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Announcing 7 New Exam Readiness Courses for AWS Certifications

Post Syndicated from Janna Pellegrino original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/announcing-7-new-exam-readiness-courses-for-aws-certifications/

We’re excited to announce the launch of seven Exam Readiness courses to help you prepare for AWS Certification. Built by AWS, these courses are designed to help you prepare for the Solutions Architect, Developer, DevOps Engineer, Big Data, and Advanced Networking exams. Specifically, the Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate course has been updated to reflect the newest version of the exam released earlier this year.

What You’ll Learn
These new courses complement our technical training courses and focus on enabling you to validate your technical expertise with AWS Certification. We’ll teach you how to interpret exam questions, apply concepts being tested by the exam, and allocate your study time.

You’ll also have a chance to work through sample questions to understand the rationale behind correct and incorrect answer choices. Training is developed by AWS so our courses are current with the latest best practices. Plus, our classes are taught by AWS accredited instructors who have personal experience passing AWS Certification exams, and can help you identify areas for additional work and study.

Watch our video to hear more about these courses from our curriculum development manager.

Ready to Register?
Find and register for a class near you at aws.training. Looking to train several members of your team? You can also contact us for private, onsite training for your team.

Questions? Review our FAQ or contact us.

Announcing the new AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam

Post Syndicated from Janna Pellegrino original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/announcing-the-new-aws-certified-security-specialty-exam/

Good news for cloud security experts: following our most popular beta exam ever, the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam is here. This new exam allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform.

About the exam
The security exam covers incident response, logging and monitoring, infrastructure security, identity and access management, and data protection. The exam is open to anyone who currently holds a Cloud Practitioner or Associate-level certification. We recommend candidates have five years of IT security experience designing and implementing security solutions, and at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.

The exam validates:

  • An understanding of specialized data classifications and AWS data protection mechanisms.
  • An understanding of data encryption methods and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • An understanding of secure Internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • A working knowledge of AWS security services and features of services to provide a secure production environment.
  • Competency gained from two or more years of production deployment experience using AWS security services and features.
  • Ability to make trade-off decisions with regard to cost, security, and deployment complexity given a set of application requirements.
  • An understanding of security operations and risk.

Learn more and register >>

How to prepare
We have training and other resources to help you prepare for the exam:

AWS Training (aws.amazon.com/training)

Additional Resources

Learn more and register >>

Please contact us if you have questions about exam registration.

Good luck!

Now Available: New Digital Training to Help You Learn About AWS Big Data Services

Post Syndicated from Sara Snedeker original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/now-available-new-digital-training-to-help-you-learn-about-aws-big-data-services/

AWS Training and Certification recently released free digital training courses that will make it easier for you to build your cloud skills and learn about using AWS Big Data services. This training includes courses like Introduction to Amazon EMR and Introduction to Amazon Athena.

You can get free and unlimited access to more than 100 new digital training courses built by AWS experts at aws.training. It’s easy to access training related to big data. Just choose the Analytics category on our Find Training page to browse through the list of courses. You can also use the keyword filter to search for training for specific AWS offerings.

Recommended training

Just getting started, or looking to learn about a new service? Check out the following digital training courses:

Introduction to Amazon EMR (15 minutes)
Covers the available tools that can be used with Amazon EMR and the process of creating a cluster. It includes a demonstration of how to create an EMR cluster.

Introduction to Amazon Athena (10 minutes)
Introduces the Amazon Athena service along with an overview of its operating environment. It covers the basic steps in implementing Athena and provides a brief demonstration.

Introduction to Amazon QuickSight (10 minutes)
Discusses the benefits of using Amazon QuickSight and how the service works. It also includes a demonstration so that you can see Amazon QuickSight in action.

Introduction to Amazon Redshift (10 minutes)
Walks you through Amazon Redshift and its core features and capabilities. It also includes a quick overview of relevant use cases and a short demonstration.

