Accelerating change in digital business is increasing the need for skilled IT professionals, making training and certifications more important than ever.
According to the Global Knowledge report in 2021, the lack of skills threatens companies that unexpectedly need their training to build their teams.
The pandemic is widening the gap in digital practice
To gain agility in the face of the health crisis, companies – for the most part – have accelerated their digital innovation. This has resulted in increasing pressure on qualified information technology profiles. Faced with the impossibility of organizing face-to-face courses nowadays, training organizations need to adapt so that IT professionals can maintain their skills or acquire new ones. In 2021, 73% of them participated in online sessions.
Despite these adaptation efforts, the skills gap continues to widen according to the Global Knowledge report which shows that 76% of IT decision makers suffer from this deficiency in their teams. A troubling search, especially for fast -growing areas like cybersecurity and cloud, that constitute a priority investment for 50% of companies. The impact on the economy is also worrying. The firm IDC estimates that by 2022, the practice gap will lead to a total loss of 775 billion dollars.
The training of IT professionals is an issue of paramount importance as companies are faced with a permanent evolution of technologies.
The benefits of in-house training
Typically the recruitment of specific IT profiles takes several months, sometimes detrimental to the progress of certain projects. Recruitment and retention strategies have been redesigned accordingly: 56% of organizations say the answer to the skills gap is the training of their employees. They understood that this is an important motivating factor that directly affects the productivity and quality of projects. To stay with their operational needs, IT departments have a wide selection of training offered by software publishers, IT manufacturers and cloud service providers. This represents a significant effort in terms of time for the company and employees, but it is an important investment to continue digital change at the desired speed.
In addition, training courses have been modernized and are now often accessible online, offering more flexibility to take into account timetable constraints and each person’s speed of learning.
Cloud certifications, an asset for employees and companies
As more and more companies are incorporating the cloud into their digital transformation strategy, professionals with cloud certifications are particularly sought after. Essential for validating the level of expertise a person has acquired at the completion of a training course, certifications are an important management tool for establishing a skill map. Highly sought after by companies when recruiting, they cover technologies as well as procedures and regulatory compliance. The Cloud Observatory conducted by IDC for New Relic estimates that public cloud should continue to grow in France by 21.6% per year on average between 2021 and 2024. Enough to attract a large number of talent.
Aware of this need for cloud training Nexity, the leading player in integrated real estate, launched Cloud First Academy in 2020, with the goal of building truly innovative cloud skills within and guaranteeing a common level of control so that business teams are truly on board and can understand the additional value of such technology. To achieve this, Nexity has set an ambitious goal: to support 80% of 160 employees with at least “cloud practitioner” certification to guarantee a common level of expertise. For this, 14 AWS modules were selected, which are cloud fundamentals in cloud business-oriented training so that business teams are truly on board and understand the added value of such technology.
Training is as strategic as technology. Any IT professional needs to switch specialties during their career. Each employee’s personal development plan should be designed to meet their aspirations while part of an overall development plan for the company’s skills. At this price a company will be able to achieve its ambitions and motivate its teams.