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Embracing the Cloud? Don’t Overlook the Importance of Training

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Oracle Cloud Training

Industry analysts have much to say about how today’s organizations are embracing the cloud. The figures are impressive.

For example, IDC reports that the modernization of aging application portfolios is happening because of the growth of cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

  • IDC says about 90% of net-new business software products are now being designed to be accessed and consumed from a cloud.1
  • According to Juniper Research, SaaS will represent 59% of the enterprise cloud computing market by 2018.PaaS will be important, too.
  • Information Week reports that the vast majority of Web applications will eventually run on PaaS.3

Further proof of this trend: Oracle keeps adding to its cloud portfolio.

On June 22, 2015, chairman Larry Ellison kicked off Oracle’s most significant launch ever, with 24 new PaaS products.

"I’m now able to say we have a complete suite of services for running modern applications. So you can move any application into the Oracle Cloud.” 

When asked "are there any factors inhibiting your adoption of cloud computing?" the number-one reason cited was lack of cloud computing training (43%).

Are You Ready?

There is no doubt about it - all of these transformative changes will require training – particularly for your IT developers, implementers and administrators. Being truly ready to embrace the cloud requires having an IT staff trained to handle this transition and manage your infrastructure.

With cloud products being revised almost continuously, initially your IT team and, later, your users, need high-quality, hands-on training to stay up-to-date with the latest releases and enhancements.

If you don't empower your employees with these new skills, your business may miss out on the advantages of new cloud features. 

In fact, lack of training is often cited as a serious obstacle to successful transition to the cloud.

In September 2014, another survey performed by IDC discovered that 56% of respondents from European IT departments have trouble finding qualified staff to support cloud projects, and 61% struggle to provide employees with the skills they need to work with cloud service providers.4

In a separate survey, the number-one reason cited for inhibiting adoption was lack of cloud computing training (43%)5.

More proof that professional, hands-on cloud training matters!

Simplify Your Journey to the Cloud

Embracing the cloud is a complex process that requires redesigning business functions and customizing them to fit your business. It's crucial to make sure employees are armed with the necessary knowledge to make it all happen.

Avoid making the mistake of thinking that the cloud seems intuitive, so using it effectively must be a piece of cake. It’s not! Leveraging all of its advantages requires well-trained employees.

Oracle University is here to help!

We offer a convenient and cost-effective way to keep your IT staff cloud savvy.

Oracle Cloud Learning subscriptions deliver in-depth, end-to-end training for all job roles, including developers and implementers. These subscriptions offer a proven way for your business to fully embrace the cloud and all its benefits. Subscriptions provide up-to-date training content related to the latest Oracle releases; this content is updated at least three times per year.

What do you think?

Which IT projects do you think are most impacted by the Cloud skills gap? How much of your project budget do you dedicate to training and Cloud training?

We invite you to leave your comments and questions below!

IDC white paper, October 2014: Total Cloud – What Does Complete Look Like for Oracle?


Information Week, April 10, 2013



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Comments ( 2 )
  • Matthew@hosted PBX Monday, August 31, 2015

    Cloud is the capacity to connect dissimilar tools for more efficient processes.

  • guest Friday, October 9, 2015

    Thanks for your post.

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