Introduction to AWS Lambda (10 minutes)
Discusses the rationale for using AWS Lambda, how the service works, and how you can get started using it.

Introduction to Amazon Kinesis Analytics (10 minutes)
Discusses how Amazon Kinesis Analytics collects, processes, and analyzes streaming data in real time. It discusses how to use and monitor the service and explores some use cases.

Introduction to Amazon Kinesis Streams (15 minutes)
Covers how Amazon Kinesis Streams is used to collect, process, and analyze real-time streaming data to create valuable insights.

Introduction to AWS IoT (10 minutes)
Describes how the AWS Internet of Things (IoT) communication architecture works, and the components that make up AWS IoT. It discusses how AWS IoT works with other AWS services and reviews a case study.

Introduction to AWS Data Pipeline (10 minutes)
Covers components like tasks, task runner, and pipeline. It also discusses what a pipeline definition is, and reviews the AWS services that are compatible with AWS Data Pipeline.

Go deeper with classroom training

Want to learn more? Enroll in classroom training to learn best practices, get live feedback, and hear answers to your questions from an instructor.

Big Data on AWS (3 days)
Introduces you to cloud-based big data solutions such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Kinesis, and the rest of the AWS big data platform.

Data Warehousing on AWS (3 days)
Introduces you to concepts, strategies, and best practices for designing a cloud-based data warehousing solution, and demonstrates how to collect, store, and prepare data for the data warehouse.

Building a Serverless Data Lake (1 day)
Teaches you how to design, build, and operate a serverless data lake solution with AWS services. Includes topics such as ingesting data from any data source at large scale, storing the data securely and durably, using the right tool to process large volumes of data, and understanding the options available for analyzing the data in near-real time.

More training coming in 2018

We’re always evaluating and expanding our training portfolio, so stay tuned for more training options in the new year. You can always visit us at aws.training to explore our latest offerings.

AWS Architecture Monthly for Kindle

Post Syndicated from Jamey Tisdale original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/aws-architecture-monthly-for-kindle/

We recently launched AWS Architecture Monthly, a new subscription service on Kindle that will push a selection of the best content around cloud architecture from AWS, with a few pointers to other content you might also enjoy.

From building a simple website to crafting an AI-based chat bot, the choices of technologies and the best practices in how to apply them are constantly evolving. Our goal is to supply you each month with a broad selection of the best new tech content from AWS — from deep-dive tutorials to industry-trend articles.

With your free subscription, you can look forward to fresh content delivered directly to your Kindledevice or Kindle app including:
– Technical whitepapers
– Reference architectures
– New solutions and implementation guides
– Training and certification opportunities
– Industry trends

The January issue is now live. This month includes:
– AWS Architecture Blog: Glenn Gore’s Take on re:Invent 2017 (Chief Architect for AWS)
– AWS Reference Architectures: Java Microservices Deployed on EC2 Container Service; Node.js Microservices Deployed on EC2 Container Service
– AWS Training & Certification: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
– Sample Code: aws-serverless-express
– Technical Whitepaper: Serverless Architectures with AWS Lambda – Overview and Best Practices

At this time, Architecture Monthly annual subscriptions are only available in the France (new), US, UK, and Germany. As more countries become available, we’ll update you here on the blog. For Amazon.com countries not listed above, we are offering single-issue downloads — also accessible from our landing page. The content is the same as in the subscription but requires individual-issue downloads.

FAQ
I have to submit my credit card information for a free subscription?
While you do have to submit your card information at this time (as you would for a free book in the Kindle store), it won’t be charged. This will remain a free, annual subscription and includes all 10 issues for the year.

Why isn’t the subscription available everywhere?
As new countries get added to Kindle Newsstand, we’ll ensure we add them for Architecture Monthly. This month we added France but anticipate it will take some time for the new service to move into additional markets.

