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Business Development Foundations: Researching Market and Customer Needs

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 20:00
Business development is the foundation of economic growth and can jump-start lasting relationships. In this course, Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod discuss fundamental business development concepts and techniques that can help you gain a better understanding of your market and potential clients. This, in turn, can prepare you to demonstrate a compelling value case that helps you connect with customers and close more deals.

They begin by reviewing research fundamentals and key insights to consider before you get on the phone with a potential customer or schedule that first in-person meeting. They also discuss the landscape of business development and how to leverage internal systems for more successful conversations. Lisa and Elizabeth spell out how to speak like a leader, unpack and discuss your competitors' strengths and weaknesses, avoid common mistakes, and more.

Microsoft Azure: Security Concepts

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 20:00
The professionals in charge of Azure administration need to know how to secure services correctly to protect the data flowing between client computers and the cloud. This course investigates security concepts related to Azure deployment and services such as Office 365 and Azure Active Directory. Find out how to work with the security portals, secure virtual machines, implement more robust multi-factor authentication, and protect your services and data, including email, documents, and user data. Plus, learn best practices for successfully securing your Azure deployment. (Author: David Elfassy)

WordPress: Building Progressive Themes with WP Rig

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 20:00
WP Rig, a new toolkit, makes building progressive themes in WordPress easy. It ships with a fully styled starter theme that can be easily customized, and it lints, optimizes, and minifies your changes as you code, making your themes as fast and performant as possible. In this course, instructor Morten Rand-Henriksen shows how to install and configure WP Rig and build a new progressive theme right out of the box. Plus, learn how to edit the underlying CSS, PHP, and JavaScript code and add advanced features such as widgets, AMP stack integration, and custom menus, backgrounds, and logos. (Author: Morten Rand-Hendriksen)

Linux Security and Hardening Essential Training

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to tighten up the security on any Linux system. This course covers foundational security concepts and guidelines that can help Linux system administrators keep their Linux servers safe. It also takes you step-by-step though hardening measures. Explore some of the security weaknesses of the Linux operating system, and learn how to protect against those weaknesses. Instructor Jason Cannon goes over security concepts that apply to information security as a whole, while focusing on the Linux-specific issues that require special consideration. Learn about ways to prevent attackers from breaking into your systems when they have physical access to your machine. Plus, learn how to secure the various account types on a Linux system, enforce strong passwords, configure the firewall in Linux, and more.

Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and 10.4 Essential Training

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
Final Cut Pro X 10.3 Essential Training offers a thorough exploration of Apple's flagship software and focuses on getting users comfortable with each aspect of the video editing process. Senior staff instructor Ashley Kennedy covers all phases of post-production—from ingest and organization to editing and refining in the timeline, correcting audio, managing media, and delivering the final project. She also covers primary and secondary color correction, and shows how to use effects to change the look and feel of video, audio, and graphics. Each stage of the post-production workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, using real-world examples within a series of short documentary and promotional projects.

CySA+ Cert Prep: 5 Identity and Access Management

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
Earning the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification indicates that you have a solid understanding of how to tackle cybersecurity threats using a behavioral analytics-based approach. In this course—the fifth installment in the CySA+ Cert Prep series—review key identity and access management concepts that can prepare you for the second part of domain four, Security Architecture and Tool Sets. Instructor Mike Chapple dives into the three major steps of the access management process—identification, authentication, and authorization; discusses different means of identification; and goes over discretionary and mandatory access controls. He also covers access control exploits, discussing watering hole attacks, impersonation attacks, session hijacking, and more.

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Outlook: Working with Multiple Calendars

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
Do you work with multiple calendars in Microsoft Outlook on a daily basis? If so, this short, focused course can help you manage your schedules more effectively. Throughout this course, staff instructor Jess Stratton shares practical techniques that can help you work smarter in Outlook. Discover how to set up a team calendar with different levels of view and edit permissions, as well as how to manage appointments when multiple calendars are at play. Plus, learn how to resolve common issues you may encounter when working with multiple calendars.

