Progress, the trusted provider of application development and infrastructure software, has announced a free online training and certification program for Progress OpenEdge, the flagship application development platform used by more than 100,000 enterprises across the globe to simplify the delivery of mission-critical business applications.
With this program, Progress will help developers build the skills they need for successful careers and make it easier for customers to maximise the value of their OpenEdge investment, the company states.
The surging digital economy is bringing an insatiable demand for software developers to build applications that will power our future. Around 40 million technical jobs go unfulfilled due to a lack of skilled talent, and this number is expected to rise to 85.2 million by 2030.
To help combat the skills gap while inspiring professionals to take advantage of in-demand career paths and build their own applications, Progress has launched a free online training and certification learning path that developers can complete online at their own pace.
John Ainsworth, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Application and Data Platform, Progress, comments, "Throughout the pandemic, we saw the IT skills gap become wider and more prominent due to enterprises heightened reliance on technology. This gap not only impacts the people looking for meaningful careers but the companies seeking qualified professionals.
"For over 40 years, Progress has enabled developers to build their own applications and turn their ideas into business reality. Our training and certification program will help expand the IT talent pool and allow future developers and entrepreneurs to see how quickly they can create applications that will have an impact."
OpenEdge is a platform for developing enterprise applications needing high-performance, high availability and flexible deployment options for extensibility, scalability, security and reliability. Developers around the world are using the OpenEdge application development platform to build innovative business applications that are the backbone of healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and other industries.
"If you just want to fiddle around with code, choose Java or Python. For a business application, you build it in OpenEdge," says Michiel Herpers, MES Engineer at CGI.
After eight self-paced courses and a final certification exam, which should take approximately three days to complete, developers will be able to build enterprise applications using OpenEdge 12 and receive a certificate to share with their professional networks and potential employers. No previous knowledge of coding is required.
By passing the assessment exams, developers will also earn badges in the Progress Community. The Progress OpenEdge Community is a community for on-demand information to ensure the success of projects. OpenEdge developers can access a knowledge base, user forums and code samples and connect with other new and seasoned OpenEdge users.
As the trusted provider of the best products to develop, deploy and manage high-impact applications, Progress is committed to enabling customers to develop the applications and experiences they need, deploy where and how they want and manage it all safely and securely.
Hundreds of thousands of enterprises, including 1,700 software companies and 3.5 million developers, depend on Progress to achieve their goals with confidence.