What countries are included in the Amazon.com list where the issues can be downloaded?
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Vatican City

AWS Training & Certification Update – Free Digital Training + Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-training-certification-update-free-digital-training-certified-cloud-practitioner-exam/

We recently made some updates to AWS Training and Certification to make it easier for you to build your cloud skills and to learn about many of the new services that we launched at AWS re:Invent.

Free AWS Digital Training
You can now find over 100 new digital training classes at aws.training, all with unlimited access at no charge.

The courses were built by AWS experts and allow you to learn AWS at your own pace, helping you to build foundational knowledge for dozens of AWS services and solutions. You can also access some more advanced training on Machine Learning and Storage.

Here are some of the new digital training topics:

You can browse through the available topics, enroll in one that interests you, watch it, and track your progress by looking at your transcript:

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
Our newest certification exam, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, lets you validate your overall understanding of the AWS Cloud with an industry-recognized credential. It covers four domains: cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing. We recommend that you have at least six months of experience (or equivalent training) with the AWS Cloud in any role, including technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial.

To help you prepare for this exam, take our new AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course , one of the new AWS digital training courses. This course will give you an overview of cloud concepts, AWS services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. In addition to helping you validate your overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner also serves as a new prerequisite option for the Big Data Specialty and Advanced Networking Specialty certification exams.

Go For It!
I’d like to encourage you to check out aws.training and to enroll in our free digital training in order to learn more about AWS and our newest services. You can strengthen your skills, add to your knowledge base, and set a goal of earning your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification in the new year.

Jeff;

Now Available: Three New AWS Specialty Training Courses

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-available-three-new-aws-specialty-training-courses/

AWS Training allows you to learn from the experts so you can advance your knowledge with practical skills and get more out of the AWS Cloud. Today I am happy to announce that three of our most popular training bootcamps (a staple at AWS re:Invent and AWS Global Summits) are becoming part of our permanent instructor-led training portfolio:

These one-day courses are intended for individuals who would like to dive deeper into a specialized topic with an expert trainer.

You can explore our complete course catalog, and you can search for a public class near you within the AWS Training and Certification Portal. You can also request a private onsite training session for your team by contacting us.

Jeff;

 

 

New AWS Certification Specialty Exams & Benefits

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-certification-specialty-exams-benefits/

We are making two important updates to the AWS Certification program today. We are introducing two new AWS Certification Specialty Exams and our new AWS Certification Benefits Program, giving you another way to validate your skills and to showcase your expertise.

New AWS Certification Specialty Exams
Our new AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty and AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty exams are designed for people with at least one current Associate AWS Certification and deep hands-on experience in the relevant specialty. These credentials can help you stand out from the crowd, get recognized, and provide more evidence of your unique technical skills.

New AWS Certification Benefits
Designed to help showcase your achievement and further advance your AWS expertise, tiered AWS Certification Benefits include newly designed AWS Certified logos and certificates, digital badges, free practice exams, branded merchandise, transcript sharing, and more. Benefits are accessed based on the AWS Certifications you have achieved. The more exams you successfully complete, the more benefits you will receive.

Access Your Specialty Exams and Benefits Today
Sign in to the AWS Training and Certification Portal using an Amazon account or (if you are an APN Partner) your APN Portal credentials. Then click on the Certification link on the AWS Training and Certification Portal to access your AWS Certification Account:

If you previously had an account in Webassessor, you can link your accounts so that your AWS Certification history shows in the portal (read “I already have an AWS Certification account in Webassessor. How do I access my AWS Certification history?” in the AWS Training FAQ to see how to do this).

Learn More
Check out the AWS Certifications FAQ and the AWS Training and Certification Portal FAQ if you have any questions.

Jeff;

New AWS Training and Certification Portal

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-training-and-certification-portal/

AWS Training and Certification can help you get more out of the AWS Cloud.

The new AWS Training and Certification Portal allows you to access and manage your training and certification activities, progress, and benefits – all in one place:

Previously, you had to rely on multiple websites to find and manage training and certification offerings. Now you have a central place where you can find and enroll in AWS Training, register for AWS Certification exams, track your learning progress, and access benefits based on the AWS Certifications you have achieved. This makes it easier for you to build your AWS Cloud skills and advance toward earning AWS Certification.

