How Amazon Web Services and Bespoke Training helped Xero go from a small startup in New Zealand to one of Australasia’s top listed technology companies with a global, million+ customer-base.
– At DiUS, Employee Training & AWS Certification is a direct result of its culture of sharing.
When a company prides itself on tapping into people’s passions, fostering a culture of grass roots sharing and bolstering employee satisfaction with interesting work, something as “corporate” as vendor training and certification may initially feel a bit too structured.
– We interviewed Vignesh Sivapragasam, Cloud Support Engineer, API Talent for his perspective on AWS training. He is based in Wellington, NZ and has completed the Systems Operations on AWS and the Architecting on AWS courses.
About Vignesh: A 6+ year IT pro, Vignesh has achieved all three Associate level AWS certifications and two Professional level AWS certifications.
– We interviewed Philip Dowie, Cloud Architect, API Talent for his perspective on AWS training. He is based in Wellington, NZ and has completed the Systems Operations on AWS and the Advanced Architecting on AWS courses.
About Philip: A 15+ year IT pro, Philip has achieved the Associate level AWS certification for Solutions Architects and has Professional level certification in sight.
– A recent discussion with Mark Rees, GM Product – Small Business, Xero* resolved a couple of commonly perceived barriers to instructor-led AWS training.
IT professionals are typically adept at picking up new technologies. Many learn through a combination of playing around with new software or the latest solution, coursework and training (online and in person), and practical, on-the-job experience. Certainly there are lots of online AWS resources to support learning and development, from whitepapers to labs to videos from events like re:Invent.
Is there an AWS skills shortage in Australia and New Zealand? We’ve checked in with Indeed Australia, a couple of AWS partners and a large AWS customer as well as a specialist AWS recruiter. Overall the answer was yes, with a number of different perspectives shared along the way. [Read: AWS job opportunities up 37%, outstripping supply of job seekers]
We asked Indeed Australia to tell us a bit about the current state of AWS job postings vs job seekers and the analysis was pretty much as we expected in that it underscored an AWS skills shortage that we have been hearing about and striving to help the market to fill.