Why IT leaders need to prioritise cloud training this year

Last year we witnessed an overnight tectonic shift in the business world. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital transformation as well as remote working while companies navigated through its repercussions. Cloud computing is at the heart of this inevitable transformation. A report by NASSCOM states that Cloud adoption by organisations rose 80% during the first half of the financial year 2021. This shift to the Cloud provides businesses of all types and sizes an edge in the ultra-competitive market, while aiding them to fast-track the delivery of innovative solutions that focus on consumers.

Cloud computing today is not just a storage service but a crucial innovation platform for organisations. It provides companies all-time access to information and zero disruption to business functions thereby enabling agility and cost reduction. In today’s digital-first landscape, ignoring Cloud would mean losing the competitive edge it offers. Thus, it becomes imperative for IT leaders and organisations to make Cloud training a priority. Furthermore, Cloud technologies will enable companies to recognise opportunities and stimulate innovation across their business operations. According to the recent India Enterprise Cloud Survey 2020 by Yotta, India’s Cloud spending is predicted to grow at 15-17% in 2021. And there’s a good reason why Cloud training should be a top priority for your organization.

Cloud-smart workforce for agility: Cloud is now impacting every facet of every business. The massive adoption of Cloud has presented significant challenges for companies to configure and secure new consumer information properly. This requires organisations to have a Cloud-fluent workforce that will ensure agile customer service in innovative ways.

Efficient data security: The multifarious advantages of Cloud computing make digital transformation of companies faster, easier, and efficient. However, the recent stream of cyber attacks on weak cloud infrastructure has generated a rather dim view of the cloud’s silver lining. According to the McAfee Labs Threats Report: April 2021, there were almost 3.1 million external attacks on Cloud user accounts throughout 2020. Providing relevant Cloud training will equip organisations to develop an effective data protection strategy and comprehensive Cloud security.

Transformative infrastructure: As most businesses are now operating in a hybrid, multi-cloud environment, it’s the best time for organisations to leverage the advantages of expanded opportunities, whether the solutions are installed on-site or in the Cloud. Cloud computing empowers an organisation’s journey toward robust and modern application-first infrastructure. India Enterprise Cloud Survey 2020 states that 63% of the Indian enterprises recognise Cloud as the key mode of infrastructure hosting in 2022. Cloud training will equip the workforce with a strong foundational understanding of Cloud tools and techniques, essential for leveraging the myriad benefits of this agile infrastructure.

Empowering employee experience: In today’s rapidly evolving digital environment, Cloud solutions and applications are going to stay, and organisations will require a well-trained workforce to make the most of these services. While on the one hand investing in continuous upskilling for employees will boost their morale and hone their Cloud skills, on the other it makes working remotely far more efficient and convenient for employees by enabling secure, easy access.

Today, companies that want to increase their competitive advantage must embrace Cloud computing solutions. By moving to the Cloud, employees can use their technological resources and help organisations exponentially increase their return on investment (RoI). With private, public and hybrid Cloud environments growing every year, organisations need a well-trained workforce in Cloud and build a strong and secure foundation for success.

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IET India partners with Jigsaw Academy to make future skills more accessible

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) India announced a partnership with Jigsaw Academy, one of India’s leading technology skilling platforms, to enable better access to in-demand skills like cloud computing, business analytics, and product management. Fresh graduates, early-career professionals as well as those seeking to change their career course and foray into these in-demand engineering and technology profiles can enrol for the courses.

“As the job market gets increasingly competitive and complex, upskilling is the only way to stay relevant in the 21st century workplace. These courses strengthen our range of offerings focused on equipping engineers with future skills and furthering their understanding in these areas,” said Suman Bhowmick, Head of Events, IET India.

The nine-month long programmes will be offered on Jigsaw Academy’s learning platforms and are now open for enrolment. The curricula include hands-on sessions as well as theoretical fundamentals and students receive postgraduate certifications from premier institutes like IIM Indore and Manipal Academy for Higher Education.

“Since its inception, Jigsaw Academy has successfully expanded the capabilities of learners and helped them enjoy better career prospects. We are glad to have a pedagogical partnership with IET to amplify the reach of upskilling enthusiasts in trending technologies. With this collaboration, we look forward to bringing our collective resources – that include a meticulously curated industry-relevant curriculum and subject matter expertise – to provide a substantial and reliable learning mechanism. We are excited to extend these resources to the members of IET and help them hone their skills in emerging technologies. We also hope that this synergy of Jigsaw Academy and IET will help bridge the gap between the demand & supply of a talented and skilled workforce,” said Gaurav Vohra, CEO, Jigsaw Academy.