You can create a new account or simply log in with your existing Amazon account. If you already have an AWS Training account, you can migrate your existing AWS Training history into this new primary account. If you are an APN Partner, you can simply sign in using your APN Portal credentials. If you also had a Webassessor account, be sure to visit the Certification tab and merge this account too.

Once you are set up, you can rely on the AWS Training and Certification Portal to be your place to find the latest AWS training and certification offerings, built by AWS experts.

To learn more, read the AWS Training and Certification Portal FAQs.

Jeff;

 

AWS re:Start – Training and Job Placement in the UK

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-restart-training-and-job-placement-in-the-uk/

As a follow-on to the recent launch of the AWS Region in London, I am happy to be able to tell you about a new UK-centric training and job placement program that we call AWS re:Start. This program is designed to educate young adults, military veterans, members of the military reserve, those leaving the Armed Forces, and service spouses on the latest software development and cloud computing technologies.

We’re working closely with QA Consulting (an APN Training Partner), The Prince’s Trust, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). In conjunction with members of AWS Partner Network (APN) and customers, work placements will be offered to 1,000 people as part of this program.

AWS re:Start is designed to accommodate participants at all levels of experience – even those with no previous technical knowledge can sign up. Participants who join AWS re:Start will complete technical training classes, led by AWS certified instructors, and will gain experience through on-the-job training. They will also learn about about multi-tier architectures, application programming interfaces (APIs), and microservices, giving them the knowledge and skills needed to help businesses to build secure, elastically scalable, and highly-reliable applications in the cloud. Training content for the AWS re:Start program will be curated by AWS in collaboration with QA Consulting, who will also deliver the training courses.

Organizations that have pledged job placements to AWS re:Start include Annalect, ARM, Claranet, Cloudreach, Direct Line Group, EDF Energy, Funding Circle, KCOM, Sage, Tesco Bank, and Zopa. Participants completing the program can expect to be eligible for many different technical positions within these companies, including highly sought-after entry level positions such as such as first line help desk support, IT support analyst, software developer, IT support technician, network engineer, IT recruitment consultant, and IT sales roles. They will also have the fundamental knowledge needed to immediately start working with AWS and building their own technology start-up business. To learn more about this aspect of the program, read AWS re:Start for Employers.

AWS re:Start for the Military
AWS re:Start training and work placements for the Armed Forces, including reservists, veterans, service leavers, and service spouses will be delivered through the Ministry of Defence and the  Career Transition Partnership (CTP).  AWS is also proud to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant, which establishes how businesses support members of the UK Armed Forces community and guards against discrimination returning service men and women may face when entering the civilian workforce.

AWS re:Start for Young Adults
The AWS re:Start program will be delivered to young adults through The Prince’s Trust Get into Technology program. The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps young people aged 13 to 30 find jobs, education, and training to help them succeed. In addition to technical training, the ‘Get into Technology’ program will support students with mentoring, soft work skills, and help in applying for jobs including resume writing and interview skills.

Learn More / Apply Now
The first intake of participants for AWS re:Start is scheduled for March 27, 2017. Those who complete the AWS re:Start program will be eligible to apply for further training courses offered by QA Consulting to prepare them to take the AWS Associate Level Certification exam and other certifications. Visit the AWS re:Start site to learn more.

Jeff;

Opening Soon – AWS Office in Dubai to Support Cloud Growth in UAE

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/opening-soon-aws-office-in-dubai-to-support-cloud-growth-in-uae/

The AWS office in Dubai, UAE will open on January 1, 2017.

We’ve been working with the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI) to launch the office, and plan to support startups, government institutions, and some of the Middle East’s historic and most established enterprises as they make the transition to the AWS Cloud.

Resources in Dubai
The office will be staffed with account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultant, and support staff to allow customers to interact with AWS in their local setting and language.

