Published on 17 August 2016 by

When I recommend Puppet training to our customers, some are torn. They want workers to be well equipped and productive with Puppet, but many fear these newly trained folks will desert them for jobs at other companies. After all, the demand for professionals who know their way around Puppet is high — and continues to grow. In fact, Puppet is No. 12 on the list of highest-paying skills in Dice’s 2014-2015 Tech Salary Survey, with salaries for jobs requiring Puppet skills increasing 15.5 percent year over year.

At the end of the day that’s a really narrow view because organizations that don’t train and develop their employees skills are doing damage not only to morale, but to the company’s bottom line. Yes, it is true! Companies that invest in employee training get results. 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, and
  • Generate a 6 percent higher shareholder return if the training expenditure per employee increases by $680.

What does it mean to be a learning organization?

Let me count the ways. A learning organization should strive to be committed to continually learning, growing and improving. If you aren’t doing it, your competition most definitely is and you risk becoming stagnant, failing to adapt to change, and adjust to new innovations.

The good news is that your employees want to learn. They really do! In fact, up to 33 percent of global employees cited training and development as their top benefit choice besides salary and 75 percent of millennials would consider leaving their job if they don’t see options for professional development.

Puppet offers many opportunities to learn

You don’t have to do it by yourself. Puppet can help. We offer a variety of training options — 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. This course helps you quickly get starting managing your infrastructure with your existing Puppet master-agent setup. You learn essential concepts of the Puppet ecosystem, leveraging community modules to describe and manage infrastructure as Puppet code.

Or maybe you are going to be writing your own Puppet modules. In that case, check out Puppet Fundamentals and learn how to manage infrastructure the right way from the start and build a foundation for success as you scale Puppet into the future. You learn best practices to install Puppet, write simple classes, and update and extend modules.

Once you’ve made the decision to sign up for Puppet training, create a learning roadmap for your team and map out a training program for your entire organization.

In summary

Becoming a learning organization doesn’t happen overnight. Still, you’ll start to see benefits. When your team is more proficient in Puppet, the solution delivers faster time to value to your organization. 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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