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The importance of learning and development

January 19, 2023BY AJ Witt ( 0 ) Comment

2023 will be a year of many challenges for businesses to address. Rising costs, falling revenues, and increasing concerns around the sustainability of operations will all be on the C-Suite’s to-do list this year.

The good news for ITAM & SAM professionals is that we’re well-placed to help our organizations meet those challenges. We have the data and insights needed, and we have the contacts across the business to drive change forward.

However, it’s also important we have the skills and knowledge to be able to respond to changes in IT. Modern IT estates are increasingly diverse, with remote working, cloud, and Internet-of-Things all demanding more of ITAM & SAM teams. As such, it’s a good time to look at your own skills and think about what you need to learn, and that’s where LISA comes in.

The start of the year is also an ideal time to reflect and think about where you want to get to in your working life. LISA has a wide variety of courses ranging from specialist license training to learning how to build a world-class ITAM function from scratch. Maybe you’re a licensing specialist looking for an expanded role, or you’re looking to expand your knowledge to other vendors, or you need to get to grips with a new topic such as contract negotiation or SaaS. LISA will lead you through that journey.

I also feel that the process of learning is important in itself. It’s all too easy as a busy ITAM professional to get “stuck in the weeds” dealing with whatever our organizations and vendors throw at us. I know when I was an ITAM manager it was easy to feel stuck, and a great way to change that mindset is to carve out some time to learn something new. LISA is great in this regard as all courses are on-demand meaning that you can learn at your own pace, at a time to suit you. Learning something new always gave me a sense of achievement and also changed my mindset – I found that focusing on something else often presented solutions to problems in other areas.

But, how should you go about learning a new skill? Here’s what’s worked for me.

  1. Allocate time. It’s too easy not to give priority to personal development. You need to put time in your diary and only move it if absolutely necessary. Switch your phone off, mute your notifications, log out of email.
  2. Start slow, set achievable goals for each training block. LISA lets you learn at your own pace, which is a great help with goal-setting.
  3. If you get stuck, go away and do something else for a while. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed for that Eureka! Moment.
  4. Reflect on what you’ve learned and how you feel about your training. Training is very personal and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for you.

In February, LISA will run a series of free planning workshops for subscribers, with our subject matter experts and course leaders providing an overview of what to expect from publishers including IBM, Oracle, RedHat, & Micro Focus.

The workshops will be great opportunity for you to get up-to-speed on latest changes, brush up your skills in those areas, or start learning something new.

To find out more and sign up for the sessions check out the Lisa Live! calendar here.

When you register, you are able to submit questions for our experts, and the sessions themselves will be interactive so you can ask questions on the day.

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