Google, Coursera Team Up To Offer Cloud Training Courses

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 06, 2017


Organizations are today hesitating to move businesses to cloud systems because of shortage of trained personnel. Google aims to create global pool of cloud talent with US-based education technology company, Coursera. The two entities collaborated with Google to offer Cloud Training courses on its platform. Developed and taught by Google experts, these courses will be available on-demand for any current or aspiring IT professionals and data engineers.

This week will see the launch of its first courses in the Data Engineering on Google Cloud Specialization, “Big Data and Machine Learning.” This course will be the first in a five-course specialization and will be available across the globe including the Indian market. More foundational, intermediate, and advanced courses in infrastructure, machine learning, analytics, and application development are planned for launch soon.

With companies rapidly shifting their infrastructure to the cloud, the demand for cloud computing experts is enormous. In fact, adoption of cloud technology is often limited not by cost, complexity, or security, but by the shortage of trained professionals available to fill open roles in cloud systems administration, data engineering, application development, and more.

Making this training more accessible is a major step toward creating a network of skilled professionals who can utilize the latest Google Cloud Platform technology to create innovative solutions to business challenges, said the company.

“Cloud computing is one of the most in-demand career paths today, and we are honored to collaborate with Google to offer the latest cloud courses online, making it easier for developers and IT professionals around the world to master Google Cloud Platform Services,” said, Leah Belsky, Vice President of Global Enterprise Development at Coursera.

As e-learning grows in India, Coursera is becoming popular with active online learners - the entrepreneurial, young professionals in their 20s and 30s who are focused on gaining the technical skills that are sought after by India’s top employers.

The company confirmed that it has 1.7 million users in India, making it their second largest market, after the US, as per a Deccan Herald report. Coursera’s Chief Business Officer Nikhil Sinha told the publication that the company is adding 60,000 users every month from India, while its total global user base is at 22 million. Currently, Coursera claims to offer 1,837 courses with 146 partners across 29 countries.