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DevOpsGroup Blog Why cloud skills development is an ongoing journey

Why cloud skills development is an ongoing journey

Whether you’re already in the cloud or migrating to the cloud, ongoing skills development is a critical success factor. The range of tools and features from cloud vendors and third parties is vast, and it’s continually expanding. Nobody can be an expert in everything, but by focusing on the parts that matter most to your organisation or your specific role, you can keep on leveraging cloud benefits.

As a cloud migration, management and training provider and a member of the Amazon Partner Network (APN), we take this very seriously. Our own consultants and engineers allocate time to broaden and deepen their cloud skills every week. This can range from inner-source activity to working towards formal certifications. It’s good for individuals’ professional development, and it’s good for business too. We know that creating time and space for learning makes our people feel valued, and it also means they deliver better outcomes for our customers.

Research into the value of AWS training and certification for AWS Partner Organisations backs this up. Partners reported that having AWS-certified staff improves troubleshooting times (80%), accelerates the completion of customers’ projects and migrations (78%) and helps ensure the security of AWS implementations (77%).

“No matter how long you’ve worked in cloud computing, there is always something new to learn, or a skill to be improved. New features and services are released by cloud vendors all the time, so making time to keep up to date is essential.”

Colin Barker, Cloud Solutions Architect and APN Ambassador

Get staff cloud-ready, not just cloud certified

It’s common for organisations migrating to the cloud to suddenly realise part way just how different the skill requirements are in the new environment (check out a blog on this here). Even software engineers with many years’ experience need time and support as they upskill to embrace modern cloud-based ways of working.

When we’re supporting customers with cloud migration or management, we often start out providing a high level of support which is scaled back as internal teams gain confidence.

As an AWS APN Training Partner, we can help accelerate this transition. We deliver official AWS Training and Certification on a standalone basis or alongside broader training. This blended approach allows us to offer training in agile and DevOps, as well as longer term coaching and mentoring. It’s a great formula, which means we focus on ensuring customers’ teams are truly cloud-ready, not just cloud-certified.

“Combining classroom training with longer term workplace coaching enables our customers’ teams to make meaningful progress. Individuals can stretch their capabilities in real-world situations, knowing that DevOpsGroup has got their back.”

Tom Beavan, Head of Strategic Alliances

Upskilling is an essential part of the cloud journey

Primary drivers of cloud adoption for many organisations are the ability to reduce costs and improve staff productivity. However, obtaining these goals requires specialist cloud engineering skills. And with so many organisations making the transition to the cloud, those skills are in short supply. Taking existing teams on the journey to the cloud, and upskilling them along the way, is the answer.

“For organisations that haven’t worked in the cloud before, the idea of upskilling an entire team can seem daunting. But we take things one step at a time, building a good breadth of knowledge first, then drilling down into specific areas of expertise for people who need it. We’ve helped people with no prior IT experience become proficient cloud engineers; if they can do it, your IT team can do it too.”

James Harvey, Director of DevOpsGroup Academy

DevOpsGroup Academy offers practitioner-led training to help get IT teams cloud-ready.

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