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Microsoft Azure Logic Apps First Look

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Azure Logic Apps provides a powerful, serverless, and scalable IFTTT experience for developers and DevOps alike. You can create workflows to connect cloud and on-premises services, automate business processes, and handle events—all with an easy-to-use visual designer. This course offers a first look at Azure Logic Apps, including the quick-start templates, triggers and connections, logic, and schema. Learn how to integrate Logic Apps with Azure Functions and Visual Studio, secure workflows, and keep track of operations with diagnostics and alerts. This high-level overview gives you a taste of what's possible with Azure Logic Apps, and shows how to get started building your own workflows. (Author: Anton Delsink)

Sales: Customer Success

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Customer success is a new field that goes beyond the more traditional sales, marketing, and customer support. Teams are being created to manage the customer life cycle and drive adoption, renewals, upselling, and advocacy. Customer success is one of the hottest B2B trends since the advent of the subscription business model. This course goes over the key components of customer success, or CS, including how CS fits into SaaS, membership, and service-oriented models—businesses that depend on long-term relationships to maximize customer lifetime value. Learn how it's different from customer support, what makes a successful CS sales professional and CS leader, and how to align CS with the larger organization. (Author: Robbie Kellman Baxter)

Advertising on Pinterest

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
It's already home to a sought-after and active target audience. But with the introduction of promoted pins, Pinterest is becoming a digital advertising platform to reckon with. Promoted pins look almost identical to regular pins—and because they are perpetual, they continue to engage long after your campaign has ended. In this course, Anson Alexander provides tips and tricks for creating effective, engaging pins and winning campaigns on Pinterest. Learn, he shows how to create a business account on Pinterest and post your first promoted pin. Then Anson demonstrates how to create campaigns, set goals, and specify your target, schedule, and budget. Using the tools in Pinterest, you can target by interest, demographics, or keywords. Finally Anson reviews the analytics tools in Pinterest for tracking your metrics and conversions—and optimizing future performance.

Learning System Center 2016 Orchestrator

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
System Center is the Microsoft cornerstone platform for configuration, management, and deployment. Keeping track of all the moving pieces in this environment is critical for system admins. Enter Orchestrator, a centralized enterprise automation tool. Orchestrator automates repetitive tasks such as host monitoring and disk space checks—increasing efficiency while reducing human error.

This course teaches administrators how to automate the monitoring and deployment of data center resources using Orchestrator 2016. Instructor Daniel Lachance begins with a discussion of Orchestrator components and interactions, and walks through the installation of an Orchestrator environment. Then he explores Runbook Designer, the tool for creating various automation solutions related to file management, user onboarding, and more. Follow along and learn how to create your own runbooks with this integral tool, and optimize and reduce your workload.

R: Interactive Visualizations with htmlwidgets

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Using the R language almost exclusively, htmlwidgets allow you to create the same interactive maps, charts, and graphs you see on popular data journalism sites and in BI dashboards. You can connect R to popular JavaScript libraries—such as Plotly and Leaflet—with htmlwidget packages. The interactive visualizations you create can be used in R Markdown reports and presentations, and even integrated into rich, responsive Shiny applications. This course introduces you to the fundamental skills needed to add htmlwidgets to your R workflow.

Start by learning to manage packages and structure data for visualizations with the tidyverse and the pipe operator. Then there is an important question: Which library should you choose? The course introduces five popular options: Leaflet, Plotly, Highcharter, visNetwork, and DataTables (DT). Instructor Martin Hadley shows how to use these libraries to create scattergeo, choropleth, and geolines maps; stacked bar charts, scatter charts, bubble charts, and heat maps; treemaps and time series charts; interactive networks and graphs; and responsive, interactive data tables. Plus, learn how to customize your visualizations with legends and tooltips, and extract click information for Shiny apps.

SketchUp: Tips & Tricks

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to use SketchUp more effectively. In this weekly course, George Maestri covers a wide variety of topics and shares tips that can help you use this powerful application to efficiently and quickly create detailed 3D models. Tune in and start boosting your SketchUp skills.

