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What is DevOps? or: Why Another DevOps Certification?


June 20, 2017

What is DevOps? or: Why Another DevOps Certification?

By: G. Matthew Rice

The Linux Professional Institute ("LPI") recently announced the objectives for a new certification – the LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer – which tests the skills and understanding of the open source tools commonly used by organisations trying to create a DevOps environment.

If you want a brief introduction into DevOps, Wikipedia has a good description of the subject:

"a term used to refer to a set of practices that emphasize the collaboration and communication of both software developers and information technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes"

It is the simplicity of this description that belies the complexity that exists in both the collaboration methods and the full technology stack required to implement the desired organizational changes.

While researching the need for and potential content of a DevOps certification, LPI quickly found that while many organizations were covering the collaboration side of DevOps – such as the Project Management Institute with the PMI-ACP credential – few were offering a complementary certification that covered the technology required to support it.

Considering that most, if not all, of the most popular DevOps tools are open source, it was a natural decision for us to create a certification that tests the skills required to use these technologies effectively.

The image below is a good representation of the cyclical nature of DevOps, which involves taking new code, using it in production and providing feedback in order to aid further improvements and feature development:

 

 


DevOps Toolchain 2

 

 

The basic building blocks of a DevOps toolchain are covered in detail by LPI’s new DevOps tools certification – with two exceptions: the programming language technologies and the individual service configuration topics.

These two areas deserve their own attention and, possibly, their own certifications. Although, it should be noted that LPI does already cover the configuration and management of commonly deployed network services in our LPIC-2 certification.

You can read more about this here. There are many more services, including custom developed ones, which are also beyond the scope of the new certification.

However, what exactly should be covered in a programming language certification track remains a contentious topic.

As an aside, if you are interested in helping us determine what we cover in future certifications, feel free to join the LPI exam development mailing list by signing up here. We’d love for you to get involved.

The creation of a DevOps certification was also a little contentious among our development groups – partially because, at LPI, we tend to cover field-deployed topics.

On closer inspection by everyone involved it became clear that best practices and the use of reliable open source tools within DevOps were becoming ubiquitous. Certification of these skills became an important next step for LPI and our community.

This dominance of open source DevOps tools also demonstrates that open source software continues to lead and enable innovation. As IT professionals who relish using open source, this gives us every reason to look forward to more opportunities for participating in interesting projects.

It also means you will increasingly have the ability to better support the tools that you create. As an LPI certification holder myself, I'll be getting my certification as soon as I can.

Interested to learn more about our DevOps certification development? Visit http://www.lpi.org/devops to find out more or contact a member of the LPI team.

 

1.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Devops.svg

2. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Devops-toolchain.svg

About G. Matthew Rice:

G. Matthew Rice

G. Matthew Rice is LPI's Executive Director. Connect with him on LinkedIn or via email (mrice at lpi.org).

LPI Reviews DevOps at OSEC Forum

May 30, 2017

LPI Reviews DevOps at OSEC Forum

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites you to the Open Source Education Centre (OSEC) Forum on June 6th, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland to tap into the evolving world of open source technology and the fun, thriving open source community.

The OSEC Forum is the perfect event to attend whether you are an IT Manager, a System Administrator, or a Product Owner -- regardless of the industry in which you work or your skill level.

That’s because OSEC is designed for IT professionals who are passionate about growing their careers and exploring how building a knowledge of open source helps achieve this goal.

Attend any OSEC lecture, workshop, or open discussion (for free) and you will get an inside look into the topics that are shaping organizations and software around the globe such as DevOps, IT automation, and future-looking management skills.

LPI’s Elzbieta Godlewska will be speaking at OSEC about how its newest certification, LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer reflects the rapidly evolving DevOps landscape.

This is particularly relevant for anyone who wants to capitalize on companies’ rapidly growing demand for IT candidates with DevOps skills. Elzbieta’s workshop is at 11:15am in the E-room.

As the world’s first and largest vendor-neutral Linux and open source certification body, LPI is pleased to be one of the leading sponsors of the OSEC Forum. By all means, seek out any LPI team member throughout the conference in the discussion area.

