Published on 24 February 2017 by

You must be committed to helping your team continually learn, grow and improve. If you’re not doing it, well, your competition most definitely is. Do you really want to risk becoming stagnant, rusty at adapting to change and new innovations while others are nimbly moving ahead?

The good news is that your employees want to learn. In fact, up to 33 percent of global employees cited training and development as their top benefit choice, apart from salary. Furthermore, 75 percent of millennials say they'll consider leaving a job where they don’t see opportunities for professional development.

Calculating the ROI

Research shows companies that invest in employee training get results. Yet many are still hesitant to invest in training, unsure whether it's worth the cost. The Association for Talent Development found that companies encouraging training:

  • Have 218 percent higher income per employee than those with minimal comprehensive training.
  • Enjoy a 24 percent higher profit margin than those who spend less on training.* Generate a 6 percent higher return to shareholders if the training expenditure increases by $680 per employee.

Virtual training has real advantages for organizations. It offers savings on travel costs — let alone travel time, fatigue distraction and — while enabling employees to learn when and where they prefer. This is why virtual training has become increasingly popular. Aside from the logistical benefits of helping employees learn — you eliminate the expense of airfare, hotels, meals and meeting space.

Puppet offers multiple opportunities to learn virtually. We offer a variety of training options — both in-person and live virtual training — to help you or your team get up and running with Puppet, and to take your skills to the next level.

Start out with Puppetizing Infrastructure. You’ll learn the essential concepts of the Puppet ecosystem required to describe and manage your infrastructure, using publicly available Puppet modules.

Or maybe you plan to write your own Puppet modules. In that case, check out Puppet Fundamentals, where you learn best practices to install Puppet, write simple classes, and update and extend existing modules.

From there you’ve got even more options with two courses we now offer virtually:

  • Puppet Practitioner - Learn how to design and build modules, extend modules from the Puppet Forge and develop methods for implementing roles and profiles.

  • Puppet Architect - Learn how to design your infrastructure and understand interactions between different components.

Ready to see the benefits of training?

When your team is more proficient in Puppet, your organization gets faster time to value. You will:

  • Increase your company’s ability to adopt new technologies.
  • Build a more efficient, effective and highly motivated team.
  • Enhance your company’s competitive position.

Stephanie Stouck is a senior services marketing manager at Puppet.

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