Here at Procept, keeping up with changing client demands is something for which we take pride. Every year, we reinvest a significant portion of our company profits into updating our courses to ensure they are aligned with changing standards and emerging trends. In addition, we invest in creating new online course offerings.
This month, Procept is offering a NEW online ITIL Foundation course that will replace our older one. The new course includes a lot of interesting elements including study guides, six chapter tests, podcasts, 37 videos, 5 case studies, terms and concepts for each chapter, white papers, two simulated practice exams, and two mobile apps to use as study aids.
And in addition to the two practice exams, we have included the cost of the REAL ITIL Foundation certification exam in the online course price.
Procept Associates is once again supporting PMI chapters in their yearly professional development events. On October 24-26, 2017, PMI Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter is again hosting the National Capital Project Management Symposium with 2 days of track sessions followed by one day of workshops.
Procept will have a strong presence at the event: associate Mary Donohue is the keynote speaker for the first day (Oct 24th), Ori Schibi will be presenting a track session entitled "The Elephant in the Room (Stakeholder Management)" (Oct 25th) and our Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, will be presenting a half-day Scrum Master Bootcamp preparing participants to write the Scrum Master Certification (SMC) Exam. Procept will also have a table at the 3-day event promoting our other offerings and services to participants from our nation's capital.
To continue the rapid growth of its business analysis training and consulting business, Procept is pleased to announce the appointment of Ori Schibi as its new BA Practice Lead. Schibi is a well-known consultant, trainer and author of books on business analysis. He brings decades of experience and a solid reputation to the role and his leadership in this area will greatly benefit Procept's clients.
Procept's former BA Practice Lead, Terry Aldebert-McLean will continue in an advisory role during the transition and will continue to support Procept clients through her training and consulting work. Aldebert-McLean helped choose Schibi as her successor, saying that Procept "will be in good hands with Ori."
Carlo Barrettara, Procept's president, comments on the change, stating "Terry provided strong leadership for our BA practice for many years. Recently, she led our BA team in the updating of all our BA courses to the new version of the BABoK standard and was instrumental in getting this work completed on time and within budget. With other priorities taking more of her time, we needed a new person to step up and take on the BA Practice Lead mantle. I could think of no one better for the role than Ori. As a new member to the Procept team, Ori brings a fresh perspective that will help us continue the rapid growth in this line of business through the development of new BA consulting offerings and courses. I can't wait to sit across the table from him, roll up our sleeves, and get down to work."
When informed of the appointment, Schibi was delighted, saying "I am delighted to be finally working with a company that has a deep understanding of business analysis and that is making significant investments to update its offerings to meet the changes I am seeing in the BA world. BAs want courses that are fresh and aligned with emerging practices. Most training companies just can't compare with Procept's lineup and I am thrilled to be a part of its team."
Procept Associates has just released a 45-minute video of associate Mark Peco as he presents a framework to use for transforming to a data-driven organization. This is the latest in a series of short instructional videos that Procept is releasing for free on YouTube to highlight the teaching skills of its instructors and to drive interest in Procept's offerings. Subscribe to the Procept YouTube channel to get notified of new videos as they are released.
University of Toronto has launched a "Summer Innovation Series" for July and August 2017 highlighting what it calls "Canada’s top innovators, thinkers, and makers." The series is composed of a series of one- and two-day workshops focused on thought-provoking and cutting-edge topics.
Procept is pleased that our Agile Practice Lead, Kevin Aguanno, has been selected as one of the lecturers in the series. He will be presenting a one-day workshop titled Agile Bootcamp for Executives and Senior Managers on July 7, 2017 at the downtown St. George campus.
For additional details and registration information, please click on the button below.
AXELOS have launched a new version of the PRINCE2 manual (2017 version). How will it affect me? Should I wait for the 2017 version of the PRINCE2 manual or take my Practitioner training and examination with version 2009?
