Press Release: TrueAbility Shifts Focus to Deliver Performance-Based IT Training and Certification

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Industry move towards real-world IT training and certification influences restructured approach; company partners with Innovative Exams, LLC to offer remotely proctored exams that can be scheduled anywhere, at any time

(San Antonio, TX) July 20, 2015TrueAbility, a trusted global platform provider enabling companies to offer performance-based IT training and certification, today announced it will now focus on offering performance-based IT training and certification through its cloud-based assessment platform, AbilityScreen®. The restructured approach will allow companies to develop and execute remotely proctored, automated exams that require candidates to prove their technology skills in a real world environment–from anywhere, at any time. The company will move away from sourcing qualified applicants for hiring/recruiting fulfillment, yet continue to offer technical evaluations and assessments for job candidates to test and evolve their skill sets.

The shift comes as a direct response to technology companies needing a solution to address ongoing legacy exam barriers that include: A lack of means to demonstrate expertise in the technology, multiple-choice questions, testing center inconvenience, manual administration and grading, time consuming in-house program development, and unifying third party tools.

“IT and software vendors have long understood the need to train and certify their users and partners”, said TrueAbility CEO and Co-founder, Frederick Mendler. “Today’s training and certification methods don’t allow a candidate to prove what they can actually do. There is demand to remedy this with performance-based testing, but there isn’t a current standard in place for this type of learning.  We are helping companies by providing a platform that can both stand alone, or integrate with their current programs, to create such a standard for candidates to demonstrate their skill and expertise in a technology.”

TrueAbility has partnered with Innovative Exams, a technology-focused testing services company, to integrate its AbilityScreen platform to deliver remote proctoring and test taker identity verification for high-stakes exams. The integration ultimately removes costly physical testing center requirements, eliminates geographical limitations and helps prevent fraudulent activity by ‘locking’ in the identity of the examinee from start to finish. Pricing is utility-based, eliminating long-term contract commitments test centers typically require.

“Our goal at Innovative Exams is to become the leader in next-generation high stakes exam delivery,” said Ruben A. Garcia, Founder/CEO, Innovative Exams, LLC. “TrueAbility’s automated platform is a proven system that enhances our test delivery model to leverage the benefits of cloud technology such as accessibility, scaling and utility pricing. We are pleased to partner with TrueAbility, and look forward to helping more of our customers move towards achieving performance-based training and certification goals.”

AbilityScreen provides IT training and certification educators with an efficient way to implement performance-based exams and receive automated score reports instantly. It is the only fully-managed, performance-based technical assessment platform operating in a cloud environment that puts candidates in a real world working scenario, and enables companies to definitively assess and qualify a candidate’s true ability and expertise.

About Innovative Exams

Innovative Exams is a technology-focused testing services company whose suite of solutions securely administers and remotely proctors computer-based exams. Their testing solutions give clients a highly secure and broad distribution network. Innovative Exams strives to set testing industry standards on content security, fraud prevention, testing convenience, and accessibility in both metropolitan and rural areas worldwide. Services are offered 24/7/365 and global operations, including all proctoring staff, are headquartered in Chicago, IL, USA. For more information on Innovative Exams, please visit www.innovativeexams.com.

About TrueAbility

TrueAbility is a trusted global performance-based IT certification and training platform provider, helping companies manage and execute fully scalable, performance-based exams securely from anywhere in the world. AbilityScreen is the only end-to-end hands-on technical assessment platform operating in a real world, cloud environment that automates the provisioning, delivery, and grading of training and certification exams to definitively assess and qualify a candidate’s technology experience.

TrueAbility has a proven track record of the expertise and extensive knowledge customers need to plan and execute an innovative performance-based exam in a fraction of the time it would take in-house staff to complete. TrueAbility has executed over 40,000 technical assessments and developed over 400 working scenarios.

Founded in 2012, TrueAbility is privately held and headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, please visit www.trueability.com.

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AbilityScreen is a registered trademark of TrueAbility in the United States. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Press Release: TrueAbility Teams with Linode to Promote Open Technical Positions with Launch of Linux Showdown 9: The Arena Challenge

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TrueAbility Teams with Linode to Promote Open Technical Positions with Launch of Linux Showdown 9: The Arena Challenge 

Performance-based technical assessment platform helps Linode take innovative recruiting approach to help staff new support center 

(San Antonio, TX) April 27, 2015 – TrueAbility, a trusted global performance-based technical assessment provider, today announced it has partnered with Linode, a cloud hosting provider of high-performance SSD Linux servers, to launch Linux Showdown 9: The Arena Challenge to accelerate the hiring of top technical talent for the company’s new support center located in Haddonfield, NJ. The Showdown runs from April 27 to May 27, 2015 and interested candidates can sign up here to begin participating.

