MILAN, Italy – January 19, 2018 – CA Technologies today announced the launch of CA API Skills Foundation for Universities in Milan, Italy - an innovative training programme designed to raise awareness and increase knowledge around API Management as well as further address the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills shortage. The CA API Skills Foundation will welcome its first group of engineering students from Politecnico di Milano, who will specialize in API Management, which is an area of critical interest in today’s digital economy.
The initiative is part of CA Technologies Create Tomorrow CSR programme, designed to inspire, influence and educate young people about the importance of a career in STEM. The Create Tomorrow CSR programme engages CA employees in a series of activities with schools and universities throughout Europe and, to date, has reached over 10,000 young people.
“In order to be competitive in today’s fast-paced environment, every company is undergoing a digital transformation to offer products and services that meet their customers' needs faster and at significantly lower costs,” says Pierpaolo Taliento, SVP, EMEA South, CA Technologies. “As evidenced by a recent study*, advanced use of APIs - the programming interfaces used to develop mobile and IoT applications and provide reliable connectivity between data, people, apps and devices - can accelerate the digital transformation process to help businesses improve the customer experience, increase customer and partner satisfaction, and reduce IT-related costs.”
To maximise the benefits of APIs, organisations need an advanced full lifecycle approach to API management; one that helps create, secure and manage APIs at enterprise scale. However, a Coleman Parkes study uncovered that barriers to API adoption persist, first and foremost the lack of skilled resources, which can frustrate and even stagnate the innovation process.
On this basis, and leveraging the experience of the API Academy—a CA team of global experts who specialise in consulting and training customers and partners—CA Technologies has created the CA API Skills Foundation for Universities. A select group of Politecnico di Milano engineering students will be the first to take part.
The initiative will run through the academic semester and students can register for the CA API Skills Foundation for Universities through the Career Service of Politecnico di Milano. The programme will offer five modules – Basic Knowledge, API Design and Engineering, API Implementation and Construction, API Security, and API Strategy - plus a final one-day workshop on API Architecture. Taught by local and international CA Technologies experts, the programme will conclude with the award of an attendance certificate.
Students can then be recruited for a three-month internship with customers and partners of CA Technologies; the first among these is Intesa Sanpaolo, the leading banking group in Italy. During the internship, the students will be able to apply what they have learned in the field, and work in teams to implement API Management technologies that help enable the delivery of modern software systems.
"We are very pleased to collaborate with CA Technologies and Politecnico di Milano in order to share our professional skills with the students,” said Enrico Bagnasco, Head of IT Department of Intesa Sanpaolo Group Services. “Training activities are crucial for innovation and also for the technological revolution, the challenge all companies have to take in if they want to seize and grow market opportunities.”
The announcement of CA API Skills Foundation for Universities coincides with the opening of the new CA office in Milan.
* “APIs: Building a Connected Business in the App Economy,” Coleman Parkes Research, 2017.
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