Throughout 2021, Red Hat recognized an increased demand for virtual training and testing options as much of the IT workforce continued to adjust to working from home. We expect that to continue, so here's what we're doing to meet demand and help organizations train up their existing staff and identify qualified professionals with open source skills. 

IT leaders report skills gaps as the top barrier to digital transformation, ranking technology skills training as their number one non-technical funding priority for 2022. Industry leaders recognize that training and certification will be a critical component to the success of organizations in the coming year. As a result, we expect to see continued focus on virtual training and transformational learning, particularly focused on the three areas we’ll outline in this blog post.. 

Win the race for talent: transformational learning

As many organizations face labor shortages and organizational churn, upskilling existing teams can empower employees to bridge knowledge gaps while helping with staff retention. From both a technical and cultural perspective, organizations should  consider transformation learning focused on DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) to meet modern organizational needs.

SRE brings a new lens to viewing infrastructure, with unique testing and hardening methods that provide a higher level of resiliency and efficiency. SRE and DevOps are ideal roles to grow from within by cross-training developers in infrastructure and operations in development. 

Red Hat Training & Certification offers a skills path for DevOps transformation, as well as a newly-released course, Introduction to Pragmatic Site Reliability Engineering (TL112). This course provides an in-depth look at the vocabulary, concepts and cultural considerations of SRE at both an organizational and individual level. 

Scaling enterprise Kubernetes and container-driven architecture 

Kubernetes and container-first development have become more and more critical to, and deeply embedded in, technology organizations. IT teams might be finding themselves asking for more out of their Kubernetes infrastructure by using CI/CD, Jenkins, Advanced Cluster Management (ACM), Virtualization, Quarkus, and other container-native practices. 

As organizations run multiple clusters across their data centers, stage, dev, and QA environments, it’s crucial to understand how to manage infrastructure across clouds. As a result, multicluster Kubernetes management that is cloud-agnostic is key to scaling enterprise Kubernetes and leveraging container native application development best practices. 

Red Hat is currently developing a new course tol cover enhanced container management capabilities with automation, governance, and security across clusters - stay tuned for Multicluster Management with Red Hat OpenShift Platform Plus.

Automation also plays a key role in scaling enterprise Kubernetes. The Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2 version upgrade includes an important shift in the underlying architecture that allows for better alignment with container-driven architecture, as well as more seamless integration with Kubernetes and OpenShift infrastructure. 

While the migration may require some effort and upskilling for practitioners, the organizational benefits are undeniable. With Ansible Automation Platform 2 development can be simplified and streamlined. Some of our Ansible curriculum has already been updated to cover these emerging topics to help your teams benefit from the new features, and the entire skills path is planned to be updated in the coming months.

Moving to the edge

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) provides a foundation and large ecosystem of tools, applications, frameworks, and libraries for building and running applications and containers. RHEL 9 Beta, released in November 2021, is designed for managing even the most demanding hybrid multi-cloud deployments. Look for updates to the RHEL training curriculum with the launch of RHEL 9! 

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As organizations prioritize closing the technical skills gap in 2022 and beyond, Red Hat Training and Certification continues to evolve our offerings to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of technology. A recently-launched premium tier to Red Hat Learning Subscription provides the opportunity for companies to prioritize learning and join benefits and autonomy of self-paced learning with synchronous learning experiences.

Red Hat Training and Certification is dedicated to delivering real-world skill development in open source technologies and practices through use-case-based courses, hands-on labs, and comprehensive validation of the skills needed for digital transformation. 

Find your personalized skills path and discover how you can gain access to the entire catalogue of Red Hat Training and Certification, including early access to new releases, through Red Hat Learning Subscription. You can also join the Red Hat Learning Community to gain insights and advice from peers within the industry and Red Hat portfolio experts. 

About the author

Pete Hnath, Senior Director of Curriculum Development, is responsible for customer training and digital delivery platforms across Red Hat’s entire product portfolio. Hnath led the launch of the Red Hat Hat Learning Subscription (RHLS) that includes courses, cloud based labs, video classroom and expert seminars.

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