Transforming Enterprise Skills: Udemy and Google Cloud Partnership

Transforming Enterprise Skills: Udemy and Google Cloud Partnership

The News: Udemy announced its partnership with Google Cloud for a new Google Cloud Endorsed Content Program. The press release provides more detail.

Transforming Enterprise Skills: Udemy and Google Cloud Partnership

Analyst Take: In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the push for digital transformation, the adoption of AI, and the migration to public cloud environments have become pivotal forces shaping the enterprise skills environment. Udemy, a leading online skills marketplace and learning platform, has announced a ground-breaking collaboration with Google Cloud, marking a significant milestone in addressing the growing demand for cloud and AI expertise. This partnership, known as the Google Cloud Endorsed Content Program, is poised to reshape the future of cloud education, certification, and skills validation.

Addressing the Need for Skilled Professionals

As organizations strive to modernize and harness the full potential of AI-powered cloud computing platforms, the need for skilled professionals who can navigate these technologies is more critical than ever. Greg Brown, president and CEO at Udemy, aptly points out, “We’re at the forefront of the next digital revolution.” To meet this demand, Udemy has joined forces with Google Cloud, a technology powerhouse known for its two-decade legacy of innovation. Together, they aim to empower the next generation of cloud computing professionals.

At present, the demand for cloud computing skills is soaring, as reflected in Udemy’s extensive offering of more than 430 dedicated Google Cloud courses, with nearly half a million enrolments in the past year alone. Moreover, the burgeoning interest in generative AI is undeniable, with 124 Google Bard courses on Udemy garnering over 73,000 course enrolments since the company’s launch in March 2023. Notably, Google Cloud’s Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer certification is spotlighted in Udemy’s 2024 Global Learning & Skills Trends Report as one of the most sought-after technical skills for 2024. Its consumption has seen a remarkable 1,454% growth in the past year, emphasizing the urgency for professionals to upskill in this domain.

In today’s fast-paced tech environment, where innovation outpaces tradition, the relevance of skills-based practices is paramount. Organizations and professionals must not only acquire new skills but also validate and demonstrate their mastery. Udemy’s learning platform effectively fulfills this role and has introduced an Integrated Skills Framework in 2023, providing organizations with a structured approach to skill-based learning. The endorsement of Google Cloud adds another layer of confidence for learners and organizations, ensuring access to the most current and high-quality Google Cloud certification preparation content.

The Initial Phase of the Pilot Program

In the initial phase of the partnership’s pilot program, Google Cloud’s focus is on endorsing generative AI courses. These courses, initially featuring content from renowned Udemy instructors Jose Portilla and Ranga Karanam, promise to deliver cutting-edge knowledge to learners. The scope of the program is set to expand, encompassing additional content related to Google Cloud certification preparation, data analytics, developer content, and infrastructure and networking capabilities in the coming months.

Head of Current & Future Technologists for Google Cloud Learning Services Natalie Van Kleef expresses her excitement in the press release, stating, “This exciting partnership will empower developers to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become confident in these new technologies as generative AI continues to shape the future of work.”

Looking Ahead

The Udemy and Google Cloud partnership signifies a crucial step in the journey toward enterprise skills transformation. The convergence of digital transformation, AI, and cloud adoption is reshaping the skills landscape, and this collaboration is the direct response to this transformation. With an abundance of high-quality Google Cloud training and endorsement at our disposal, I believe we, as professionals and organizations, can confidently embrace the future of technology. This approach equips us with the necessary skills to thrive in an AI-driven, cloud-native world. As Greg Brown rightly expresses, Udemy is thrilled to join forces with an iconic technology leader. Together, Udemy and Google can play a pivotal role in training the next generation of cloud computing professionals. This partnership, characterized by innovation and expertise, is set to define the future of skills development in this digital age.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.


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