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By Tim Sandle     Nov 8, 2017 in Business
One effect of the current push towards greater business innovation is the development of digital transformation training courses, designed to teach the key principles of the digital economy.
Staffing up for digital transformation is one of the key obstacles many companies are facing. Some fortunate businesses have sufficient expertise in-house, or they have the resources to outsource or to recruit top talent. However, for smaller companies, many aspects of the digital transformation process need to be learnt. To meet this demand, as the Financial Times reports, training providers are beginning to offer courses, either face-to-face or online, in the fundamentals of digital transformation for business.
Transformative education
One such provider is the Australian based company Skillsoft, which has announced a package under the wrapper of ‘Digital Transformation Fundamentals for Business’. The series of courses cuts across seven domains: Essentials of Transformation Technologies, Data Science, Designing Digital Experiences, Agility for Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing & Communications, Virtual Collaboration and Emerging Digital Competencies.
Speaking with IT Brief, Skillsoft’s CEO Bill Donoghue explains the importance of the new training packages for businesses: “As digital transformation drives the creation of new business models, there is an imperative to develop digital intelligence across all levels of organizations.”
He adds: “Skillsoft’s new digital transformation course series is designed to help customers address this talent readiness challenge and prepare for the road ahead in industry-changing technologies such as cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things.”
A different approach is to offer tailored courses which vary for different businesses. This is the favored approach of Econsultancy. The training provider states that “there is no magic programme for digital transformation”. Moreover, there’s “no one size fits all and there is no quick solution”. Instead each business must find its own way to adapt to the new digital reality.
Micro-sized training
An alternative model is for training providers to go into businesses and offer ‘micro-sized’ training, covering different aspects of digital transformation on a topic-by-topic basis. This fits with the model of continuous, on-the-job learning. According to Real Business the advantage with such micro-learning is that employees can rapidly learn something new, put this into practice, get immediate feedback, and then return to learning more.
However training in digital transformation is delivered it’s clear that demand is up. The Economist has over one hundred different training providers listed.
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