Upcoming: Blockchain Architecture Training

This course is offered by Blockchain Training Alliance (Link to course: https://blockchaintrainingalliance.com/collections/all-courses/products/blockchain-architecture)

Dates: April 25-27, 2018: Virtual Instructor-led WebEx

Course Overview

This instructor-led 3 day Blockchain Architecture training is for technical leaders who need to make decisions about architecture, environment, and development platforms. The class covers the following topics:

  • What is Blockchain
  • How does Blockchain work
  • Types of Blockchains
  • How is Blockchain different from what we have today
  • What are use cases for Blockchain
  • What does a Blockchain app look like
  • How do I design a Blockchain app
  • How do I develop a Blockchain app
  • How do I test a Blockchain app

 

Course Outline

What is Blockchain?

  • A record keeping system, Trust, Decentralization, Trustless environment

How does Blockchain work?

  • Announcements, Blocks, Nodes, Chaining, Verification, Consensus, Scalability, Privacy, Crypto Hashing, Digital Fingerpring, PoW vs PoS

Types of Blockchains

  • Public vs Private, Open vs closed, Smart Contracts, Blockchain as History, Tokens / Coins, Gas

How is Blockchain different from what we have today?

  • Decentralized, Peer-to-peer architecture, Software vs Firmware, Database vs Blockchain, Distributed database or other technology? Data Sovereignty, Group Consensus

What are Use Cases for Blockchain?

  • Use Case Examples: Currency, Banking Services, Voting, Medical Records, Supply Chain / Value Chain, Content Distribution, Verification of Software Updates (cars, planes, trains, etc), Law Enforcement, Title and Ownership Records, Social Media and Online Credibility, Fractional asset ownership, Cable Television billing, High fault tolerance, DDoS-proof, Public or Private Blockchain? Who are the participants?

What does a Blockchain app look like?

  • DApp
  • Resembles typical full stack web application
  • Any internal state changes and all transactions are written to the blockchain
  • Node.js
  • IDE
  • Public Blockchain visibility
  • Private Blockchain solutions
  • Oracles

How do I design a Blockchain app?

  • What does this solution need to let users do?
  • Will the proposed solution reduce or remove the problems and pain points currently felt by users?
  • What should this solution prevent users from doing?
  • Do you need a solution ready for heavy use on day 1?
  • Is your solution idea enhanced by the use of Blockchain? Does the use of Blockchain create a better end-user experience? If so, how?
  • Has your business developed custom software solutions before?
  • What level of support are you going to need?
  • How big is the developer community?
  • Does your vision of the future align with the project or platform’s vision of the future?
  • Does the platform aim to make new and significant contributions to the development space, or is it an efficiency / cost play?
  • Should the solution be a public or private Blockchain?
  • Should the solution be an open or closed Blockchain?
  • Create a plan for contract updates and changes!
  • Hybrid solutions
  • Monetary exchanges?

How do I develop a Blockchain app?

  • AGILE approach pre-release
  • Define guiding principles up front
  • Software vs Firmware
  • Announcements, not transactions!
  • Classes, not contracts
  • Link contracts to share functions
  • Use calling contracts to keep contract address the same
  • Hyperledger vs Ethereum
  • CONSIDER No of Users * Avg No of Transactions (state changes) per User
  • Should a Blockless solution be applied?
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Anonymity
  • Security
  • Monolithic vs Modular
  • Sandwich complexity model

How do I test a Blockchain app?

  • Recommend 5x to 10x traditional application testing time
  • SECURITY is #1!
  • Networks (Ethereum)

Certification: VTSP Foundation 2017

Overview:

This eLearning course on VTSP Foundation introduces the VMware Whiteboard methodology that the sales engineer can build upon to deliver the whiteboards on all VMware solution areas. The course explains how to practice the VMware Whiteboard in a sales play, superimposing the customer’s environment onto the Whiteboard framework, and then illustrating the VMware solutions that the sales engineer would recommend.

Objectives:

  • Explain how VMware solutions complement one another to present a holistic vision to customers.
  • Customize the VMware Whiteboard to fit your customer’s environment and needs.
  • Present the VMware Whiteboard without difficulty.
  • Access VMware sales tools.

