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Artificial Intelligence Foundations: Thinking Machines

Lynda.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:00
Computer-enhanced artificial intelligence (AI) has been around since the 1950s, but recent hardware innovations have reinvigorated the field. New sensors help machines have more accurate sight, hear sounds, and understand location. Powerful processors can help computers make complex decisions, sort through possibilities, plan outcomes, and learn from mistakes. The possibilities are thrilling; the implications are vast.

This course will introduce you to some of the key concepts behind artificial intelligence, including the differences between "strong" and "weak" AI. You'll see how AI has created questions around what it means to be intelligent and how much trust we should put in machines. Instructor Doug Rose explains the different approaches to AI, including machine learning and deep learning, and the practical uses for new AI-enhanced technologies. Plus, learn how to integrate AI with other technology, such as big data, and avoid some common pitfalls associated with programming AI.

Salesforce: Working with Apps

Lynda.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to build apps for Salesforce and customize the CRM to the needs of your business—without programming a single line of code. In this course, Christopher Matthew Spencer shows how to use turnkey and custom Salesforce apps to streamline your business workflows. He reviews the pre-made apps, as well as techniques for building apps from scratch, integrating with data sets, and using apps for advanced analytics. Learn how to work with Visualforce components, set up quick actions, and upgrade apps to the latest form factor. Plus, get tips for testing apps for seamless deployment wherever your team members access Salesforce: desktop, tablet, or mobile devices.

Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Lynda.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:00
Textures play a vital supporting role in creating imagery with depth and mood. In this designer-friendly course, instructor Nigel French demonstrates a range of non-destructive approaches to working with textures in Adobe Photoshop. From applying textures with layer masks and layer blending, to painting textures with brushes, to creating textures with filters, he covers multiple techniques. Learn how to work with paper texture, film grain, lighting effects, and bokeh to breathe new life into your designs.

Meta-analysis for Data Science and Business Analytics

Lynda.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:00
In a world where nearly everyone uses data to inform their business methodologies, an emerging consensus is that more emphasis needs to be placed on validating data; verifying that data-driven conclusions are accurate; and minimizing the risk that your conclusions are incorrect. Although most researchers know what meta-analysis is, few understand how to calculate an effect size from popular metrics such as risk ratios, or how the distinction between fixed and random effects can lead the meta-analyst astray. This advanced-level course for data science and statistics practitioners and researchers covers raw mean differences—specifically for experimental and comparison groups—and how to convert useful outcome measures such as relative risk and odds ratios to commensurate measures of effect size. Plus, learn about how confidence intervals are created for binary outcome measures. (Author: Conrad Carlberg)

Cybersecurity Awareness: Cybersecurity While Traveling

Lynda.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:00
Tightly controlled security is a lot tougher when you are on the road. Learn about the various cybersecurity situations you will run into while traveling, and the technology that can be used to help keep you safe. This course reviews the triangle of security, as well as wireless and wired threats and countermeasures. Instructor Jordan Scott designed the training primarily to raise awareness of travel situations commonly encountered while trying to maintain connectivity. This includes accessing open Wi-Fi networks securely, using SSL, setting up VPNs, and more.

Note: This course was recorded and produced by Mentor Source, Inc. We're pleased to host this training in our library.

Business Development Foundations

Lynda.com - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:00
Business development can be the innovation hub of your organization, and an exciting career for visionary and strategic professionals. It can be a source of disruptive strategies and partnerships that help companies to leapfrog their competitors. And yet, the term "business development" is thrown around by many executives who don't fully understand its power to transform.

Business development teams identify areas of opportunity: new products, new markets, new partnerships, and new distribution channels. It's critical to start with clear objectives. Are you using business development (BD) as a marketing tool, a sales channel, a source of innovation, or a corporate development hub? Management consultant Robbie Kellman Baxter shows you how the best BD professionals identify and build momentum for new initiatives. She also gives you the insight you need to launch a BD function in your organization, explains how to manage a BD team, and shares how to scale the BD function as your opportunities grow.

Cert Prep: Revit MEP Mechanical & Plumbing Certified Professional

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
CAD certification is important for engineers, especially those designing plumbing and HVAC systems. Revit MEP certification proves you know the program inside and out, and it's a signal to employers and clients that you are a trustworthy professional. Study to become a Revit MEP Certified Professional with this prep course from authorized Autodesk trainer Eric Wing. He reviews the specific skills covered by the 35-question exam, including the four key areas covered in the certification objectives: collaboration, modeling, documentation, and views. Brush up on topics such as importing and linking existing models and files; creating floor plans; tagging elements; creating sheets; creating new families and family types; modeling mechanical equipment such as air terminals and ducts, fixtures, piping, and plumbing; working with heating and cooling zones; and producing plumbing and HVAC plans.

