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Silver lining: adapt to Cloud or get left behind [Part 3 of 3]

Cloud computing is not going anywhere and if you're not adapting then your competitors are. What can you do now to learn and evolve with new technology?

To help us understand the changing business dynamics and its impact on Canadian organizations, we have assembled a panel of experts:

Vijai Karthagesu, Co-founder of Cloud Dynamics, a leading Canadian Cloud Solutions provider and former Director of Technology at eHealth Ontario.
Andy Jordan, President of Roffensian Consulting Inc., a well-known author and expert on project management.
Andrew Ford an IT industry veteran with Global Knowledge, will all share their viewpoints on how organizations and individuals must skill up as the market makes its move to the cloud.

To learn more about adapting your skills to cloud computing, join Global Knowledge for their webinar series Control Shift:  How Cloud Technology has shifted key roles in the workplace, beginning on June 18.

Video transcript below:

Caitlin Nobes, HRM Online
Caitlin Nobes:  How can you and your colleagues upskill to adapt to cloud computing.  Today we look at how to transition your skills and create your own opportunities.  

Cloud’s Impact on Your People – Part 3/3

Caitlin Nobes:  Andy, could you give us a few examples of what each person can do to evolve in their own roles?

Andy Jordan, President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan:
 Absolutely.  I think the key is to first off understand what they want to achieve as individuals and that’s something their HR departments can help them to achieve.  Figure out what that end state looks like for them. In an brave cloud world, how can they thrive in their existing roles, how can they position themselves for the next role that they want to, to achieve.  And then they can build a plan to get from where they are at now to where they want to be and that’s certainly something that HR and training development can help them with, so that they can start achieving those interim steps.  They can take to training, they can gain the knowledge, they can develop their skills so that when they are ready to move on to a new role, they are already cloud prepared for that and they are good to go.

Andrew Ford, IT Solutions Specialist, Global Knowledge
Andrew Ford:
 They have got to realise that some of their roles are going to change fundamentally.  A Business Analyst for instance and a System Analyst like work together right now.  They may be become one role.  So that the Business Analyst needs to sort of pick up those extra skills and you know be ready for that role, it’s evolving and be able to grow themselves in the company.

Vijai Karthigesu, Co-Founder, Cloud Dynamics Inc.
Vijai Karthigesu:
 And if you look at the IT roles, they are expanding in two different directions.  But within just IT, traditionally people are more silo specialised skill set mind, network people just network skill set and security skill set.  Now they have to broaden their skill set.  They have to be expanded to end to end, so that they can actually do useful and relevant in the cloud, deliver in the cloud world.  And the other thing they have to do other than the technical, they have to align themselves and understand the corporate mission and vision.  Now IT is being asked to align itself with corporate goals and so when they talk about IT as individuals, now everybody when you do a project you have to understand the impact, what that project is doing to the corporate goal.  How it is improving or adding value to the corporate mission. That is very important.  So people have to be open minded, willing to learn different skill sets and understand the end to end business.

Caitlin Nobes:  So following [your comment ] Vijai, as a cloud service provider what conversations do your clients need to be having with you?

Vijai Karthigesu:  Very simple.  Traditionally when you deliver IT services, there is an IT discussion.  When we deliver cloud what we would like to hear from the client is business requirements, not IT requirements.

Caitlin Nobes:  What recommendations would you make to those responsible for training and development within an organisation?
Andy Jordan:  I think the key message here is do something.  There is nothing to be afraid with cloud.  It’s an opportunity.  HR, training development professionals, they know how to develop people. It’s what they are good at, it’s what they do every day with huge amount of success.  What they need to do now is apply a cloud filter, a cloud vision to that, so that they can adapt to these plans and they can create a workforce that can leverage the opportunities that cloud presents to the organisation.

Vijai Karthigesu:  And traditionally when you look at IT projects, they have been run like an IT project.  What we would like to see, the organisations have to run this project as a business project.  
So and you have to include different roles and players into the team.  Usually if you look at the traditional project, there is IT project images, IT and very little role played by for example HR and training and education and finance.  Now with the cloud, it’s a business project, you have to include HR, include finance, include a total business team.  So it has to be run like a business project, not an IT project.

Andrew Ford:  And make sure you’ve got a baseline of skills across the entire organisation, that everybody is included.  And it’s got to be done quickly because it’s moving ahead rapidly and you know that gap is going to widen every single day and to build skills it’s going to be very hard to catch up afterwards.

Caitlin Nobes:  Don’t wait to upskill and adapt to cloud computing.  Get ahead of the crowd by updating your skills, expanding your knowledge and being prepared.

To learn more, join Global Knowledge for its free Webinar series, starting June 18th, details below this video.