In addition to access to the AWS team, customers in the Middle East have access to several important AWS programs including AWS Activate and AWS Educate:

  • AWS Activate is designed to provide startups with resources that will help them to get started on AWS, including up to $100,000 (USD) in AWS promotional credits.
  • AWS Educate is a global initiative designed to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-based learning endeavors.
  • AWS Training and Certification helps technologists to develop the skills to design, deploy, and operate infrastructure in the AWS Cloud.

We are also planning to host AWSome days and other large-scale training events in the region.

Customers in the Middle East
Middle Eastern organizations were among the earliest adopters of cloud services when AWS launched in 2006. Customers based in the region are using AWS to run everything from development and test environments to Big Data analytics, from mobile, web and social applications to enterprise business applications and mission critical workloads.

AWS counts some of the UAE’s most well-known and fastest growing businesses as customers, including PayFort and Careem, as well as government institutions and some of the largest companies in the Middle East, such as flydubai and Middle East Broadcasting Center.

Careem is the leading ride booking app in the Middle East and North Africa. Launched in 2012, Careem runs totally on AWS and over the past three years has grown by 10x in size every year. This is growth that would not have been possible without AWS. After starting with one city, Dubai, Careem now serves millions of commuters in 43 cities across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Careem uses over 500 EC2 instances as well as a number of other services such as Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Elastic Beanstalk and others.

PayFort is a startup based in the United Arab Emirates that provides payment solutions to customers across the Middle East through its payments gateway, FORT. The platform enables organizations to accept online payments via debit and credit cards. PayFort counts Etihad Airways, Ferrari World, and Souq.com among its customers. PayFort chose to run FORT entirely on AWS technologies and as a result is saving 32% over their on-premises costs. Although cost was key for PayFort, it turns our that they chose AWS due to the high level of security that they could achieve with the platform. Compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and International Organization for Standards (ISO) 27001 are central to PayFort’s payment services, both of which are available with AWS (we were actually the first cloud provider to reach compliance with version 3.1 of PCI DSS).

Fly Dubai is the leading low-cost airline in the Middle East, with over 90 destinations, and was launched by the government of Dubai in 2009. flydubai chose to build their online check-in platform on AWS and went from design to production in four months where it is now being used by thousands of passengers a day – this timeline would not have been possible without the cloud. Given the seasonal fluctuations in demand for flights, flydubai also needs an IT provider that allows it to cope with spikes in demand. Using AWS allows them to do this and lead times for new infrastructure services have been reduced from up to 10 weeks to a matter of hours.

Partners
The AWS Partner Network of consulting and technology partners in the region helps our customers to get the most from the cloud. The network includes global members like CSC as well as prominent regional members such as Redington.

Redington is an AWS Consulting Partner and is the Master Value Added Distributor for AWS in Middle East and North Africa. They are also an Authorized Commercial Reseller of AWS cloud technologies. Redington is helping organizations in the MEA region with cloud assessment, cloud readiness, design, implementation, migration, deployment and optimization of cloud resources. They also have an ecosystem of partners including ISV’s with experienced and certified AWS engineers with cross domain experience.

Join Us
This announcement is part of our continued expansion across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As part of our investment in these areas, we created over 10,000 new jobs in 2015. If you are interested in joining our team in Dubai or in any other location around the world, check out the Amazon Jobs site.

Jeff;

 

Well-Architected, Working Backward to Play it Forward

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/well-architected-working-backward-to-play-it-forward/

My colleague Philip “Fitz” Fitzsimons wrote the guest post below to bring you up to date on the popular Well-Architected Framework.

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Working backward is a fundamental part of our innovation process. We start with the customer and what they want, and let that define and guide our efforts. Having released the Well-Architected Framework in 2015 with the blog post “Are You Well-Architected?” we listened to feedback from our customers to see how we could improve the framework.

