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Terraform Uncovered: Your Gateway to IaC
Date: October 26, 2023

Get a first glimpse of Infrastructure as Code and Terraform. See a live demonstration that outlines the vital role Terraform plays in managing cloud resources. This is a precursor to our courses designed to extensively explore IaC and Terraform in conjunction with AWS and Azure.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Kubernetes Administration and the Path to CKA Certification
Date: August 11, 2023

In today’s expanding world of cloud computing, Kubernetes has emerged as the most widely supported container orchestration platform. But administering Kubernetes or even preparing for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam can be overwhelming. Join us for this Kubernetes Administration & CKA Exam Prep webinar as K8s expert and trainer, Ola Ekdahl, breaks it all down and demonstrates how to manage your Kubernetes environments. He also discusses tips and tricks for passing the CKA exam to become a Certified Kubernetes Administrator. In this 1-hour session, Ola will cover:

  • Why Kubernetes?
  • The Kubernetes architecture, including its components and how they interact with each other (it is essential to understand the architecture and the configuration of each part for the CKA exam)
  • The fundamental Kubernetes administration tasks
  • An overview of the CKA exam, including the exam objectives, core domains and competencies, exam format, resource allocation, and grading process
  • How to prepare for the CKA exam

At the conclusion, Ola will welcome your questions.


Anyone interested in learning about Kubernetes Administration and how to prepare for the CKA exam.  Some basic Kubernetes experience is assumed.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

About the Presenter:

Ola Ekdahl helps organizations understand technology and how to use it to their advantage. Ola has expertise in application development using containers, Kubernetes, Java, .NET, Angular, React and a variety of databases. He is a big proponent of automation and DevOps, and always tries to architect solutions with that in mind. He has first-hand experience in application development as well as infrastructure migration projects in the financial services, entertainment, and music industries. 

Ola holds several certifications and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), AWS Authorized Instructor (AAI), and a Linux Foundation Authorized Instructor.  He is co-author of Microsoft SharePoint PerformancePoint Services Unleashed and he delivers all his training with a subtle Swedish accent!

Agile using Azure Boards & Azure DevOps in 2023
Date: June 15, 2023

Discover how the Agile methodology, Azure Boards, and Azure DevOps can be tightly integrated to help teams to work more efficiently and effectively!

Agile project planning is a project management methodology that emphasizes flexibility and adaptability in software development. It involves breaking down a project into smaller, more manageable pieces called iterations.

Azure Boards is a standalone service within the Azure DevOps suite that helps teams plan, track, and discuss work across the entire software development process the agile way. It provides interactive and customized tools for software development teams to manage their projects.

Azure DevOps supports a collaborative culture and set of processes that bring together developers, project managers, and contributors to develop software. It allows organizations to create and improve products at a faster pace than they could with traditional software development approaches.

In this one-hour webinar, attendees learn how to:

  • Use Azure Boards to manage projects the Agile way, including Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog planning
  • Use Azure Repos as an SCM solution on Azure
  • Implement Continuous Integration using Azure Repos and Pipelines
  • Implement Continuous Delivery/Deployment using Delivery Pipelines
  • Work with Test plans

At the conclusion, Faheem will welcome your questions.


Familiarity with applications in the Microsoft 365 collaboration suite, including SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Get to know the Issues and Solutions behind Kubernetes Patterns
Date: January 19, 2023

The rise of microservices architected applications and the use of containers to run them are two major changes in the way applications are designed and delivered. Along with the advantages of these approaches come challenges that require new thinking to overcome.

Challenges such as:

  • How can Kubernetes schedule workloads onto available resources?
  • How can a load balancer know which instances are viable?
  • How can we farm out and harvest work done by multiple distributed services?
  • How are horizontal concerns like logging architected to take advantage of reusability?

During this webinar we’ll look at the primary Kubernetes patterns, discussing why they exist, and what issues they solve.

