As an HPE Platinum Partner, my organization collaborates with our clients to configure solutions that satisfy their most urgent business needs, from infrastructure and data intelligence initiatives, to networking and security. Although we are often working hand-in-glove with internal IT teams either through our managed services division or as ongoing advisors, we strongly promote the importance of ongoing training and certification for all major IT initiatives within the organization.
With the rise of AI, an already rapidly developing technology sector is now moving at the speed of light. Digital skills are more urgently needed and more highly valued than ever before. Keeping those skills razor-sharp is obviously critically important to your enterprise, perhaps nowhere more so than in your IT group. According to an IDC study, companies with comprehensive training have a 24 percent higher profit margin; an hour of training is estimated to save up to five hours of productivity.
The benefits of implementing an ongoing training program go beyond productivity improvements, however. It can also reduce another significant cost from your enterprise: employee turnover. It’s estimated by Work Institute that turnover will cost employers $680 billion this year alone, and that 77 percent of that turnover can be avoided. Providing opportunities for career development is one of the most reliable ways to keep employees engaged.
Continuous improvement standards are a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) for organizations in all industries. Continuous learning is one aspect which is a viable and measurable way to stay competitive. E-learning, in particular, provides advantages that other, more traditional forms of “off-site” or classroom training lack. Some earmarks of a good training program include:
Personalization. There is no one-size-fits-all anymore. But while one-on-one training seems impractical to deliver at scale for instructor-led training, personalization is easily achievable with e-learning platforms like HPE Digital Learner. Workers want to be able to “consume” their training on demand, across multiple devices, and at a time that is convenient for the worker.
Follow-up. Staying current with technologies that are constantly being updated is not a one-and-done proposition. But ongoing training does more: it reinforces learning and builds deeper understanding of earlier concepts. In addition, providing opportunities for continuing interaction and collaboration can substantively create a culture of continuous improvement across the organization.
Measurable. Industry estimates suggest that companies are spending more than $366 billion on corporate training. That’s an expensive line item if you can’t identify ROI. With that much at stake, it’s important for enterprises to find a program that enables them to consistently monitor and measure their program, fits their unique needs, and provides for benchmarks along the way.
This culture of continuous, personalized learning is embedded in the HPE Digital Learner program, which features:
Easy navigation. HPE’s advanced learning platform learning provides a more complete user experience, with guided learner paths, incentives and the ability to earn badges along the way which can be added to your digital profile. These credentials can be shared among the HPE community, enabling peer mentoring and credential sharing on social media.
Annual subscriptions. Organizations with IT groups of virtually any size can find a subscription plan that fits—Individual or Enterprise subscriptions are available for unlimited training on a variety of topics. Learning packs are updated regularly throughout the subscription period to keep users current with the latest tools, technologies, and methodologies. The subscription structure can provide substantial savings over a traditional, pay-as-you-go approach.
Online accessibility. A centralized, online location for learning means it’s easy for your technical staff to gain credentials and update skill sets with less disruption to your business. The approach also makes it easy for managers to track and report on the learning of each team member.
Ongoing training is relevant for all populations in your enterprise, but it is perhaps especially critical in high-tech, digital-native environments. HPE Digital Learner can assist your organization in accelerating the digital maturity of your existing workforce with on-demand training in all major technology solutions for every level of your team—24/7/365.
Paul O’Dell, Partner
Paul is a partner at CPP (HPE Platinum Partner) with 25 years of experience in complex technology solution sales. Paul helped his company expand and develop CPP’s Infrastructure Anywhere Assessment approach as well as their new Data Intelligence Practice. Prior to CPP he was employed at HPE for 10 years where he was consistently a top performer helping customers with complex data management solutions.