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We have been developing our relationship with IBM for five years and we are now the only IBM Global Entrepreneur business in IBM’s Global Smart Education programme. As part of our relationship development, Wholeschool have actively participated in all of IBM’s key programmes for partnership creation. It has enabled Wholeschool to fully understand and to strategically align our international plans with those of IBM’s Smarter Planet / Smarter Education. Now in conjunction with both IBM and Pluralsight, Wholeschool have authored and launched the first IBM Bluemix course on Pluralsight. This introduction to developing applications on the IBM BlueMix Platform, is a ‘must see’ for all students, novice and experienced developers and exposes users to the very latest developments in cloud, big data analytics, cognitive computing (including Watson) and the Internet of Things (IOT).

Wholeschool speak at the IBM Bluemix MEETUP and Developer Challenge, Dublin

Watch Steven Knox's presentation on Bluemix.

Wholeschool have developed a unique relationship with Pluralsight (www.pluralsight.com) the Utah based ICT on-line training company. From start-up in 2004, and now customers in 150 countries, Pluralsight are one of the largest on-line technology training companies in the world with a valuation of c$1billion following their latest Series B funding of $135m. With over 4000 quality on-line Software and Creative Technology training courses, Pluralsight are the ‘go to’ for world class training available 24/7 that is authored by over 700 of the world’s top software and creative people. Pluralsight has close to 1 million users, the majority of which are professional software developers. Wholeschool have been engaged with Pluralsight for almost two years and have hosted Pluralsight executives in Belfast and Dublin, most recently at a Wholeschool event in Stormont addressing the Skill Gap where Kurt Walker, Director of Academia at Pluralsight spoke of the great opportunity. Now in conjunction with both IBM and Pluralsight, Wholeschool have authored and launched the first IBM Bluemix course on Bluemix. This introduction to developing applications on the IBM BlueMix Platform, is a ‘must see’ for all students, novice and experienced developers and exposes users to the very latest developments in cloud, big data analytics, cognitive computing (including Watson) and the Internet of Things (IOT).


Kurt Walker, Pluralsight gives Keynote at the Wholeschool Skills Agenda seminar at Stormont

National College of Ireland (NCI) is an Irish third-level education college. Founded in 1951, it offers full and part-time courses from certificate to degree and postgraduate level in areas related to commerce, industry, and management. All courses are delivered from the IFSC campus in Dublin and across a network of regional centres. The college's specialist areas include business, computing, psychology, marketing, cloud computing, human resource management, accountancy education and finance.

Wholeschool have worked closely with the NCI for many years across a number of different projects that include Moodle implentations, a large content transformation project for their ‘Continuous Professional Development’ course and more recently Wholeschool helped NCI become the first college in Ireland to secure a campus agreement with Pluralsight.

In October 2012 Wholeschool continued its close partnership with the NCI by opening our new Office in their building.


Deirdre Giblin Head of Professional Education and Training at NCI
presented at the Wholeschool seminar on the Skills Agenda at Stormont in May 2015.