Saturday Feb 21, 2009

Sun Learning Services Session @ Sun Tech Days 2009

On the concluding day of this years edition of Sun Tech Days in India, Sun Learning Services (SLS) offered two Hands On Tracks - one on JavaFX and another on Solaris Containers - for its Customers, Partners and Community, and the response was simply overwhelming. Thanks to all delegates who made it for this event.

I'm glad to have got an opportunity to speak to a larger audience on a grand occasion as Sun Tech Days and that too on a very useful Solaris 10 feature, one among several Virtualization Solutions from Sun. To know more details about a training on Solaris Containers, click here. In another location within the Sun Tech Days 2009 venue, my friend Stacy delivered a full day seminar on the new and exciting JavaFX technology. Detailed description about a JavaFX course can be found here.

How well I performed my job is for the delegates of my session to judge and comment. For me, speaking to an audience comprised of employees of various organizations (IBM, Wipro, UBS, TCS, BOA, HCL,CSC, Reliance to name a few), students and lecturers from several Engineering Colleges around and faculties from our partner Educational Institutions was an immensely satisfying experience.

Due to several last minute onsite registrations, the Student Kits, containing several materials including OpenSolaris and Netbeans DVD went out of stock and some delegates had to go back without it. While we arrange for its shipment to delegates who didn't get a Student Kit during the event, we would wish to remind all that OpenSolaris and Netbeans could be downloaded from the website as follows for immediate use: (i) OpenSolaris (ii) Netbeans .

Like all previous editions of Tech Days, the one that concluded yesterday also offered me several fond memories. The photograph below is just one of it:

Sunday Jan 27, 2008

Oh, For a Hassle Free First Day!

You wouldn't have seen me smiling like this in the batch photograph of PTL 4310 class that happened last week in Mumbai, had the events on day 01 and day 02 sustained itself in the subsequent days of the training. I am kind of used to the first day problems in a classroom: be it a hardware issue or an incomplete OS install. Last Monday it was a combination of both. And the result: none could install the Portal Server on Day 01. I had all my participants looking at me with an expression of helplessness and a huge question mark which read 'what next?'

Cut to day 02: I spoke to them at length during the first half and sent them out for a walk after lunch, requesting them not to turn up for an hour or so. The technical support folks at Pragathi Software were kind enough to download and make a few set of Solaris 10 CDs, and I walked around the classroom performing a media installation of Solaris 10 OS on all machines. Why not Jumpstart? I felt very lazy to set up one. Moreover, it was only a matter of installing six boxes. And the ending of the whole story: well, it's a happy one.

Vikram, my PTL 4310 participant used his mobile to picture all of us while I demonstrated the first successful Portal Server Installation in the class. After all the hassles that we went through on the day 01 and part of day 02, this moment was certainly worth capturing.

Tomorrow it's another 'First Day' for me here at Hyderabad. Though I don't expect a replay of Mumbai events here at Hyderabad, I guess I'm prepared for those surprise elements on the first day of training.

You all have a good week ahead.

Sunday Jan 13, 2008

IDM 4484 Last Batch?

Let me post the first entry for CY'08 sharing a news about the release of an exciting Sun course: IDM 4485 (Sun Java System Identity Manager: Deployment Fundamentals II) replaces Identity Manager Advanced Deployment Course, coded IDM 4484. The websites are not updated yet with the information about this course, but know that this course is ready to be delivered. E-mail Sun Learning Services for more details.

The key highlights of IDM 4485 includes:

\*It is a five day course unlike its predecessor (IDM 4484)
\*Based on Identity Manager 7.1
\*Labs use the up-to-date version of the MySQL and Tomcat as a base
\*ActiveSync labs reworked to use Identity Attributes (Metaview)
\*New lab that demonstrates ActiveSync using the process mode
\*Self-Service labs updated to utilize End User Authorization
\*Lots of refinements and additional explanations

The bullet points above are taken out, undistorted, from a slide that David Goldsmith and David Awad prepared during a call with the World Wide IDM Instructors. The above information is of course useful only if you have had a chance to go through the IDM 4484 contents.

While the information about IDM 4485 gets to the Sun Education websites, let me mention here the pre-requisite for attending this course:

To succeed fully in this course, students should have successfully completed IDM-345 Sun Java(TM) System Identity Manager: Deployment Fundamentals. In addition, a minimum of six weeks of Identity Manager deployment experience is highly recommended.

I felt the need to emphasize here the pre-requisite of IDM 4485 and more importantly mark it in a colour bearing the longest wavelength so that its importance sink in to the prospective IDM 4485 customers. I don't know about other parts of the globe, but in India there is a tendency among the customers to bypass the fundamental training on Identity Manager (IDM 345) and jump straight into a tough course, putting all the participants in a very difficult situation. I have told this before, I am telling this again and I shall continue to utter this, for I consider it my duty to do so. We certainly don't intend to question the capacity of those who choose to take up IDM 4485 directly, but would want everyone attending IDM 4485 go back from the Sun Classrooms with an unwavering confidence to work on this product. Very clearly, that can only happen if they meet the pre-requisite for attending this course.

Release of IDM 4485 leads me to believe that the training that I took up last week for a huge batch in Chennai was perhaps the last ILT on IDM 4484. Have a look at the batch photograph below:

I am not in a good state of health. Looks like an irritating throat infection is going to stay with me for a few more days. Hoping for a faster recovery.

Have a good week ahead .

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