Apple has handed the baton for training Apple users in the enterprise to Dimension Data Learning Solutions (DDLS).
In the new deal, DDLS becomes the first training provider to Australian enterprises, according to a statement.
DDLS general manager, Steve Ross, said Apple was one of the fastest growing certifications in the industry. DDLS expected to sign up 2000 students to Apple training over the next 12 months.
"There was actually a gap [in the market]. A lot of our customers have Apple," he said.
Ross said DDLS expertise and experience was well up to the challenge. Also, DiData arm Express Online had been distributing Apple product. The provider often helped clients in heterogeneous environments so Apple accreditation simply boosted its offering, he said.
"It could be scary, if we didn't train everything else that moves [already]," Ross said. "We call it a balanced approach to the market."
Of DDLS' 34 trainers, four would start off training Apple. The training program would likely travel around the country, as DDLS had done with its Cisco courses, Ross said.
More enterprise users were harnessing Apple products and UNIX-based storage or servers in areas such as marketing, human resources, learning and development, backend operations and content production, he said.
Ross noted that Apple had relocated from Frenchs Forest to Sydney's central city and presumably no longer had space to train enterprise customers.
DDLS wouldn't be treading on any other Apple trainer toes - except for those of Apple itself. "We're eating Apple's lunch," he said.
From October 9, DDLS will offer Mac OS 101 Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.4, Mac OS 105 Introduction to Supporting Mac OS v10.4 for Windows Administrators and Mac OS 200 Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.4 as initial courses.
Ross said the offering would expand with demand.
"We have been talking to Apple [about the training partnership] for about 18 months now," he said.
To book, visit www.ddls.com.au or call 13 12 01.
Apple was contacted for comment but had not replied by press-time.