Close the Skills Gap by Upskilling in the Curves

Close the Skills Gap by Upskilling in the Curves

By Flux7 Labs
March 25, 2020

Gartner likes to say that organizations ‘win in the turns’. By this they mean that enterprises that take advantage of ‘turns’ in the market can create greater success than those who do not. Luckily for all of us, this analogy can apply to the skills gap just as readily as it does to business strategy. Workers at every level can use ‘turns’ in the market advantageously, accelerating out of them by upskilling their capabilities and knowledge.

Skills Gap Remains a Leading Challenge 

According to mrc’s Cup of Joe Blog, “Forrester, found that while 75% of businesses have a digital strategy, only 16% claim to have the skills to deliver it. Another study finds that a whopping 93% of businesses indicate they’re facing a skills shortage.” Clearly, growing your skills and knowledge can help you significantly accelerate out of the turn.

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In the current environment where many businesses have banned corporate travel and more people are working from home, many event organizers are recalibrating. Fortunately for all of us, this means that many events have become digital, accessible from the comfort of your own home office. And, many are free, to boot!


Upskill with These Digital Events

While some events — like AWS Summits — are being moved to a digital format, dates for these have not yet been announced. We have rounded up for you a list of those conferences that have announced their new confirmed details.


  • Atlassian Summit
    Whether your teams are together or working from home, be a part of the Atlassian Remote Summit and learn about how everyone can work better together from anywhere.
    April 1-2
    Free of Charge
  • Oktane 20
    For IT professionals, product leaders, and developers to get and stay up-to-date on the latest in identity, security, and digital transformation.
    April 1-2
    Free of Charge
  • Red Hat Summit
    Learn about the latest in open hybrid cloud, automation, cloud-native development, and more. In addition, recorded content will be available for up to one year after the event.
    April 28 – 29
    Free of Charge
  • Virtual SKILup Day
    One day micro-conferences hosted by the DevOps Institute that focus on ‘How To’ aspects of specific industry practices, “examining” it under a microscope to highlight perspectives of the people, process and technology.
    April 30 – Value Stream Management
    May 21 – Enterprise Kubernetes
    June 18 – Site Reliability Engineering 
    July 16 – Release Automation
    August 20 – Hybrid Cloud
    September 17 – Human Skills
    October 15 – CI/CD
    November 12 – Continuous Testing
    December 10 – Global SKILup Day
    Free with Free Registration
  • RedisConf20
    RedisConf is a learning conference for developers and cloud professionals from the makers of the Redis database. It offers innovations and trends in data platforms, hands-on training and more.
    May 12 – 13
    Free of Charge
  • Microsoft Build
    Event topics will include developer tooling and language innovation; cloud development and containers; AI and machine learning; DevOps automation; cross-platform apps; IoT; building Microsoft 365 extensions; and low-code tooling.
    May 19 – 21
    Not yet announced
  • Cloud Security Virtual Summit & Training 2020
    SANS brings together real-world user experiences and case studies, as well as practical, technical training focused on specific approaches and skills for building and maintaining secure cloud infrastructure.
    May 27 – 28
  • DockerCon LIVE with theCUBE
    DockerCon is the place where the community comes together to connect and share stories, best practices, and use cases on topics such as CI/CD, onboarding, microservices, containerizing legacy apps and more.
    May 28, 2020
    Not yet announced
  • ChefConf 2020
    Features live and on-demand content, Q&A, demos, and learning to help new and expert Chef practitioners.
    June 2
    Free of Charge



AWS is now allowing virtual exam-taking, so it could be a good time to obtain a certification. And, IT Revolution is offering its eBooks free for 24 hours each. Check them out: 



Did we miss any virtual events that you’d recommend? Please let us know in the comments below. And, be sure to stay tuned for our next blog in which we share our tips and tricks for getting the most of your virtual conference experience.


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Written by Flux7 Labs

Flux7, an NTT DATA Company, is the only Sherpa on the DevOps journey that assesses, designs, and teaches while implementing a holistic solution for its enterprise customers, thus giving its clients the skills needed to manage and expand on the technology moving forward. Not a reseller or an MSP, Flux7 recommendations are 100% focused on customer requirements and creating the most efficient infrastructure possible that automates operations, streamlines and enhances development, and supports specific business goals.