 

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The Skills Gap and Future-Proofing Your Career


May 24, 2017

The Skills Gap and Future-Proofing Your Career

By: Medina Dupuis

I speak to so many enthusiastic people at open source events around the world and they’re always looking for some real practical advice. It’s safe to say that evidence has been steadily mounting in the last few years for a critical skills gap in the global workforce.

World dominating organisations, including SpaceX, NASA and Amazon now utilize Linux because - as the 2016 Future of Open Source Survey explains - 90% of those surveyed believe open source technology improves efficiency, interoperability, and innovation.  

Yet, filling open source positions with qualified professionals remains a challenge. The recent report, High-Tech Leadership Skills For Europe – Towards An Agenda For 2020 And Beyond, created for the European Commission estimates a shortage of half a million IT practitioners by 2020, much of it in open source.

Governments are rising to the challenge by revamping education in computer science through initiatives like Computing Science for All in the US, revisions to GCSE’s for computer science in the UK, and the eLeadership skills agenda in the EU.

Companies are committing serious resources in an effort to grow the workforce they need to be competitive. The 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, conducted by Dice and the Linux Foundation, tells us that 44% of hiring managers are offering higher salaries for certified open source talent compared to other IT certifications.

When it comes to open source, the foundation is built on Linux. The Pearson Vue 2015 Value of IT Certification Survey says that more than 30% of their 28,000 respondents worldwide received a pay rise upon earning Linux certification.

So, is a Linux Certification the best way to future-proof your career? I believe the answer is yes. Which is why it’s something that I end up discussing, with people at events all over the world.  

I work at LPI, and am very proud of the fact that we’re enabling opportunities for people across the world. We are the oldest and largest Linux certification body in the world.

Just this month, Certification Magazine published a salary survey which assessed the impact of Linux certifications on pay. Our certifications are at the top of the list, with LPIC-2 ranking as the highest paid Linux certification globally.  

We don’t mandate how you learn, so if you are already experienced in Linux, you might not need to take training before you can take the exam – you could get certified today.

While I’m obviously biased, the numbers speak for themselves. Linux and open source certifications really do open the door to greater opportunities and higher salaries.

Which is why, when talking to young people, like my own son, I say in no uncertain terms that LPI’s certifications are hands down among the best certifications for an IT professional to hold.

The future is hiring. I invite you to be part of it.

Sources: The Foote Partners Report, ‘IT Skills and Certification Index’, 2014 | ITCC Whitepaper, ‘Trends That Will Affect the IT Certification Industry by 2020’, 2016 | CompTIA HR Report, ‘Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, 2015 | The Linux Foundation, ‘Open Source Jobs Report’,  2016 | Certification Magazine ‘Top Linux Certs by Salary’, 2017 | Report for the European Commission, ‘High-Tech Leadership Skills For Europe – Towards An Agenda For 2020 And Beyond’, March 2017

About Medina Dupuis:

Medina Dupuis

Medina is LPI’s Chief Operations Officer. Connect with Medina on LinkedIn or via email (MDupuis at LPI.org).

Linux Essentials Now Available in Dutch

May 17, 2017

Linux Essentials Now Available in Dutch

NASC, BiASC, and LPI Central Europe translate LPI‘s basic Linux exam

The number of companies and institutions using open source across the globe is growing, making Linux skills an increasingly important part of many people's work routine. Certification of these skills is offered by Linux Professional Institute (LPI) – the leading organisation for Linux and open source certification worldwide – and is proven to boost your career opportunities.

The basic exam "Linux Essentials" can be taken in various languages – and as of today, thanks to its popularity in the Netherlands and Belgium, the exam has now been translated into Dutch.

In collaboration with LPI Central Europe, the experts of the Netherlands Academy Support Centers (NASC), along with the Belgian IT Academy Support Center (BiASC), representing LPI for Benelux and their Belgian equivalent, translated the LPI Linux Essentials exam for Dutch-speaking regions.

Both NASC and BiASC provide teachers with teaching materials for information and communication technology. Both organisations also certify teachers, support them in the improvement of education in these areas, and provide translations of material when necessary.

‘The Dutch translation has been long sought after from both my colleague, Gerk van der Wal, and myself,' explains Marco Verleun, NASC teacher for open source and Linux in the commercial and educational domain, and initiator of this project.

