Training and Readiness

Remove a leading obstacle for cloud adoption by developing a comprehensive workforce readiness plan.

The starting point for a training and readiness plan is to assess the current talent, skills, capabilities, and capacity of your organization. Map the roles that currently exist in your organization to the cloud roles that were defined by your cloud center of excellence, adjusting the roles as needed. If you identify significant gaps, create a remediation plan that addresses talent development, attraction, and retention. Your objective should be to provide an opportunity for employees to grow as part of your cloud transformation. The training and readiness plan should reflect your organization's appetite for cloud adoption, with incentives, rewards, and recognition.

We recommend that you include the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) training and certification courses as a key component of your readiness strategy. The OCI training and certification courses, available through Oracle University, are designed to build cloud proficiency and deepen expertise for employees across a range of job responsibilities:

  • Business users should gain a fundamental understanding of the cloud and the benefits and risks that are associated with cloud computing. The OCI Foundations course provides a basic introduction to OCI.

  • IT users should be upskilled for designing, architecting, and implementing OCI environments. The OCI Architect Associate certification should be considered a standard requirement for all IT users.

  • Specialists should consider additional certifications that are relevant for their responsibilities. Some examples of OCI certifications for specialists include OCI Architect Professional, OCI Cloud Operations Associate, and OCI Developer Associate.

You can also consider activities such as formal third-party training, technical workshops or hackathons, and job shadowing.

An essential aspect to include in your workforce readiness plan is security training for IT and non-IT users.

Use the assessment criteria and recommended Oracle Cloud Infrastructure certifications in the following table to develop a training and readiness plan for your organization.

Elements of a Training and Readiness Plan Examples

Mapping of current roles to cloud roles, adjusting where needed

Current capabilities

Current capacity

Talent development plan

Talent attraction plan

Talent retention plan

Training plan

Business users

IT users

Certification path

Oracle University training

Business Users:

  • OCI Foundations
  • Security (third party)

IT Users:

  • Security (third party)
  • Architect Associate
  • Architect Professional
  • Cloud Operations Associate
  • Developer Associate
Training by third parties


Change management


Other activities

Hackathon workshops