Citrix Introduces Citrix Academy, No Uniforms Required
If you’re a Citrix partner itching for some big changes but aren’t sure of your next step, Citrix has that figured out for you. Introducing the Citrix Academy — much more than a partner portal. Here’s what partners should know …
Citrix Academy has arrived and with it comes a smattering of new tools, training and technical resources for VARs to build Citrix virtualization solutions both up and out. Citrix Academy is a six-week training session that will enable VARs to understand the ins and outs of every key Citrix product and how it fits into the overall virtualization ecosystem. That means deploying technology, the best practices around that technology, and the technical capabilities of each solution. It’s a full education, so to speak. And once a channel partner graduates, he or she will have earned the Citrix Certified Integration Architect certification (CCIA), “the highest and most prestigious Citrix credential available,” according to Citrix.
Citrix “encourages” and recommends partners who have focused on Microsoft Active Directory, XenDesktop, XenServer and Citrix administration consider the program and check out all the details (including cost) over at CitrixAcademy.com. Currently, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Santa Clara, Calif., are the only two Citrix Academy locations.
Partners who can’t commit to that length of time (or journey) can instead take advantage of one of the 120-or-so special one-day workshop events listed on the Partner Enablement Calendar for the Americas. The workshops will be held “in every major metro” in the Americas, according to Citrix, and range in topics from technical deep-dives to lead- and demand-generation.
Citrix promises Citrix Academy is “the first of many enablement resources,” the company has lined up for 2012, so stay tuned.