“Developing crucial engineering skills relevant for the future is part of our strategic vision in India. We are sure that this partnership with Jigsaw Academy will help our members, who are engineers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts, to enhance their business and technology skills through in-demand courses and cement their route to leadership,” said Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India.

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UNext wins Indian Express Digital Technology Senate 2021 Award

Express Computer from the Indian Express Group had organised a month-long virtual conference focused on the digital transformation of the enterprise. Established in 2003, this exclusive symposium is an annual gathering of the brightest and the biggest names in IT deployment within India Inc. This forum set a new benchmark in IT events through leadership dialogues, networking opportunities, a technology showcase, and performance achievement recognition.

The education track of the Digital Technology Senate was spread over two days. It dwelled on how the Indian education segment is negotiating the pandemic & using technology to stay afloat especially in these troubled times amidst repetitive lockdowns. There were enriching business technology strategy sessions pertaining to the education sector, best practices from sector leaders and case studies of effective technology implementations will be showcased. The two day event featured domain & technology focussed views and perspectives from thought leaders entrenched in the education segment.

This year, UNext was awarded the Digital Technology Senate 2021 Award in the Enterprise Applications category of the education track. This award recognises UNext’s engineering & technology capabilities, product stack (learning & assessment), and innovation prowess that is empowering learners and transforming the higher education ecosystem in India. Rajneesh Mittal, Head of Technology & Content, UNext, accepted the award on behalf of UNext at the event.

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Building a robust career with business analytics

The fourth Industrial Revolution brought on by Big Data and emerging technologies has transformed the way businesses function. Organisations now thrive by using the insights gained from the vast consumer data. In today’s data-driven world, business analytics plays a crucial role in achieving business goals by turning user data into useful insights and developing strategies to make smarter business decisions. Companies worldwide are investing in analytics resources and applications to leverage their power in gaining business profitability. As per the NewVantage Partners’ survey, the number of companies investing more than $50 million in data and AI rose to 64.8 per cent in 2020.

Amidst the pandemic, business analytics has helped organisations understand consumers’ changing mindset and develop new strategies to overcome the pandemic’s effects. A report by Sisense states that 55 per cent of organisations have begun to use data and analytics to boost performance during the pandemic, while the rest 45 per cent to forecast future outcomes.

It all comes to business analytics professionals to derive insights from enormous data and guide the businesses towards success. As the companies continue to strategise to reduce the impact of Covid-19, they’re also continuously looking for proficient business analysts to join their teams and bring the business back on track. Today, there are more than 13,500-plus open business analytics jobs on LinkedIn.

This domain offers one of the lucrative career paths for any data enthusiast to fast-track their career growth. Reportedly, a business analyst with one to four years of experience earns ₹5 to ₹8 lakh annually, while a mid-career professional earns ₹8 to ₹10 lakh annually. Not only does a career in business analytics provide handsome compensation but it also opens opportunities for professionals to grow into C-suite roles. Like many others, Derek Steer, CEO at Mode Analytics, started his career as a business analyst.

What are the skills required to build a career in business analytics? A business analyst should have proficiency in the statistical series SAS & R, be familiar with SQL & Hive, have testing frame awareness and must know how to work with BI tools like Qlik, Tableau, and others. They also need to possess eminent interpersonal and soft skills to facilitate meetings with stakeholders, create outstanding presentations describing the insights gained from the vast amount of data. Efficient soft skills equip them to collaborate with various teams and carry out productive work. These are the fundamental skill sets required to become a proficient business analytics professional.

Now, how to build a career in business analytics? To give their business analytics careers a kick-start, learners can choose to upskill their skill sets with the help of online certification courses. They can take help from some good online courses with hands-on learning experiences on essential tools and techniques like data extraction and manipulation, SQL, Python, R, Tableau.

Let’s take a look at the core responsibilities of a business analytics professional.

Understanding business requirements

One of their core responsibilities is collaborating with consumers to understand their requirements and develop strategies for business profitability. The fundamental skill required for this task is the ability to interpret the various data on customers’ expectations in a coherent and singular vision.

