June 15, 2017

Do you have a winning game plan for your cloud staff?

According to a 2015 IDG Cloud Computing Study, 72 percent of organizations have at least one application in the cloud or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud. The study also found that 56 percent of technology decision-makers are still investigating where the cloud can be leveraged and need an understanding of the various cloud service models, investments and business drivers.

While moving to the cloud can be highly beneficial, it doesn’t mean that your IT staff is ready with the right skills. Any IT transformation must start with assessing current skills and determining where knowledge gaps exist.

Creating a Game Plan

The transition from localized data to the cloud requires a winning game plan:

  1. First you need to assess the skills that your IT team currently holds and map them to the future vision of your IT organization to understand where your gaps exist. Since a move to the cloud will offer up a new set of challenges, knowledge gaps must be identified in order to make the transition a smooth one.
  2. Next, decisions will need to be made as to how to acquire the skills needed. With the current talent shortage, training your current IT staff to expand your organization’s cloud knowledge base is often the most equitable solution. Mapping the skills found in-house to the future needs will give you a clear idea of the direction to take.

Conducting a Cloud Skills Readiness Assessment

The existing knowledge and skills gaps in your organization can delay or even prevent you from moving forward in your transition to the cloud. As part of your overall planning and cloud transformation road map, a skills readiness assessment is essential to your success. While it is possible to conduct this assessment on your own, it may not be the best choice given the bandwidth of the typical overworked and understaffed IT department. There is also bound to be bias associated with an in-house assessment. The goal of any assessment should be to identify staff at the early stages of your cloud migration as to who are the best candidates for change and who will take the responsibility to upgrade their skills very seriously.

The needs of every organization is different and their IT skills can vary greatly so to accommodate your different learning styles and requirements, training needs to be conducted in a flexible and scalable way.

Contact Us

To learn more or schedule an IT cloud team skills check, please contact Arrow Cloud Services at 877.558.6677 or ecscloudservices@arrow.com.