Great People Grow with Good Leadership

Good Leadership Feature Image

Leadership comes in many styles.

Some good, and some well, let’s just say not so good.

I would like to focus on this topic, by exploring leadership in an open format, and hopefully along the way, help inspire and influence those already in a position of leadership, as well as help shape those future leaders to come.

Continue reading Great People Grow with Good Leadership

Let’s Explore the Cloud Certification Journey

Journey Feature Image

Anyone who knows me knows this is a passion of mine.

Everyone I know on a Cloud Certification Journey has or has had a very personal and different journey.

Each person having different motivations that drive them for the certifications, whether that is:

  • for career recognition and progression
  • learning and growing their knowledge
  • or to simply have badges of honor

Each drive varies the pursuit plan and ultimately the outcome.

Let’s explore this further.

Continue reading Let’s Explore the Cloud Certification Journey

Introduction to the Cloud

the cloud

Working in the IT industry, many of my friends and family approach me when it comes to anything “computer” related, due to them having very little knowledge about IT in general with one of the most mysterious topics for them being the Cloud.

They often hear terms like, “it is in the cloud“, or they own devices like an iPhones and find themselves receiving messages that their “cloud storage is almost full“.

In reality this can be confusing when they don’t really know what that means or what they should do.

This post is to help people understand the Cloud, clarifying certain terminology and hopefully take away the mystery that surrounds the Cloud.

Continue reading Introduction to the Cloud

How I passed my AWS Certified Security (Speciality) Exam

AWS-Security-Specialty Badge

Today we operate in a environment where cyber security attacks, damages, ransom and other scary activities occur often and can absolutely cripple a business of all sizes from start-up to enterprise.

No matter your background into cloud computing, I think this certification is a MUST in the AWS certifications, it is not one of the easiest of the AWS certifications, however it will give you a good foundation and security focus when making use of the services AWS has to offer as well as design for cost-effective and fault-tolerant solutions.

Continue reading How I passed my AWS Certified Security (Speciality) Exam

Best Cloud Training Providers for 2020

training feature image

2020 has been a challenging year for many people and many reasons.

However, if we focus in on the cloud and cloud training, it has been a noteworthy year.

Many cloud training providers have provided free content to help those that have been impacted due to COVID-19. While others have simply provided free content to help the wider community. It has been inspiring to see the cloud leaders and community gather together and support one another.

Cloud solutions are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Cloud Providers like Amazon (AWS), Google (Google Cloud), and Microsoft (Azure) have been continuing to advance and providing leading cloud platforms in the industry.

There are other available platforms such as Red Hat, VMWare, Rackspace, and others that offer platforms or specialised platforms as well.

So with all of these platforms available, there is a strong and rapidly growing need for qualified and educated employees.

Continue reading Best Cloud Training Providers for 2020

AWS, GCP & Azure Certification Study Material

Study Material

In my journey of acquiring certifications, I have been introduced too many different and fantastic study materials.

These study materials have not only helped me in acquiring my certifications, but they have also helped me to cement the knowledge that I have acquired and to be able to confidently apply it in the real world.

I hope these study materials will also help in serving you.

Continue reading AWS, GCP & Azure Certification Study Material

How I passed the Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 Exam

Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals

Microsoft’s Cloud Azure is one of the large cloud providers that has now been around for quite a few years, and with good reason, Microsoft has always been a big player when it comes to computing and software and it is only natural that they also participate and play an important role as a cloud provider.

This certification is the entry point into the Azure certifications, while it is the easiest of the Azure certifications, it will give you a good foundation and overall understanding of the services Azure has to offer as well as provide a good foundation of cloud concept in general as well as help you understand the security, compliance, support and pricing that the cloud provider has to offer.

Continue reading How I passed the Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 Exam

Why all cloud providers need a CDK

cloud development kit (CDK)

Before we delve into why all cloud providers need a CDK.

If you are working with Cloud Infrastructure, you will most likely be aware of the various different services, tooling and frameworks available to support the provisioning of your cloud infrastructure.

With that being said I would like to explain the benefits that a Cloud Development Kit (CDK) brings, and highlight why it would be an advantage for all cloud providers to support this approach and provide the relevant services, tooling and frameworks.

Continue reading Why all cloud providers need a CDK

Choosing Event Streaming or Messaging for your Architecture

event streaming vs messaging feature image

Want to understand what to consider when choosing Event Streaming and Messaging for your Architecture?

They both are heavily used when it comes to Architecture, they are fantastic ways to manage the interactions, communication and behaviour between your services or systems and often there is not a one size fits all approach you should take.

Just because you have taken one of these approaches in a previous solution does not mean that it the right approach for your next, hopefully this post will be able to give you a high level overview on what you should consider and help you to mange your Architecture decision.

Continue reading Choosing Event Streaming or Messaging for your Architecture