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Cloud Academy Announces General Availability of Training Plans for Data-Driven Cloud Skills Development

Cloud Academy, the leading enterprise cloud training platform, today announced the general availability of Training Plans, a data-driven solution that enables purposeful, measurable training to support ongoing cloud skills development. Using Training Plans, CIOs can respond to the needs of the business, and technical managers can define target skillsets, assess staff competence, and assign specific sets of training materials to drive results at scale. 

Public cloud implementation continues to grow. According to recent data, the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will continue to grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate. While cloud adoption is hardly new, preparing organizations for what's around the corner is a challenge, thanks to the volume and variety of options, the complexity of IT environments, and the constant stream of new services from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

The cloud expertise shortage is well documented. According to a recent study, missing cloud skills are costing $258,188,279 per organization annually. There is broad consensus that comprehensive training is the best long-term strategy to remain competitive.

Training Plans enable the assignment of high-quality learning content and skill assessments to teams across organizations to support cloud transformation, change management, certification programs, and even new hire onboarding. Automated management features create predictability for managers who cannot leave cloud training up to chance.

"Making training available or just relying on certifications is a pretty weak strategy in today's world. Teams are constantly struggling with the growing complexity of their tech stacks and the velocity of tech updates," said Stefano Bellasio, CEO, Cloud Academy. "Training Plans are designed for organizations who want a no-nonsense approach to building and maintaining a competitive edge."

Training Plans give organizations more control over the skills acquisition process. Managers can leverage the extensive Cloud Academy library of pre-built Learning Paths or partner with Cloud Academy to create customized Training Plans for current or future roles. The management dashboard makes it easy to monitor progress, measure training cycles over time, and validate the skills acquired, all at a glance.

"With Cloud Academy, we launched over a dozen Training Plan cycles in under two weeks across hundreds of staff," said one VP Cloud Strategy at a large manufacturing company that participated in the beta. "Being able to set expectations and measure progress is key. Managers have the confidence that teams are on target, and our staff is excited about the path we're charting toward continuous improvement in cloud."

Training Plans are now available to all Cloud Academy Enterprise subscribers. To learn more visit

Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:36 AM by David Marshall
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