'As the representative of the LPI foundation in the Benelux, Marco is always looking for new opportunities to make Linux knowledge more broadly available,' explains NASC directive navigator Gerk van der Wal. The Dutch exam will increase access to the Linux Essentials certification. ‘When this is, for many people, the first step into the world of certification, the language of examination should not be the barrier to them achieving certification,' adds van der Wal.

'I agree with Marco that a translation of the exams is essential for Dutch speaking students,' confirms Yvan Rooseleer of BiASC. As a teacher for IT and networking, Rooseleer was glad to support this project. Both Yvan Rooseleer and Marco Verleun believe that Belgian and Dutch students can study with English material, because they are supported by their teachers. 'But, to be able to truly test their understanding of Linux, it is important to exclude the added difficulty of taking the exam in a foreign language. We don’t want to test their comprehension of English – we want to test their Linux skills' Marco Verleun emphasises.

In order to facilitate the examination process in schools, the whole exam will be available in Yardstick (which is a helpful framework for writing benchmarks) in the coming weeks. Fabian Thorns, Director of Certification Development at LPI, supported the translation from LPI's perspective and is extremely pleased with the results. Today, on May 17, the Linux Essentials exam in Dutch will be presented to a broad public at an event for schools within the framework of the Cisco Academy Program for Benelux.

 

About the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI offers world-leading IT certification and is the global certification standard for Linux and open source technology. With more than 500,000 exams delivered, LPI is the world's first and largest vendor-neutral certification body. LPI has certified professionals in over 180 countries, delivered exams in 9 languages, and has over 400 training partners across the globe. LPI Central Europe represents the Linux Professional Institute as a Master Affiliate in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

Find out more at LPI.org or contact a member of the LPI team.  

 

Press contact:

Reiner Brandt
Director of operations
LPI Central Europe
Open Source Certification GmbH
Karthäuserstraße 8, 34117 Kassel, Germany
Tel: +49 561 80700-50
E-Mail: brandt@oscert.eu

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Love Linux? Join us at 14LinuxSession this weekend!

May 4, 2017

Love Linux? Join us at 14LinuxSession this weekend!

This weekend LPI is excited to sponsor and speak at 14LinuxSession in Wroclaw, Poland, from May 6th - 7th.

As the name suggests, 14LinuxSession is a conference that gathers Linux enthusiasts and experts from around the globe to talk all things open source. We’ll be exploring the latest open source solutions, as well as the hottest trends in Linux-based systems.

In the spirit of open source and its community, the conference is free to attend and is focused on promoting free software. The event will take the form of several workshops, designed to help those with basic Linux knowledge to gain a greater and deeper understanding of the software.

Fabian Thorns, Director of Certification Development at LPI, will be a key note speaker at the event. Fabian will talk about recent changes in system administration and will cover the technical terms and tools that are essential to working in open source today. His talk will also give an overview of the DevOps landscape and explain how LPI can help prepare students for an exciting career in DevOps.

Elzbieta Godlewska, LPI’s representative in Central Europe, will also be at the event, sharing the latest updates in open source certification and answering questions from participants.

LPI will also run two exam labs at the event: the first on May 6th and the second on May 7th (both labs will start at 08:30am). As usual, our exam labs will offer discounted prices for all our exams.

For more information about our exams, please get in touch with a member of the LPI team in Poland via Twitter @lpi_w_polsce.

More about the event can be found here: http://14.sesja.linuksowa.pl.

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From an Email to an Exam: Developing LPIC-2 Version 4.5


May 3, 2017

From an Email to an Exam: Developing LPIC-2 Version 4.5

By: Fabian Thorns

The news that version 4.5 of the LPIC-2 objectives for the 201 and 202 exams was released on February 13th 2017 means that we can already congratulate our first candidates on earning their LPIC-2 certification based on the new objectives.

LPI certification and exam objectives are a community-created, global standard that document the skills required by a Linux professional at each respective level.

Certification objectives describe what we expect a candidate to know, not only for their career aspirations, but also in order to pass our exams.

They set the scope of the exam and guide our candidates through their studies; helping them to make decisions about which topics to prioritise and to fill in blanks in their knowledge. Additionally, they help courseware authors and training partners to allocate pages and time to specific subjects.

Setting this standard requires a lot of involvement from the open source community and the development of the updated LPIC-2 certification started almost ten months before its final release.

