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Excel: Management Accounting

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:00
Management accountants help executives make smarter, more informed business decisions. By providing advice and frequent, detailed internal updates, they help clarify their firm's current financial standing—and suggest how to boost profits going forward. In this hands-on course, professor Michael McDonald demonstrates how to use Microsoft Excel for the tasks performed most frequently by professionals working in a management or corporate accounting vertical. He covers topics such as performing variance analysis, doing activity-based costing (ABC), and using ratio analysis. Throughout the course, Michael includes exercises—together with downloadable exercise files—that you can complete to gain a practical understanding of these key concepts.

Customer Service: Managing Customer Feedback

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:00
Your customers have so much they want to tell you. When you put their insights to good use, everyone wins. That's why every organization—regardless of size or industry—needs an effective approach to managing customer feedback. This course provides a step-by-step approach to collecting, tracking, and using customer feedback, complete with examples that show what other companies are doing in this importance space. Brad Cleveland, an expert in customer experience and customer service, explains how to respond to positive and negative feedback, track trends over time, and put feedback into action. Using examples from some of the world's leading organizations, Brad shows how to harness customer feedback to improve the experience customers have and to drive improvements to your products, services, and processes.

Power BI for Marketers

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:00
Power BI—the powerful data analysis and visualization software from Microsoft—has quickly become a leader in the business intelligence space. As a marketer, you can leverage this tool to assess your marketing campaigns, identify consumer insights, and connect to data resources that your organization provides. In this course, Chris DallaVilla explains where and how to use Power BI to quickly and precisely assess your marketing efforts. Discover how to assess awareness and insights to improve performance, assess customer advocacy, publish content from Power BI Desktop and Power BI service, and more.

Penetration Testing: Advanced Web Testing

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:00
Websites are one of the most vulnerable pieces of technology since their contents are exposed on the internet. By understanding how attackers locate and exploit these vulnerabilities, you can help build more secure websites and applications. This course shows how to perform advanced web testing using Burp Suite, the professional pen testing framework. Instructor Malcolm Shore also introduces other scanning tools, including Whatweb, Dirbuster, DirScanner, DIRB, and Wfuzz, for finding hidden webpages and other nonstandard attack vectors. Once scanning is complete, you can learn how to zero in on vulnerabilities and intercept messages, integrating tools like sqlmap and Nikto. Then find out how to attack a site using uploaded shell files, SQL injection, and login circumvention. Malcolm shares different approaches for JavaScript, PHP, and Jenkins-based sites, as well as techniques for penetrating content management systems such as WordPress and Joomla. By the end of the course, you should be able to gain access to websites and applications, access data from web servers, use command shells, and perform advanced web testing with Burp Suite and other pen testing tools.

Learning GraphQL

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:00
Data-driven applications depend on remote queries that run through APIs. For years, web services have provided basic support for simple query structures. Those services, however, often constrained developers who needed more granular approaches that provided flexibility without creating a huge collection of unnecessary calls. GraphQL—a query language for APIs that was originally built by Facebook—allows developers to choose the kinds of requests they want to make, and receive information on multiple facets of that query in one request. The GraphQL approach to querying across networks can address a wide variety of large-scale development problems.

In this course, learn how to get started with GraphQL. Eve Porcello walks through the basics of this query language, diving into the data fetching specification, and helping you get up to speed with the syntax and vocabulary of GraphQL. Eve explains how to create basic queries, including how to work with arguments and multiple fields. She also goes into complex techniques for handling data, including working with aliases, fragments, and pagination. Plus, she covers how to edit and transform data with mutations.

Learning Amazon Connect: Create and Manage a Contact Center

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:00
Amazon Connect is a self-service, cloud-based contact center service. The self-service graphical interface in Connect makes it easy for non-technical users to build personalized and natural customer journeys, create routing logic, and track performance metrics. This course is designed to cover the essentials of Connect—the benefit it offers, the steps to create a Connect instance, and the process of routing calls. It is designed for operational managers, architects, and IT professionals who want to established cloud-based contact center. Instructor Daniel Bloy covers building team structures, assigning roles such as supervisors and agents, using the built-in reporting tools, and integrating with Lambda and DynamoDB for data collection. Plus, learn how to build, publish, and integrate a LEX chatbot for a conversational customer experience.

iOS Development: Architecture

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:00
Behind every polished iOS app is a thoughtful plan. By understanding and applying the fundamental concepts behind iOS application architecture, you can ensure that the software you develop is well-understood, flexible, and easy to extend or refactor. In this course, instructor Károly Nyisztor dives into these concepts, helping to familiarize you with the basics of iOS application architecture and design best practices.