We made a number of improvements, firstly we updated the Framework based on the findings from thousands of reviews carried out by AWS Solution Architects. We’ve also responded to customers asking for more guidance on how to operate in the cloud by adding a fifth pillar to the Framework – capturing best practice for Operational Excellence. The full set of pillars are:

  • Security – The ability to protect information, systems, and assets while delivering business value through risk assessments and mitigation strategies.
  • Reliability – The ability of a system to recover from infrastructure or service failures, dynamically acquire computing resources to meet demand, and mitigate disruptions such as misconfigurations or transient network issues.
  • Performance Efficiency – The ability to use computing resources efficiently to meet system requirements, and to maintain that efficiency as demand changes and technologies evolve.
  • Cost Optimization – The ability to avoid or eliminate unneeded cost or suboptimal resources.
  • Operational Excellence – The ability to run and monitor systems to deliver business value and to continually improve supporting processes and procedures.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework whitepaper positions our perspectives on how to think about architecture in the cloud. It outlines a set of best practices for the pillars and offers a set of open-ended questions that help you to understand where you are with respect to the best practices.

Further to this, customers asked us to be more prescriptive in our advice on how to architect on the cloud, so we created a series of whitepapers that include prescriptive advice on how to build cloud native architectures in the context of the each pillar. These whitepapers can all be found at the new home for Well-Architected, where you can always find our most current thinking.

Additionally, to help you adopt Well-Architected, we have launched free online training. The AWS Well-Architected training course  is designed to provide a deep dive into the AWS Well-Architected Framework and its five pillars.

We believe that by working backwards we can build better offerings for our customers. We offer the best practices identified in Well-Architected in the spirit of helping you play it forward for your business.

Philip Fitzsimons, Leader, AWS Well-Architected Team

First AWS Certification Study Guide Now Available

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/first-aws-certification-study-guide-now-available/

My colleague Joe Baron wrote the guest post below to introduce you to a book that he and his colleagues have put together!


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Are you studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam?

The new AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam has just been published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and is now available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle format. The 455-page book helps prepare candidates for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam. It was written by a very experienced team of subject matter experts, all part of the team that wrote, reviewed, and developed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. The study guide includes an introduction to AWS, chapters on core AWS services, as well as information on AWS security, compliance, and architectural best practices. Each chapter includes targeted information on the topic, as well as key exam essentials, exercises, and chapter review questions (with answers in the appendix). The guide also gives you access to SYBEX online study tools such as practice exams, flashcards, chapter tests and assessment tests.

In addition to the new book, we have a half-day workshop to help you prepare for the exam. In the AWS Certification Exam Readiness Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, we review what to expect at the testing center and while taking the exam. We walk you through how the exam is structured, as well as teach you how to interpret the concepts being tested so that you can better eliminate incorrect responses.  You will also have the chance to test concepts we cover through a series of practice exam questions.  At the end of the class, you will receive a voucher to take an online practice exam at no cost.

If you will be attending AWS re:Invent this year, you can purchase a study guide now so that you can prepare to take the Solutions Architect – Associate exam on-site (reserve your seat now).

Joe Baron, Principal Solutions Architect

Prepare for re:Invent 2016 – Attend our Upcoming Webinars!

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/prepare-for-reinvent-2016-attend-our-upcoming-webinars/

We are 60 days away from AWS re:Invent 2016! I’m already working on a big pile of blog posts and my colleagues are working night and day to make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to learn about our services. With two new venues, hands-on labs, certification exams, a full day of additional content, and the re:Source Mini Con (full day technical deep dives), and twice as many breakout  sessions as last year, I am confident that you will have plenty to do during the day. After that, we have some great after-hours experiences on the agenda, including the famous wing eating contest, and expanded Pub Crawl, a Harley Ride, the re:Play party, and the re:Invent 5k (that’s kilometers, not kilobytes).

In order to make sure that you are fully prepared before you arrive in Las Vegas, we have put together three webinars. These are free and optional, but I’d recommend attending in order to make sure that you are positioned to make the most of your trip.

