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Microsoft is launching a cloud computing initiative it says is aimed at boosting the digital capabilities of Australian public sector workers.

The initiative involves the delivery of cloud computing skills to 5000 Australian public sector workers by 2020.

Microsoft is undertaking the initiative with its training partners DDLS, New Horizons and Advanced Training, and will invite key personnel from the public sector and supplier organisations to participate in specialised, Microsoft-subsidised, cloud computing courses.

Microsoft anticipates 800 public sector workers will be trained over the next three months.

A comprehensive nine-module programme will run across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide, designed specifically for public sector workers.

Microsoft says the programme is for all skill levels at every stage of the public sector’s cloud adoption journey and is designed to align with the recently released Australian Government Secure Cloud Strategy.

The programme will accommodate workers across the entire public sector ecosystem, including government partners, solutions/systems integrators and independent software vendors, along with public sector workers preparing to deliver services against the Government Secure Cloud Strategy.

Steven Worrall, managing director, Microsoft Australia, said digital transformation and innovation are critical to sustaining Australia’s national competitiveness.

“Microsoft’s investment in skills, in start-ups, in our nation’s digital infrastructure, and in our 11,000-strong partner ecosystem reinforce our very deep commitment to the success of Australia and its citizens.”

Worrall said the skills gained by public sector workers and their trusted suppliers and partners would support the government’s mandate to transform how they serve Australians, modernising or creating new digital services for citizens through the adoption of cloud computing.

“The federal government has also commissioned the Australian Public Service Commission and the Digital Transformation Agency to improve the digital capability of the Australian Public Service. Our commitment to provide education and development to upskill 5000 public sector workers will help complement that process.

“This training promises organisational agility, better delivery of services and faster insights from government data, which will help transform the Australian public sector by providing a better experience for citizens. Migrating from legacy platforms to the cloud is not trivial, so the specialised programme we have put together will equip public sector developers and system engineers with cloud-ready skills to design and build digital solutions and deliver their agency transformation initiatives.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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