Is your organization in the process of transitioning to a higher cloud maturity level? If so, you should be aware of the four levels of cloud competency—awareness, proficiency, leverage, and collaboration—which will help ensure that you get the most out of the cloud.

Of course, you’ll need your entire team on board, and that can be one of the trickiest parts of the journey to navigate. It’s simply not enough to adopt tools and tell your teams to start using them. However, fostering these four cloud competencies will help your team recognize new product opportunities and develop innovative solutions—increasing your ROI.

In this post, we’ll introduce the four essential cloud competencies, examine why they’re important, and share insights to help you develop them in your teams.

1. Awareness of Cloud Tools and Services

As with any journey, you can’t get anywhere until you know where you’re going. You may assume that everyone is aware of what cloud tools and services are available in their fields of expertise. While that may well be true for technical groups, like IT and development, it’s probably less so in areas that are less tied to technology, such as finance and HR.

In any case, not knowing about cloud tools and services and how they can help optimize processes may hold team members back from performing their tasks efficiently and effectively. And, of course, you need to bring leadership up to speed, too.

For example, analytics and AI are a big growth area right now, with a range of tools on offer to aid processes in almost every field. Being aware of which cloud tools are relevant to your goals will ensure that your entire organization benefits from the cloud transformation.

2. Cloud Proficiency

There are a number of reasons organizations transition to the cloud, but all of them hinge on

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