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Importance & Benefits of Upskilling and Reskilling in Cloud Adoption



As the adoption of cloud computing services has grown in popularity in recent years, the circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftereffects have only accelerated the entire process. In a statement by Gartner, by the year 2025, over 85% of organisations will implement a cloud-first principle, and tipping over 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms. Within the shifting of frameworks, organisations will transition to a product-oriented operating model in which the total value flow of the business and IT must be equally matched by its products.


Undeniably, the accelerated pace at which enterprises are moving to the cloud is within reason and benefits, one of which is the sheer agility and accelerated innovation whereby rapid growth performance and faster time to market are inherently observed. Bundled together is the absolute quality of service reliability, ensuring constant availability at peak performance that is secure against cyber threats. Not to mention, the cost efficiency that comes from relieving the need to purchase and operate on-premises equipment leads to a direct increase in general productivity.


Employee upskilling or reskilling is the most efficient option towards meeting an organisation’s demand for a cloud-based skillset in the face of a burgeoning skill gap and a scarcity of cloud expertise. While most may prefer to hire new employees, the process of recruitment and onboarding can be both time-consuming and costly.


However, in order to generate a greater return on investing in the cloud, it's imperative that a holistic cloud training programme is developed to adapt towards a multitude of job roles and project requirements, as well as address rapidly changing technology and management concerns. This is exactly the reason why Google aims to equip more than 40 million people with Google Cloud skills, as announced by Google Cloud Learning Services Managing Director, Rochana Golani, ensuring that the skill level of people around the world is able to comprehend and execute these technologies at a global scale.


Retraining, upskilling, and reskilling employees with Google Cloud Learning is the optimum way for enterprises looking to digitally transform their workspace. In March 2022, we partnered with the International Data Corporation (IDC) to investigate the effect of training on cloud adoption, whereby trained organisations are able to achieve business goals faster (56% improvement in customer experience scores), accelerate cloud adoption (10 times more likely to implement cloud in two years), and achieve greater ROI (over 90% influence on key business outcomes).


With Google Cloud Learning, organisations are able to construct a team of cloud experts with a comprehensive and holistic catalogue of programmes and content, providing practical applications. On top of that, it allows for maintaining competitiveness that bridges the organisational skill gap across the board and also empowers ready employees with industry-leading digital credentials.


Offering a diverse range of content that is created for both technical and non-technical roles, Google Cloud Learning is able to help the entire company from business leaders all the way to technical practitioners. We study skills and job profiles both from within our organisation and externally, to continuously evaluate and innovate our content offering. A specialised curriculum development team works collaboratively with the Google Cloud product and engineering teams to stay current on product roadmaps and technology. Curriculum developers also cooperate with field teams to make certain that quality standards are incorporated into technical and business learning offerings. A variety of options that address the different learning styles across your organisation are readily available, which includes on-demand training (Google Cloud Skills Boost, Coursera, and Pluralsight), hands-on learning, virtual and in-person training, custom training and gamified competitions.


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