A nostalgic look at training courses whose time has passed
Although the software industry - including ourselves - normally trumpet what's new, we thought we'd have a one-off look at what definitely isn't new, by listing our deprecated courses.

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 September 2015

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Deprecated courses

Companies are always announcing their shiny new products; we thought for a change we'd announce our faded old ones.

The real idea behind this blog is to give an idea of the way the software industry is going.

So here are some courses we no longer schedule because there just isn't sufficient demand, although we're happy to run them on demand (or as onsite courses):

Course Notes
Access We still like Microsoft Access, but its day seems to have been and gone.  Presumably most databases which needed writing ten years ago have now been written robustly using SQL Server?  Whatever the reason, the demand for Access training is just no longer sufficient to justify regularly scheduled courses.
Excel Introduction It's rare indeed now to find someone who doesn't know the rudiments of Excel, so we now stick to our knitting: providing ntermediate and advanced training in Excel.
Office 2003 and 2007 We have a number of clients still using Office 2007, although Office 2003 is rare indeed.  However, versions 2007, 2010 and 2013 of Microsoft Office are so similar that we tend to train on the latest version (latest, at least, until Office 2016 comes out).
InfoPath This is a bit of a cheat; we never did train on this, but it's worth mentioning because it's been quietly shelved by Microsoft in the latest version of Office.
Outlook The problem we found with providing Outlook courses is that each company's requirements were different, so a one-size-fits-all Outlook course just didn't work.
Publisher A few people like to produce newsletters using MS Publisher, but never enough to justify a scheduled course in this product.
SharePoint It's not that people don't use SharePoint (they do), more that an off-the-shelf course was never a success for us.
Visio We've still got a soft spot for Visio, but in the end the numbers interested in this training never justified the courses.
Windows Forms It seems that people are finally choosing WPF or ASP.NET over Windows Forms as an interface; or maybe they just now longer need training in WinForms.

If you've read this far, we'd love to hear your suggestions for new courses that we should run!

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