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Miami Steve
15-08-2011, 06:12 PM
I am thinking about taking a new direction is my IT career and as part of this change have been looking training resources. Today I came across 2 sites that seem to offer fairly extensive training for all levels. These are LearnItFirst (http://www.learnitfirst.com) and AppDev (http://www.appdev.com). Does anyone have any experience with either of these sites (or in fact any other sites that I may not have found yet? Are they any good? There are differences in price between the 2 I have found, but I can't really tell if the price reflects the quality. They seem fairly similar. The other option of course is live training - again if anyone can recommend a provider I'd be grateful. Courses I'm looking at are around Business Intelligence, so SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.

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dugimodo
16-08-2011, 10:50 AM
I signed up for several courses with seek learning, they offer a lot of options and have package deals. Might be worth a look. It has a guided course online with a question and answer section and access to the online reference library, then when you are ready you have to pay extra and go sit the exam. All sounded great in theory.

However I found the style of learning just doesn't suit me and nearly a year later I still haven't got past the first couple of hours, I start zoning out almost immediately. Pretty much wasted my money. I think I need to actually go to a course personally so I reccomend you think honestly about how you learn. Some people can self motivate and train themselves online, others like me need the classroom experience.

Miami Steve
16-08-2011, 01:53 PM
The choice of online or classroom was one that I considered right from the start, and each option has its pros and cons. Ultimately I think I would manage with either, the self-paced option probably giving me more freedom to seek extra information from other sources if I find I am struggling at any stage.

I'm looking more at getting the fundamentals so I can then choose a specific BI tool to specialise in - and at that stage I can look at more structured training with certification at the end of it.

SP8's
16-08-2011, 02:01 PM
Might be well off the mark here, but don't Microsoft have their own online learning facilities ...

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/training/format-online.aspx

Nomad
16-08-2011, 07:01 PM
depends what you want to work in but from what i seen many large orgs use SAS software for business analytics.

SAP is generally an accounting thing but some orgs do use it for non financial data.

then there is SPSS not sure who uses that, maybe researchers ie. in the R+D team than "business advisory". Ie., those teams that produce actual research papers (govt departments).

kahawai chaser
16-08-2011, 08:56 PM
HP has a learning centre (http://h30187.www3.hp.com/) covering a vast range of PC/IT topics. I did a few of their courses, of which you can sit exams, join their forums, use pod casts, etc. Even get a certificate. Not sure if it will cover the levels you require.

Miami Steve
17-08-2011, 01:27 PM
HP has a learning centre (http://h30187.www3.hp.com/) covering a vast range of PC/IT topics. I did a few of their courses, of which you can sit exams, join their forums, use pod casts, etc. Even get a certificate. Not sure if it will cover the levels you require.

I had forgotten about the HP site. I have used it in the past for Excel courses, but I don't think they have anything on the SQL Server stuff. Will check it out though.