Outline:

  1. Introduction to VTSP Foundation
  2. VMware Portfolio Review
    • The Customer’s Strategic Priorities
    • Delivering on the Customer’s Strategic Priorities
      • Challenges to Data Center Capabilities and Utility
      • Challenges to Public Cloud Integration
      • Challenges to Exceptional Mobile Experiences
      • Challenges to Cybersecurity
    • VMware Solutions and Products:
    • Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure
    • On-Premises Data Center
      • vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management, The Universal App Platform
      • vCenter Server
      • vSAN (Formerly Virtual SAN)
      • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Deployment
      • Site Recovery Manager
      • NSX: The Next Generation Networking Model, NSX Use Cases: Security, Automation, and Application Continuity
      • vRealize Operations
      • On-Premises Data Center Suites: vRealize Suite, vCloud Suite
      • Cloud Foundation, SDDC Manager: Automated Lifecycle Management and Operations, Next Generation HCI Architecture
    • Off-Premises Data Center
      • vCloud Air
    • Cross-Cloud
      • vRealize Automation Overview, Use Case – IT Automating IT, DevOps Ready IT
      • vRealize Business for Cloud
      • vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager Overview
    • Digital Workspace
      • Workspace ONE
      • AirWatch
    • On-Premises User
      • Horizon 7
    • Off-Premises User
  3. The VMware Whiteboard
    • Introducing the VMware Whiteboard, The Framework, Adaptable to All Kinds of Environments, Showing the Customer’s Environment With the Framework, Showing How Data Flows with the Framework
    • The Whiteboard Quadrants
    • Customer Roles, How Customer Roles Map to Whiteboard, Concerns, Impact, Conversation Points
  4. Customer Conversations
    • The VMware Whiteboard in a Customer Conversation
      • Discuss the Primary Data Center
      • Explore Any Additional Data Centers
      • Explore the Environment Further
      • Discuss the End User Space
      • Present the VMware Solutions in the Data Center
      • Present VMware Solutions in the End User Space
      • Finalize the Whiteboard Presentation
  5. Technical Tools and Tips

 

 

General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR)

Studied and read the standard to prepare for supporting my organization and others to comply with the regulation, through process and technology, as well as the people and awareness side.

Full Text: https://advisera.com/eugdpracademy/gdpr/

Useful Links: https://advisera.com/eugdpracademy/knowledgebase/useful-links/

Learning (online course): https://training.advisera.com/

 

Enterprise System Management and Security (University of Colorado System)

This course is offered by coursera (Link to course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/enterprise-system-management-security/home/welcome).

It is part of a 4-course specialization in Computer Security and Systems Management. It was a good refresher – back to basics – type of course!

November 29, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Enterprise Computing – Roles in System Management, Practical System Management
  • Networking – Addressing, Subnetting, Network Addressing and Subnetting Explained from Cisco, OSI Model

December 11, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Virtualization –  What is Virtualization, Types of Virtualization, When to use and not use virtualization, Your Computer vs. an Enterprise System, Overview of Virtualization from VMware
  • Security – FIPS 199, Risk in System Management, Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability, Other Topics
  • Course Project – BYOD (adoption, risk, security, networking, future)

Planning, Auditing and Maintaining Enterprise Systems (University of Colorado System)

This course is offered by coursera (Link to course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/planning-auditing-maintaining-enterprise-systems/home/welcome).

It is part of a 4-course specialization in Computer Security and Systems Management.

Record of Completion: https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/records/8CAFN7ZSXF78

November 24, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Critical first steps in System Management – Security at the forefront, Attack surfaces, Integrity
  • Planning for an enterprise system environment – Policies (Organizational and Technical), Separation of duties, Planning for disaster

November 26, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Audit – Strategies for Monitoring, Splunk, Auditing, Operational Intelligence, Splunk – Working Smarter NIST, Syslog
  • Maintain – Updating systems in the enterprise, When something goes wrong, Base-lining and Assessment, Backup Strategies, The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy

November 27, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Peer-graded Assignment: Understanding and writing organizational policies