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How Training Impacts Your Cloud Business Strategy

Written by Rena
Mayer, PR Online Editor, Oracle University

Growing numbers of organizations are seeking the benefits of cloud solutions, which include: increased operational efficiency, enhanced business agility, tighter staff collaboration, real-time intelligence across the organization, lower total cost of IT ownership, reliability, scalability and more.

Successful cloud implementations improve the way organizations operate, giving them an edge that leaves competitors in the dust. 

According to a recent survey by IDG:

50% of IT decision makers are investing in cloud technologies to improve customer service.

72% report their digital customer interface is becoming more valuable than personal contact.

Companies who want to effectively compete in today’s market and prepare for the future recognize the need to move technologies and business operations to the cloud.

But like all changes, new technology implementations come with great risk.

Will the deployment go smoothly?

Will the transition time disrupt business operations?

What impact will the change have on staff, customers and the bottom line?

Is your organization ready?

The damaging effects of ill-conceived and poorly-executed IT deployments frequently reach far beyond the IT department.

These negative effects can include:

  • Unplanned downtime for business-critical applications
  • Frustrated staff struggling to understand and adopt unfamiliar systems or processes
  • Dropped business due to operational slowdowns
  • Planned system downtime, as IT departments attempt to locate, define, and rectify technical issues
  • Increased internal resistance to change
  • Lost revenue
  • Wasted time

There are also effects on customers, some of which may never be known to the organization until it's too late. The consequences of a flawed implementation are long-lasting, and often elusive.

Cloud technology deployments are no different.

To ensure success when creating a cloud strategy, it is essential to understand and avoid the pitfalls that lead invariably to the above scenarios.

These pitfalls are often the result of:

  • Insufficient end-user knowledge of cloud technologies in terms of functionality, processes, and workflows
  • IT teams lacking in-depth technical skills to ensure a smooth transition, optimize system performance, or rapidly deal with issues that arise
  • Poor selection of cloud technology or vendor

As with all IT implementations, and particularly those involving new technologies, training is fundamental to cloud success, and must therefore be an integral part of any organization’s cloud strategy.

Oracle, a leading vendor of cloud technologies, helps customers succeed with IT investments by offering cloud training through Oracle University.

Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions are a new paradigm for delivering individualized, role-based, digital cloud training - flexible, dynamic, scalable, cost-efficient, and easy to consume through unlimited digital options.

This subscription-based training empowers your organization to:

  • Successfully manage change and deploy cloud technologies by giving technical teams comprehensive pre-implementation training. 
  • Consistently train functionally diverse and geographically dispersed teams - by job role or level of cloud expertise.
  • Rapidly resolve user issues, boost their confidence in the cloud, and increase adoption by providing them with anytime, anywhere access to as much or as little training as needed.
  • Achieve a better return on investment and maximize use of Oracle cloud technologies by keeping up with the latest product updates and releases.
  • Select the right cloud technologies through deep-dive explorations of Oracle products and services prior to purchase
  • Make cloud transitions smoother and quicker, with less downtime and fewer incidents of decreased productivity.

A well-trained team will have an easier time adopting new technologies and business strategies in the future.

Get started today with an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription, or contact an Oracle University representative for more details.

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