You don’t have to fake it in cloud

Finding proven paths to success.

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It’s clear by now that cloud is not the next big thing; it’s here, it’s happening, and it’s transforming capability and profitability. Organizations in almost every sector, all over the world, are leveraging the benefits of cloud technology to increase efficiency, ramp up innovation, and improve customer experiences. But with this extraordinary growth and the rapid advances in technology, even though cloud is the new normal, it can still feel like a frontier territory. So, what’s the best way to find a proven path over this new ground?

Cloud is taking hold, not just as the new IT infrastructure, but also a new way of thinking. Recent economic outlooks have estimated the value of the global public cloud market jumping to $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 20171 (Forester, 2017). The Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant for 2018 once again crowns AWS as the undisputed leader in cloud2 (Forbes, 2018), so it’s unsurprising that IT professionals, business leaders, and others are lining up to learn the latest AWS Cloud skills. But where to start? A quick internet search will reveal a plethora of options for learning cloud—including free and paid video training courses, live webinars, virtual training, and classroom-based instruction—all delivered by a variety of different providers.

It’s a confusing landscape of possibilities. And it’s not always easy for students of the cloud to be confident that they are, in fact, learning the latest skills and best practices on their chosen platform.

See beyond today's project

With the abundance of self-teaching options on the internet, it can be tempting to try and get quick answers from resources like forums and troubleshooting videos when faced with a challenge you can’t solve yourself. That’s okay if you’re trying to connect a new router for WiFi at home … but what if you’re trying to connect cloud-based relational databases to machine learning algorithms which are powering a customer-facing recommendation engine?

Of course, that’s an extreme example. But it holds true in the current cloud training environment that learning the latest information from the experts will deliver far more long-term value than constantly troubleshooting on the fly to get through immediate challenges as they come up. In fact, learning through authentic training means that most of those “problems” shouldn’t arise because your solutions will have been developed in accordance with validated best practices, and also ensures your solutions are built for long-term stability and scalability.

Find your source of truth

So, what to do, cloud pilgrim? Fortunately, on AWS, the path to mastery of the AWS Cloud is clear, with distinct learning pathways for different roles—from managers and financial staff looking to become Cloud Practitioners, to technical roles for architects, developers and operations. Using AWS Training and Certification gives learners the confidence that, from start to finish, they’re learning skills straight from the source—because AWS Training works together with service and product teams to develop the latest training content as with the expert’s view.

AWS Training incorporates many levels and styles of training. Choosing the starting point and the path that suits you, you can learn from free digital training courses, ranging from general cloud education and short snippets about specific services, to in-depth, advanced technical training. Another option is to take in-person, classroom training, which allows you to not just learn the course material, but also to get answers to your specific questions about your own business use case, cloud environment, or project details.

As flexible, versatile, and practical as the AWS Cloud itself

AWS Training is designed to help technical and non-technical professionals of all kinds make the most of the AWS Cloud. For those who aren’t born code crunchers or gifted with data, there are still many opportunities in the AWS Cloud. AWS Training can help non-technical professionals learn the best practices that lead to efficient use and responsible management of the cloud. They’ll also gain the strategic capability to identify business cases for leveraging cutting-edge services to accelerate innovation, whilst keeping costs lower than traditional infrastructure. Starting with AWS Business Essentials, AWS Technical Essentials, or AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials training, business professionals can advance to become AWS Certified Cloud Practitioners, validating their cloud knowledge and delivering both the confidence and credibility for them to lead cloud projects for their organizations.

Beyond foundational courses, there are individual learning paths for solutions architects, developers, and operations professionals. IT pros can progress to taking intermediate level training in their chosen path, attend an exam readiness workshop, then take the exams and earn Associate-level architecting, developing and systems operations certifications. Then, technical professionals can take advanced training to prepare for the Professional-level certification exams and become certified as an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, or an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, which validates advanced knowledge in both developer and systems operations paths.

There is also Specialty training and certifications available, for achieving mastery of crucial aspects of the AWS Cloud. Students can take training in specialty areas like Big Data, security engineering, and machine learning, to name a few. From there, students can prepare for their exams and earn Specialty certifications.

With so many paths to success already clearly mapped out, there’s no reason not to have the knowledge you need to succeed in the AWS Cloud! Learn more about AWS Training and Certification learning paths.

References:

  1. Forrester (2017) Forrester's 10 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2018. [Online] Available at https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2017/11/07/forresters-10-cloud-computing-predictions-for-2018/ (Accessed 30/8/2018)
  2. Forbes (2018) 10 Key Takeaways From Gartner's 2018 Magic Quadrant For Cloud IaaS. [Online] Available at https://www.forbes.com/sites/janakirammsv/2018/06/02/10-key-takeaways-from-gartners-2018-magic-quadrant-for-cloud-iaas/ (Accessed 30/8/2018)