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DXC readies to train up 10,000 APAC employees on multi-cloud

Enterprises have learned a lot in the last few months; COVID-19 has been a cruel teacher. But one of the key lessons is just how much modern business relies on cloud computing. 

But, despite how crucial this technology has become for us and our companies’ digital transformation plans, few professionals really have any knowledge of it. 

Today, businesses are migrating to the cloud to become flexible, scalable, efficient and secure. Not only is that important in weathering the current crisis, it’s increasingly fundamental simply for operating in a digitized world. 

But you need the right people and, unfortunately, there’s not a lot of them. Sixty-three percent of senior execs say a talent shortage is one of their biggest concerns, according to Gartner. 

In the thick of digital transformation plans, cloud skills are right up there with the most highly-desired among competitive firms scouting talent. 

DXC Technology, one of the world’s largest IT services and consulting firms, is tackling the cloud skills shortage head on. It has undertaken to train almost 2,000 employees across its team in Southeast Asia and India before the end of the year in areas of cloud architecture, security and operations.

This comes off the back of a similar initiative announced for 8,000 employees in Australia and New Zealand, making up a total 10,000 employees who are in line to level up on cloud knowledge by the turn of 2021.

“Customers in Asia are looking to rapidly modernise applications, migrate workloads and securely manage multi-cloud environments,” said Muralikrishna Rajagopalan, DXC’s enterprise & cloud applications general manager for Asia. 

“The DXC program serves as a platform for employee growth. It also opens up multiple opportunities for DXC in the region as it supports the direction our customers are moving towards.”

The ambitious plan comes following DXC’s launch of its own VMware-powered cloud solution. And it will draw on external talent, enlisting experts from AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Oracle and VMware itself, in order to drive a diverse and cohesive knowledge-building program within the firm’s ranks in APAC. 

Those employees participating are expected to come away with a broad understanding of cloud technologies in order to better serve clients in the region in their deployments and applications of cloud platforms. 

“With a global skills shortage in cloud technologies, it is the perfect time for our employees to embrace this opportunity,” said DXC Technology ANZ managing director, Seelan Nayagam. 

“We are equipping our people with the skills needed for the future so they can help our clients accelerate transformation and innovation during this crisis and beyond.

“Now more than ever, technology is playing a critical part in how everyone works.”

Cloud technology now accounts for the lion’s share of the IT budget. According to Flexera, 50 percent of enterprises spend between US$1.2 million and US$2.4 million per year, while another 38 percent spend more than US$2.4 million. 

The majority of those firms are relying on multi-cloud strategies, and that’s increasing year-by-year. 

One of DXC’s focuses is on setting businesses up to effectively manage these complex environments, ensuring they’re optimized and clients are getting the most value out of them – that means knowing them inside out. 

So, while we can panic that the right talent is out of our reach, or too short in supply, business leaders could take a leaf out of DXC’s book. 

While training schemes don’t have to be as large-scale as educating thousands of employees across the continent, the bright minds under your watch may relish the opportunity to upskill. 

Given the right tools and know-how, they can actively drive forward your digital transformation initiatives, while your competitors are scouring a sparse market.