Here’s what we have:

How to Reserved Your Seats -We expect to have over 450 breakout sessions spread across 20 or so tracks. This year, based on your feedback, you will be able to reserve your seats ahead of time. That way you can make better plans and remove some uncertainty. In the webinar, you’ll learn how to reserve seats and build your calendar using our online tool.  Here are the webinar sessions (all times are PT):

Deep Dive on AWS re:Invent 2016 Breakout Sessions – Each of the tracks that I mentioned above will contain sessions at the introductory, advanced, and expert levels. This webinar will help you to learn more about the tracks and the sessions so that you can start to prepare your schedule. Again, the sessions, with times in PT:

Know Before You Go – The webinar will provide you with the big picture: keynotes, breakout sessions, training and certification, re:Invent Central, networking opportunities, and our popular after-hours activities.


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PS -As we get closer to the big event, I know that many past attendees and AWS Partners will be publishing how-to guides of their own. Time permitting (hah!) I’ll put together a round-up of these posts.

 

 

Infographic – Top 5 Findings: Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary Report

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/infographic-top-5-findings-global-knowledges-it-skills-and-salary-report/

As we see more customers transition their business to the cloud, we are also seeing increased demand in the market for skilled IT professionals who are capable of designing, deploying, and operating applications and infrastructure on AWS. IT certifications are considered a gold standard for validating technical proficiency and one’s ability to perform on the job. Obtaining certification is often a pathway for IT professionals to move into roles offering expanded responsibilities. Training that leads you toward earning IT certification is becoming more important as individuals look to grow their careers and customers build institutional knowledge and skills within their organizations.

Global Knowledge recently released their 2016 IT Skills and Salary Report (registration required). The report is based on input from more than 10,000 IT and business professionals in North America who responded to Global Knowledge’s ninth annual IT Skills and Salary Survey, one of the largest of its kind. Global Knowledge’s findings highlight the importance of training and also show the value of AWS Certifications for AWS Certified individuals.

Top 5 Findings
I’d like to highlight the top 5 findings that stood out in this year’s report:

  1. Three-fourths of respondents said they participate in some form of professional development to build new skills, and half said preparing for a career certification or specialist exam is a top motivator.
  2. Overall, 59% of IT professionals are currently working on, or plan to pursue, some form of certification within the current year.
  3. Of respondents who pursued certification in the preceding year, 73% noted an increase in their job effectiveness because of related training.
  4. 21% of those who reported a significant raise (11 percent or greater) attribute it to the development of new skills that were of added value.
  5. Employees in organizations with training plans in place reported being less likely to leave their companies (78 percent versus 73 percent for those without a plan and 69 percent for those who were unsure if such plans exist).

These are some really interesting findings; here’s a summary in infographic form (please feel free to share it):

AWS Training & Certification
As a reminder, AWS currently has 5 certifications spanning roles of Solutions Architect, SysOps Administrator, Developer, and DevOps Engineer. AWS also offers several ways to help you prepare for exams, including a portfolio of technical training courses. Whether you’re looking to take a self-paced and online lab or dive deep with a technical instructor, we have training for everyone’s needs.

Global Knowledge is one of our many APN Training Partners which are authorized to deliver AWS Training around the globe.  You can find available classes in our Global Class Schedule or contact us to arrange for onsite training.


Jeff;

 

Learn about Amazon Redshift in our new Data Warehousing on AWS Class

Post Syndicated from Janna Pellegrino original https://blogs.aws.amazon.com/bigdata/post/Tx16H8DDHXKLCA6/Learn-about-Amazon-Redshift-in-our-new-Data-Warehousing-on-AWS-Class

As our customers look to use their data to drive their missions forward, finding a way to simply and cost-effectively use analytics is increasingly important. Training and Certification now offers Data Warehousing on AWS, a new training course to help you learn how to leverage the AWS Cloud as a platform for data warehousing solutions.

