Maxime Trudeau 5 February 2023 8 minutes

Upskill and reskill your workforce for best use of the cloud

Employees need to upskill/reskill to the cloud

As technology advances at an accelerating pace, the world is projected to continue moving toward the cloud. Organizations were already embracing the cloud before the COVID-19 outbreak, but the resulting shift to remote work made it imperative for them to seriously think about investing in it. As the momentum continues to grow, more enterprises are accelerating their move to the cloud.  In a world where constant innovation is required, this is a crucial first step in staying competitive. The path may be difficult, but the outcome is ultimately worth it. Organizations in all sectors benefit from the cloud's scale, cost-savings, and efficiency through developing new competencies. However, in addition to investing in new cloud technologies, companies need to make sure that their employees can function efficiently in this new technological environment. 

Cloud computing has the potential to completely change enterprises, but without the necessary skills, success is inconceivable. Given the tremendous pace of digital transformation and innovation that we are witnessing, technological business leaders must integrate the reskilling imperative into their core activities. Because the skills gap affects every sector, from healthcare to manufacturing and beyond (especially when it comes to cloud computing).

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Information technology companies are using cloud services to achieve specific, targeted business results; now is the time to reskill or upskill employees in cloud technology. Cloud adoption is not a one-time event for the IT workforce; rather, it will require constant learning and development to keep up with cutting-edge technology and the rapidly shifting digital landscape. 

What does it mean to upskill and reskill for optimal use of the cloud?

To maximize the return on your cloud investment, you have to create a thorough cloud training program to upskill and reskill your staff, and the best cloud training plan does not have a special ingredient. The organization must decide on a blend of cross-functional, upskilling and reskilling that will benefit its team: 

Upskilling for the cloud: The term "upskilling" refers to teaching staff members new abilities that will help improve performance when it comes to current responsibilities. Employees need upskilling when moving to the cloud, which implies they will maintain their current position while also taking on certain new tasks or responsibilities. For example, an IT professional may pick up additional programming or software skills to add to existing experience and qualifications. 

Reskilling to Utilize the Cloud More Effectively: When a business adopts the cloud, a new set of new job responsibilities are introduced to handle the cloud deployment. You can decide to reskill current employees for these new cloud-related tasks rather than hiring new ones. For example, a data analyst may advance to more complex programming or cybersecurity responsibilities.

Cross Skill: This is to maintain company continuity and gain new skills to take on extra responsibilities connected to a function within a worker's group or department. DevOps, for instance, can learn how to work with a cross-functional team to push code to production.

Engaging the largest cloud provider for scale and agility  

The workforce can be reskilled in the cloud using a variety of strategies or techniques. While some companies believe that offering agile skills development programs that are iterative, adaptable to changes, and can provide effective outcomes may go a long way in developing the workforce's cloud skills, others think it is more beneficial to provide employees with cloud-specific courses based on the company's use of cloud services focusing on choosing the right provider. While many cloud tools can be learned by IT professionals without obtaining a certification, most hiring managers and employees value those achieved certificates.  

Microsoft is a global leader in the technology industry, and its software is used by businesses and individuals around the world. As such, there is a high demand for professionals who are proficient in Microsoft cloud technologies.  

One way to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in a career that involves Microsoft cloud technologies is by completing Microsoft training courses, which allow individuals to stay up to date on the latest technologies and best practices. These courses are designed to teach individuals the skills needed to effectively use and manage Microsoft products and technologies, specifically the cloud product, Azure. A course such as Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) and Azure Administrator Associate (AZ-104) courses are there to help individuals and organizations gain a thorough understanding of Microsoft's cloud computing platform. These courses are designed to provide a solid foundation in Azure technologies, including virtual machines, virtual networks, Azure Active Directory, etc. Microsoft provides participants guidance through hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage and maintain Azure environments. Companies such as Emyode provides such training services, where employees can be trained virtually through an LMS to get their certifications on AZURE.  

Its time to upskill/reskill to the cloud

The move to the cloud involves more than just a shift in technology. It is a complete business transformation that alters the organizational structure of IT teams, how they develop software, and how they collaborate internally and with other departments to produce products. IT teams need to be ready to operate in new organizational structures that foster cross-functional cooperation and new technologies. For existing employees, upskilling, reskilling, or cross-skill learning can fulfill the existing skills gap when it comes to the cloud.

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To increase staff retention, expand their teams, and develop skills, leaders must recognize the value of investing in their employees. By doing this, they can start the process of moving all of their organization's operations to the cloud.  

 Organizations must take learning and development into account as the workplace is quickly evolving along with technology such as the cloud. A thorough skilling plan will ensure that your company can still prosper in this unstable and unpredictable business environment.  

Contact us and talk to an expert who will analyze your needs and help you build the optimal solution that will meet your training and growth challenges.  


Sources:

 i: Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Public Cloud End-user spending to reach nearly $600 billion in 2023. Gartner. (2022, October 31). Retrieved January 3, 2023, from https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2022-10-31-gartner-forecasts-worldwide-public-cloud-end-user-spending-to-reach-nearly-600-billion-in-2023#:~:text=Worldwide%20end%2Duser%20spending%20on,18.8%25%20growth%20forecast%20for%202022.

ii: Shrm. (2022, August 8). 2022 Workplace Learning & Development trends. SHRM. Retrieved January 16, 2023, from https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/trends-and-forecasting/research-and-surveys/pages/2022-workplace-learning-and-development-trends.aspx

 

 

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Maxime Trudeau

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