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AppSense training and certification centers launched; more news

In this news roundup, AppSense adds training and certification centers for its partners, offering select Platinum partners new reach and opportunities; vendor Okta restructures and enhances its partner program; more news.

Virtual enterprise workspace management solutions provider AppSense has added education certification and training centers to its partner program.

The Education and Sales Certification Program has three certification levels: AppSense Certified Administrator, AppSense Certified Expert and the AppSense Certified Architect. Completion of the program results in certification in consulting, architecting and supporting AppSense workspace management environments that are fully integrated with VMWare and Citrix.

AppSense said it will select qualified Platinum partners to oversee AppSense training through the company's channel-managed Authorized Training Centers. Through managing AppSense training, the company said these Platinum partners will gain further access into customer IT ecosystems and new cross-selling and up-selling opportunities.

Okta restructures, enhances its partner program

Cloud-based identity management vendor Okta this week updated their one-year-old Okta Solution Providers (OSP) partner program by adding a tiered structure and program enhancements.

According to the vendor, the new four-tiered structure is designed to scale the OSP program to partners of every size, industry and geography and will offer partners differentiated certification requirements, revenue commitments and benefits.

Okta said the OSP program's enhancements increase specialization of support as well as benefits for qualified partners. New benefits include differentiated reseller partner net margins; comprehensive sales, technical and certification training; marketing resources; discounted pricing for partners to use Okta internally; and the opportunity for qualified partners to sponsor and participate in Oktane 14, Okta's annual user conference.

CompTIA announces general availability of CompTIA CertMaster

CompTIA CertMaster, an online learning tool designed for students and professionals studying technical information and preparing for IT certification exams and careers, is now available worldwide.

CompTIA said CompTIA CertMaster helps its users study and prepare for the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Strata IT Fundamentals certification exams. The software uses key principles from neurobiology, cognitive psychology and game studies to help its users learn and retain technical information, CompTIA said. According to the nonprofit, 96% of CompTIA CertMaster users have rated the tool as "excellent" or "good," and users of this form of learning have experienced a 50-75% reduction in time spent training and studying to reach competency in the subject matter. Additionally, users demonstrated 80% knowledge retention after 12 months, compared to less than 5% retention after traditional learning methods.

The platform suits both consumer use and application in schools, businesses and government agencies and is accessible from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

CompTIA released the CertMaster last month.

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