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.
The transition from localized data to the cloud requires a winning game plan:
- 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.
- 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.
About Arrow Education Services
Named to the Top 20 IT Training Companies list for the second consecutive year, Arrow’s dedicated Education Services group develops and conducts professional training programs aimed at cultivating skills in emerging technologies, such as cloud, security, data analytics and mobility.
Arrow Education is an expert provider of IT professional training programs delivered in a variety of ways to fit your employees’ schedules, whether it’s on-site, online, self-paced or micro-learning courses. Our wide range of subject matter expertise is the result of combining our in-house expertise with that of our large vendor network.
Arrow Education is uniquely able to provide cross-functional training courses that will bring your organization’s cloud skills up-to-date. Our leading-edge programs are nimble, cost-effective and available to meet the needs of today’s busy workforce. Contact us at ecsedu.arrow.com/us.