The cloud offers huge potential for delivering successful, innovative business outcomes when compared to common models deployed today. There’s no question that businesses are eager to reap the real and growing benefits of the cloud. However, this eagerness is often met with the reality of talent shortages. In fact, 90 percent of IT decision makers say their businesses are lacking in professionals with adequate cloud skills, a situation that can easily disrupt plans for growth and innovation (451 Research). For most organizations, waiting for talent to emerge can’t happen fast enough to solve the skills gap organically. The good news is that solutions exist for businesses facing cloud skills gaps. One solution proven to be effective is the integration of a comprehensive training program within each organization’s larger cloud initiative. Comprehensive training is an enterprise-wide training initiative aimed at multiple stakeholders with varying levels of cloud sophistication. It consists of deep technical training for key teams in specific areas—based on identified skills gaps—and broad training in cloud fundamentals for general stakeholders. Customers can use an AWS Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) solution to identify the cloud skills gaps within their organizations and receive guidance on how to fill them. When comprehensive training is part of your cloud plan, you are more likely to experience success. In fact, you are 3.8 times more likely to meet cloud ROI requirements with comprehensive training (IDC)
Comprehensive training: by the numbers
Organizations that invest in comprehensive training see significant returns on their investments and are 80 percent faster to adopt the cloud, compared to those that invest in minimal training alone. They are also 81 percent more likely to progress to the next milestone of their cloud adoption journey within 24 months. Comprehensive training has been proven to encourage a cloud-first mindset. Organizations that are comprehensively trained are almost three times more likely to realize that the cloud can help jump-start innovation and nearly five times more likely to overcome operational and performance concerns (IDC).
Build cloud fluency throughout your organization.
As you plan your cloud training, developers, cloud architects, and data scientists aren’t the only individuals in your organization who should receive training. Make it a point to nurture and promote cloud fluency across the business—including senior directors and managers tasked with leading others on your cloud journey. Spreading cloud fluency throughout your whole organization yields many benefits:
- It provides your employees with the skills and the confidence to innovate faster and experiment more broadly.
- Barriers between business and technical staff dissipate, with everyone using common terminology and conversing more fluently in the language of cloud.
- Teams can collaborate more efficiently, translating customer needs into technical solutions.
Comprehensive training provides a choice of learning methods and includes on-site and virtual private learning, digital training, classroom courses, events, and programs with goal markers and curriculum tracks. It provides plans for who gets trained in which domains and a schedule for when they get trained, as well as how that training is delivered. These trainings can also foster opportunities for hands-on, real-world projects and gamified engagements that create excitement around the process of becoming cloud fluent. The article has been written by Maureen Lonergan and is reproduced here for informative purposes. Original Article HERE