Strategy analysis

They are required to analyse and develop strategies to ensure efficiency in business operations in order to achieve profitability. They need to identify new trends, risks, and opportunities and ensure that the business is performing efficiently according to its strategic road-map.

Decision making and problem solving

One of the paramount responsibilities of a business analyst is decision making and problem-solving. They have various tools and techniques at their disposal for decision-making to help them make data-smart business decisions. Thus aid in problem-solving and improving performance.

After pursuing a business analytics certification, learners can build a career in analytics and leadership-related job roles in various sectors such as banking & finance, healthcare, e-commerce, to name a few.

Many freshers and mid-level professionals have transformed their careers by upskilling in business analytics through IIM Indore’s integrated programme in business analytics. Ritoshuvro Banerjee, a former Senior Business Analyst at Evergent Inc, shares his upskilling journey’s experience. “Working in the IT industry for more than 6-plus years, I realised that there is a significant demand for customer-centric products and services. Business analytics has helped me develop the skills required to build customer-focused products. I can now create applications, processes, reports, dashboards, and more, keeping the end-user perspective in mind and consequently enhance the customers’ satisfaction and experience,” he says.

In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Jigsaw Academy offers an Integrated Programme in Business Analytics, which is a robust programme. The curriculum of this ten-month online programme, with Bring Your Own Project (BYOP) for hands-on learning experience, is exclusively tailored to help mid-senior professionals transition into executive roles.

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The future of HR is here

As a majority of the workforce has shifted to working online over the past year, all HR activities including any welcoming, induction, team building activities, as well as training or appreciation, have been forced to shift online.

HR professionals have also gone digital and reconstructed company policies in order to accommodate newer methodologies, while retaining the long-established and accepted decorum of their organisational culture.

So what is Digital HR? How is it different from the regular (non-digital) HR practices? People Analytics or Digital HR is a method of work process optimisation where emerging technologies like social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) are utilised to make the role of HR more efficient, relevant, effective and people-centric, irrespective of the workspace demography.

With evolving trends, the HR revolution is inevitable. Leading organisations are focused on devising newer methodologies to create a disruption-free environment.

Regular HR practices primarily revolve around making the workplace more productive without overburdening the employees. Every aspect of the employee lifecycle usually involves the HR team being face-to-face with people. This was bound to change and the pandemic has only catalysed the induction of advanced HR practices sooner.

With increasing requirements in remote workforce management, implementation of advanced technology — Digital HR — is crucial.

The ever-evolving AI is incorporated to digitise the entire employee lifecycle (recruitment, induction, instruction, and termination of employees) making the HR professional more productive, increasing their bandwidth to focus on other pressing matters, and making them a most valuable resource.

Hiring process

Today, most professions are becoming increasingly data-driven and the realm of a People Analyst or an HR Analyst is no exception. Research by Kronos Incorporated (American multinational workforce management and human capital management cloud provider) shows that 36% of HR professionals blame inadequate technology for their inability to automate and better organise onboarding programmes.

With the workforce making an unexpected and sudden shift to homes and remote workspaces, this gap will be quickly erased to prevent work from getting hindered. Processes like training, appraisals, termination, general feedback, document verification, screening candidates, etc. are steadily becoming digital.


Apart from these digital processes, advanced HR analytics has become an integral part of all organisations. Here the HR team collects, stores, analyses and reflects on data to help each team meet their strategic goals without compromising on the quality or team health. 

This elaborate process of data manipulation requires the HR team to be equipped with skills and know-how in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Excel, Python, Tableau, etc. Being an HR professional who is well-versed in advanced digital technologies will definitely put one on the pedestal for being able to deliver effectively and on time in a post-Covid world.

Skills required

The digitisation of existing HR practices is an elaborate and goal-oriented process that can be understood only with hands-on experience. The People Analytics & Digital HR programme in IIMs has been successful in revolutionising the arena of advanced HR Analytics. 

Analytics helps a team to effectively carry out all HR-related activities online, with the same efficiency of traditional HR practices.

The HR teams today are no longer a set of invisible people whose only time of contact with you is when you are joining or leaving an organisation.

Today, they are the driving force of any organisation and play a major role in ensuring the social, mental and economical culture of an organisation. With the need for them to go digital, most of their work tends to get automated, giving them enough time to focus on the well-being of the company’s employees and other pressing matters.

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