How to Prepare Your Company’s Employees for the Cloud

How to Prepare Your Company's Employees for the Cloud

How do you prepare your company’s employees as it transitions to the cloud? Businesses are moving to the cloud at a feverish rate, adopting cloud solutions and deploying cloud environments into their infrastructures. However, in order to successfully transition to the cloud, you need to prepare your employees for the shift and get them up to speed on the cloud solutions you plan to work with.

Getting your workers ready for the cloud is a critical part of prepping your enterprise for integrating cloud solutions. We’ve compiled four crucial steps in preparing your enterprise and its employees for the cloud and listed them below!

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Inform your team of the cloud transition in advance

You cannot keep your team in the dark about your transition to the cloud until it’s time for them to make the switch. Your employees need to know that your company is moving onto the cloud and what that will mean for your company. You’ll want to present your business case for adopting cloud solutions (including what tasks your cloud will accomplish and why you’re making the transition) to inform your employees on why the transition is happening. This will give your company time to address any questions or concerns your workers have about the cloud solutions you’ll be using.

Identify who will be working with your cloud solutions

Depending on the nature of your cloud solutions, different teams in your enterprise will be working with your cloud solutions. Your company needs to identify the workers who will use the solution and what tasks they’ll be performing with it. This will help you understand who needs to be trained on the cloud solutions, as well as what specific training they’ll need to receive in order to work effectively.

Know the cloud skills your employees will need to learn

Just like any new technology, your employees need to learn specific skills that allow them to successfully work with the cloud solutions you plan to integrate. The skills your employees need may be cloud-specific, such as cloud security, cloud migration, and knowledge of your public cloud platform of choice; however, skills such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, serverless architectures, and DevOps may also be valuable for your employees to learn.

Consider cloud certifications and training courses

Sometimes, the best way to train your employees on how to work in the cloud is having them take external training courses. These courses could be built for specific cloud solutions or provide a general overview of how the cloud works. If an employee passes the course, it shows that they’re ready to operate inside the cloud. Your company may also want to consider having employees earn certifications on cloud computing. Most cloud providers offer certifications on their own solutions, but there are also several third party cloud certifications.


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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