Amazon Web Services is building a ready-to-use corporate training service that businesses can use for training and learning programs for employees, according to a report published on Thursday on CNBC.
AWS today offers online training programs for its technology and channel partner communities, as well as its internal staff on how to use its numerous cloud services. The latest prospective service will be more geared toward the creation of broader learning management that businesses could use to train and track the progress of their employees, according to according to two people familiar with the cloud giant's plans and accompanying job listings.
Amazon did not respond to CRN's request for comment.
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To compete with its cloud competitors Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, AWS may be venturing into the ready-to-use services market, another business that would create plenty of data and content, driving more usage of its cloud platform.
The inspiration for the alleged plans began when Amazon went looking for learning management software for its own employees, but couldn't find what it was looking for. That's when AWS decided to build a homegrown service, with the idea of making the service "commercializable," according to CNBC's sources.
James Urquhart, general manager of AWS' learning services business unit, tweeted a job posting in June seeking people who could help build a SaaS-based product. Several similar job posting followed, including one in December seeking a solution architect that would be getting in " on the ground floor of building a learning platform." Urquhart joined Amazon in 2017. He also served as director of product and cloud management for Dell, and cloud programs and communications manager for Cisco.
A potential corporate training and learning service from AWS could compete with the likes of offerings from Oracle, Workday, and SAP.