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AWS re:Invent 2017 Event Guide – Join Us There!

AWS re:Invent 2017 Event Guide – Join Us There!

We’re now only 20 days out from one of the most renowned events of the year! You may have heard of it… AWS re:Invent? The largest gathering of the cloud computing community with over 40,000 people attending, 6 campuses, over 1000 technical sessions, hackathons, boot camps, more workshops, and opportunities to get certified. Tickets are selling fast, so get your ticket ASAP! If you can’t make it this year, you can register to view the keynotes each day here. If you are attending, hopefully you made your schedule and RSVP’d for the popular sessions – they fill up fast. But don’t lose hope just yet! We’ve got an insider tip: if the sessions you want to attend are full, note that they only reserve up to 75% of the seats, so get there early and you may have a chance to be a walk-in. Of course, that’s not our only tip. Here’s a full list of our recommended activities, hand-picked by our team, for creating unforgettable memories to make the most of your re:Invent experience! THINGS TO DO AT RE:INVENT 2017

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Employee Spotlight: Christophe Limpalair, VP of Marketing

Employee Spotlight: Christophe Limpalair, VP of Marketing

This month, we got some time to sit down with VP of Marketing, Christophe Limpalair! Many of you may know him from taking an AWS course or from an email that he's sent you, but what about when he's not working? You may find him catching the latest Game of Thrones episode or discussing cats with lazers.. Currently listening to: Santa Barbara by Rebelution. Great band!

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How to Move into an AWS Role from a Traditional IT job

How to Move into an AWS Role from a Traditional IT job

A few years ago, I was working for one of the largest consulting firms in the world. I was recruited into their Emerging Tech department and was in a traditional software development/consulting role. I am very grateful that this company invested in its talent, and there were always incredible learning opportunities. One of my first clients was a large cruise line and our presence on the project was growing rapidly – I was one of the first on the ground, and it ended up being well over a 200-person project. One area we needed help in was DevOps – which, believe it or not – was a relatively new concept, so I asked my lead to attend a DevOps Academy within the firm. During the DevOps Academy, they touched on AWS; I was immediately in awe, and a mentor that I had respected nudged me and said, “If you like this AWS stuff, they have full training you can attend and will pay for you to get certified.” That was basically it – I was hooked! I took the AWS Developer training (and back then very few people in the firm even had that cert), got certified, and joined the firm’s AWS strategic partnership. OK, so that was how I did it several years ago – but how can you do it now?

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AWS re:Invent 2017 Trip Giveaway Worth Up To $3000

AWS re:Invent 2017 Trip Giveaway Worth Up To $3000

AWS re:Invent 2017 is a couple of months away! In case you don't know what it is, AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities including over 1,000 technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events, and so much more! The event is ideal for developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and technical decision makers. For more information, check out the agenda here.  With that in mind, how would you like to attend this huge event? We're so excited to be sponsoring this, one of our BIGGEST giveaways yet! Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments are giving one person the trip of their AWS-dreams, and it could be you! Participation to enter is easy! There’s no purchase necessary to enter and new entry options are added weekly so make sure you check back for more entries! Competition TimelineSeptember 20, 2017: Competition opens October 31, 2017: Competition closes November 1, 2017: Winner gets notified and has 24 hours to accept prize. November 3, 2017: Winner is announced

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Fantastic Opportunities Developing in Cloud Computing Careers

Fantastic Opportunities Developing in Cloud Computing Careers

There is a Cloud revolution under way. It has been going on for several years now, but recently, it's significance has increased dramatically. Businesses, both large and small, are driven to the cloud to save costs, access more data, automate, and remain competitive. And as a result, there has been a huge increase in the demand for cloud engineers, cloud developers, and cloud security experts in the last year. Businesses need to hire professionals that have a demonstrated deep knowledge of the latest cloud enabled technologies, such as serverless computing, big data, machine learning, DevOps, functional programming, software controlled networking, IoT, cloud security, and much more.

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A New Method of AWS Training

A New Method of AWS Training

Prologue A few years ago, I knew nothing of the cloud – I wasn’t even working in a traditional IT job.  Throughout my 20s, I was always more of a business guy; however, in my early 30s, I started to see the handwriting on the wall: Tech, and tech jobs, were the future.  And although my work experience to this point was on the business side, I grew up with a solid foundation in tech. Back in the early 90s, I was the first in my neighborhood to get online – name any early 90’s online platform (pre-AOL), and I had an account.  I ran a side business in high school upgrading computers with more RAM, hard disk space, and modems.  I also completed a few programing classes in high school (Pascal) and college (C).  I knew computers, and I knew tech, but I left that all behind as I progressed through college. Fast-forward to eight years later, and I found myself being pulled back.  In the late 2000s, I started to notice all these inefficiencies in the company I was working for at the time. We lacked proper data analytics, and there were numerous workflows that could be automated in various departments. I began spending evening and weekends writing up ideas for various software applications we could build to help solve these issues.  Before I knew it, the company had an in-house development team building many of my ideas. Some worked very well and were very profitable for the company; others were not.  In the end, it reignited my love for tech, programming, gadgets, hardware, and software. Around 2013, I left that company in search of a new career.

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