Are you an application developer, technical lead or deployment specialist?
Do you regularly work with Kubernetes and cloud-native applications?
If so, then this webinar will help you:

  • Recognize common microservices and container architectural issues
  • Understand the solutions others have found, and which ones have been documented in the form of patterns
Bringing DevOps On Premises – Gitlab and Harbor
Date: October 31, 2022

Are you interested in exploring how to host GitLab and Harbor on premises? GitLab provides a Git code repository, and a very capable CI/CD infrastructure. Harbor is a tool in the Docker Registry category of a tech stack, that stores, signs, and scans container images for vulnerabilities. Self-managed services have some initial cost and complexity, but over the long run they can lower cost, give you more flexibility, and improve data security.

Topics covered in this webinar:

– What is GitLab?

– Key features of GitLab

– How to install GitLab on premise

– Demo: Designing a CI/CD pipeline

– What is Harbor?

– Installing Harbor on premise

– Demo: Pushing an image to Harbor

If you are a large organization that has geographical restrictions on data storage, then a self-hosted option works well.

Join us to learn why bringing DevOps on premises may be a suitable avenue to pursue.

DevOps to DataOps to MLOps : State of the Data Journey in 2022
Date: August 12, 2022

Agile has changed the way we approach workflows within organizations, making collaborative teams the preferred choice. This works well for DevOps, and today these principles can be applied elsewhere in an effective manner. During this half day class, we’ll explore three methodologies to help make improvements within your business/organization – DevOps, DataOps, and MLOps – providing guiding principles for when and how to use each workflow.

Top 5 Kubernetes Best Practices in 2022 and the Future!
Date: July 27, 2022


Introduction to Kubernetes

  • Kubernetes Architecture
  • Kubernetes Workloads
  • Scheduling and Node Management
  • Managing Networking
  • Managing Persistent Storage

Best Practices

  • Readiness and liveness probes
  • Init Containers
  • resource requests and limits.
  • Deploy your Pods as part of a Deployment, DaemonSet, ReplicaSet or StatefulSet across nodes.
  • Use multiple nodes
  • Leverage Namespaces
  • Use Deployments
  • Use the declarative Model
  • Use Role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Host your Kubernetes cluster externally (use a cloud service)
  • Using Cloud Vaults for Secrets

The future of K8s

  • OIDC
  • The Gateway API
  • Event Driven Autoscaler
  • Evolution of CRDs
MLOps in 2022, single to clustered approaches
Date: May 13, 2022

According to Gartner’s predictions, “Through 2020, 80% of AI projects will remain alchemy, run by wizards whose talents will not scale in the organization”.

MLOps allows the scaling of those ML models from the local “wizard”; developer to take advantage of processing in a clustered environment, all the while ensuring the data and models are reusable across the business entity.

In this webinar we will cover the following topics:

What is MLOps?
• Processes
• Deployment
• Scaling

Why do we need MLOps?
• Large disparate datasets
• Changing requirements for data
• Feature Modeling
• Monitoring
• Debugging
• Updating Models

MLOps Lifecycle
• Scoping
• Data Engineering
• Modeling
• Deployment
• Monitoring

Real-world Example(s)

Terraform fundamentals – with AWS and Azure focus
Date: February 25, 2022

Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code (IaC) software tool that allows you to build, change, and version infrastructure safely and efficiently across many of today’s cloud providers like Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure. This half day class introduces you to the terminology used to provision resources with Terraform, and demonstrates use cases for AWS and Azure.

Kubernetes – top 5 things you should know about going into 2022 (including CKA certification)
Date: February 16, 2022

Are you already using Kubernetes or looking to try it as a solution for managing clustered microservices applications? This half-day course covers five topics essential to maximizing your utilization of Kubernetes. We’ll review the available options for cloud hosting of your clusters, explore the management of multi-service applications, as well as the management of multiple clusters. Since Kubernetes management typically involves several individuals, we will then look at the various skill sets and suggested certifications required to effectively manage your full Kubernetes efforts.