We would thoroughly recommend that you take your training and examination with version 2009 of the PRINCE2 manual for the following reasons:
Fundamentally, there is no difference in the 2017 manual; therefore, you will not be disadvantaged in any way. Additionally, your certification will still be valid if you take your PRINCE2 Practitioner examination with the 2009 version and you do not need to retake it with the 2017 version.
If you have already passed your PRINCE2 Foundation Examination and have purchased a copy of the 2009 manual, then you do not need to buy a new one to take the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination.
The new manual is likely to cost at least an additional £10 ($17 Canadian, $13 US Dollars, or €14 Euros)
Your PRINCE2 Practitioner accreditation will be valid for 5 years instead of 3 years. AXELOS have informed us that delegates will either need to join their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme at a cost or they will need to re-register every 3 years.
The re-registration examination will no longer be available after 31st December 2017. From 2018, candidates will have to take the full examinations at the higher rate.
The new examination questions are under review and they may be difficult to understand. It may be advisable to wait for the 2017 version examinations, until the trainers have a good grasp of the terminology and the questions have been reviewed further.
Furthermore, for all those colleagues whose PRINCE2 registration will expire in under two years time, we would ask you all to take your re-registration examination by the end of 2017, for the reasons stated above
The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v 2011 contains a set of best practices for the creation, design, development, operation and continual improvement of IT services that deliver value to an organization. Organizations that implement ITIL can choose whether or not to certify to the ISO 20000-1 International Standard, which drives benefits including improved quality of services; increased business and customer confidence; better understanding of roles, processes, and the business by management and staff; demonstrated superiority over competitors; etc.
This 1-hour webinar delivered by Procept’s IT Management Practice Lead, Sola Oduko, is designed for participants who are considering implementing ITIL and those interested in certifying to the ISO 20000-1 standard. The webinar will be held on August 24, 2017 at Noon Eastern time.
It will enable participants to:
Describe the ISO 20000 publications
Prepare a plan for implementing the ISO 20000-1 standard
Describe common challenges and how to overcome them
Understand key lessons learned from implementing the standard at a financial institution and a telecommunication company
The world as we know it is getting more dangerous for individuals and for businesses. Global warming is causing a marked increase in extreme weather events. Cyber-terrorism and hacking are putting even large corporations who can afford proper security at risk. Civil unrest and terrorism are threatening employees and facilities. Today's businesses are facing threats from all angles — how is one to cope?
Join Procept associate Sola Oduko on July 13, 2017 at Noon Eastern time for this 1-hour free webinar as he helps participants to:
Understand the business continuity planning lifecycle
Learn how to get started building a business continuity plan
Learn about an international standard (ISO 22301) establishing best practices for a business continuity management system
In honour of the lifetime contributions of our co-founder, Keith Farndale, Procept has established the Farndale Scholarships — a 100% tuition bursary for post-secondary students of project management seeking professional-level courses outside of the academic environment. Up to two scholarships are available per course session with eligibility extended to post-secondary students who have taken a post-secondary project management course within the past two years. Please click on the button below to view eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Companies continue to increase their dependency on data and analytics for safely managing infrastructure, providing customer service, pursuing new growth opportunities, generating shareholder value, and maintaining regulatory compliance. New advances in data storage platforms, novel data sources, analytic algorithms, visualization techniques and open source software are causing challenges for companies to understand how everything fits together to create meaningful business results.
A capability-based reference model can help organizations understand how to harness new and evolving analytic concepts in a manner that helps them enhance their business performance and achieve desired results. This webinar introduces a capability framework that describes the building blocks needed to successfully execute a data-driven strategy that aligns new analytic opportunities with key areas of business impact.
Join Procept associate Mark Peco on June 29, 2017 at Noon Eastern time for this 1-hour free webinar as he helps participants to:
Identify and categorize areas of business impact used for defining success
Describe business, analytic, data and organizational capabilities
Understand how these capability areas are related and why understanding their dependencies is important
Understand how capability maps are useful for developing a program plan