Tertiary education institutes (hochschule and university college) and ICT training specialists from across Europe are creating a course to train students to help small and medium-sized enterprises select and use open source cloud services. The course will be tested on Spanish and British exchange students working for SMEs in the two countries.
After successfully completing the course, students will know how to determine the ICT needs of SMEs, select the best open source tools or cloud services that meet those needs, and be able to implement and configure the solutions. Examples of services include creating and hosting company websites, reducing management costs, and improving customer relations.
The courses are being developed by tertiary education institutes in Remmen (Norway), Skovde (Sweden) and Berlin (Germany), working with ICT training organisations and public administrations in Madrid (Spain) and Sheffield (UK). The two-year project received a EUR 200,000 grant from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. Cisoss started in September, and the project will end in August 2017.
SMEs do not have the resources to invest in modernisation, explained Javier Rodríguez Pascua, director of CFTIC, an ICT training facility funded by the city of Madrid that is coordinating the Cisoss project (Cloud and Internet Services with Open Source Software for SMEs). “We will create a course, to train consultants and ICT service integrators to focus on open source solutions for SMEs.”
The CFTIC director presented the Cisoss project at the OpenExpo 2016 conference in Madrid, earlier this month.