Cert Prep: Revit MEP Mechanical & Plumbing Certified Professional

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
CAD certification is important for engineers, especially those designing plumbing and HVAC systems. Revit MEP certification proves you know the program inside and out, and it's a signal to employers and clients that you are a trustworthy professional. Study to become a Revit MEP Certified Professional with this prep course from authorized Autodesk trainer Eric Wing. He reviews the specific skills covered by the 35-question exam, including the four key areas covered in the certification objectives: collaboration, modeling, documentation, and views. Brush up on topics such as importing and linking existing models and files; creating floor plans; tagging elements; creating sheets; creating new families and family types; modeling mechanical equipment such as air terminals and ducts, fixtures, piping, and plumbing; working with heating and cooling zones; and producing plumbing and HVAC plans.

3ds Max: Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
3ds Max is a powerful, deep, and multifaceted program, so there's always more to learn. This weekly series aims to keep you on top of the latest tools and techniques, and introduces fresh perspectives on traditional methods for architectural and product visualization, animation, visual effects, games and virtual worlds, and motion graphics. Instructor Aaron F. Ross presents a new topic every week, spanning the full range of 3D graphics tasks, including modeling, rigging and animation, shading and lighting, camera operation, and rendering. He gives special attention to streamlining workflows, such as automation of time-consuming tasks, so your productions run more smoothly and efficiently. Come back every Wednesday for a new tutorial to expand your 3ds Max knowledge and skills.

Acting Decisively

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
Whatever your role—whether you're a manager or an individual contributor—acting decisively is a key skill. As a manager, your employees need clarity about your team's overall strategic direction, as well as what you want and expect from them. As an employee, what gets you noticed and recognized is your ability to act and produce results. In this course, career expert Dorie Clark helps you overcome the roadblocks to decisive action, get the information you need, and determine when it's appropriate to act—or conversely, when it's better to hold off until you know more. She also discusses how to find the courage to act decisively under challenging circumstances.

Cert Prep: Revit MEP Electrical Certified Professional

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
CAD certification is important, especially for engineers who design and test electrical systems. Revit MEP certification proves you know the program inside and out, and it's a signal to employers and clients that you are a trustworthy professional. Study to become a Revit MEP Certified Professional with this prep course from authorized Autodesk trainer Eric Wing. He reviews the specific skills covered by the 35-question exam, including the four key areas covered in the certification objectives: collaboration, modeling, documentation, and views. Brush up on topics such as importing and linking existing models and files; creating floor plans; creating new families and family types; modeling electrical elements such as panels, circuits, fixtures, switches, conduits, and fire alarm and security devices; applying view templates to drawings; and producing detailed views with dimensions and tags.

Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit MEP 2015 Certified Professional exam.

Cert Prep: Autodesk Fusion 360 User

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
Autodesk Fusion 360 software is a cloud-based design tool for product development that offers industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and CAM in one easy-to-use package. By becoming an Autodesk Fusion 360 Certified User, you can demonstrate your mastery of the powerful Fusion 360 integrated toolset to potential employers—and, in turn, distinguish yourself in a competitive job market. In this course, join Thom Tremblay as he helps you prepare for the Autodesk Fusion 360 Certified User exam by covering key topics. After discussing the value of this certification and sharing helpful tips for taking the exam, he goes over crucial topics—including collaboration, sketching, part modeling, and drawing—providing opportunities for trying out tools you might not normally work with.

Cert Prep: Revit Structure Certified Professional

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
Revit Structure certification proves you know the program inside and out, and it's a signal to employers and clients that you are a trustworthy professional. Study to become a Revit Structure Certified Professional with this prep course from authorized Autodesk trainer Eric Wing. He covers specific skills covered by the 35-question exam, including the three key areas covered in the certification roadmap: collaboration, modeling, and documentation. Brush up on topics such as working with levels and grids; importing and linking existing models and files; modeling structural elements such as foundations, steel and concrete framing, and stairs and ramps; adding dimensions and annotations to drawings; and producing detailed schedules and sheets.

Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Structure 2015 Certified Professional exam.

Create A Brand Strategy

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
Great brands garner enormous value to a business. They help a customer to see your business, like it, and be loyal to it. What's more, great brands help leaders to know what to prioritize and what to deprioritize as they develop content, innovate their offering, and scale their businesses. While it may seem that great brands emerged into culture fully realized, truly great brands come from an intentional defining of the brand strategy.

