IT Mentors’ investment and innovation in the development of programs targeted at improving productivity of new hires and existing teams continues to be validated by studies done by McKinsey & Company. Their study states that talent development will be the most important element in a company for the next 20 years.
IT Mentors 25 years of experience provides an excellent perspective to develop the learning programs and measures companies need to deliver results and succeed. Our methods allow for customization while keeping within a known and validated structure.
Help organizations grow next generation talent through unique and innovative approaches to learning.
IT Mentors believes in the human component of education. Our methodology revolves around the human in the center of each learning environment. We customize our process to the needs of each client organization while holding firm to this commitment to the individual.
IT Mentors makes education a lifelong commitment and priority. We take pride in the work we do in the world of learning and in sharing what we know. We see the successful outcome of our courses and programs in the success of our students. And you will see our passion in the energy we give to preparing and delivering programs, and in the experience of our students.
Centered by our families and our interests, the people at IT Mentors dedicate time to the arts, philanthropy, and charitable causes. We believe this balance adds to the value we bring our clients as we work towards exceeding your education goals.
IT Mentors’ roots go back to 1987, when founder Tim Kashani was finishing up his MBA. In its early days, the company focused on consulting services and delivered solutions for companies such as Southern California Edison, the Walt Disney Company, and Beckman Research – City of Hope. In the mid-1990s, on a trip to South Africa for a project for the newly elected Nelson Mandela administration, Tim saw an opportunity to leverage his expertise in delivering training services in addition to consulting. The company started a period of growth with expanded services and an expanded client base, working with Morgan Stanley and other Wall Street firms.
Since then, IT Mentors has provided custom training services worldwide. At IT Mentors we build and we teach, striving to maximize the business value of technology for our clients and helping organizations understand and apply leading-edge technology to increase productivity.
As a full-service knowledge provider , IT Mentors offers a team of trusted advisors with a proven track record in helping you get the most out of your technology investment. Our company is composed of people with backgrounds in business and technology with years of experience in consulting and building enterprise-level software solutions.
Along the way, Tim started a production company, Apples and Oranges Productions. Based in Orange County and New York City, Apples and Oranges quickly won acclaim as lead producers of the 2010 Tony Award winning Best Musical, Memphis. His team also produced the Tony Award winning revival of Hair on Broadway and the West End, as well as Lombardi and Magic/Bird on Broadway.
A large Wall Street bank had committed to moving their software development process to CMM Level 2 by the end of the year. As part of this initiative, the bank needed to provide CMM training for all of their developers and project managers. They had already gone through two separate training providers, but still couldn’t get their people to commit to take the training. The few who did attempt the training rated it poorly and gave very negative feedback, further discouraging others from attending. That’s when the bank called on IT Mentors.
IT Mentors implemented an innovative training solution. With our guidance, participants made a movie while following CMM principles. By abstracting the process from software development, attendees lost their preconceived notions and were able to understand and implement CMM principles with ease and clarity. Attendance at our CMM course soared and IT Mentors delivered over two dozen maximum-capacity sessions, training hundreds of bank employees. The bank achieved their CMM certification on schedule, and the course received the highest level of attendee satisfaction for that year.
Like any large enterprise, Microsoft has its own IT department. Distributed across the globe, Microsoft IT builds and maintains thousands of internal applications. In 2010, Microsoft IT started a project to migrate 85% of these applications to the cloud using Microsoft’s own Windows Azure services.
Microsoft trusted IT Mentors to deliver this training, and from 2010 to 2012 we delivered classroom training to over 1600 Microsoft IT employees in Redmond, Beijing, Dublin, and Mumbai.
Each year, UBS hires recent college graduates into their Group Technology Program. These new hires come from all over the world and from equally diverse educational backgrounds: hardcore developers and business analysts, project managers and mathematics geniuses. Each year UBS faces a challenge: How do you onboard such a disparate group of individuals in just a few weeks? That’s where IT Mentors comes in.
IT Mentors created an experiential, project-centered program for UBS that challenges these new analysts to think critically and solve problems. We simulate problems to precipitate a crisis and force analysts to think on their feet. What do you do when the server goes down and you’ve got a deliverable? What do you do when a team doesn’t deliver on time and your own work stops in its tracks as a result?
One of the most rewarding and valuable parts of the program is how each group of new hires bonds to form their own community. By the end of this fast-paced, intense experience individuals understand that they are part of a larger team. Many graduates remain close friends after the training ends, and each participant has started to build a valuable professional network.
IT Mentors spent many years perfecting a process for delivering our educational offerings. Driven by business requirements and measured to demonstrate value, our process focuses on how people learn. Our process maximizes content retention, provides an experience tailored to the needs of the role and organization, and uses various modalities to deliver an effective experience.
Over the past 25 years IT Mentors has been delivering successful onboarding and other custom learning programs. Our onboarding programs are especially important to us. With these programs we believe that we impact the bottom line of our client right away. We give new hires an excellent experience that leads to a great first impression, improving loyalty and increasing productivity. Data from The Wynhurst Group shows that first impression is critical:
We craft these custom learning solutions by understanding the goal of the organization, assessing the skills of the participants in the program, and ensuring successful attainment of outcomes. We know we have succeeded when students are able to demonstrate the skills targeted by the program.
In the past few years technology training on various topics has become widely available for free and/or via subscription. We often recommend this content which addresses basic to intermediate level learning needs. We make these recommendations based on our assessment that this modality works well for most basic and intermediate level learning. We also believe that after the intermediate level, instructor-led and mentorship programs are best for advanced development in technology topics.
Here are some of the technical topics we have covered recently:
Microsoft Windows Azure
Employees at every level need professional skills related to assessing, managing, and improving personal and team performance levels. The earlier employees acquire these skills, the more these skills spread through the organization as employees coach and mentor each other and become leaders themselves. IT Mentors’ professional skills curriculum includes courses in communication and interpersonal skills, negotiations, strategic thinking and problem-solving, people development and coaching, leadership, teamwork, and change management.
We offer courses in multiple areas related to professional skills, including:
Corporate Culture and Communication
Business Analyst Training
Leadership development is essential to the success of an organization. No matter what measure you use, companies with effective leaders execute better, and deliver more powerful, tangible business performance. IT Mentors works closely with our clients to craft programs which deliver on the vision while focusing on tangible results. For best results, our programs include a combination of instructor-led and virtual mentorship programs.
We develop leaders with our multiple course offerings: