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)

An Introduction to Service Integration and Management SIAM and ITIL – AXELOS

This webinar (recorded on the on 5 February 2015) provides an overview of the recently published White Paper on SIAM and ITIL, written by Kevin Holland and published by AXELOS. It provides an introduction to the topic and how implementation of SIAM builds on the guidance provided by the core ITIL publications.

Link to the Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqQUiKBsZtg

Link to the Whitepaper: https://www.axelos.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=6ed22879-f3cd-458c-87c2-b53575ddca06

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

Customer Relationship Management (IIMBx: MK210x)

This course is offered by EDX.ORG (Link to course: https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:IIMBx+MK210x+2T2017/course/)

November 22, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Introduction to CRM – What is CRM, Criticality of Customer Relationships, Benefits of Customer Relationships, Why Should Businesses Adopt CRM, Expert Insights
  • Building Customer Relationships – IDIC Framework, Ladder of Loyalty, Customer Bonds, Customer Defections, CRM Framework, Expert Insights

November 23, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Economics of CRM – Evolution of Marketing Practices, Customer Share Vs Market Share, Lifetime Value of Customers, Activity Based Costing for CRM, Customer Equity, Expert Insights

Blockchain for Business – An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies

This course is offered by EDX.ORG (Link to Course: https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:LinuxFoundationX+LFS171x+3T2017/course/)

Title: LFS171x: Blockchain for Business – An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies  (Copyright 2017, The Linux Foundation and Hyperledger. All rights reserved.)

November 18, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Chapter 1. Discovering Blockchain Technologies – Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Bitcoin and Ethereum Blockchains, Exploring Permissionless Blockchains, Consensus Algorithms, Hyperledger, Other Open Source Permissioned Distributed Ledgers, Challenges in the Adoption/Deployment of Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Chapter 2. Introduction to Hyperledger – Hyperledger Frameworks, Hyperledger Modules
  • Chapter 3. The Promise of Business Blockchain Technologies – Existing Blockchain Use Cases, When to Use or Not to Use Blockchain Technologies


Corporate Finance Essentials by IESE Business School

This course is offered by coursera (Link to course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/corporate-finance-essentials/home/welcome)

Record of Completion: https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/records/MTLJ5B2NWK4P

November 17, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Risk and Return – financial concepts such as mean return, volatility, and beta
  • Correlation and Diversification – the role that correlation plays in determining the gains from diversification, portfolio risk, correlation coefficient,
  • CAPM and the Cost of Capital – assess cost of debt, cost of equity, and ultimately cost of capital of companies, components and notation, debt tax shield

November 18, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Estimating the Cost of Capital – An Application (Starbucks)

November 23, 2017 – Completed Topics:

  • Project Evaluation – Net Present Value (NPV) + Internal Rate of Return (IRR),Applying NPV and IRR, Problems of the IRR approach, Scale and timing problems, Time-varying discount rates, evaluating an investment opportunity

November 24, 2017

  •  Corporate Value Creation – Growth and return on growth, Economic value added (EVA), Application, EVA levels versus EVA changes