Kubernetes for Developers on AKS
Date: July 28, 2021

In this webinar, we will discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of using AKS for developers. Particular topics include:

• Working with Container Registry and Container Instances
• Accessing the Kubernetes API in AKS
• Working with Kubernetes Workloads in AKS
• Exploring Logging and Monitoring in AKS

Kubernetes Made Easier: Explore the AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service
Date: July 8, 2021

Kubernetes is all the rage nowadays with pundits exclaiming its multi-cloud and DevOps-native attributes. But what if you are new to the Kubernetes landscape and are already using AWS? When AWS first released its Elastic Kubernetes Service in June 2018, it was an underwhelming release that didn’t add much value to a plain vanilla K8s installation. Fast forward to 2021 and the Elastic Kubernetes Service has made incredible strides in features and value-add. Come and explore this rich K8s service with a short demo highlighting how quickly and easily you can deploy a production-grade cluster on AWS.

Kubernetes Fundamentals
Date: May 28, 2021

Hearing a lot about the need for containerization? What about Kubernetes, and the need for a container orchestration engine? Learn about the container to Kubernetes relationship, and how to deploy stateful and stateless workloads to your local system using Kubernetes. In this one hour webinar, our resident Kubernetes expert, Michael Forrester, will cover the core concepts, architecture, and need for Docker and Kubernetes. Ranging from Nodes to Namespaces, Michael will walk you through setting up your own local cluster using Minikube, and some fundamentals of the kubectl command.

• Docker
– Concepts
– Architecture
• Kubernetes
– Industry and History
– Architecture
– Core Concepts and Objects
• Demo
– Deploying on Minikube
– Docker CLI
– Kubectl CLI
– Workloads both stateless and stateful on K8s
• Q&A

Architecting Microservices using Docker, Kubernetes and CI
Date: March 26, 2021

Our Architecting Microservices course is loaded with knowledge on the usage of this stack for Microservices. This half-day course covers the critical concepts of that course.

Topics Covered:
• Microservices
• Kubernetes
• Docker

Kubernetes in 2021: 5 Key Features
Date: February 25, 2021

Kubernetes is growing in importance and usage around the IT world. In this webinar we’ll discuss 5 important aspects of Kubernetes everyone needs to know moving forward.

Manager Learning Series: Managing Containerized Applications
Date: October 23, 2020

“It worked fine on my machine,” or “the deployment rollback failed,” or “somebody forgot to change the settings from dev to prod.” Sound familiar?
These are challenges that anyone developing and operating software solutions has encountered. For over twenty-five years, these are problems that I’ve been direct witness to (and sometimes the cause of). Thankfully, technology is getting better, and the cause of those problems should be a thing of the past. But they still happen. Why? Often, it’s not because of technology, but of our development and operation processes.
In this seminar, I would like to take the time to explore the gold-standard technologies to manage deployment and operation of applications–especially those designed around a microservice architecture. But technology is only a means to an end. What we really want to explore in this seminar are the processes to manage containerized applications from beginning to end–from dev to prod.
Over the course of this seminar, we’ll explore what is containerization, what is Docker and friends, and more importantly, what are the processes to maximize its value.
This seminar is oriented towards managers and team leads who need to modernize their development and operation process as well as anyone who is curious to know not just what is containerization but how to build our development and operation processes around it.

Understanding Deployment Options in Kubernetes
Date: October 9, 2020

Kubernetes has become a mainstay deployment platform for modern containerized applications. Each week Google starts over several billion containers that tell us how fast deployments can be with Kubernetes. Kubernetes offers features such as load balancing, and self-healing. Join us for this webinar where we’ll explore various deployment options available in Kubernetes. We’ll also explore how Kubernetes makes your applications resilient.

What You Need To Know About vSphere 7
Date: September 17, 2020

The build-up to vSphere 7 began at VMworld with the announcement of Project Pacific. We now have the full release of vSphere 7, with essential services for the modern hybrid cloud, that packs a lot under the hood for our modern IT operations. We now have Kubernetes integration, improved lifecycle management and security plus enhancements to DRS and vMotion.

Watch this session and hear about some of the new features in vSphere 7, how they might apply to your IT operations and what you should be thinking about when it comes time to upgrade.

