Lynda.com offers free online training for participating library card holders

Lynda.com, the online learning platform owned by LinkedIn, offers free training through participating public libraries for library card holders through its Lynda Library program.    The library patron must log in through their local library’s digital resources website and not through the main Lynda.com website.  A full list of Lynda.com courses may be found at lynda.com/sitemap/courses.

Users also have the option to link their LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com accounts.

Lynda.com content is also available using iOS, Android, and streaming apps.

Small Business Administration (SBA) cybersecurity recommendations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available online tools and resources to help protect small businesses from cybersecurity attacks.  These include:

Take Microsoft certification exams remotely with Online Proctored Exam Delivery

Microsoft allows users to take its certification exams remotely as well as at Pearson VUE testing centers by using Online Proctored (OP) Exam Delivery.  The user’s computer will have to meet certain system requirements and the user will be monitored remotely by an exam proctor via webcam and microphone.

More information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/online-proctored-exams.aspx.

PASS Summit 2017 live-streamed online event November 1

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) will have a live stream of events held at the Seattle PASS Summit 2017 conference on November 1st, starting at 08:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time.

PASS Summit is a conference devoted to SQL Server, Azure, and other Microsoft data technologies.

Grow with Google – A 1 billion dollar grant initiative to train workers and grow businesses

On October 12th 2017, Google announced a one billion dollar grant initiative to nonprofits around the world to help train workers as well as grow businesses.

Applied Digital Skills is a part of this project and is a free online resource for learning digital skills.

More information is at https://google.com/grow.

Microsoft releases updated set of free Technology e-Books

Microsoft has released an updated set of free Technology e-Books on various subjects.  The full list can be found here.

    Book topics include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Windows 10 and Windows Server
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Studio
  • Power BI
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Azure
  • PowerShell
  • SharePoint

Microsoft Build 2017 conference May 10th – 12th in Seattle

Microsoft’s annual developer conference will run May 10th – 12th 2017 in Seattle, WA. Live streaming of the event can be found at https://build.microsoft.com/ starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time/11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Sessions at the event include Visual Studio enhancements and the soon to be released Cortana Skills Kit.

More information can be found at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2017 and #MSBuild.

Microsoft Data Amp – Online Event April 19th 2017 at 8 AM PT

Microsoft Data Amp, a live online event on data and analytics, will start at April 19th 2017 at 8 AM PT (Pacific Time).   The event includes keynote speakers and demos of Azure and other data solutions.

More information is at #MSDataAmp and https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2017/03/15/introducing-microsoft-data-amp/.

SQLSaturday – Free Training for SQL Server Professionals

SQLSaturdays are free in-person SQL Server training events held in various locations around the world. These events are organized by the
Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).

Register for an upcoming SQLSaturday event at
http://www.sqlsaturday.com/.

PASS also has webinars, podcasts, and other training available at
http://www.pass.org/Learning.aspx.

Microsoft announces Professional Degree Program

Microsoft has announced a new Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program. A series of courses on Data Science are now available from edX.org. The goal of these courses is to address the skills gap for data science job seekers. Current prices are $50 to $100 per course.

Some of the same course titles include: