Sopra Steria Upskills Critical Talent 50% faster with Online Learning Through Udemy Business
Sopra Steria, a European Tech leader recognised for its consulting, digital services and software development, helps its clients drive their digital transformation to obtain tangible and sustainable benefits. It provides end-to- end solutions to make large companies and organizations more competitive by combining in-depth knowledge of a wide range of business sectors and innovative technologies with a fully collaborative approach. Sopra Steria places people at the heart of everything it does and is committed to making the most of digital technology to build a positive future for its clients.
The company chose Udemy Business to increase the scale, scope, agility, and speed of its L&D program to help it better serve its staff, clients, and projects — upskilling and cross-skilling key talent and nurturing careers. As a result, it can match the speed of technology development to ensure project excellence while adding value to its staff — and the community.
Challenge: Keeping up with fast- moving technology
Sopra Steria operates in one of the fastest-evolving global business sectors. Ensuring all consultants and developers remain up to date on the latest software and technology developments is fundamental to its success.
The firm’s previous L&D solution was on- demand and mostly face-to-face. Reporting was manual, so it was hard to gauge feedback and assess value. And keeping its critical talent up to date with technical skills and certifications was difficult; selecting courses, booking instructors, and covering learners’ travel costs was time- and cost-inefficient.
Moreover, investment in online corporate training licenses for a 4,200 strong workforce is expensive, particularly for technical certifications that involve pass-or-fail exams.
As the company looked to improve its L&D program, it explored options to accelerate critical talent upskilling, expand global learning accessibility, and save L&D costs by replacing in-person training.
The company wanted to build on its already strong culture of learning. So, following a short, small-scale pilot, it launched Udemy Business globally under the guidance of Training and Development Consultant, Sergio Monroy Gómez.
Solution: Certifying more people at a fraction of the cost
Implementing the platform increased Sopra Steria’s total online training delivery by 20%. Today, the company uses Udemy Business’ broad catalog of courses, mostly for technical upskilling but also for managerial and soft skills training.
Sergio explains: “Content is regularly updated, courses are high quality, and licenses are cheaper than other platforms. The courses are also rated by the community, which I love.”
There were two main features of the platform that particularly impressed Sergio. First was the training that prepares people for official certification exams — such as AWS, Oracle, Java, and SQL — by providing study plans and support.
“Certifications training is unusual for an L&D platform,” says Sergio. “It’s normally very expensive; you need a lot of investment. Udemy Business offers many certification learning paths that help people progress faster and in a structured way. It’s very cool and impressed me a lot.”
He continues: “This kind of training is powerful. And it’s huge for us. We can certify lots more people for a fraction of the cost. Udemy Business makes it cheap —and easy—to do. It is one of the best things about the platform.”
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