Speaker | Title: Ken Willard, Senior Instructor

Ken specializes in system virtualization and consolidation (server & desktop), helping technology teams approach virtualization while considering the technical, organizational and political impact. Ken has worked with IT organizations from the commercial, government and non-profit verticals, addressing virtualization in each of these unique environments. In addition to delivering training to both the business partner and end-user communities.

Related training:
TP3004 VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V7

Why OpenShift should be used for Container Orchestration
Date: August 13, 2020

OpenShift is a certified Kubernetes distribution that makes it an enterprise, trusted, and reliable Kubernetes-based platform. Features like container orchestration, auto-scaling, service discovery, load balancing, auto-failover/self-healing, and quota management are already available in Kubernetes. OpenShift provides various other services such as more granular support for security, and built-in CI/CD pipelines/DevOps capabilities. OpenShift 4.x has many new productive features for developers and ops engineers. Join us for a webinar where we’ll explore various features such as security options, pod scheduling, and scaling in OpenShift.

DevOps Cyber Club – First Up: The Phoenix Project
Date: March 26, 2020

DevOps has always included a perspective on how people, process, and technology come together to speed delivery of value to a customer. To that end, Gene Kim’s (and his co-authors) books are iconic namely the Phoenix Project, the DevOps Handbook, Accelerate, and the most recent, the Unicorn Project. In this six part book club, we will study each book in depth with DevOps advocate and senior technical trainer, Michael Forrester from Web Age Solutions. Michael’s near 20 years of experience in infrastructure, DevOps, creating effective teams, and CI/CD tooling will be shared as the group discuss the major points of each book including the “dirty little secret” of the DevOps Handbook. Every week recommended reading will be shared (about 50 pages per week) and the book club will meet virtually for 60 minutes to review and discuss. Each weekly meeting will start with 20 minutes of review and transition into thoughtful questions and conversation based on that week’s reading.

Weekly Schedule for 6 weeks for the Phoenix Project (60 minute sessions)
1. Introduction and first six chapters – Thursday 3/26
Future sessions will be scheduled in the upcoming week
2. Chapters 7-12
3. Chapters 13-18
4. Chapters 19-24
5. Chapters 25-30
6. Ending and Chapters 30-35

All meetings will be done through Zoom and will be recorded for sharing and re-watch. Students are responsible for book purchases. A basic code of conduct will be created and socialized to frame discussions and to foster collaboration.

Kubernetes made easier: Explore the AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service
Date: March 25, 2020

Kubernetes is all the rage nowadays with pundits exclaiming its multi-cloud and DevOps-native attributes. But what if you are new to the Kubernetes landscape and are already using AWS? When AWS first released its Elastic Kubernetes Service in June 2018, it was an underwhelming release that didn’t add much value to a plain vanilla K8s installation. Fast forward to 2020 and the Elastic Kubernetes Service has made incredible strides in features and value-add. With the recent addition of Fargate as a launch type, EKS has transformed into a most hassle-free service that is supported by an amazing surge of adoption in 2019 per recent research. Come and explore this rich K8s service with a short demo highlighting how quickly and easily you can deploy a production-grade cluster on AWS.

Deploying Applications to Kubernetes and Working with Logs
Date: January 8, 2020

Microservices architecture recommends creating multiple small services. When we use Docker and Kubernetes, we end up creating multiple small Docker images that are deployed to a Kubernetes cluster. In this session we’ll discuss how to deploy a microservices application that is composed of multiple Docker containers, and perform various operations such as upgrade, pause, and resume our deployment. We’ll also discuss how to make our application more resilient by scaling our deployment. Lastly, we’ll discuss how to troubleshoot our deployment by working with logs in Kubernetes.

Kafka Streams and Confluent Platform
Date: July 26, 2019

In this half-day session, you will learn how to use Apache Kafka and Confluent Platform to modernize your applications. In modern applications, real-time information is continuously generated by applications (publishers/producers) and routed to other applications (subscribers/consumers). Apache Kafka is an open source, distributed publish-subscribe messaging system. Apache Kafka has high-throughput and is built to scale-out in a distributed model on multiple servers. Apache Kafka persists messages on disk and can be used for batched consumption as well as real-time applications. In the session, you will also learn what is KSQL and how it is used as a streaming SQL engine for Apache Kafka.