The updated exam versions would not be possible nor credible without the engagement of our community. Everyone who took a beta exam, participated in online and local discussions and took our surveys did a great job in providing us with feedback and ideas which help us maintain our certification standards.

There were many more people who helped to prepare the new version of LPIC-2. To name a few of them, our German and Japanese translation teams worked hard to get their translated version ready; publishers and authors adapted their books and materials to match the new objectives; subject matter experts reviewed and ranked the questions to ensure that they are fair and appropriate.

Thanks to all of you!

In case you’re about to take an LPIC-2 exam soon, you should make yourself familiar with the updated exams. Our wiki hosts the new LPIC-2 version 4.5 objectives as well as a summary of the changes in version 4.5. If you’ve been studying against the 4.0 version of the LPIC-2 objectives, previous versions of exams which cover the prior version of the objectives are available for six months after a new release.

You might also want to try out some of these resources, which were the first ones to adopt the new objectives:

Snow B.V.: The LPIC-2 Exam Prep (Free online course in English)

Christine Bresnahan, Richard Blum: LPIC-2 (Book by Wiley in English)

Harald Maaßen: LPIC-2 (Book by Rheinwerk in German)

We also maintain a list of free training resources in our wiki. Whatever learning resources you use, please consider using the objectives, which are quite detailed, as a checklist to tick off as you go. This will ensure that you do cover everything while preparing for the exams.

Lastly, if you would like to join us in developing future certifications, please join our exam development mailing list.

About Fabian Thorns:

Fabian Thorns

Fabian Thorns is the Director of Certification Development at Linux Professional Institute, LPI. He is M.Sc. Business Information Systems, a regular speaker at open source events and the author of numerous articles and books. Fabian has been part of the exam development team since 2010.

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SCALE 15x: The tech sector is opening up in many ways


April 6, 2017

SCALE 15x: The tech sector is opening up in many ways

By: Jasmina Jocic

In July last year I joined LPI – a non-profit organisation run to serve the shared interests and needs of the open source community.

In support of our community, LPI attends the industry’s leading open source and Linux events each year – and this year I joined the team in attending SCALE 15X, the Southern California Linux Expo, which gathers IT enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the latest trends in open source operating systems and software.

SCALE15x was abuzz with all sorts of interesting discussions. Here are a few key points:

LPI’s new LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification resonated extremely well with our audience. Interest was high, and so was the willingness for contribution from their side. As you know, our certification development process includes obtaining feedback from our community, and so communication with our community is hugely important to us.

Interest in our LPIC-2 certification was higher than usual. Does that mean that many already hold LPIC-1 certifications, and are using LPI’s certification development guidelines to help advance their career?

The event was inspiring – and not just because it gave me a chance to exchange some really interesting ideas about our new and existing certifications. As a woman, it was also incredibly motivating to see so many female attendees!

Certainly, while IT has always been a (heavily) male-dominated industry, the tide is beginning to turn. As a woman studying technical sciences in the mid-nineties in Eastern Europe, I was always outnumbered. Several years later, and we’ve made some serious headway.

Some of our booth visitors at SCALE 15X shared that 3 in 10 attendees were women – and some even reported a higher percentage of 2 in 5 (although that might be a little optimistic).

Ok, so it’s not equality. But it is genuine progress. Studies show that girls as young as 6 already consider some professions to be exclusively for boys (which might explain why the tech sector simply doesn’t attract the female talent that it needs).

So, to conclude, talking with ambitious people about getting certified in Linux and DevOps, and discussing new and exciting potential career paths, made me remember why I joined LPI. This is what education in open source is all about: regardless of background, circumstance, race or gender, the world of technology is now open to us all.  

Relevant Links:

LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer Page - https://www.lpi.org/devops

LPIC-2 Certification Page - http://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/lpic-2-overview

Want to get certified with LPI? Visit https://www.lpimarketplace.com

Contact a member of the LPI team for more information: http://www.lpi.org/about-lpi/contact-us

About Jasmina Jocic:

Jasmina Jocic

Jasmina Jocic joined Linux Professional Institute, LPI in mid-2016 in the capacity of Project Manager. She holds M.Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and she is trained and certified in project management. Connect with Jasmina on LinkedIn or via email (Jjocic at LPI.org).

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