Cloud Academy Announces Skill Profiles Now Incorporate Hands-on Lab Results

Enterprises use Skill Profiles to evaluate real-world employee and
organization capabilities, skills gaps, training opportunities, and
skills growth rate

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#digitalskillslt;/agt;–Cloud
, the leading enterprise technology training platform, today
announced the addition of Hands-on Labs results, empowering enterprises
to drive employee training programs with quantifiable measurements of
real-world skill competencies. Available for all enterprise customers,
Hands-On Labs results now contribute to Skill Profiles, which enable
leadership to take a data-driven approach to determine strengths,
identify skills gaps, and align training efforts with broader business

As budgets shift away from traditional IT spending and into the cloud,
the technologies and skills needed to succeed will continue to change.
According to Gartner, over $1.3
trillion dollars
will be impacted by 2022, requiring organizations
to reskill existing staff and invest in training programs to meet the
needs of specific job roles and project requirements.

“Having the right skills in your organization is a competitive advantage
today, especially with the constant introduction of new technologies and
methodologies,” said Stefano Bellasio, CEO, Cloud Academy. “Skill
Profiles allow organizations to visualize how their teams’ skills change
over time, address skills gaps, and create accountability around
training priorities.”

An industry first, Skill Profiles leverage not only results from
exam-based skill assessments but more importantly, results from Hands-on
Labs — live cloud environments for enterprises to build and validate
practical experience directly on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform,
Docker, Kubernetes, data pipelines, and more. Validation steps in each
Hands-on Lab check whether the learner correctly completed the Lab and
whether best practices were followed in the console or on the command
line. The results of the validation steps contribute to an updated Skill
Profile score for key technologies, concepts, and cloud platform in use,
making Skill Profiles the first measurement of real-world practitioner
skills that can be delivered digitally at scale.

Skill Profiles are updated in real-time as learners complete Cloud
Academy Quizzes, Exams, and Hands-on Labs. Skill Profiles provide
management with:

  • Measurement of real-world proficiency across cloud platforms, domains,
    concepts and software vendors over time — reducing risk around
    architecture decision-making, project execution, security, and
    compliance and allowing companies to accelerate modernization through
    cloud adoption.
  • A skills growth rate chart showing the week-over-week percentage
    increase in skills for a configurable time period.
  • A skills leaderboard that shows aggregate Skill Profile scores for
    users and teams.

Hands-on Labs’ addition to the calculation of Skill Profiles is a
continuation of Cloud Academy’s leadership in the enterprise training
space as companies scramble to develop programmatic training programs to
accelerate organizational skill development for the cloud. Cloud Academy
combines skill attainment reporting with additional Analytics Dashboards
that measure training effort across the training activities delivered by
the platform (Courses, Exams, Hands-on Labs, Quizzes, and Learning

According to Harvard Business Review, over 90% of the $200 billion spent
in U.S. corporate training goes
to waste
because the training lacks context. Cloud Academy’s Content
Engine™ empowers organizations to easily clone, customize, and extend
tens of thousands of hours of pre-built content to provide
company-specific context to the training. All of the content is then
released in an automated process using Training Plans, which provide
robust training cycle management with role-specific content selection,
assignment, and automatic reminders to train.

“Taken together,” says Bellasio, “Cloud Academy is simply the most
effective way to align your teams and technology training program to
your organization’s roadmap.”

Skill Profiles, Hands-on Labs, Content Engine, and Training Plans are
available today on Cloud Academy’s platform. To learn more, visit

About Cloud Academy

Cloud Academy is the leading enterprise digital skills development
platform accelerating innovation through guided learning paths, hands-on
labs, and skill assessment. Companies trust Cloud Academy to deliver
role-specific training on leading clouds (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud
Platform), essential methodologies needed to operate on and between
clouds (DevOps, security), and capabilities that are unlocked by the
cloud (big data, machine learning, IoT). Leading organizations customize
Cloud Academy to contextualize learning and leverage the platform to
assign, manage, and measure cloud enablement at scale.


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