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Discovery Day - Getting Started with the AWS Cloud Essentials
Date: June 26, 2024
Time: 1:00 - 2:30PM ET

Build a foundational understanding of what it takes to get started in the cloud with the AWS Foundations: Getting Started with the AWS Cloud Essentials training. Learn about the AWS Cloud architecture and the services in the compute, storage, database, networking, and security categories. Build and validate an overall understanding of AWS Cloud and key terminology to help advance your AWS Cloud skills.

Hosted by our Axcel ILT sister company, ExitCertified. You will be taken to the ExitCertified website to register.

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Exploring Microsoft Fabric: A Unified Data Engineering and Analytics Platform
Date: June 6, 2024

Microsoft Fabric empowers your organization to transform raw data into actionable insights quickly and efficiently. This unified data platform streamlines your data processes by combining data engineering, data science, real-time analytics, and business intelligence - all in one place. Fabric simplifies complex tasks with features like:

  • Automated Data Workflows: Seamlessly integrate components from Power BI, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Factory.
  • Real-Time Insights: Gain a constant pulse on your business with real-time analytics.
  • OneLake Integration: Effortlessly manage and model your data with OneLake. Leverage Spark for powerful data engineering and utilize familiar SQL queries for efficient analysis.

In this free 1-hour webinar, Faheem Javed, experienced Microsoft Fabric practitioner and instructor, discusses how Microsoft Fabric can turn data into a strategic advantage, giving your organization the competitive edge it needs to succeed. Join us to learn:

  • Microsoft Fabric's architecture and components
  • The key features and capabilities of Microsoft Fabric for data engineering, data science, and data analytics.
  • The differences between OneLake, Lakehouse, and Data warehouse
  • How to work with pipelines and workflows using Microsoft Fabric
  • Integration with Power BI to create reports and dashboards

At the conclusion, Faheem will eagerly take your questions.

Target Audience:

Data engineers, data analysts, IT professionals, and decision-makers seeking to optimize their data infrastructure and analytics capabilities using Microsoft Fabric.

About the presenter:

Faheem Javed began his IT career as a Visual C++ programmer in the 1990s. Faheem has closely followed Microsoft's Business Intelligence evolution, witnessing transitions from acquiring third-party tools like Proclarity Analytics to advancements in SSIS/SSAS/SSRS, SharePoint Performance Point Services, Polybase, Power BI, Azure Synapse, Azure Databricks, and Microsoft Fabric. He holds numerous certifications, including Azure Solutions Architect and Azure Data Engineer, and has conducted standard and custom training on these technologies. Faheem also teaches Microsoft Fabric courses with Axcel ILT.

Using AI for Coding Challenges: A Live Walkthrough with Python
Date: May 30, 2024

This Artificial Intelligence (AI) webinar teaches developers how to incorporate AI tools into their coding practices to boost efficiency, reduce errors, and raise the quality of their work.

In this 1-hour webinar, experienced AI practitioner and instructor Chris Penick explores using the latest AI tools to assist with coding in Python, including code completion, bug detection, and more. Chris will guide you through different AI tools, including GitHub Copilot and DeepCode, within popular Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) like VSCode and PyCharm. He will also discuss:

  • How these intelligent tools can help you write cleaner code faster and with fewer errors
  • How AI can suggest precise code snippets, offer smart bug fixes, dynamically generate comprehensive tests, and revamp your code review processes
  • The challenges and ethical considerations that come with using AI in programming
  • The limitations, potential biases, and best practices to ensure you're making the most out of AI without compromising on code quality

Whether you are tweaking an existing codebase or building something from scratch, the insights offered in this enlightening session will help streamline your development process.

Audience: Developers of all skill levels eager to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their coding practices.

About the Presenter:

Chris Penick is a top-rated instructor for Axcel ILT. He has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry across various platforms. He has guided clients in cybersecurity, architecture, development, and data science. Chris has worked independently for the government, in the military, and as a civilian in the private sector. He holds multiple certifications in security and development from Microsoft, CompTIA, ISC2, and EC Council.

Efficient and Effective Coding with GitHub Copilot
Date: April 3, 2024

Intrigued by the excitement around GitHub Copilot, often called a programmer’s “ultimate ally?” Curious about leveraging generative AI to enhance your programming skills and coding efficiency?

Then this webinar is for you! Join us as Eric Greene, a seasoned GitHub Copilot user and educator, discusses the capabilities of GitHub Copilot and guides you on how to use it effectively.

In this engaging 1-hour session, Eric will teach you how to:

  • Understand the differences between Copilot for Individuals and Copilot for Business.
  • Identify scenarios where Copilot shines as the ideal solution and recognize when it might not fit best.
  • Seamlessly integrate Copilot into Visual Studio Code.
  • Work with Copilot Chat and Code Suggestions to streamline your coding and debugging processes.
  • Use Copilot as a collaborative partner in programming rather than just a code generator.

At the conclusion, Eric will eagerly take your questions.

Prerequisites: Attendees should have general software programming experience.

About the presenter:

With 27 years of professional experience in computer programming, Eric Greene stands out for his expertise in cloud computing, web development, and IoT programming. He is a seasoned educator, imparting knowledge on various subjects ranging from JavaScript web technologies, C#, and Python to specialized areas like DevOps, Git, and task automation. His repertoire includes programming languages like C and Rust, particularly in real-world applications like web application programming and task automation.

Eric has delivered training sessions to a diverse clientele, including Fortune 500 companies, well-known charities, and global organizations, showcasing his ability to adapt and cater to various learning environments. As a testament to his proficiency and dedication to education, he holds a professional certification in online instruction, is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and possesses multiple software development certifications. Eric contributes his vast knowledge to Axcel ILT, offering courses on modern tools and technologies, including GitHub Copilot, helping professionals enhance their skills in the evolving landscape of computer programming.