ASP.NET Core: Internationalization

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Want to take your ASP.NET Core site worldwide? ASP.NET offers internationalization features that allow developers to configure their code so it can be easily localized. In this course, learn about internationalization considerations specific to taking your site global. Discover how to configure your code to be ready for internationalization, and explore specific functions and strategies to customize your site's content based on the local culture. (Author: Chris Woodruff)

Excel for Marketers

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Excel is a tremendously powerful tool for analyzing marketing data and trends. Yet it's easy to be scared off by its hundreds of different formulas and functions. Most marketers are barely scratching the surface of what Excel can really do. In this course, veteran marketer and Excel power user Michael Taylor walks you through all the key features that can speed up your work and help you make smarter marketing decisions. 

Michael begins with the basics, showing how to work with marketing data sources and explaining basic formulas for analysis. Next, he walks through how to build a data-driven marketing plan, including mapping out your marketing funnel, reviewing volume vs. cost tradeoff, and running A/B testing. Michael shows how to analyze a campaign's performance, working with PivotTables, charts, and dashboards. Finally, he demonstrates how to set up marketing campaigns in bulk, including manipulating text for ad copy generation and automating the most boring, repetitive tasks with macros. 

Microsoft Azure: Design Azure Web and Mobile Apps

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:00
Being able to create a wide variety of apps is part of the new IT reality. Companies expect IT professionals to be comfortable architecting applications such as custom web APIs to reach a broad range of clients, web apps for business continuity, and mobile apps that push notifications to users. Azure makes it easier to host, run, and scale these websites and applications.

Learn the intermediate-level skills needed to design Azure web and mobile apps for any organization, using the Azure Web Apps and Mobile Apps services. Instructor Sharon Bennett, a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, covers securing mobile and web apps with Azure Active Directory, creating WebJobs to script tasks such as queue processing and file maintenance, and extending mobile apps with custom code. Plus, learn how to update, back up, and restore your Azure apps.

As an intermediate-level course, an existing understanding of the Azure platform is required. After completing the training, IT professionals will also be better prepared for Microsoft exam 70-534: Architecting MS Azure Solutions.

Delivering Bad News Effectively

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 03:00
Delivering bad news is one of the most common derailers for managers and leaders. But while you can't completely avoid bad news, you can control how you deliver it. By bolstering this key leadership skill, you can confidently communicate bad news with tact, skill, and candor, achieving the best possible result in a tricky situation. In this course, organizational psychologist and executive coach Gemma Roberts explains how to prepare to deliver bad news, manage the meeting itself, and then follow up to ensure clarity and next steps. (Author: Gemma Leigh Roberts)

Excel: Analyzing and Visualizing Cash Flows

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 03:00
By learning how to evaluate and visualize cash flows for your business, you can make more informed decisions about prospects and projects. In this course, Curt Frye demonstrates effective ways of evaluating and visualizing cash flows using Microsoft Excel. He demonstrates how to calculate the effect of interest rates and inflation, calculate the present value of an investment, and determine how much interest you can save by paying extra principal each month. Plus, he explains how to calculate net present value and internal rate of return, and shows how to create a cash tracking worksheet, where you can keep a record of income, expenses, and your current cash balance.

Learning Photoshop Elements 2018

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
Learn the essentials of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, the powerful image editing software for casual to intermediate photographers who want to achieve professional results without the professional price tag. In this course, instructor Chad Chelius introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Photoshop Elements 2018. He covers different ways of importing photos into the Elements Organizer, and shares tips for tagging and managing those images, making the images easy to find later. He dives into working with the Photoshop Elements Editor, sharing both basic and advanced image editing techniques. In addition, he familiarizes you with Guided Edits mode, the Expert Mode workspace, and working with Layers and selection tools.

Enterprise Agile: Scaling with SAFe

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
By implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), you can scale up agile to help your teams quickly develop and deliver enterprise-level products. In this course—which is part of a four-part series on enterprise agile—explore the core concepts of SAFe. Doug Rose first covers the basics of SAFe, identifying what it is and which types of problems it solves. He then discuses SAFe management levels, including how to create and prioritize value streams. Next, he explains how enterprise stakeholders map their high-level value to Agile Release Trains, and how to coordinate with release train engineers. Doug also shares ways teams can coordinate and communicate better when implementing SAFe across a large organization, and explains how to determine whether or not your organization should make the leap into SAFe.