ITIL 4: The Great Consolidation
Date: May 10, 2019

The new ITIL 4 marks the consolidation of many different best practices; ITSM, Agile, DevOps, LEAN, COBIT, and others. In this short lunch and learn we will go over the new ITIL 4 architecture, the new certification programs, and how the new ITIL 4 will help your organization to better plan for digital transformation and build your roadmap for how to leverage these practices to support your organization’s goals.

Patrick von Schlag is an ITIL and Agile Expert with 30 years of IT and business executive management experience. His consultancy Deep Creek Center helps organizations adopt and adapt best practices like ITIL, DevOps, and Agile to drive and improve their business results.

DevOps on AWS

DevOps on AWS
Date: March 21, 2019


1. DevOps Basics
– Brief Overview of DevOps Requirements
– Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery
– Concept of Infrastructure as Code

2. Features of AWS
– Benefits of AWS
– Securing and automating access with IAM
– Overview of Compute options in AWS
– AWS Storage and Database Services
– Messaging and de-coupling in AWS

3. DevOps Tools on AWS
– Developer Tools (CodeCommit, CodeBuild, CodeDeploy, CodePipeline)
– Monitoring (CloudWatch, CloudTrail)
– Automation and Orchestration (CLI, Elastic BeanStalk, CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks)

4. Q/A

Duration: 90 minutes

Enabling DevOps using Microsoft Azure Cloud Technologies
Date: January 31, 2019

Learn how large and small organizations continuously release quality, valuable software services to remain ahead of their competition by using DevOps processes and taking advantage of cloud technologies. Learn how any and all member of a DevOps team utilize cloud technologies to work in concert.

In this seminar, we will explore;
• Overview of DevOps and what it is.
• Overview of cloud enablement technologies such as storage and compute.
• Shifting from traditional enterprise architecture to cloud architecture.
• Use cloud technologies to accelerate DevOps processes
• Explore Microsoft Azure resources such as ARM templates, RBAC and other PaSS resources.

Audience: Project leads, developers, architect, system administrators, DBA or anyone who wishes to learn how DevOps and cloud technologies enable the delivery of quality, valuable software.

DevSecOps and Application Modernization
Date: October 25, 2018

It is everyone’s responsibility in a technology-enabled business for to build systems which provide reliability, reproducibility, quality, agility, and security. The pursuit of velocity and high performance doesn’t come without challenges, especially in global organizations with a wide variety of business critical, legacy, third-party and custom software. We’ve put together a playbook that helps teams define goals, address common challenges, and evolve security and operations workflows in their Digital Transformation roadmap for cloud, agile, application modernization, and DevOps.In this webinar we provide straight talk on implementing Secure-SDLC and DevSecOps in a business world and move security from an anchor to an enabler.

Domain Driven Design and Microservices
Date: August 15, 2018

This course is an introduction to Domain Driven Design and how it applies to Microservices.


Embracing DevOps: Exploring the Best Practices and Patterns
Date: June 21, 2016

In this Webinar we’ll examine the DevOps path to Digital Transformation. By focusing on the cultural changes required, automation, and utilization of matrixed teams, organizations can significantly improve their release times, rollbacks times, and overall quality. This discussion will apply the lean approaches that have been used in other industries to drive continuous delivery and integration in application development for business solutions. We will examine setting clear priorities individuals can use to champion DevOps implementation in their own environments.

Top 10 Trends in 2016 IT Landscape
Date: April 14, 2016

In this webinar, the top 10 trends in 2016 IT landscape will be discussed. The trends covered will include Mobile Development, DevOps, Agile, Cloud and Big Data.

Agile and DevOps
Date: November 18, 2015

Agile development and DevOps practices are redefining how we develop and deliver software. In this webinar, we show how these practices, despite their very different goals, compliment each other. Join us and see the benefits of Agile and DevOps practices, and how they are easier and more effective when followed together.

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