Technical Writing: Quick Start Guides

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
A quickstart guide is a short, getting-started document that usually accompanies a product or software. In this course, writing instructor Leslie O'Flahavan explains the components, best writing practices, and overall strategy for creating a quickstart guide that helps readers easily find answers to their questions. Leslie shares how to base your quickstart guide on your user manual or develop your guide by using customer feedback. She also discusses how to clearly identify the overall purpose of your guide, write clear headings, and use plain language. To wrap up, she covers methods for getting feedback from subject matter experts and users to ensure that your guide is both accurate and useful.

Raspberry Pi Essential Training

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, inexpensive computer that can unlock big possibilities. In this course, kick-start your journey into the world of physical computing by learning how to set up, configure, and experiment with a Raspberry Pi. Mark Niemann-Ross discusses the equipment required to run your Pi, sharing how to select a monitor, memory card, and keyboard, among other accessories. He discusses how to boot up your Pi, touches on the benefits of Virtual Network Computing (VPN), and shares how to make your Pi play sounds. Plus, explore basic electronics with the different General Purpose Input-Output (GPIO) pins and learn how to set up and work with the Raspberry Pi Camera Module.

Spring: Messaging with JMS

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
The Java Message Service (JMS) is a Java API that defines a common set of interfaces that allow applications to securely pass along and receive messages. In this course, learn how to implement messaging within your enterprise Spring applications using JMS. Learn the basics of the JMS specification within Spring and review how to send messages to ActiveMQ, view messages in the ActiveMQ Web Console, and use Spring JMS message converters. Plus, learn how to configure connections, approach response management, and more. (Author: Michael D. Rodgers, Jr)

Code Clinic: Python

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
Successful programmers know more than just how to code. They also know how to think about solving problems. Code Clinic is a series of courses where our instructors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Barron Stone works with Python. Barron introduces challenges and provides an overview of his solutions in Python. Challenges include topics such as statistical analysis and accessing peripheral devices.

Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the same challenges in languages like C++, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Go, and Swift.

InVision Studio First Look

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
Screen design has a massive impact on how users feel about a product. Elegant, well-designed screens can help turn new customers into fans. InVision Studio is a powerful new design tool that was created to make it easier for creative professionals to design high-quality screens. In this course, Emmanuel Henri breaks down the high-level functionality of InVision Studio for new users. Emmanuel explores the software, highlighting what it has to offer by walking through an existing project. Learn about the product's design tools, as well as how to import assets from other graphic design tools, add animations, leverage collaboration options, and more.

Life Mastery: Achieving Happiness and Success

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
What's the secret of successful and happy people? While there's no magic formula, there are small steps you can take to appreciably increase your satisfaction and odds of success—at work and in life. Join coach Chris Croft as he introduces his top tips for life mastery. Learn how goals help you build the life you want, how reducing what's not important leaves time and energy for what is, how to beat procrastination and eliminate stress, how to maintain a positive attitude through good times and bad, how to become more assertive, and how to build a network of friends and colleagues. Chris also offers some advice on making the lessons stick. The good life is within everyone's grasp; use these tips to achieve health, happiness, and success.

Maya: Fundamentals of Medical Animations

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:00
Medical animations indulge our curiosity about the human body by allowing us to peer within at key biological processes and anatomy. They are valuable communication tools for teaching healthcare professionals, trainees, and the general public about the wonders of the human body. In this course, learn about the basic principles and techniques of 3D medical animation using Autodesk Maya 2018. Discover where to find good resources and references, how to use the Protein Data Bank to download 3D models for molecular animation, and how to approach storyboarding. Learn how to create some basic medical animations, including cell division and blood cell flow. Plus, explore common visual aesthetics in medical animations and see how to use lighting and material shading to make your animations stand out. (Author: Emily Holden (McDougall))

Photo Gear Weekly

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00
Get your gear on! Join photographer, author, and educator Tim Grey every Friday for insights on camera gear of all kinds. In Photo Gear Weekly, Tim shares tips for mastering your camera's advanced features, recommends accessories that will streamline your shooting and expand your creative options, and spotlights hot gear—new and vintage alike—that you'll want to know about.