In this course, branding expert Lindsay Pedersen explains how to create a compelling brand strategy that gets results for your organization. She demonstrates how to properly frame your strategy and covers brand positioning, discussing how to climb a benefit ladder and determine your position. Plus, she shows how to create a personality for your brand, choose the tone, and create an activation strategy.

Cert Prep: 3ds Max Certified Professional

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
In a competitive 3D marketplace, certification can be a real boost to your career. 3ds Max certification proves you know the program inside and out, and it's a signal to employers and clients that you are a trustworthy professional. If you have the recommended 400 hours of hands-on experience, you can study to become a 3ds Max Certified Professional with this prep course from George Maestri. George reviews specific skills covered by the certification exam, including modeling, shading, rendering, effects, animation, and rigging. Brush up on topics such as setting up scenes and viewports, transforming objects, modeling polygonal objects, adding cameras and lights, rendering scenes, and configuring particle systems, as well as path animation and character rigging in 3ds Max.

This course isn't designed to teach you the basics, but to help you refresh your 3ds Max skills and prepare for the exam topics. Once you're finished with the course, you can feel confident taking the 3ds Max Certified Professional exam.

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:00
This course shows how to make accessible Office documents in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Accessibility expert Glenna Shaw begins by describing what it's like for those with visual, hearing, or movement impairments to experience regular Word and Excel files and PowerPoint presentations. Glenna goes through the essential steps of creating documents that are accessible to all—those using assistive technology and those not—including applying useful headings, formatting tables for ease of use, naming sheet tabs in Excel, using slide layouts and following z-order in PowerPoint, and adding captioning to presentations.

Architecting Big Data Applications: Batch Mode Application Engineering

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 03:00
Batch mode consolidates data-related operations in order to reduce the load on networks. Batch mode helps software architects build big data applications that operate smoothly and efficiently under real-world conditions. In this course, you can learn about use cases and best practices for architecting batch mode applications using technologies such as Hive and Apache Spark.

There is no coding involved. Instead you will see how big data tools can help solve some of the most complex challenges for businesses that generate, store, and analyze large amounts of data. The use cases are drawn from a variety of industries, including ecommerce and IT. Instructor Kumaran Ponnambalam shows how to analyze a problem, draw an architectural outline, choose the right technologies, and finalize the solution. After each use case, he reviews related best practices for data acquisition, transport, processing, storage, and service. Each lesson is rich in practical techniques and insights from a developer who has experienced the benefits and shortcomings of these technologies firsthand.

Architecting Big Data Applications: Real-Time Application Engineering

Lynda.com - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 03:00
Real-time systems have guaranteed response times that can be sub-seconds from the trigger. Meaning that when a user clicks a button, your app better respond—and fast. Architecting applications under real-time constraints is an even bigger challenge when you're dealing with big data. Excessive latency can cost you money, in terms of system resources consumed and customers lost. Luckily, big data technology and efficient architecture can provide the real-time responsiveness your business needs. In this course, you can learn about use cases and best practices for architecting real-time applications with technologies such as Kafka, Hazelcast, and Apache Spark.

There is no coding involved. Instead you will see how big data tools can help solve some of the most complex challenges for businesses that generate, store, and analyze large amounts of data. The use cases are drawn from a variety of industries, including ecommerce and IT. Instructor Kumaran Ponnambalam shows how to analyze a problem, draw an architectural outline, choose the right technologies, and finalize the solution. After each use case, he reviews related best practices for real-time streaming, predictive analytics, parallel processing, and pipeline management. Each lesson is rich in practical techniques and insights from a developer who has experienced the benefits and shortcomings of these technologies firsthand.

Creating a Meeting Agenda

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:00
Agendas are the most important thing for an effective meeting, and yet they aren't paid much attention. People aren't trained on creating agendas; they just sort of happen, and often they are done really badly. In this short course, management trainer Chris Croft shows how to build your own agenda and circulate it for ideas and distribution. He explains when to send it, who to send it to, and what factors should be considered in any worthwhile agenda.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Essential Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:00
SOLIDWORKS 2018 is 3D CAD software that delivers powerful design functionality with an intuitive user interface to speed your design process and make you instantly productive—enabling you to deliver innovative products to market faster. In this course, Gabriel Corbett teaches you the essential tools and techniques necessary to create parts, assemblies, and drawings efficiently in SOLIDWORKS.

First, see how to how to use the sketch tools to create two-dimensional sketches that become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, look at extruding and revolving 3D features; creating complex objects using the Sweep, Loft, and Surface tools; and modifying parts. Learn how to create uniform holes with the Hole Wizard, and explore more advanced modeling techniques using equations, mirroring, and pattern tools. Then review best practices for putting parts together in assemblies and building robust structures. The course wraps up tips for creating detailed drawings that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer, complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes.

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