To begin, Károly explores the Unified Modeling Language (UML), goes over some core UML diagrams, and discusses the iOS app life cycle. Next, he covers fundamental architectural design patterns such as the model-view-controller (MVC)—the classical iOS app design paradigm—as well as the Model-View-ViewModel (MVMM) pattern and other alternatives to MVC. He also shares how to manage app state transitions and build responsive apps. In addition, he discusses URL scheme-based communication and AirDrop; efficient memory and power consumption; how to detect issues and bottlenecks in your apps; and more.

Jenkins Essential Training

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:00
Continuous integration, deployment, and delivery pipelines can be built from many tools, but Jenkins is one of the most popular, for its open-source extensibility and ease of use. Jenkins Essential Training covers the fundamentals of the platform, including automating builds and testing and securing deployments. Learn how to create jobs, trigger builds, and distribute those builds to multiple environments. Instructor Robert Starmer also shows how to add notifications to alert you to build state changes and failures and extend Jenkins with plugins, shared libraries, and APIs. He also explains how to secure deployments and access to your Jenkins environment, and store artifacts from the build process for safekeeping. Plus, learn how to combine multiple stages of the CI/CD process into a single automated pipeline. The course includes advanced use cases, best practices, and customization tips, designed to give even the first-time user the skills to become a capable Jenkins engineer.

Flexible Systems for Visual Identities

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:00
The antithesis of the static logo is the flexible visual identity: an adaptable design system that can communicate a brand at any size, in any format—maximizing your creative options and your design's continuity. In this course, designer Von Glitschka teaches you how to create a flexible identity system from scratch. He starts with the logo, secondary graphics, and style guide that will provide the basis for your identity system, before diving into specifics such as business cards, letterhead, signage, vehicle wraps, ads, promotional items, and more. Von uses Adobe Illustrator for design and layout, but you can follow along with the software of your choice.

Foundations of Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:00
Learning management systems are transforming the way companies train their workers and the way teachers educate their students. Administrators can assign and grade work online. Users can access content and resources anytime, inside or outside the classroom or office. A learning management system (LMS) can also improve communication, help you track progress, and reduce costs. If you're considering an LMS for your company or school, this is the course for you. LinkedIn Learning instructor Oliver Schinkten explains what an LMS is, what the leading platforms are, and how to choose an LMS system based on learning needs—understanding there are very different use cases for corporate and academic learners. He also covers the basics of administering and configuring an LMS, so you can make an informed decision about your corporate training or academic needs.

Compassionate Directness

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:00
In any organization, communicating with directness is vital to success. But to build a truly healthy culture, directness must go hand-in-hand with compassion. When you combine these qualities, the result is truly powerful, creating a culture of increased clarity and productivity that also values and respects people's essential humanity. In this course, Arianna Huffington and Joey Hubbard discuss the art of effective, compassionate communication, giving you tools and strategies to be a more honest, kind, and director communicator.

Learning Mailchimp

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
Put the popular MailChimp email-marketing platform to work for you. In this course, re-recorded from the ground up for 2017, MailChimp expert Virginia O'Connor helps you set up a free account and start building campaigns. First, learn how to add new or existing subscribers to lists, and use list segments and groups to target your messaging for different types of audiences. She then shows how to use email templates to create engaging newsletters, and interpret the results that start flying in once you push Send. Because signing up subscribers is such a big part of your newsletter's success, Virginia also shows how to tailor signup forms for your website, and gives you tips on how to grow your lists and get subscribers engaged with surveys, video, and animation.

Plus, find out how to use one of MailChimp's most useful features—the autoresponder—which was just introduced to the free version of the app, and get even more reach with social media advertising.

Autodesk Inventor: Configurable Designs and Automation

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
Autodesk Inventor has a set of intelligent tools intended to make it easier to iterate and automate product design. These features allow users to quickly develop new variations of a design, without "reinventing" it every time. Learn how to use the power of Inventor to build logic and iterations into your 3D designs. Discover how to add simple parameters to your models, reuse data with iFeatures, streamline assembly creation with iMates, create variations on parts with differing sizes and materials with iParts, and build dynamic assembly configurations with iAssemblies. Plus, learn how to configure rule-driven product design with iLogic. Instructor Nathan Eliason discusses best practices for each method, so you get the best performance from each toolset.