“TrueAbility is a genuinely unique hiring tool for two main reasons,” stated Linode HR Director, Vincent Palochko. “First, it is one of the very few Linux-specific hiring resources. Second, its AbilityScreen® technical assessment platform lets me screen candidates based not only on work history, but also through actual hands-on technical qualifications, and then gives me a detailed report of their skills. TrueAbility is a huge asset and incredible advantage in finding talented and qualified individuals in the Linux field.”

Powered by TrueAbility’s AbilityScreen, the only fully-managed performance-based technical assessment platform operating in a real-time, cloud environment, Linux Showdown 9 pits competitors against the clock (and each other) to solve a simulated server crisis to prove their Linux and Drupal troubleshooting skills. For this particular challenge, competitors are placed in a ‘deathmatch’ scenario to help leader FragmasterX and his team of stranded gamers to get server and communication channels back online within 30 minutes before being forced to forfeit. Onlookers can follow with a public leader board throughout the duration of the challenge. Prizes include:

  • Top spot (1) on the leaderboard:
    • $100 Linode Credit
    • One year of GitHub ($264 value)
    • One Raspberry Pi2
  • Top 5 on the leaderboard
    • $50 Linode Credit
    • One Raspberry Pi2
  • Top 25
    • $25 Linode Credit

“Today’s legacy hiring methods for finding, qualifying and hiring technical talent have not evolved with advancements in technology, and with technical talent shortages at an all time high, there’s no room for error,” said TrueAbility COO and co-founder, Frederick Mendler. “By designing custom showdown challenges for companies, such as Linode, to innovate their technical recruiting methods, we’re influencing a paradigm shift in the way skills-based evaluation is conducted that is not only fast and cost-efficient, but also fun and entertaining and brings qualified candidates through the door.”

AbilityScreen is the only fully-managed, performance-based, technical-assessment platform operating in a live, cloud environment that gives technical professionals the opportunity to conduct real-time “on-the-job” performance interviews demonstrating their technology expertise to employers recruiting qualified technical talent for specific job positions. AbilityScreen removes traditional hiring barriers such as shotgun job postings, phone screens with non-technical recruiters, multiple choice tests, and white board exercises to determine the technical skill of an applicant.

Technical professionals also use AbilityScreen for hands-on skill validation and growth/development through ongoing challenges and showdowns, self-assessments and practice-runs in a lab environment, and community forums. Employers have access to more than 17,000 qualified tech professionals, who can be assessed and qualified for hire. Employers can also post job listings to reach passive and active candidates, invite prospects to conduct a real-time online interview, and utilize detailed assessment results to make better hiring decisions that can reduce time-to-hire by 60 percent.

About Linode 

Linode is a leading cloud-hosting provider founded in 2003. Today, the company boasts more than 350,000 customers worldwide with four data centers in the US as well as two others in Europe and Asia.

Subscribers can create a cloud server with Linode in under a minute for as low as $10 per month. From there, users can then dynamically scale their environments to meet business demands – paying for only what they use, with no long-term commitments.

Christopher S. Aker created Linode with the goal of offering developers powerful and reliable cloud servers at an affordable price. The system interface offers an intuitive control panel that users can replicate on a larger scale using the company’s simple API. The company’s platform also enables customers to fully customize their environments and choose from a menu of add-on features, such as system-metrics-reporting service Longview, backups and NodeBalancers, Managed Services and Professional Services.

In February 2015, BuiltWith.com ranked Linode – home to more than 580,000 websites on the Internet – in the Top-10 of all web-hosting providers. Additionally, CloudHarmony reported a greater than 99.99 percent average for service availability throughout Linode’s datacenters.

For more information, please visit http://www.linode.com

About TrueAbililty 

TrueAbility is a trusted global performance-based technical assessment provider offering a community ecosystem allowing technical professionals and employers to collaborate and measure skill sets through AbilityScreen®. AbilityScreen is the only fully-managed performance-based technical assessment platform operating in a live, cloud environment that automates recruiting and hiring processes to definitively assess and qualify a technical professional’s technology experience.

TrueAbility has executed over 20,000 technical assessments logging more than 18,000 hours of live server practical skill evaluations. Employers have collectively hired hundreds of qualified technical professionals for specific job positions across an array of industries. Founded in 2012, TrueAbility is privately held and headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, please visit www.trueability.com.

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AbilityScreen is a registered trademark of TrueAbility in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. 

Media Contacts: 

Dana Marruffo
BuzzPR/TrueAbility
512.825.9035
dana@buzzpublicrelations.net
Keith Craig
Linode
609.380.7546
keith.craig@linode.com