From left to right at Pace University’s Seidenberg School: Deth Sao, Director of Development, Dr Anthony Joseph, Professor of Computer Science, in the middle in glasses is Dr Jonathan Hill, Dean; and to his left is Hanit Gyani (Saberpoint) and towards the end, on the right is Karen Lee, class facilitator (Saberpoint). With them are additional guests and staff.
A Shortage of Technology Talent
The world as we know it has enabled businesses to develop large sales and account services teams, serving hundreds to thousands of customers. Tracking customers used to be a manual process, which has now been replaced with fully developed software solutions. These solutions require experts to run and manage these systems, which have become part of the formula of success in today’s market. These customer relationship management (CRM) experts are becoming harder to recruit and source as the demand for their skills is far outpacing the supply.
Our Pilot Program Takes Flight
Saberpoint has partnered with Pace University Career Services to establish Saberpoint Technology Professional Development Fund for students at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University’s school of technology.
The curriculum bridges the gap between academic theory and the real-world expectations of consulting challenges and business environments. On completion of the program requirements, students will be well-positioned to apply for a Salesforce Administrator certification. This certification is a strong foundational pillar for those looking to build a career in Salesforce solutions.
Student Demand Builds
After this new partnership was announced, there was a surge of interest from prospective students. Although the 10-week pilot program was originally built for 10 students, it has been expanded to accommodate 20, though many more applications were received. Interest continues to surge as attendance has exceeded beyond the official registered student count.
Why this Program Matters
Many students find a lack of practical experience makes getting their first job a challenge. Our goal is to prepare the students with a strong foundational understanding of real-world problems they may face within the world of Enterprise CRMs. We want to prepare these participants with enough knowledge to gain their Salesforce Administrator certification and have a fruitful career in supporting companies with smart technologies.
A Better Society Through In-Demand Skills
By incorporating practical skill-building into the student’s curriculum, we draw them closer to the actual work that’s being done in IT fields. Coming up with solutions for real projects enables students to build on their existing academic training by adding much-needed practical experience – which is crucial to getting gainful employment. By the end of the program, students will have an understanding of foundational IT concepts such as project management, project delivery, and maintenance – all through the lens of leveraging a powerful CRM.
Picking up the Pace
The Pace University Career Services team partnered with this program due to its focus on teaching students to identify, clarify and communicate basic team structures and methodologies for a technology project. Additionally, the student’s ability to acquire and leverage their Salesforce Administrator certification will make for a great start to their professional careers.
- Overview of Business and IT Consulting
- Project Management
- Business Analysis
- Implement Delivery
- Quality Assurance
This is a 10 week course run by Saberpoint starting in February 2020, with weekly in person or virtual classes from 6pm – 8pm during class days.
Solutions at Seidenberg
Pace University’s Seidenberg School blends foundational theory with real-world practice to help students step into the future. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems was one of the first of computing in the United States. It was opened in 1983 and, in 2007, was named after benefactor Ivan G. Seidenberg, the then-CEO of Verizon. The Seidenberg School currently has 1,370 students studying various hot areas of technology, including cybersecurity, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, algorithms, robotics, and much more. Seidenberg boasts an employment rate upwards of 90% within one year of graduation, with an average salary of $83,050.
Saberpoint: Focused on Business Transformation
Saberpoint is an IT Consulting firm that provides technology and business transformation services to small, medium and large enterprises in the United States and India.
We enable our customers to get a 360 degree view into their business, and their customers, by leveraging technology to promote efficiencies, insights, and revenue.
Saberpoint is headquartered in New York City with operations in Israel and India. Our CEO, Ajay Bhumitra, graduated from Pace with an MS Accounting in 1987.