One of AWS Cloud's biggest strengths is its comprehensive services. But how does your team stack up in terms of maximising your cloud investment?

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You can collaborate with your Lumify account manager on a plan to accelerate cloud learning using the AWS Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) tool.

The LNA tool helps plan around the skills needed to make the most of the 200 AWS services across storage, data analysis, compute, database, Internet of Things (IoT), Security, networking, management tools, machine learning and AI, developer tools and enterprise apps.

What is the AWS Learning Needs Analysis?

The AWS Learning Needs Analysis tool helps organisations plan training programs based on data and feedback from the team.

For the following roles, an LNA is an effective way to begin discussions around cloud adoption and career development:

  • Business owners and leaders migrating at least some of their services to the cloud

  • Learning & development managers and HR training specialists looking support teams with AWS certification training

  • Heads of technology teams working on cloud-based skills enablement

Using this free tool supports quicker cloud adaptation. With it, you can assess your organisation’s current skills vs. the required set of skills for the cloud.

What's the purpose of a learning needs analysis? It offers the following benefits:

  • Data-Driven Planning - Helps you develop a training and certification plan based on facts and data

  • Targeted Skills Enablement - Guides where training investments should be directed

  • Organisational Alignment - Acts as a self-reporting mechanism to engage employees in training plans

While companies can benefit from conducting an AWS LNA, here are a few specific examples in which you can maximise the insights gained from the survey:

  • At the beginning stage of your AWS cloud journey - An analysis will help you determine which staff members have the right skills, which staff need AWS Certifications and which skills you may need to address, whether through recruitment or training.

  • When managing the training needs of big teams or many departments - An LNA can help you confirm their existing skillsets. You can schedule regular status updates from there to engage the group and boost morale.

  • When stakeholders require you to quantify data to justify your company’s cloud training investments - We agree with this requirement. After all, you cannot manage what you cannot measure. (A quote often attributed to Peter Drucker.) Quantifying your training program through an LNA offers the added perk of helping to implement effective time management.

How to conduct a learning needs analysis

With so many directions you can take, it can be hard to identify the best way to start. But as with any endeavours that require upskilling, an LNA helps you prepare.

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The practice is beneficial for gaining clear direction, establishing priorities, and reducing waste in terms of time spent and costs at the beginning of your cloud journey. In broad strokes, here is what you can expect when conducting an AWS Learning Needs Analysis.

  • Step 1: Align your business and training goals. Identify your desired business outcomes. Map these outcomes to your internal team or organisational structures. You can also consult with your Lumify account manager on connecting current job roles to recommended AWS Cloud roles.

  • Step 2: You can request an AWS LNA through Lumify Work when you enquire about our AWS Courses. Lumify is an AWS Training Partner. You can agree on logistics and scheduling with your account manager.

  • Step 3: Once scheduled, participating employees conveniently complete an adaptive survey from any device.

  • Step 4: Based on responses from the survey, you will get data to identify who has what skill and at what level.

  • Step 5: An AWS expert from Lumify will review the survey results with you and highlight training needs. You can measure skill gaps across roles and functional areas.

  • Step 6: Our team can then collaborate with you on a training and certification plan customised based on the organisation's goals and staff’s needs.

  • Step 7: We can review results as training progresses. This provides you with regular status updates you can report back to and discuss with your team.

Supporting with AWS Learning Needs Analysis and beyond

Lumify Work (formerly DDLS Training) is a proud Advanced Tier Training Partner of AWS. Our partnership helps us provide innovative learning and community experiences for our customers in New Zealand.

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Contact us for a consultation and an AWS Learning Needs Assessment. Accelerate and scale cloud adoption. We work directly with your team to build a training plan based on data and your requirements. Download our brochure on AWS training to get more details.

With your priorities established, you can access AWS Jumpstart Bundles for digital cloud training from Lumify. They include AWS Authorised courses like AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials and Architecting on AWS. You can also access two certification exams through the bundle: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate.

And finally, watch this space! You can regularly visit our Events Page for upcoming AWS Cloud computing events and tradeshows. We host these events as online webinars, hackathon-style Game Days or in-person sessions. These events are designed to help participants learn about basic cloud concepts and AWS Cloud Terminology and core services so they can form the best cloud training strategies.

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