Could a new approach to training help your digital transformation initiative?

Forrester says online learning could offer ways to close internal skills gap quickly and efficiently

Posted 8 November 2017 at 8:52am by

Highly specialised skills in analytics, customer experience, mobility, and artificial intelligence (AI) that are the most in-demand.

Yet these skills, are, of course, the very ones your organisation may well need to complete its digital transformation journey.

Could a new approach to skills acquisition and training maybe help? Independent analyst group Forrester Consulting, thinks it may have found an answer after an in-depth probe of online tech training.

Specifically, the researcher looked at the Pluralsight technology learning platform – and reports back that users of the service say they got back a total ROI (return on investment) of 295% after a mere three years.

Users cite faster, better product development due to faster talent development via up-skilling and quick closure of their internal technology skills.

The reports also states that use of the platform tends to help with retention, as well as a quicker time to get new people up and running.

“It’s no longer enough to arm technology teams with the skills they need today; CIOs and CTOs need to plan ahead and help their teams acquire the skills they need next,” points out the firm’s co-founder and CEO, Aaron Skonnard.

Founded in 2004, Skonnard’s firm is a privately-held, US-headquartered online education provider with over 750,000 individual subscribers and more than 6,000 corporate clients.

His users – who access the material via a subscription consumption model – get on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including adaptive skill tests, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring, states the company.

If you’re intrigued, and would like to find out more on how this kind of e-learning might help your team, go here.