Learning the Adobe Creative Cloud

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00
With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can access the entire collection of Adobe software, including powerhouse design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects. The subscription model provides new purchase options as well as instant access to software updates. Explore all the suite has to offer, in this introductory overview with instructor Chad Chelius.

Chad explains how to sign up for Creative Cloud and install programs and updates. He shows how to upload, download, and manage files in the cloud, and reviews the sharing and collaboration workflow. Then he demonstrates how to store and share reusable assets in CC Libraries and explores some additional, lesser-known services, such as Typekit, Adobe Stock, and Adobe Capture. Finally, Chad shows how to use the Creative Cloud and other Adobe mobile apps to take your work anywhere your creativity leads.

OctaneRender for Cinema 4D Essential Training

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00
OctaneRender is a popular third-party render engine for Cinema 4D. It renders images in a much shorter time than a standard CPU renderer. In this course, mograph artist Andy Needham introduces members to this critical tool for 3D modeling and design. It begins with a quick-start guide, designed to get you up and running with Octane in 30 minutes or less. Andy then explores the Live Viewer—the heart of the engine, which provides instant visual feedback on your project—and C4D layouts for Octane. Then dive deep into materials, including the blend and metallic materials introduced in Octane 3.08; the Octane lighting system; and the thin-lens camera, which enables effects such as depth of field and motion blur. Andy also reviews Octane Scatter, volumetric effects like fog, and the new Toon materials and lights. He shows how to optimize your render settings and use a multi-pass workflow to enable you to get the most flexibility and control over your scene. The course wraps up with a challenge that will allow you to practice your newfound skills.

SQL for Exploratory Data Analysis Essential Training

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to use SQL to understand the characteristics of data sets destined for data science and machine learning. The course begins with an introduction to exploratory data analysis and how it differs from hypothesis-driven statistical analysis. Instructor Dan Sullivan explains how SQL queries and statistical calculations, and visualization tools like Excel and R, can help you verify data quality and avoid incorrect assumptions. Next, find out how to perform data-quality checks, reveal and recover missing values, and check business logic. Discover how to use box plots to understand non-normal distribution of data and use histograms to understand the frequency of data values in particular attributes. Dan also explains how to use the chi square test to understand dependencies and measure correlations between attributes. The course concludes with a collection of tips and best practices for exploratory data analysis.

Management Foundations

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00
Being a manager is a big responsibility. Managers define business goals, prioritize work, and help employees achieve their potential. Success requires concentrated effort and continual practice. Whether you are starting a brand-new management role or an experienced manager searching for fresh techniques, this course offers the training and tools you need to manage your team more effectively.

Business professor Ellen Ensher defines what management is in the era of the global workforce and exactly what the role of the manager involves. She explains how to create a compelling vision and culture for your organization, define business goals, and connect the big picture to your team's daily tasks. Next, discover how to build your team, partner with HR on hiring and firing decisions, and coach and mentor employees. Ellen touches on topics that are on the mind of today's leaders—resilience, trust, storytelling, and more—and shares tips to become the best professional version of yourself.

Securing Windows Server 2016: Implementing Threat Detection Solutions

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00
Get practical and up-to-date information on implementing threat detection in Windows Server 2016. This course shows how to maintain a secure server environment—and study for topics from the Securing Windows Server elective for MCSE certification. Learn how an audit policy can help an administrator keep track of the who, what, where, and when of things taking place within an enterprise network. Discover how to configure advanced audit policies, view audit events, and manage audit policies on an ongoing basic. Instructor Ed Liberman also covers threat detection features in Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).