Retraining employees is an investment, not just a cost

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Amazon’s announcement in July that it will spend $700 million to retrain one-third of its U.S. workforce by 2025 should be a wake-up call to those who are doing little or nothing to prepare for the impact of automation and smart machines on how enterprises operate and how people do their jobs. And when I […]

Surviving digital transformation will require self-reliance

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This post at first may seem like a bit of a downer. It is not meant to be! Rather, it should serve as a reality check for what lies ahead in the next two decades, when we’ll see technology-driven workplace disruption occurring at a pace that will leave — and already is leaving — major […]

The future of tech skills training: Like an open book test

Skills development and training is a huge part of driving an organisation forward into the future, and so it’s something that I spend a lot of time and energy on. I’ve seen a bunch of stuff over the past year that leads me to expect a revolution in training when it comes to mastery of […]

Your workforce should be re-skilled, not replaced

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Intelligent technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and neural networks already are a part of many enterprises and are expected to radically transform the workplace. But a survey of enterprise leaders at MIT Technology Review‘s recent EmTech Next conference shows that more than half of organizations aren’t adequately prepared for a future in which […]

Cloud Foundry offers cloud developer certification

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Many people can talk a good cloud game, but when it comes to building cloud applications, it’s another matter. That’s why the Cloud Foundry Foundation and The Linux Foundation is creating a cloud developer education and certification initiative: The “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” program. In a recent survey, the Cloud Foundry Foundation found that “64% of IT […]

Free ‘Introduction to OpenStack’ class offered

OpenStack is a great open-source cloud. It has broad industry support. Indeed, it’s hard to find a major technology company that doesn’t back OpenStack. There’s only one little thing wrong with it: It’s a nightmare to pick up and deploy. I go to major cloud and open-source conferences a lot. I can always count on […]

Grow your own data scientists in 2015

Is there really a shortage of data scientists? The conventional wisdom — based primarily on a 2011 McKinsey Global Institute study — is that there aren’t enough trained analytics professionals to meet current demand, a situation that’s expected to persist through most of the decade. Many enterprise decision makers trying to build their own analytics team are […]