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Salesforce: Accounts and Contacts

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
Improve your management of customer relationships by optimizing your Account and Contact workflows in Salesforce. First, see how accounts are structured by examining parent accounts, naming, and ID numbers. Next, learn how to set up validation rules that will keep your data consistent. Then, find out how to create scorecards that will help you keep track of qualified and recent activity. Finally, discover how to enhance contact records by leveraging contact roles. (Author: Ian Moore)

API Testing and Validation

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
Most API testing doesn't actually test the API. This course shows how to validate your API from the consumer's point of view, testing to confirm that problems experienced by your end users are being solved. Join Keith Casey as he focuses on how to approach API testing by implementing a behavior-driven development model. Keith uses Gherkin to set up a Behat environment so you can see how to write and run your first test. Then, he shows how to build API test requests, including how to introduce variables, authenticate requests, and validate responses. He also covers refactoring tests, establishing system states, using extensions for batch operations, and more.

Spotting Logo Trends

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
In this course, Bill Gardner shows you how he pulls together the annual logo Trend Report, demonstrating how to identify trends. Bill explains how trends develop and shares why spotting trends is important to logo designers. He takes you through the process of tracing the evolution of specific trends as examples. This leads to a trained eye that can more readily predict what future paths trends may take. Using this skill, designers gain a distinct edge on the competition.

Negotiating Your Leadership Success

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
Using real-life case studies, negotiation expert Deborah Kolb and seasoned executive leader Elizabeth Robillard offer practical advice and techniques to help leaders manage workplace negotiations. Recognizing that all negotiation takes place within a context, Debbie and Elizabeth explain the organizational dynamics of work and reveal how we often get in our own way by not speaking up and asking for what we want. They show you how to position yourself to negotiate, how to get the other person to the table, how to advocate for yourself while still working collaboratively to achieve an agreement.

Linux: Package Management for CentOS

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to efficiently manage the thousands of installable pieces of software that come with CentOS Linux. In this course, learn about Linux software package choices—including Debian and RPM—and learn how to manage packages with RPM and Yum. Computer science instructor and Linux enthusiast Grant McWilliams explains how to use RPM tools to query the package database, monitor your file system using the package manager for any files that have changed, and greatly expand the available software by adding third-party repositories to CentOS. Plus, he covers troubleshooting your software installation tools to ensure that your system continues to run well.

Excel for Sales Professionals

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
Track, analyze, and then forecast sales efficiently and accurately using Microsoft Excel. This course focuses on essential features and best practices that sales professionals can use. Learn how import your sales data into Excel. Then, see how to clean up that data by removing redundancies, fixing incorrect information, and applying formatting. Next, step through the various methods of analyzing sales data in Excel, from filtering and sorting to using Quick Analysis and slicers. Additionally, explore how to create a leaderboard, spot trends, forecast sales, create dashboards, and more. Join instructors and Excel trainers Chris "Smitty" Smith and Dave Ludwig as they draw on decades of combined sales experience to show you how to make the most of this powerful software.

Learning Trimble Accubid Pro

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:00
This course is designed for electrical estimators who want to utilize the power of computerized takeoffs and recap to generate accurate bids. Individual modules are highlighted so you can learn how to navigate the various screens and use the corresponding features. Learn how to use job takeoff and assembly features, track materials and equipment, manage common labor scenarios, generate quotes, and log expenses. (Author: Christopher Randall)

Exchange 2016: Mailbox Databases

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Get a clear understanding of mailbox databases in Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. This course maps to the first domain of Exam 70-345, Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016—Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot mailbox databases. Learn about the administration of mailbox databases in Exchange Server 2016. Scott Burrell covers high availability mailbox databases, failure domains, SLA requirements, monitoring, and troubleshooting database replication. Plus, he walks through backup and recovery solutions, such as recovering public folders from a database backup. (Author: Scott M Burrell)

Photography for Graphic Designers

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
You're a graphic designer who often needs photography in your projects. What do you need to know to be able to generate photos yourself—or be able to effectively communicate to a photographer you've hired?

In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long details the concepts and techniques that graphic designers should know about in order to work with photography more effectively. The course begins with a look at logistical and legal considerations, from composing for a layout to budgeting to obtaining permissions and releases. Next, Ben tackles the kind of assignment you might find yourself taking on—shooting a variety of different types of photos that are required for a print piece. The course concludes with guidance on where to go next to further your photography skills.

Customer Retention

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
What's the difference between customer retention and customer loyalty? Loyalty is a symptom, and retention is the cause. In this course, customer strategy expert Noah Fleming shows how to develop a customer retention strategy that helps you keep your customers loyal. He shares the key ingredients for customer retention, including how to make customer follow-up meaningful, memorable, and personal. Plus, he explains how to properly use automation and technology for customer retention, and walks through a straightforward, practical customer retention process that you can implement in your own business.

What is Graphic Design?

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Are you curious about what graphic design really is? This video defines graphic design, so you can understand its purpose and what it accomplishes. Learn how design is used to convey ideas and concepts, and to enhance interactive experiences. Discover the impact that strong visual communication has on individuals, businesses, and the world. Then, get ready to explore courses that will help you build graphic design skills. (Author: Sean Adams)

Blender: Character Rigging with BlenRig

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
BlenRig—a character rigging system provided by the Blender Foundation—provides you with tools that can help you bring your characters to life. In this course, join Darrin Lile as he breaks down how to use BlenRig to rig a character for animation in Blender. He shows how to install and set up the BlenRig add-on, and adjust the rig to match your character using the retargeting tools. He also demonstrates how to adjust the deform cage to fit the shape of a character, add corrective shape keys, and weight paint the hands and face. To wrap up, Darrin discusses how to set parameters and adjust actions and ranges to fine-tune the rig.

Talking Eyes Media: Multimedia Social Activism

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Ed Kashi—a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community—always wanted to disappear as a photographer. Julie Winokur—an accomplished writer and filmmaker—has a penchant for words. Through Talking Eyes Media—a non-profit production company founded by Winokur and Kashi—they dedicate their talents to telling stories that matter. In a media landscape cluttered with negative stories that don't always offer solutions, Julie and Ed have made it their mission to create documentary films, exhibitions, and photo essays that inspire and advocate for change. Watch as Winokur and Kashi discuss their respective artistic journeys, and how their paths eventually led them to Talking Eyes Media.

Learning Microsoft PowerApps

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Microsoft PowerApps gives you the ability to create powerful business apps that pull data from integrated Microsoft products. In this course, join Gini von Courter as she explores how to leverage PowerApps to turn an Excel workbook into a simple business app that can be used on a mobile device or in a browser. She begins by showing how to get started, explaining how to sign up for PowerApps and upload the Excel file to OneDrive. Next, she covers how to create, view, and edit an app, including how to edit layouts and apply themes. To wrap up the course, Gini demonstrates how to share and manage your apps.

VMware vSphere: Deploy and Consolidate a Data Center

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Explore how to consolidate virtual machines and deploy host profiles and Auto Deploy within your data center. This course also helps you prepare for the VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization exam. Russell Long begins with an overview of Auto Deploy, a centrally managed vSphere tool that can be used to deploy ESXi images to hosts. Next, Russell introduces the concept of host profiles, and shows how to use this feature to create and modify hosts, as well as how to attach hosts to a profile. Finally, he demonstrates how to consolidate physical workloads using VMware Converter, explaining how to install vCenter Converter, convert a machine using vCenter Converter, and troubleshoot conversion errors.