CloudU Certification

Cloud Computing as Digital Business revolution enabler

Digital Business Revolution

As an IT professional, could not be a better time for me to live in, as I am directly seeing the effect of today digital business revolution.

Every day we learn that new opportunities and new businesses are created thanks to the multitude of applications, services and, in more general way, the technology that can be leveraged.

Also traditional activities, that we have been doing for ages without any IT support, now have some sort of  IT system that is supporting it.

As a whole, technology has been an enabler to develop new business ideas with keys factors such as

  • Boom of mobile user population and the consequent business opportunities.
  • IoT  that every day shows a new use case.
  • Big Data & Analytics that allow to extract values from the huge amount of data that it produced every second.
  • Virtual world where with examples like Pokémon GO we saw how people are tending to live more the virtual world rather than the real life.
  • Cryptocurrency with Blockchain technology and its most popular Bitcoin implementation where several products and services are now only “bit” away.

Regardless the size of the business, every organization recognizes that flexibility and agility are paramount characteristics that cannot be overlooked, otherwise big are the chances that IT systems are no longer aligned to business objectives with the relative consequences.

In the recent years, the disruptive technology that enabled agility and time to market is the Cloud Computing.

One great benefit of the Cloud is that small companies and startup can give a try to their idea at a fraction of a cost.

With the Cloud computing paradigma, self starter people suddenly had the opportunity to implement their ideas without the need of an upfront investment to set up an IT infrastructure; They could quickly develop and deploy a new product and shutdown everything in case of unsuccessful experiment.

CloudU Certification

If you are interested in the Cloud topic, I suggest you to look at the CloudU certification program organized by Rackspace Cloud University.

By going through the course package, you’ll learn the fundamental of Cloud Computing that are valid across the several Cloud providers since it is Vendor neutral.

Once you’re ready, you can go through the online exam and (if you pass it) you’ll receive a certificate as I did.

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Downloadable version

Scrum Master Certified

During my career, I had several times the opportunity to work in a team following the Agile approach.

After the working experience, I decided to attend as well a formal training to close any gap that I might had.

After having completed the two days course and got certified, I can definitely affirm that it was a great experience.

What I really enjoyed of the two days course was definitely the way how it was organized. It was not a traditional course where you are presented a number of slides with the teacher talking over.

The two days course was like running a project!

Example:

All participants, like stakeholders, were asked which topics they liked to be covered in the course.

Like stakeholders in a large organization with different concerns, we were not all interested in the same topics in the same way.

All feedback collected from us represented the backlog that our teacher had to work out in the allowed time frame. The first exercise was to cluster (many requests were similar each other) all the requests in order to identify the different topics to address.

After having identified the topics to address there was a voting in order to identify their priority.

Surprisingly  some topics did not receive any vote and, for this reason, they were directly dropped. Why you should invest time in something that only the minority is interested in?

In the real life, probably you want to consider not only the number of stakeholders but as well as their influence in the organization leveraging the so called Stakeholder matrix (Interest – Influence).

Effort estimation was performed on the backlog items and subsequent monitoring and adjustment in order to ensure covering the topic that matters in the two days course.

Of course there were many more interesting exercises that I won’t list here.

 

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My Websphere Portal Development certification

At the time when I was working for IBM (2007 – 2010), Websphere Portal was one of the main technology that I enjoyed learning from both developer and infrastructure engineer point of view.

In fact, I learned how to develop on Websphere Portal using portlet technology along with their tooling such as Websphere Portlet Factory and how to design and perform complex deployment ( e.g. LDAP, cluster, integration with Lotus Sametime and so on)

At that time, I had also a chance to complete the working experience with an official IBM certification

 

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