DEMO: Learn to Ride a Cloud Computer

Monday, May 13, 2024 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Drew Firment, Chief Cloud Strategist , Pluralsight

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You don’t learn how to ride a bike by reading a manual. Same goes for cloud computing. Real-world experience is required to solve real-world challenges, and IT professionals agree that hands-on learning is the most effective way to develop new skills, retain knowledge, and get going. Learn how individuals are getting hands-on experience with cloud computing using playgrounds and sandboxes to accelerate their learning journey in a safe, secure, and risk-free environment.

During this event, we will discuss how:

  • Eighty-seven percent of IT professionals agree that hands-on learning is the most effective way to learn new skills.
  • Hands-on learners retain 75 percent of knowledge compared to only 10 percent for traditional methods like lectures.
  • Cloud playgrounds and sandboxes drop learners into real environments to learn real-world hands-on skills. 


Drew Firment
Drew Firment

Chief Cloud Strategist, Pluralsight

Drew Firment is chief cloud strategist at Pluralsight where he works closely with business and technology leaders to accelerate cloud adoption by migrating talent to the cloud. Drew was previously director of cloud engineering at Capital One leading enterprise cloud operations within their Cloud Center of Excellence focused on migrating the early adopters of Amazon Web Services (AWS) into production. Drew founded Capital One’s cloud engineering college that drove a large-scale talent transformation and earned a patent for measuring cloud adoption and maturity. He is recognized by Amazon as an AWS Community Hero for his ongoing efforts to build inclusive and sustainable learning communities.