Connect Cloud Learning to the Business
This company’s cloud learning journey had definitive connections to its business.
The Importance Of Learning On-The-Job
David Linthicum, Chief Cloud Strategy Officer for Deloitte Consulting, said that mentoring from an SME while on-the-job is as important as the classroom training. In fact, the Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise author said that working with an experienced peer can cement new learning immediately and ensure its application. Further, the mentor doesn’t necessarily have to be an expert. He said it’s more important that the individual has a solid IT background.
Storage, memory, programming; this kind of foundation coupled with the ability to answer questions and walk the learner through different challenges, “if you team those things up that seems to be what’s most effective in my world.”
The idea goes back to the importance of creating learning as a multimodal journey versus a singular event. Great classroom training is necessary, but to truly accelerate learning nothing can beat a mix of Computer Based Training (CBT), self-paced training and the ability to mentor on the job.
“They get the technical details…but that’s ineffective unless you’re able to do it, and do it very shortly after you learn it,” he explained. “If I took a course on cloud architecture in January, and then I was put on a project in July, chances are I probably forgot half of what I learned. That mentoring lets people come out of those projects as much of an expert as the people who have 2-3 years of experience.”
Creating a multi-modal cloud learning journey accelerated learning and increased the speed with which the popular global coffee company was able to securely move apps into the cloud. From 2017 to 2018, the company experienced an ROI of 400% growth in app development. Its technical talent is now moving on to more advanced training curriculum on topics like: key vault utilization, emerging threats and the Open Web Application Security Project.