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The cloud comes to business: Are companies ready?

The cloud-based future of IT is a compelling reason to re-train employees.

Cloud computing has changed several long-held rules and assumptions when it comes to businesses' use of technology. Organizations that have become accustomed to certain practices over the years will have to consider new methodologies. This begs further questions: Are these firms' staff members prepared to make the transition? Have they had enough education in the new solutions? The value of IT training lies in moments such as these. With new ideas wiping out the old, it's hard to imagine that organizations that don't engage in at least some education will receive optimal performance from their new tech deployments, including the cloud.

"Systems training will only become more pressing in the years ahead."

Cloud providers step up their game
The need for systems training focused on cloud proficiency will only become more pressing in the years ahead as IT providers become better at offering solutions to businesses' problems. Computerworld recently reported on new efforts by both Amazon and Microsoft to attract more customers to their respective hosted offerings. These companies are two of the biggest names in cloud, and if any organizations are responsible for cloud taking further steps into business ubiquity, one or both of them will likely be involved. The news provider explained that Amazon and Microsoft are adopting slightly different approaches but sending the same general message to their customers.

According to Computerworld, Amazon is interested in giving new options to developers working on iOS applications, with new data transfer solutions that perform their functions while other work is ongoing. The news provider noted that the Microsoft offering is different - it is based on improving backup capabilities. It is now possible to have scheduled backup actions take place up to three times every day without occupying much bandwidth. The connection between the new features, the source reported, is that they are pitching scalable solutions that won't drain companies' wallets but will be easy to operate.

"The cloud transition is an example of why application training is important."

Training needed
No matter how much cloud developers focus on ease of use, however, the cloud transition serves as a compelling example of why application training is so important. Cloud-based tools are brand-new additions to the enterprise tool kit. Companies that don't embrace them may be falling behind, while those that do will have a radically different set of technologies in place than they did even a few years ago. Thankfully, eLearning solutions have made it possible to educate employees without the traditional classroom model. Firms can offer courses to learners that suit these pupils' own preferences while still delivering the needed knowledge.

Cloud as the new normal
The importance of adopting the cloud recently reached a new benchmark. InformationWeek reported on a Harvard Business Review Analytics Services report that found using the cloud doesn't give organizations an edge anymore - the goal posts have moved, and the cloud is considered standard. Now, businesses that don't use any cloud solutions are considered behind the curve.

Organizations that have yet to shift their processes over will likely have to move quickly to keep up with their rivals. If they find the new landscape significantly different than the one they left behind, software training may be the process that gets them back in the game.

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