Training Needs Assessment

Several organizations, big and small, view training and personnel development as inconsequential or discretionary at best, and are not willing to make an appropriate investment in it. There are several reasons for this viewpoint. Short-term profits, cash flow problems and lack of a learning culture are some of the factors associated with the fact that training and employee development are not considered as an investment for progress and growth.

For organizations to realize strategic growth, training should be an integral part of their policy and strategy. Training should be considered as an investment that produces targeted and measurable results for the organization. Needs assessment, return on investment to justify the goals of the training budget, and tangible and intangible benefits are some of the exercises that should be conducted before establishing specific training goals for its staff.

Big data training needs assessment should be focused on the application and analytics of the big data technology stack to improve the operational efficiency of an organization and shall be conducted in three phases:

Phase I – Discovery

Phase II – Critical Analyses

Phase III –Training Needs

Tasks during a needs assessment shall include:

A comprehensive examination of the business environment, including the big data resources, management, services, governance, and assets.

Assessment of the scope of an organization’s big data technology for measuring the depth, breadth and cost effectiveness in facilitating operations and delivering services required to run the business effectively and efficiently.

Identification of issues that impact the deployment, operations and usage of the big data technology by the organization.

Assessment of the current and future big data technology needs of the enterprise, including its Global Associates and its various Divisions and Branches.

Preparation of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunity and threats) analysis of the technology environment for the identification of the deficiencies, which when addressed will advance gains in the organization.