How PTI and Fusion Will Work Together
PTI brings to Fusion Learning Partners certification programs that Shark describes as “labor intensive” and among “the best in the country for government CIOs.” PTI’s certification programs take a year to complete, include monthly meetups, online classes, discussion sessions and written assignments that must be completed outside of the classroom.
“They are like college courses, but spread out for the busy professional,” Shark says. “We believe that with our approach, people will retain more and build a network.”
PTI members can also expect new services that could include a webinar series, new tech management certificate programs and weekly additions to the GovIT Hub. As part of the partnership, PTI will have access to Fusion’s administrative support, including its accounting, marketing and social media teams.
“We get an expansion of our bench,” Shark says. “I have all these resources that I wouldn’t have had before.”
PTI’s Survey Shows the Need for Skills Training
Some of the results of the 2023 State of City and County IT National Survey came as no surprise to the PTI team. As expected, cybersecurity and data loss prevention remained top priorities for state IT leaders. With cyberthreats increase in speed and frequency, that’s not likely to change. The push for IT modernization also remains a major concern, says Shark, as system lifecycles become shorter and vendors consolidate and move clients to the cloud.
But some things did change, year over year. One is the importance of training IT professionals on soft skills, which moved from fourth place on the list of priorities last year to second place this year. Shark attributes this to changes in what IT departments value in their employees as they evolve from a simple workforce to an educated and emotionally intelligent workforce.
“Today, you can be hired for your technical know-how but fired for your lack of soft skills,” Shark says. “Technology management today is more about people than the technology itself, which is just a set of tools. It’s more about leadership, supporting departments and understanding others’ needs.”