You Already Have the People You Need to Succeed with the Cloud

Stephen Orban
Nov 18, 2015 · 6 min read

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to a number of executives from a wide range of companies about their business and IT strategies. Every executive and company has their own unique set of challenges, but they all share the need to equip their staff with the skills that will help them move toward their future aspirations. This is no different when it comes to the cloud. While this may seem obvious, several executives have told me that the perceived lack of cloud skills in their organization is the primary reason they haven’t made as much progress as they’d like on their Journey to the cloud.

You already have what you need

People fear the unknown, and change makes some uncomfortable. One the most powerful things you can do to alleviate that fear is to educate. You may also look to acquire new talent that already has the skills you’re looking for, but this typically only works in small doses and can be difficult to scale.

AWS Training and Certification

AWS’s self-directed and instructor-led training courses can help your team get started quickly and keep skills current over time. I won’t repeat the details that are very eloquently provided on the website, but I will say that every company I’ve talked to that’s using our training programs now benefits from better cloud operations. Most report the reduction of friction between teams within their organizations, too.

Leverage the Ecosystem

You may be leading your organization’s cloud Journey, but you don’t have to do it alone, especially when it comes to education. Talk to your peers, attend cloud-related events, and read about what other companies are doing. It’s amazing how fast the cloud ecosystem has grown, and how many born-in-the-cloud businesses have found success in such a short amount of time. There’s a wealth of information online illustrating what many companies have accomplished, and how you can leverage what they’ve learned.

There’s No Substitute for Experience

I’ve yet to come across a use case where someone with the appropriate skills and a can-do attitude couldn’t find a place for themselves in the cloud. While I think most people can imagine that anything’s possible, it can be harder for those who don’t have the experience to prove it.

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Stephen Orban

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Husband to Meghan, father to Harper and Finley. GM of something new @AWSCloud (formerly Head of Enterprise Strategy for AWS). Author of “Ahead in the Cloud”.

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