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IBM Ecosystem Cloud Native Developer

The badge earner is able to develop an end-to-end cloud native application and microservices by using Java, Maven, and Node. The badge earner has demonstrated proficiency in containers, OpenShift and CI-CD development. The badge earner understands how to use microservice-enabling technologies including centralized logging, monitoring, testing, and setting up GitOps for continuous delivery.

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Advanced Migration Workshop for IBM i - On-Premise to IBM Cloud

The badge earner has completed instructor-led learning for understanding how to migrate workload from IBM i on-premise environment to IBM Cloud. Topics include: Upgrading IBM i environment to latest OS, Power VS technical overview, managing IBM i in PowerVS, Networking, Migrating to PowerVS, Backups and HA/DR Options.

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Operating Kubernetes on IBM Cloud

The badge holder demonstrates commitment to the success of deploying and operating a Kubernetes Cluster on IBM Cloud by completing four interactive, browser-based labs. This individual has proven a dedication to the technology and also an understanding of the framework, and its goals, which go beyond that of the average developer. The badge holder has adhered to common development practices and has proven an understanding of what makes Kubernetes successful on IBM Cloud.

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Cloud Native Starter Level 1

The Badge earner understands the Java implementation of a Cloud Native RESTFul Java Microservice build on open technologies MicroProfile and OpenLiberty, the individual can describe how to effectively build and run a Microservice a local machine in a container, the individual understands the needed steps how deploy a single microservice to Kubernetes and on the IBM Cloud Kubernetes service.

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Cloud-Native Bootcamp for IBM Cloud V2

The badge earner has an understanding of cloud native development concepts and has demonstrated hands-on skills with tools for developing, testing, deploying, and managing cloud native applications that run on Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift.

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Cloud Service Management and Operations - Bootcamp

This badge earner has demonstrated knowledge of Cloud Service Management and Operations (CSMO). They have been exposed to the challenges you will face delivering high-quality services when you no longer have complete control of your infrastructure, and seek to increase the speed at which you deploy services. The individual has been introduced to tools and demonstrated they know the questions you should be asking your development and operations managers, your cloud provider and senior management.

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Cloud Service Management and Operations Explorer

The Cloud Service Management and Operations Explorer has demonstrated an understanding of the IBM Cloud Garage Method practices related to service management and operations on the cloud.  The individual has learned best practices in the areas of organizational transformation, build to manage, operational readiness assessment, incident management, and problem management.

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Cloud Service Management and Operations - Advanced

The badge earner has demonstrated Advanced level skills by completing the CSMO (Cloud Service Management and Operations) learning courses - Foundations and Advanced.  These courses cover the CSMO as well as System Reliability Engineer (SRE). This individual has proven a keen dedication to CSMO by understanding and learning the new services offerings, and understands what it takes to become a Site Reliability Engineer.

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Cloud Service Management and Operations - Services Professional

The badge holders demonstrated themselves as Services Professionals, with the ability to successfully deliver Cloud Service Management and Operations (CSMO) and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Service Offerings. This individual has proven a keen dedication to Cloud Service Management and Operations, and has gone on to deliver at least two (2) successful CSMO Service Offerings at customer sites. The badge holder now has the skills to deliver  CSMO and SRE service offerings.

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