For anyone hiring technology talent today, it’s no secret that the market is competitive, and the pool of qualified candidates is limited. To make sure your team has the skills that your organization needs to succeed and grow, you’ll need to look at short-, medium-, and long-term opportunities and to invest in training for both current employees and future hires.
What does it mean to build your tech talent pipeline? And how can you make sure your company is indeed a competitor in the tech talent marketplace, no matter who you are?
Let’s start with the main challenge that enterprises face when it comes to building a tech talent pipeline. The shortage of skilled talent to meet the needs of companies migrating to and operating in the cloud has been well reported. The number of people lined up to attend the recent re:Invent session on Building Your Tech Talent Pipeline underscored the data anecdotally. Enterprises are feeling the pain and are struggling to find solutions.
The way I see it, there are several possible approaches to solving for the need for skilled tech talent. I’ll discuss each approach in more detail below.
- Hire skilled, experienced candidates who can hit the ground running
- Hire recent grads who have some skills, but little to no experience
- Work with existing training programs to create a recruitment pipeline
- Train existing employees in new skill sets
Hiring experienced candidates
This is the default approach for many of us, and it’s where we run into our first obstacles. The pool of candidates with cloud computing skills and experience is limited. Everyone is recruiting them, which means they’re in-demand, expensive, and can prove to be a retention challenge.
In addition to the short-term challenge of recruiting and retaining talent, keeping up with the pace of technology is a bigger problem. Without opportunities to keep up with the changes in cloud technologies, any skill set will quickly become outdated. This is an issue both for your organization, and for keeping individuals engaged with their jobs; they are, by definition interested in the newest technologies, and they will lose interest without continuous learning opportunities.
Hiring recent graduates
There are hungry young people graduating from college every year. Some of them are computer science majors with deep theoretical knowledge, which is a good foundation for what they’ll need to do in their day-to-day jobs. However, they lack hands-on, practical experience using those technologies in the real world. Some of them don’t have degrees in computer science or haven’t learned the specific set of technologies your organization may be using today.
Hiring recent graduates may be a good medium-term strategy for your company, but it is definitely future-focused. It will require you to invest in building their cloud and DevOps skills in the immediate term.
Partner with training programs
Many organizations recognize the opportunity the current technology skills gaps could mean for underserved communities. Foundations, governments, companies, and nonprofits are partnering to provide training in needed tech skills to groups seeking career opportunities, often communities of color, women, and others who would bring much-needed diversity and skills to companies around the world. Programs like these excite me because they seek to solve for two compatible challenges, and they provide opportunities to individuals and communities that are all-too-often forgotten.
Much like the recent college graduates, you’ll find yourself hiring smart, hungry, and talented people who will be an asset to your organization for a long time to come. You’ll need to invest in training them on your specific technologies and provide them with hands-on experience as they get up to speed.
Training existing employees
Companies that require cloud computing skills frequently have existing employees who have related skill sets with on-premises technologies. These employees also hold institutional knowledge, and they come with the added benefit that you don’t need to recruit, hire, or onboard them.
Retraining these teams and individuals shows an investment in your existing talent that will be noticed across the organization. Given the rate of change in technology, there will no longer be such a thing as new hires who don’t require continuous training to stay up to date. The best way to start building the programs you need to be a player in the competitive hiring market is to start with your current employees.
Training is the universal solution
Building your tech talent pipeline is imperative for all organizations operating in the cloud today. It’s an investment in your company’s present and in your ability to grow and scale for years to come. Each of the above scenarios requires a training plan, whether to provide new skills, update existing skills, create a common language for your teams, or to offer continuous learning for rapidly changing technologies. No single scenario is likely to solve your pipeline needs on its own. You will likely be using two or more scenarios in tandem to meet short-, medium-, and long-term hiring needs.
Whether you’re training an experienced professional or someone fresh out of college, you’ll need a training program that meets each individual where they are right now and that brings them all up to speed on the technologies and practices currently in use.
Cloud Academy’s Blog Digest: Top 5 AWS Salary Report Findings, How To Become a Cybersecurity Professional, 8 Financial Benefits of Cloud Migration, and more
Now that it's 2020, how many times have you caught yourself dating a paper 2019? Don't lie. It's happened at least once or twice — or a handful of times — I'm sure. And if you're a member of the "perfect club" that hasn't made any 2020 mistakes, then we're still happy to have you in our...
Whitepaper: A New Paradigm for Cloud Training
By 2020, nearly two-thirds of all enterprise IT infrastructure and software spending will be on cloud-based offerings, led by the availability of cheaper storage, available processing power, and the emergence of new technologies in artificial intelligence and machine learning.The ne...
4 Reasons You Need to Include Business Stakeholders in Cloud Training
Digital transformation is changing how organizations in every industry approach their business strategy, serving as the foundation of their technology initiatives. Chief among this includes cloud adoption, which is not just a path to IT savings, but also increasingly where companies are...
Preparing Your Team for Cloud Transformation
For many organizations, adopting cloud computing is as much about accelerating innovation as fostering cultural change. With the paradigms of innovation shifting from waterfall and iterative methodologies towards a more dynamic approach, how do organizations move forward without alienat...
Is Multi-Cloud a Solution for High Availability?
With the average cost of downtime estimated at $8,850 per minute, businesses can’t afford to risk system failure. Full access to services and data anytime, anywhere is one of the main benefits of cloud computing.By design, many of the core services with the public cloud and its unde...
Which Cloud Training Vendor Should I Choose? A 10-Step Vendor Checklist.
As companies increasingly move into a digital future, many of their digital transformation initiatives—modernizing IT, tackling big data, setting the stage for tech innovation—are made possible by the cloud. According to Gartner¹, more than half of global enterprises using cloud today w...
AWS re:Invent 2017: Themes and Tools Shaping Cloud Computing in 2018
As the sixth annual re:Invent approaches, it’s a good time to look back at how the industry has progressed over the past year. How have last year’s trends held up, and what new trends are on the horizon? Where is AWS investing with its products and services? How are enterprises respondi...
What’s driving cloud adoption in 2017?
If you’ve moved your enterprise infrastructure into the cloud, to say you’re not alone is an understatement. In researching our latest infographic, it’s clear that more and more enterprises are adopting cloud models and increasing their spending for cloud technologies. It’s also clear t...
5 AWS Limitations Every CEO Needs to be Aware of
"Today, it’s not what we can do with technology, but what we expect from our technology." - DJ Patil, Chief Data Scientist, U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, at AWS re:Invent 2016.I couldn’t agree more. The general opinion is that today's technology is so advanced that w...
Cloud Academy Webinar: The Current State of Cloud Learning
(Update 2019) For an up-to-date list of Cloud Academy’s webinars, please visit Cloud Academy’s webinars page.As the pace of change in the IT and enterprise sectors increases, cloud technologies - and especially resource automation - are going to become bigger determinants of bus...