New Course
Data Warehousing on AWS is a designed for database architects, database administrators, database developers, and data analysts/scientists.  It introduces you to concepts, strategies, and best practices for designing a cloud-based data warehousing solution using Amazon Redshift. We teach you how to collect, store, and prepare data for the data warehouse by using other AWS services such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon S3. Additionally, we show you how you can use business intelligence tools to perform analysis on your data. Lab exercises help you get hands-on practice so you can apply what you learn. Organizations looking to get more out of their data by implementing a Data Warehousing solution or expanding their current Data Warehousing practice are encouraged to sign up.

These classes (and many more) are available through AWS and our Training Partners. Find upcoming classes in our global training schedule or learn more at AWS Training.

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New AWS Training Bootcamps to Help You Build Technical Skills

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-training-bootcamps-to-help-you-build-technical-skills/

My colleague Janna Pellegrino shared the guest post below to introduce you to a new set of AWS training bootcamps!


Jeff;


We’ve made four of our most popular Technical Bootcamps from AWS re:Invent and Summits part of our broader AWS Training portfolio so you can now attend a class convenient to you.

  • Taking AWS Operations to the Next Level teaches you how to leverage AWS CloudFormation, Chef, and AWS SDKs to automate provisioning and configuration of AWS infrastructure resources and applications. We also cover how to work with AWS Service Catalog. This course is designed for solutions architects and SysOps administrators.
  • Securing Next-Gen Applications at Cloud Scale teaches you how to use a DevSecOps approach to design and build robust security controls at cloud scale for next-generation workloads. We cover design considerations of operating high-assurance workloads on the AWS platform. Labs teach you governance, configuration management, trust-decision automation, audit artifact generation, and native integration of tasks into custom software workloads. This course is for security engineers, developers, solutions architects, and other technical security practitioners.
  • Running Container-Enabled Microservices on AWS teaches you how to manage and scale container-enabled applications by using Amazon ECS. Labs teach you to use Amazon ECS to handle long-running services, build and deploy container images, link services together, and scale capacity to meet demand. This course is for developers, solutions architects, and system administrators.
  • Building a Recommendation Engine on AWS teaches you to build a real-time analytics and geospatial search application using Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon DynamoDB, DynamoDB Streams, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, and Amazon S3. We discuss a real-world location-aware social application that displays information generated from a model created with Amazon Machine Learning. We also cover best practices for processing and analyzing data, such as the lambda data processing pattern and automating development process, using Swagger, Grunt, and the AWS SDK. This course is for developers, solutions architects, and data scientists.

Janna Pellegrino, AWS Training and Certification

Free Online Training to Help You Learn AWS Security Fundamentals

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/free-online-training-to-help-you-learn-aws-security-fundamentals/

My colleague Janna Pellegrino shared the guest post below to introduce you to the newest version of our AWS Security Fundamentals Course.


Jeff;


Information security is deeply important to our customers. AWS Security Fundamentals is a free, online course that introduces you to fundamental cloud computing and AWS security concepts, including AWS access control and management, governance, logging, and encryption methods. It also addresses security-related compliance protocols, risk management strategies, and procedures for auditing AWS security infrastructure.

We have significantly updated this course to help our customers. Updates include:

  • New content on AWS security services related to encryption, network security, access control and management, and reporting of user access to AWS services.
  • Updated information about the AWS Shared Responsibility Model.
  • Demos to teach you how to create encrypted root volumes, configure AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), and create and run AWS Config Rules to evaluate your AWS environment for compliance.
  • More robust content around AWS compliance and assurance programs, and AWS services that help enforce governance, compliance, and risk management.
  • A short quiz to assess your knowledge on AWS security concepts and services.

This four-hour, self-paced course is aimed at IT business or security professionals interested in cloud security practices and AWS, as well as IT auditors, analysts, and regulators. It is also a recommended prerequisite for our 3-day Security Operations on AWS course.

You can learn about this course and others training resources at AWS Training.

Janna Pellegrino, AWS Training and Certification