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Training budgets in lean times

By shoffman ·
I?m curious about how companies? plans for training and certification have been affected by the lean economic times. Technology marches on ? XP is around the corner and Windows-NT 4 MCSE certifications expire in six months. Software publishers continue to release new versions, and training is often cited as a key retention issue.

Yet slashing budgets seems to be de rigueur for publicly traded companies who are forced by Wall Street to focus on next quarter?s results. At my company, travel for training has been suspended, with substantial impact when highly specialized courses are only offered in one or two locations in the country. Training budgets, while not specifically cut yet, are being heavily scrutinized.

I recall seeing an article some time ago about the number of training days per employee ranging from 10 ? 20 days per year across a broad range of industries (not just high tech). Are companies backing away from these policies? How are employees responding?Company required disclaimer: Any ideas or opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of my employer.

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Poll at

by shoffman In reply to Training budgets in lean ...

Windows 2000 Magazine is running a related poll on attending Microsoft Tech-Ed and Microsoft Exchange Conference at As of this writing, 64% of the respondents said they would attend one or both of these events, "if funding were available".

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by bob.monin In reply to Training budgets in lean ...

I agree with you - training is hard to come by in these difficult times. I've been working on a project for almost 2 yrs without any formal training. We use the old software adage "find a program that does something similar and modify it". That has limited success for most programming languages, but what about the specialized ones?

We're currently fighting a problem in our development region. Fortunately, it hasn't "migrated" to our production region, but who knows if and when that will happen? Without getting too detailed, my concern is how long can we operate a system without know "how" it operates?

I realize there are (probably) no solutions here, but thanks for letting me vent!

Bob M

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