Red Hat Training and Certification update

Red Hat Global Learning Services leaders Ken Goetz, Pete Hnath, Randolph Russell took turns addressing the technology training market, highlighting new features, courses, and plans for Red Hat’s training and certification programs.

They also used this breakout session to announce a special standing discount for Red Hat Certified Architects.

Cloud and Linux skills are in demand

Ken began by outlining the opportunities, particularly in cloud technologies. He said that IDC predicts that 5 million cloud jobs will be left unfilled in 2015. “IT hiring managers report that the biggest reason they fail to fill open requisitions for cloud-related IT jobs is the candidates’ lack of sufficient training, experience, or certification,” he said.

Likewise, high demand for trained Linux professionals has resulted in a shortfall. 90% of IT managers plan to hire people with Linux skills within 6 months, Ken said.

DevOps, and next-generation architectures

“Philosophically, we don’t see DevOps as a tool–you won’t go out and buy the DevOps tool,” Ken said. “It’s not a person. You can’t hire the DevOps guy or gal. It’s a multi-role thing. Developers, QA, production–everyone must be on board. It’s a philosophy. A way of approaching things.”

From a course development standpoint, the same philosophy is true. Instead of teaching a tool, Red Hat must teach customers how to automate and orchestrate their systems, using a multidisciplinary approach. “DevOps doesn’t traditionally speak to a classroom environment, so our focus is on the delivery pipeline,” Ken said.

How our approach is expanding

Traditional instruction is still necessary, with product-focused coursework as the foundation for future DevOps learning. Product topics include:

  • Red Hat Satellite
  • Red Hat CloudForms
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  • Red Hat JBoss Middleware

The next step forward is DevOps concept courses, which are in the planning stages. They are the middle ground between product-based training and pure conceptual instruction. Topics could include:

  • Agile development with OpenShift by Red Hat
  • OpenShift by Red Hat architecture and administration
  • Application deployment automation with Puppet

Pete Hnath indicated their stretch goal is to one day add pure, process-based courses. This could include topics like:

  1. Developing code for continuous delivery
  2. Continuous integration and quality assurance

New offerings

OpenStack CL210 is the most popular course, outside of the RHCE-track courses, so it’s no surprise that new OpenStack offerings are now available. “This is something we want to be the leaders in,” Randy Russell said. “The training path for this popular technology will mimic the popular Red Hat Certified Engineer track with 3 levels, advanced exams, and upper-level content for solutions like Red Hat Ceph Storage. Offerings will be updated to add instruction on new features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6.

Pete returned to highlight 2 new courses:

Managing containers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host (RH270)
This 3-day course teaches students to manage containerized apps using Dockerfile container orchestration with Kubernetes.

Building Advanced Red Hat Enterprise Applications (JB501)
This course is for advanced middleware developers, and focuses primarily on a front- and back-office integration case study, using multiple middleware products, including:

  • Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
  • Red Hat JBoss Data Grid
  • Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite
  • Red Hat JBoss BRMS
  • Red Hat JBoss Fuse
  • Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization

Making training easier to understand

Other challenges (and changing student demographics) affect how Red Hat training courses are delivered. Millennials and more tech-savvy audiences may prefer online, on-demand, self-directed learning over traditional classroom instruction. Other factors include:

  • New or inexperienced staff may need additional skills
  • Continuous release cycles require continuous learning
  • Time
  • Cross-training because of increased solution integration
  • Post-course support for students after initial learning
  • Global coverage for teams that are spread across the globe
  • Cost-effective training, even for highly desired skills

To solve these challenges, and offer the kind of self-directed learning many students are asking for, Red Hat is introducing Red Hat Learning Subscription. A learning subscription includes unlimited access to all of Red Hat’s online courses–content, videos, and labs.

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Red Hat Learning Subscription includes platform, cloud, and middleware tracks. Benefits of the subscription include:

  • All content–including transcripts–is indexed and searchable. (It’s XML-based.)
  • Students get the same user experience as in the classroom
  • Full-length, instructor-led, HD video courses
  • Get new course content as it’s added, as long as you have an active subscription
  • Available on 5 continents in 9 languages
  • Access to dozens of courses for the price of 2

Standard and premium subscribers get additional benefits, including:

  • Access to expert seminars given by Red Hat thought leaders
  • Access to subscriber support with live online chat

The team saved today’s big announcement for last: Red Hat Certified Architects who maintain their credentials get a 50% discount when purchasing their Red Hat Learning Subscription.

Randy said, “[RHCA] is a huge investment of time, investment, money. Once you have attained that goal, we want to keep you. We think it’s good for you, your career, your employer—and it’s good for Red Hat.”

“The world is going to need a lot more architects. And this is custom made for that particular job role.”