Tips for training your employees during cloud migration

Data & cloud migration

A recent survey found that only 27% of 358 surveyed "IT and business decision makers" were satisfied with their cloud migration experience. While cloud computing is undoubtedly the way of the future, there are definitely pitfalls to be wary of along the path to applying a cloud-based model to your business. One smart way to improve your chances of a stress-free, successful migration is to properly train your employees beforehand. Read on to discover our favourite steps for ensuring that no one gets left behind during the big move to the cloud.


Communication is key

Clear, precise communication now will go a long way toward minimizing confusion down the road. If you're planning to move your entire business to the cloud, your employees need to be aware of what "the cloud" means, how it stores company data, and the best ways to avoid security breaches during migration and into the future. 


Invest in employee training

If your current employees aren't well-versed in cloud infrastructure, the impulse might be to simply hire new employees. However, hiring a handful of employees who understand the cloud, while the vast majority of your company does not, is a recipe for disaster. Instead, 

Take time to cultivate cloud-centric skills in your current employees.

who have demonstrated their loyalty to the company and a willingness to learn.

A 2016 survey by Softchoice calleAn image that says that 53% of IT  leaders were struggling to attain the necessary cloud-centric skills for their team.d the "State of Cloud Readiness Study", in which they interviewed 500 business executives in North America, found that 

53% of IT  leaders were struggling to attain the necessary cloud-centric skills for their team.

This fraught workplace climate was largely attributed to an unwillingness by higher-ups to invest in training. When transitioning to the cloud, it is crucial that businesses create a positive work environment by offering thorough and professional cloud training from day one, either in-house or on an outsourced basis depending on your company's needs.


Fill the talent gaps

After fully training your existing employees, you may find there are still holes in your company's knowledge base. At this point, 

Business managers are encouraged to seek out new employees to fill these talent gaps.

Specialized employees, like cloud architects and cloud engineers, are currently in high demand. Be prepared to offer higher base salaries, bonuses, and other perks above your company's normal baseline when hiring for these roles. These experts can afford to be picky, but you can't afford to run a successful cloud-based business without them.

Remember, even after the cloud migration is complete, there is still work to be done. Business executives are advised to continue providing support and additional training to their employees during this transitional time. Always keep your employees aware of the company's plans for the cloud and assure them that they each play an integral, valued role inside this dynamic new sphere. A technology innovation partner like Opinov8 can help your company navigate this important transition — contact us to learn more.

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