Captivate Draft: Storyboarding

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
Adobe Captivate Draft allows you to create elearning storyboards on your iPad, and then export them into Captivate to quickly start building an elearning project. In this brief course, follow along with Oliver Schinkten as he explores storyboarding best practices while demonstrating how to use Draft. He walks through how to create a new project; add content to your slides; and make your storyboard more interactive by adding question slides and hotspots that—when selected—bring users back to a specific slide in the deck. Plus, he goes into how to send a project for review, view feedback, and export or import a project from Captivate.

Cybersecurity Awareness: Malware Explained

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
Malware poses a threat to anyone who uses a computer. Malware is malicious software that "infects" your machine, giving control to hackers who may delete your files, access your credentials, or even drain your bank account. This course arms learners with the knowledge to avoid and defend against malware. Find out about the history of malware and how it works, and learn about the precautions you should take to protect yourself and your devices. Learn cybersecurity techniques to combat malware, including the most effective antimalware tools for dealing with viruses, ransomware, adware, and spyware.

This course was created and produced by Mentor Source, Inc. We are honored to host this training in our library. (Author: Serge Borso)

Unreal Game Mechanics: Creating a Directional Sprint

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
Expand your game development skillset by learning how to implement a common game mechanic inside Unreal Engine 4. In this course, Joel Bradley demonstrates how to create a sprint mechanic that works when the player is running forwards, but stops whenever they move in a side-to-side motion. He covers creating new blueprints, adding variables and conditions, and using lerp nodes to blend everything together. In addition—as you don't want players to be able to sprint everywhere in the level—he demonstrates how to limit the mechanics somewhat, as well as how to create some motion blends that prevent the player from changing speed too suddenly.

Linux Tips Weekly

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
Linux is the operating system of choice for enterprises that need a stable, agile, and open-source platform, and it's only getting more popular. Qualified system administrators are in demand. If you've been anticipating a transition to Linux for your company or your career, or thinking about using Linux at home, this series presents a great opportunity to explore it—one tip at a time. Instructor Scott Simpson covers a wide range of topics relevant to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Linux core concepts, including virtualization, the Linux file system, file management, file transfer, process management, multitasking, networking, and security. Plus, learn about compatible hardware and the Linux desktop experience. Tune in each week to get a new tip, and keep learning Linux all year long.

Note: Because this is an ongoing series, there is no certificate of completion available for this course.

Amazon Web Services: Disaster Recovery

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
A disaster recovery (DR) procedure is a critical component of each organization's business continuity plan. The failure to appropriately plan for a datacenter outage can have a profoundly negative impact on a business, as recent public events have indicated. From IT executives to system administrators, it's imperative that employees have an in-depth understanding of their organization's DR plan. This entry-level course reviews the benefits of the public cloud—specifically, Amazon Web Services (AWS)—in implementing a DR plan. It also covers AWS-specific DR concepts, shows how to configure the core AWS services needed for DR, and provides demos that give you hands-on experience with using AWS services to build a reliable DR environment. (Author: Josh von Schaumburg)

Getting Your Website Online

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:00
Getting a site up and running used to mean buying a domain name and hosting, and then setting up infrastructure. You can still do that, but there are many—often, easier—options available today. In this course, Christina Truong explores the core foundations you need to make your site visible, as well as a range of options for hosting that site. She covers basic concepts, including the cloud, domains, URLs, and hosting. In addition, she explains how to work with website builder options—which allow you to create websites relatively quickly, with little to no coding experience—as well as self-hosted solutions.

SPSS for Academic Research

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 20:00
Explore how to run tests for academic research with SPSS, the leading statistical software. In this course, Yash Patel dives into SPSS, focusing on how to run and interpret data for the most common types of quantitative tests. Topics include t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and understanding the statistical measurements behind academic research. Review the tenants of qualitative testing, including the central theorem, P values, and confidence intervals, and specific use cases for tests in SPSS. For each type, Yash provides some general guidelines and assumptions, along with a challenge and solution exercise to practice what you've learned.