Skillsoft recently conducted a study across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, surveying
more than 650 decision makers and learners from 300 large and medium-sized organizations, to better understand how cloud solutions and big data are driving the industry.
The study—Leveraging the Power of Big Data & the Cloud—found there is considerable eagerness from decision makers and learners to enhance their skills across these critical areas. However, the results reveal employees across the region are not receiving the training they require to take advantage of these solutions.
One of the key takeaways from our study is the clear understanding organizations have about the value these services provide in driving significant business change. However, there is a lack of direction and understanding of how employees can maximize the assets across the business.
For organizations to remain competitive and continue to develop and engage with their workforce, employers need to look at ways they can improve their training offerings around these solutions. In an increasingly tech-savvy workplace, business leaders simply cannot ignore the need for greater training in these next generation solutions.
Leveraging the business advantages of cloud solutions and big data
The study revealed workers have a sound understanding of cloud solutions at a general level, while on the flip side, respondents from both decision maker and learner level demonstrated a poor comprehension of big data. This disconnect is most likely a reflection of the growth we have seen in cloud solution implementation, with over half of businesses reporting they are currently investing in cloud infrastructure.
Businesses need to start looking at cloud solutions and big data as providing more than just operational benefits; they are tools to help provide a competitive edge for organizations. By investing in proper training and education, leaders can ensure employees are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively utilize these solutions within their broader job role.
Looking globally, we are seeing the Asia Pacific region lagging behind the United States and Europe when it comes to successfully adopting cloud and big data solutions. With this lack of training to utilize and maximize innovative technology, companies are at risk of losing their global edge.
However, the great benefit businesses have is the clear desire and enthusiasm from the workforce to receive more training, with more than 70% of learners seeking more learning and development opportunities. To meet this demand, companies should take stock of their existing programs and look at how they can implement more relevant and engaging development tools.