New Delhi, Oct 7: Taking into account the demand-supply gap in the IT industry and the need for building capacity and capability amongst IT professionals, global consulting firm QAI has launched an on-demand online training and certification for the sector under the Edista brand.
The company has announced an online curriculum, EdistaLearning, an initiative in the software-testing sphere, Edista Testing Institute, and a skills assessment and measurement initiative, EdistaCertifications, targeted at both the corporate and the retail sectors.
EdistaLearning is the e-learning initiative of QAI, which facilitates knowledge, competence and skill creation in the areas of software engineering and quality management with over 45 courses under 13 domains.
It responds to the shortage of large numbers of consistently trained, readily available fully-employable IT skilled manpower.
According to a NASSCOM McKinsey estimate, if offshore outsourcing work grows as rapidly as expected, in five years India will have a shortfall of 1,50,000 IT engineers and 3,50,000 business-process staff.
It is estimated that the size of the global IT workforce is 5.2 million, out of which 0.88 million are Indians. The size of the IT training market is 22.5 billion dollars, of which 10-15 per cent spend is on process, quality and project management trainings.
There are huge manpower requirements and training needs of the IT sector, with some estimates putting the numbers at about 140,000 people for this fiscal amongst the top 10 IT companies.
''We realised that the time was right to take the learning to the learner and we moved into online training and soft launched our courses. The initial response was even better than expected and we have christened our offering EdistaLearning. Edista means 'To Facilitate' and today the call of the hour is to facilitate learning, company's Chief Executive Officer Navyug Mohnot said.
The EdistaLearning online courses can be delivered both through the Internet, using a Learning Management System (LMS) and Intranet. The courses can easily be integrated with any SCORM-compliant LMS. QAI has also announced another venture called EdistaTesting Institute, which is set up as an independent industry academia collaborative venture, with the focus on training, certifications, and assessments in the field of software testing.
QAI, further, has announced EdistaCertifications, which is targeted at providing a standardised, consistent and credible system of assessments to augment the e-learning and testing training initiatives.
QAI is a leading global consulting organisation addressing 'Operational Excellence' in IT, BPO and Knowledge-intensive service organisations.
Operational Excellence is achieved when organisations do a great job of project management, quality management, process management, human capital management, innovation management and service management.
QAI facilitates enhanced competitiveness through multi-faceted interventions leading to business improvement through consulting, training, people, process and assessments, benchmarking, certification, conferences, resource provisioning through quality outsourcing and e-Learning.
QAI clients include IBM, Accenture, Wipro, Prudential, Genpact, American Express, Sony, TataMotors and 200 others across 30 countries.