Videos. Subscriptions to video training sites such as Pluralsight, and particularly a site license, can be a surprisingly cost-effective way to bring continuing education to your employees. You can select from a wide variety of videos covering many different technologies; videos on new technologies are typically available within a few weeks of their release. (I have no connection, financial or otherwise, to Pluralsight, other than being an admirer.)
There's no doubt about it — training is expensive. It costs a lot of money to take a course, and even more to send employees on a plane and put them up in a hotel. It costs time, as employees are away from their day-to-day department responsibilities.
But those costs pale in comparison to the potential for your workforce to become stale, to not respond to the latest and greatest in technology, to not develop skills to increase efficiency of and cut capital costs where it can — and to the overall cost of employing a department of technology professionals that doesn't make your IT investment the best it can be.
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