“You’re using the cloud all the time and you don’t even know it”, said speaker Valerie Singer, early on in our recent webinar with AWS.
The GM of global education at the web services giant makes a good point. Part of the cloud’s ubiquity is due to its invisibility. And, while much of this invisible tech infrastructure obviously goes unnoticed, the talented people required to leverage this technology are highly skilled and in dire need across many organizations.
Cloud provides “the ultimate in agility”, according to Singer – and there’s never been a better time to be agile.
Of course, over the course of an hour’s conversation between UNLEASH’s outgoing head of content labs Kate Graham, and AWS’s Valerie Singer, discussion took in many facts and nuggets of insight as they covered:
- Cloud talent – what’s happening now and what comes next.
- Workforce transformation – how to make your investment count.
- How to become a destination employer – how to attract and develop your people.
HR tech may be the main thrust of what UNLEASH likes to talk about but, as Singer said, “technology enables innovation but people make it happen…it’s the most critical time since the Industrial Revolution.”
Becoming that unmissable opportunity in the cloud talent marketplace is essential.
While it’s great to see so many businesses making a start, the fact is that 65% of organizations won’t see the full value of their cloud data and automation investments until the back end of 2020. So – the time to start is now.
It’s also important to note that while people issues are ostensibly an HR concern, and the primary audience for UNLEASH is one of HR leaders, partners such as AWS are critical in gaining a wider audience understanding of the need for talent challenges to be seen as a business wide concern – with implications for everyone from the fulfillment center to the C-Suite.
As Singer noted, “it’s important for HR to understand AI, as it is for finance to understand the cloud, as it is for procurement teams to understand next technologies.” These changes touch every part of your business.
So, what to do next? AWS offers some next steps:
- Offer training to all of your teams at scale,
- Make platforms available for just in time learning. Always.
- Work with your partners – leverage their tech insight.
- Focus on reverse mentoring and cross training – build your community engagement at work.
It’s time to look forward.
Cloud tech is ALL tech and, as Singer concludes, “cloud and digital skills are going to be infused in every flow of work going forward. So, how will we provide a structure that promotes continuous learning? How do you continue to innovate on behalf of your customers?”
It’s a question that finding the right cloud talent can start to answer.
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