How Eric uses GitHub to improve his daily work as a programmer:

“As a software programmer frequently exploring new libraries and frameworks, I’ve found GitHub Copilot to be an invaluable resource for learning how to implement applications using new-to-me libraries and frameworks. Its ability to generate contextually specific programming code idiomatically is beneficial.

Take, for instance, the first Next.js React TypeScript project with which I used GitHub Copilot. I reached a point where I needed to develop some unit tests but needed help with how to mock some third-party libraries I incorporated. This is where GitHub Copilot shined; as I began to draft code for mocking a library, Copilot promptly offered a comprehensive function as a suggestion. Although the suggested code wasn’t perfect, it was a solid starting point, enabling me to refine and correct the minor inaccuracies with minimal effort. This guidance from GitHub Copilot was a significant time-saver, sparing me countless hours I would have spent wrestling with the intricacies of library mocking on my own.”

AI Webinar: Generative AI on AWS
Date: March 21, 2024

This 2-hour webinar on Generative AI (GenAI) development on AWS offers a technical exploration of cutting-edge AI technologies and tools. It combines technical demonstrations with practical insights to enhance your understanding of GenAI-driven innovation and efficiency for enterprise solutions.

Join us as Ryan Dymek teaches you how to leverage services and tools in the AWS Cloud to help accelerate your GenAI development and deployment cycle. Through interactive demonstrations, case studies, and discussions, you will:

  • Understand key Gen AI tools and services such as Hugging Face, Amazon Bedrock, and Amazon SageMaker to customize and deploy Foundation Models.
  • Recognize the power of Foundation Model customization methods such as Agents and Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) to deliver GenAI solutions with an eye on security, privacy, and scalability.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of accelerated Gen AI development within the AWS ecosystem.

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Developers, data scientists, and data engineers interested in leveraging AWS for enterprise Gen AI projects.

About the Presenter:

With nearly 25 years of enterprise technology experience, Ryan Dymek specializes in helping companies use creative data solutions. Having been a cloud trainer and enterprise cloud consultant since 2009, Ryan has worked with Fortune 50 companies, SMBs, and everything in between. Ryan designs solutions for complex business and technical problems utilizing AI/ML, automated workflows, and DevSecOps security. Ryan has over 30 active certifications, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and many other vendor-agnostic technologies.

AI Webinar: Insights into Explainable AI (XAI)
Date: February 22, 2024

Confused by how the algorithms behind AI work? This free webinar unveils Explainable AI (XAI) and demonstrates how XAI allows us to understand, trust, and shape Artificial Intelligence.

Join us for this session as Chris Penick, an experienced AI instructor, demystifies buzzwords related to AI, explains what XAI is, and discusses what the future holds for XAI. He will also showcase XAI’s practical applications in healthcare (making diagnoses), finance (predicting fraud), and the legal system (guiding risk assessment). In addition, Chris explores the challenges of XAI, from balancing accuracy to tackling ethical concerns.

In this 1-hour webinar, Chris will cover:

  • What is Explainable AI (XAI)?
    • Introduction to Explainable AIDefinition and Importance of XAI
    • Brief Overview of AI and Machine Learning
    • The Need for Transparency and Trust in AI
  • Core Concepts in Explainable AI
    • Explanation vs. InterpretationTypes of Models: Transparent Models vs. Black Box Models
    • Key Terminologies: Interpretability, Transparency, Accountability
  • Methods and Techniques in XAI
    • Model-Agnostic Methods
    • Model-Specific Methods
  • Applications of Explainable AI
    • Healthcare: Diagnostics and Treatment RecommendationsFinance: Credit Scoring and Fraud Detection
    • Legal: Risk Assessment and Compliance
  • Challenges and Limitations of XAI
    • Balancing Accuracy and InterpretabilityEthical Considerations: Bias and PrivacyComputational Complexity and Scalability
  • Future Directions and Conclusion
    • Emerging Trends in XAI
    • The Role of Regulations and Standards
    • Final Thoughts and Q&A Session

About the Presenter: Chris Penick is a top-rated Web Age Solutions, Inc. instructor. He has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry across various platforms. He has guided clients in cybersecurity, architecture, development, data science, and learning during his career. He’s worked independently for the government in the military, as a civilian, and in the private sector. He holds multiple certifications in security and development from Microsoft, CompTIA, ISC2, and EC Council.

Deep Learning & Generative AI with NVIDIA
Date: January 24, 2024

NVIDIA, the chipmaker that revolutionized gaming and sparked the AI era, is now reshaping industries and leading the way in Generative AI. Join Web Age Solutions to get started with Deep Learning and GenAI as Mike Bitar, a certified NVIDIA Instructor with extensive real-world AI/ML experience, teaches you how to fuel your journey as an AI expert. Join us to:

  • Discover how NVIDIA’s cutting-edge GPUs are accelerating the future of AI.
  • Get a clear explanation of these technologies and their potential to reshape industries.
  • Learn how to become a Generative AI Engineer.
  • Discover the Python skills needed to excel in NVIDIA’s AI curriculum.
  • Explore the training opportunities NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) offers in AI, accelerated computing, and more, and fuel your growth as an AI expert.

Audience:  Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of Generative AI. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or just starting your AI journey, this session is for you.

Duration: 1 hour

About the Presenter:

Mike Bitar has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology with an emphasis on building big data and AI/ML pipelines, both in the public and private sectors. Mike is a certified NVIDIA Instructor, a certified AWS Machine Learning and Data Analytics professional and instructor, and a certified GCP Data Engineer Professional. He helped architect large-scale big data and ML solutions leveraging NVIDIA and Cloud technologies to deliver cost-effective, secure, scalable ML systems. 

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