Here are some of our top picks for upcoming ways to expand your brain, online or in person.


Life long learning is a must for tech professionals. While we hope you’re getting in some well-deserved rest and relaxation, here are our top picks for free or low cost upcoming back-to-school opps.

Suse Expert Days 2018

Offered in more than 80 cities worldwide, the SUSE Expert Days tour offers a free day of technical discussions, presentations and demos featuring SUSE engineers and experts, including Brent Schroeder—CTO of SUSE and Alan Clark—Chairman of the Board of the OpenStack Foundation. This year’s theme: Open. Redefined.
Events kick off in late August for Europe and Latin America and September 12 in North America. Full list of events here.

Accelerating digital transformation with containers, fast data and hybrid cloud

In this joint webinar, HCL and Mesosphere will provide successful digital transformation strategies by automating operations for data services, micro-services, and applications consistently and securely across hybrid cloud infrastructures, including data center, edge and multi-cloud environment.
September 5, 12:30 p.m. ET. Register here.

Navigating the challenges and benefits of the cloud

Organized by the Security Industry Association (SIA) this webinar will show the benefits of cloud-based access control systems designed to allow users to control and administer access control capabilities from anywhere, at any time and on any device. Cloud-based systems are a unique niche fit for small-to medium-sized customers that have little to no network infrastructure or staff to incorporate a “use anywhere” access control system. Led by Mitchell Kane, the president of Vanderbilt Industries, the webinar is especially recommended for end users, integrators and consultants.
September 6, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CEST. Register here.

Insights from the 451 Alliance: Who Controls the Cloud at Your Organization?

As businesses progress through the stages of cloud maturity, they adapt to utility pricing models, implement governance and procurement processes, adopt strategies for controlling cloud spending, and seek out specific areas of platform expertise and certification. At the same time, decisions around cloud spending have gone from developer experiments to major organizational choices made at the top levels of IT management.

This webinar is led by Liam Eagle, research manager at 451 Research, who’ll examine these and other insights from 451 Alliance’s cloud, hosting and managed services, a comprehensive quarterly study of more than a thousand of tech professionals worldwide to uncover organizational objectives and strategic trends in the cloud.
August 22,  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register here.

RabbitMQ vs Kafka

Messaging is at the core of many architectures and two giants in the messaging space are RabbitMQ and Apache Kafka. This webinar takes a look at RabbitMQ and Kafka within the context of real-time event-driven architectures. Each technology has made very different decisions regarding every aspect of their design, each with strengths and weaknesses, enabling different architectural patterns. It’ll be led by guest speaker Jack Vanlightly, a software architect based in Barcelona specializing in event-driven architectures, data processing pipelines and data stores both relational and non-relational.  This is part two in the series, you can check out the first part here.
August 30, 5:30 p.m. CEST. Register here.

Building sustainable, open communities

Learn about how The Linux Foundation focuses on building sustainable, open collaboration communities designed for longevity. While open source communities can start and grow with very distinct identities, there are certain governance and design principles that will setup a community for long-term success. Hosted by Michael Dolan, is VP of strategic programs supporting open source projects and legal programs at The Linux Foundation. He’s set up and launched dozens of open source and open standards projects covering technology segments including networking, virtualization, cloud, blockchain, internet of things, big data and analytics, security, containers, storage and embedded devices.
September 6, 10:00 a.m. PST. Register here.

OpenStack and OpenInfra Days

From Rome to Hanoi, there are more than 13 OpenStack or OpenInfra Days still on the calendar for 2018. OpenStack Days are a great way to get plugged into the community near you. You’ll find a list of upcoming OpenStack events — including meetup groups, hackathons and Openstack Days at And if you’re interested in launching an event in your corner, here’s where to find more information.


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