This afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Rob Hurley, CEO, and John Molyneux, President, of Doulos. Doulos provides training courses and self-help materials on a variety of verification related topics including SystemC, SystemVerilog, e, PSL, VHDL, Verilog, Perl and Tcl/Tk. They've been providing training in Europe for several years. Within the last few years they've been expanding into the US. According to Rob, there are some interesting cultural differences between courses given in the US and in Europe.
Specifically, there tend to be more intensive discussions in US-based training courses. Also, managers tend to be concerned about engineers taking time away from projects to attend training courses (sound familiar?). Managers may perceive the value to be less because of the quality of training courses they've received in the past. I know from my personal experience that some courses (Mindshare and the old Qualis courses come to mind) that are given by folks well versed in the material they're presenting are worth far more to me than the price of admission, while others are less so. I haven't had the opportunity to take a Doulos course but if the presentation given by John Aynsley at the Mentor AVM tutorial session is any indication, these guys really know how to put on a good training program.
Check out Doulos at booth #204 and get a voucher that gives you a 1 in 4 chance to win a free Doulos SystemC Golden Reference Guide (but make it fast, offer closes at 7pm on Thursday :-). The voucher also entitles you to a $500 discount on any SystemC course in the US.