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Ambitious, exciting programs exemplify IT training

Training programs that combine hard IT knowledge and strategic thinking could revolutionize retention.

Mastery of technology is not just an important skill today - it may be the foremost area of need for contemporary businesses. When each element of a corporate strategy relies on technological proficiency, application training gains a new urgency. Leaders who neglect to invest in the eLearning solutions and overall structures that power this type of program may end up missing out on efficiency and effectiveness benefits that come from highly trained employees using the best software tools available. Computers monopolize a huge percentage of the work that contemporary employees perform, so what's now known as IT training may soon be simply called training.

The government sets an example
A recent Nextgov piece focused on a training project designed to bring DevOps skills to coders aligned with the federal government. The project serves as a good example of why powerful training strategies are needed today and the ways in which these plans can be implemented. The source specified, for instance, that the new undertaking, DevOps University, is meant to not only pass on valuable skills but ensure employees retain the knowledge.

"Software training has to deliver a lasting form of knowledge."

Modern systems training strategies can employ multimedia methods to ensure learners don't fall victim to what Raj Ananthanpillai, one of the executives behind DevOps University, called "airplane magazine syndrome," according to the source. That imaginary affliction is a catchy name for being fully engaged in information for a short time and then forgetting it. A lot of traditional learning methods can cause this to happen, underlining the fact that software training has to deliver a more lasting form of knowledge.

Nextgov described the university's tactics, explaining that the program will go beyond the classroom model. Learners in small groups will face tasks that are akin to beginning a startup, working on projects that will have tangible outcomes instead of just passing through reading and multiple choice questions. Teachers and technology are adapting to face the modern IT environment, going for immersion and detailed learning that will hopefully stay with pupils over time.

Another of the leaders working on the new project told the source that it will encompass basic IT training at the beginning, showing learners around the tools required to build their own apps. Next, it will get strategic, teaching them about Waterfall development and then DevOps. Comprehensive strategies that include many different elements could become an important part of curricula for organizations and government agencies alike as IT and overall direction become further entangled. 

"The many languages to learn underline the importance of IT training."

Keeping skills sharp
Coders today require a number of skills, running the gamut from familiarity with programming languages to the strategic abilities to take apps from design stages to finished products. While the above example focused on the latter, CIO Magazine's Sharon Florentine recently listed a few important proficiencies from the former category. She explained that alongside the rise of new tech environments such as Hadoop, mastery of Java, C and more is still a valid area of study. These are the bedrock abilities that coders will fall back on time and again in their assignments. The fact that there are so many languages to learn underlines the importance of specialized and well-curated IT training.

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