What Does a Digital Skills Officer Do?
A Digital Skills Officer is responsible for helping develop an enterprise strategy to transition, train, and retain technical employees. Working closely with the office of the CIO or CTO, the Digital Skills Officer works to align ongoing training efforts with technical and business roadmaps. Digital Skills Officers are responsible for coordinating the overall design, management, and outcome-based measurement of training programs.
Key Traits of a Digital Skills Officer
A strong Digital Skills Officer is able to identify key outcome-based goals with senior leadership and programmatic ways to achieve them.
Digital Skills Officers must liaise with department heads and subject matter experts to align technical training efforts with specific technologies and implementations.
The ideal Digital Skills Officer does not settle for status quo and is resourceful in delivering long-term, impactful training solutions for the organization.
Business and Tech Savvy
Since the role serves to align technical training programs to business roadmap, a background in both business and technology is ideal.
Day-to-Day Expectations and Responsibilities
Develop organization-wide learning strategies based on current-and future-state technology needs
Work collaboratively with all departments and respective subject matter experts to deliver specific, contextualized training programs by job role.
Define and track key metrics that communicate both effort and outcome of training programs for senior leadership.
Establish digital skills assessment frameworks that accurately measure skills and capabilities as they relate to business impact
Employ creative tactics to attract new talent and establish a culture of continuous improvement.
Digital Skills Officer Target Skill Set
Technical Skill Set:
- Working knowledge of cloud platforms, storage, compute, and networking
- Familiarity with leading learning development platforms and their pros / cons
- Strong project and program management skills
Non-Technical Skill Set:
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to influence others across and at all levels of the organization
- Highly organized and thorough
Training Plan for Digital Skills Officers
The following Cloud Academy Training Plans prepare professionals to become Digital Skills Officers
Digital Skills Officer
Cloud Adoption Framework - Cloud Skills for Business Teams
The Cloud Adoption Framework from AWS provides a guide to help organizations design and travel an accelerated path to successful cloud adoption. Moving an organization forward through the cloud maturity stages of the Cloud Adoption Framework requires all teams within an organization to have a baseline understanding of the operational aspects of cloud computing.
3 Pillars of the Azure Cloud
Compute, Networking and Storage, are the pillars of cloud computing platforms, and Azure is no different. Azure’s infrastructure as a service utilizes these three pillars, and the platform as service offerings are built on top. Understanding these pillars will help you to truly understand not just the IaaS capabilities of Azure, but also the PaaS capabilities.
Training Plans ensure accountability across your teams when it comes to Digital Skills Officer training.Learn More
Industry Certification(s) for Digital Skills Officers
The following industry certifications are popular among Digital Skills Officers:
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner examination is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles addressed by other AWS Certifications (for example, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified Developer - Associate, or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate).(Source: AWS)View Certification >
Microsoft AZ-900 Exam: Azure Fundamentals
The exam is intended for candidates with non-technical backgrounds, such as those involved in selling or purchasing cloud based solutions and services or who have some involvement with cloud based solutions and services, as well as those with a technical background who have a need to validate their foundational level knowledge around cloud services. (Source: Microsoft)View Certification >
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