DevOps Just Got A Lot More Accessible
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DevOps Just Got A Lot More Accessible

As Axelos pairs with IT-Revolutions, millions of practitioners in the global DevOps and ITSM communities are to gain free access to new DevOps Awareness Training Program based on the DevOps handbook. In addition, students can now join in on DevOps through The Linux Foundation's massive open online course. Students can participate through Harvard's and MIT's non-profit platform.

Britain based Axelos, global custodians of ITIL, the world’s most widely adopted service management framework, and IT Revolution, visionaries of the DevOps movement and publishers of The DevOps Handbook, have come together to launch a free online training program, DevOps Awareness Training, in early 2017.

The aim of this pioneering program is to ensure that every IT professional, across a diverse range of organisations, has access to world-class training based on the principles of DevOps. The goal is to create value for customers with small agile teams who are confident in a culture that fosters learning without the fear of failure. DevOps Awareness Training’s content is based on the newly launched, and much-anticipated DevOps Handbook, co-authored by Gene Kim, founder of IT Revolution and the partnership is enriched by Axelos’ expertise in helping professionals to learn about and apply best practice.

The DevOps movement has shown how strong collaboration and focus on continual improvement in IT helps organizations in leveraging IT to create added business value. DevOps Awareness Training will also open invaluable opportunities for improving the way IT services are provided, thus supporting ITIL’s philosophy of Continual Service Improvement. Gene Kim, founder of IT Revolution has played a major role in steering the DevOps movement, and like other leading figures, such as Patrick Debois, Andrew Clay Shafer, Kevin Behr and Jez Humble, he has nurtured the community and gathered and interpreted examples of novel, emergent, and good practices. IT Revolution’s new publication The DevOps Handbook (co-authored by Kim, Debois, Humble and John Willis) provides a comprehensive insight into the movement.


With this impressive wealth of knowledge behind it, DevOps Awareness Training will combine interactive learning, animation and simulation exercises. Drawing on The DevOps Handbook, on IT Revolution’s previous bestseller The Phoenix Project (over 250,000 copies sold worldwide), and on contributions from trusted DevOps experts, it is reinforced by Axelos’ knowledge in the field of ITSM as described in ITIL.

Responding to the growing need for professionally designed learning modules (based on a standard and continually updated syllabus) that teach IT practitioners about the benefits of DevOps, DevOps Awareness Training will offer a grounding in the principles of DevOps, covering such important topics as its culture, architecture and technical practices.

Massive Open Online Course to provide Students an understanding of DevOps

San Francisco’s The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced its newest massive open online course (MOOC) is available for registration. The course, LFS161x – Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations, is offered through edX, the nonprofit online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course is free and will begin November 16, registration is now open.

This is the fourth edX MOOC offered by The Linux Foundation. Its first course, Intro to Linux, has reached more than 600,000 students globally and continues to grow in registrations. The others are Intro to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies and Introduction to OpenStack.

DevOps started as a cultural movement, designed to remove silos between developers and operations personnel. It originated with operations personnel who felt they would be more effective managing IT infrastructure if they better understood how and why it was built. Organizations that implement DevOps best practices have been demonstrated to be more agile, flexible and effective in designing and implementing IT practices and tools, resulting in higher revenue generation at a lower cost.

The Linux Foundation is already helping develop technology for DevOps professionals through its open source projects, and now through the launch of this course, to provide the training opportunities to educate a talent pool to support those projects.

The course instructor, John Willis, has over 35 years of experience, focusing on IT infrastructure and operations.  He has helped early startups such as Chef, Enstratius (now Dell) and Docker navigate the DevOps movement, and is one of the original core organizers of this movement. Willis has been a prominent keynote speaker at various DevOps events throughout the years, and is a co-author of the “DevOps Handbook”.

For more information, follow the links below.

Axelos, IT-Revolution, The Linux Foundation

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