A Cloud Guru (ACG) in September released a “State of Cloud Learning” report showing that cloud expertise, measured through certificates and practical proficiency, is increasing value for both companies and individuals working for them.
ACG has analyzed cloud learning priorities between business groups and individual students. The report shows broad intentions to accelerate cloud usage and soaring demand for Azure-related content.
More than 90% of THE IT leaders surveyed wanted to expand their cloud services within the next one to three years. Despite this evidence showing the benefits of cloud application, businesses may find a lack of it, staff, with the qualifications to fill those positions.
A related story focusing on the actions of the ACG company to help fill that growing gap in trained Linux technicians details the company’s launch of its new leading cloud training platform this summer. That platform addresses the shortage of technical personnel who need Linux cloud-based training. It provides a comprehensive, practical solution through a cloud-based learning platform.
ACG’s research for the report combined analysis of more than three million hours of usage data and surveyed 26,000 cloud-learning people – including IT leaders, engineers, and developers. It explores how the industry is thinking about the most common cloud learning platforms, barriers to growth in cloud expertise, and the future of cloud skills development.
The findings show a solid un unanimous among business leaders about the growing value of cloud technology to their operations. The survey also found that the majority of employees and hiring managers support the training provided by the company to gain cloud expertise.
According to Sam Kroonenburg, CEO and co-founder of A Cloud Guru, cloud application has become critical to the company’s growth trajectory and endurance, making it a top priority for IT teams.
“To ensure our platform best meets current needs, we have asked IT leaders and athletes to identify key areas and outstanding challenges associated with continuous cloud learning in today’s complex environment,” he said.
Breakthrough benefits for businesses
Nearly 3/4 (71%) business leaders have noticed that cloud usage speeds up their time for new products and features.
Nearly all (97%) cloud leaders believe that their organization will work more efficiently with a unified shared cloud knowledge platform.
Almost the same number (94 percent) of employees are more likely to stay long term with an employer investing in their career through skills development
According to Paul Holland, chief research analyst at the Information Security Forum, some IT-related sectors are struggling to find enough qualified or experienced staff.
He told TechNewsWorld: “Cross-training within an organization is a good way to bridge the skills gap by selecting individuals who have worked and understand the organization you have who are attracted to the characteristics and values of the company.
Overview of benefits for individuals
More than half (52%) of workers acknowledge that cloud certificates expand their career opportunities.
More than 80% of those questioned said they received higher salaries thanks to certification directly from the cloud.
A slightly higher rate (82%) hiring managers said cloud certificates make candidates more attractive. Even more hiring managers (87%) more cloud expertise than a college degrees.
The lack of time for IT staff to update new technologies creates a shortage of expertise for the above technologies. It also emphasizes that we expect IT professionals to have much broader knowledge than before, according to Thomas Hatch, CTO, and co-founder at SaltStack.
“Previously they just knew Linux, but now they need to know Linux, DevOps, many cloud platforms, CI/CD pipelines, etc. While new automation capabilities for IT and cloud operations have improved the pace of development, it has introduced a series of unique tools that are difficult to learn and keep up with,” he told TechNewsWorld.
“This means that training MUST be drastically remedied in today’s companies.”
Group leaders and IT staff should not be complacent with a single cloud platform. According to the report’s findings, the future of skills development is multi-cloud.
Nearly 70% of the questionees confirmed that their organization currently uses multiple cloud platforms. As the cloud continues to apply and IT leaders try to build and implement this transition, demand for cloud professionals is rising across all three major cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
Of those top three cloud providers, the AWS expertise cited in the survey is the most commonly used platform. More than 80 percent are trained on it. A wide gap has separated the other two main platforms, with Azure at 35% and GCP at 30%.
Similarly, more than 70% of administrators identified AWS as the primary cloud platform used in their organization, while Azure and GCP were identified as less than 10% primary cloud platforms.
But the top popular position the survey indicates to AWS may soon be challenged by Azure. In June, Azure training increased by nearly 800% compared to the same period a year earlier compared to 50-100% for AWS and Google Cloud.
The questioners pointed out that Azure is their intended training platform in the future, at least a bit of a 54% margin. But AWS and GCP follow closely behind.
Cloud learning challenges
The report clearly points out that there are some barriers to how cloud learning programs are implemented. Only 10% of the questionees said the likelihood of leadership buying in was low. The problem is that there are not enough technically trained workers to fill existing vacancies in the IT cloud.
Tech groups face a lack of skilled talent and struggle to find time to improve their skills, according to the report. More than 80% of cloud leaders identify a lack of internal knowledge and skills as the leading barrier to cloud success.
Despite near-universal expectations of cloud service expansion in the near future, only 56% of cloud leaders report having an action plan to provide enhanced training to their workforce. More than three-quarters of cloud-based learning administrators said the hardest part about guiding staff through the cloud is balancing priorities that compete with everyday work.
More than 76% of the students have this view. They identified finding time for research as the biggest barrier to expanding their cloud knowledge.
To combat that challenge, nearly three-quarter (70%) Academic administrators have identified online training and certification incentives as their most effective strategies for overcoming time problems and promoting learning throughout the organization.
Katie Bullard, president of e-learning at ACG, said one of the most important revelations in the report was the gap between knowing that the unsc skilled workforce was the biggest barrier to cloud success and taking appropriate steps to implement a solution.
“According to the report, 80% of cloud leaders see the unsymed workforce as the biggest barrier to overcome, but only 56% of them say there is an action plan to train their employees on cloud skills. This shows that the growing industry needs one She told TechNewsWorld, the solution is easy to implement, comprehensive, and cost-effective to train employees effectively.