ASP.NET MVC: Building for Productivity and Maintainability

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
ASP.NET MVC provides great features and functionality out of the box, but there's more you can do to optimize your code. Learn how to build applications for long-term productivity and maintainability by streamlining your views, controllers, and models, in this deep dive course from Jess Chadwick. Discover how to separate application and business logic, reuse and simplify views, manage dependencies, reduce markup with HTML helpers, and apply patterns to increase productivity and simplify controller logic. Plus, learn how to take advantage of feature folders, which groups all necessary controllers, views, and models for a feature within a single folder, reducing navigation and search time and enabling feature scaling and code reuse.

Finding Your Purpose at Work

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
A lot of times, people think purpose is reserved for those who found their noble calling when they were five, and always wanted to be a teacher or a nurse, and the rest of us are left to slug it out in corporate America. That belief is wrong. Join experts Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod to learn how to find more purpose, happiness, and fulfillment in the job you already have. In this course, Lisa and Elizabeth are bringing in a range of guests from a variety of roles and industries who have found and held on to a sense of purpose. Learn how to discover your purpose through self-exploration and conversations with your managers. Plus, find how to bring your purpose into interactions with customers, your boss, family, and friends. Lisa and Elizabeth also introduce a game-changing exercise that will reignite your passion—in just 10 seconds.

Integrating Temporary Workers and Third-Party Employees

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
Contractors and temps are an ever-larger percentage of the workforce. Flexible staffing has tremendous advantages—including eliminating risks and reducing costs—but it needs to be used intelligently if you want to maximize your return on investment. In this course, Barbara Bruno shows how to find, hire, assess, and track temporary workers and third-party employees and integrate them into your workforce. First, understand the new business model of surrounding core employees with flexible staff, and the pros and cons of hiring temps and contractors. Learn how to determine the organization's needs and how to hire people who will succeed. Barbara also shows how to conduct the interview process, onboard new hires, and evaluate their performance once the job is done. Finally, learn how to determine your ROI for contractors and temps and optimize your hiring strategy.

Learning C++

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
C++ is an efficient and versatile programming language. C++ powers systems software, desktop applications, and even video games, and it's the language that helped land humans on the moon. Simply put, C++ is a must-know for any modern-day programmer—and it's a great place to get started if you're programming for the first time. This course will get you up and running fast. Instructor Erin Colvin covers simple data types, including numbers and strings; flow-control features like loops and if, else, and switch statements; and functions, the code that encapsulates tasks your program performs. Dr. Colvin also covers working with files and special data structures such as classes and linked lists. Each chapter is full of practical code examples and challenges to help you practice your C++ skills.

Grasshopper and Rhino: Python Scripting

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
Grasshopper allows designers to perform graphical, component-based algorithmic modeling in Rhino. Python extends this functionality, allowing you to create custom scripts for Grasshopper and perform more complex workflows by working directly with the Rhino API. This course introduces the Python programming language to designers who want to do more with Grasshopper. Learn the basics of Python, including variables, data types, conditionals, and loops, and discover how to import additional libraries to extend Grasshopper. Instructor and computational design expert Jeremy Graham then introduces workflows for lofting, sorting, and baking geometry in Grasshopper—using powerful and fast Python scripts that push the boundaries of this visual programming tool.

Portrait Project: Landscape Photo Post-Production

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:00
Once you've done the work of capturing landscape portraits, you're ready to start making subtle improvements that can make your images truly stand out. In this edition of Portrait Projects, Chris Orwig shows how to develop striking landscape portraits in post-production using Photoshop and Lightroom. Chris walks through the post-production workflow, explaining how to find the keepers from your shoot and bring your favorite images to life. He shares tips that can help you enhance your photos, correct underexposure, improve backlit photos, and more.

After Effects for Graphic Design

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 20:00
As a designer, you're constantly challenged to create new and compelling imagery for your projects. That sometimes requires new tools. After Effects is known for animation, but it's also a powerful program for graphic designers. Its panels and basic features are similar to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, which makes After Effects easier for designers to learn. This course offers a unique workflow, combining Photoshop with After Effects to create stunning, unique, and professional-quality assets for print, web, and photography. Instructor Chris Converse—founding partner of Codify Design Studio—shows how to create special effects, add dramatic lighting to photos, color key images, build textures and patterns, and generate artwork from almost nothing, producing effects like water, bubbles, lightning, and rain. The course is for any designer—even if you've never used After Effects before. Chris demos each example step by step, and shows how the results can be used in real-world design projects.

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